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POTENTIAL GALORE: This property in rapidly transitioning Los Ranchitos offers a variety of options! The cozy 4-bedroom, 3-bath ranch-style home can be redesigned and remodeled according to your vision, or you can occupy it as-is while designing a custom dream home on this approximately 1.2-acre upslope lot with spectacular views over the hills of Marin towards the Civic Center and beyond. If you have equestrian visions, the property is also agriculturally zoned for those seeking a place to keep horses. Nearby amenities include shopping and restaurants at the Northgate Mall, Sunday farmers' markets and other cultural events at the Marin County Civic Center & Fairgrounds, and quick access to the new Sonoma-Marin (SMART) Train for trips to the wine country as well as an easy commute to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal. Don't miss this rare opportunity in this up-and-coming neighborhood! For planning and other information, go to City/[email protected]
San Rafael, the county seat of Marin, is large, diverse, eclectic and historic. Its history stretches from California's beginnings with the 1817 founding of Mission San Rafael on the old El Camino Real to the construction of the eye-popping Marin Civic Center in the 1960s. Designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Civic Center was completed in 1962 and is so futuristic that it pops up in science-fiction films.
San Rafael still looks to the future, thanks to a vibrant downtown redevelopment effort. The focal point is the Smith Rafael Film Center, which features a state-of-the-art multiplex cinema that screens independent and foreign films. Cuisine is eclectic; within a few blocks of 4th Street diners can find sushi, Indian, Thai, Italian, Mexican and Puerto Rican food. Thursday afternoons in the spring and summer find 4th Street hosting a farmers' market which features live music.
The neighborhoods of San Rafael are equally distinctive. From the sought-after midcentury Eichler homes of Terra Linda to the Victorians that surround Dominican College and the custom homes of Lucas Valley, San Rafael provides diversity of price and style.
It's also easy to get away from it all in San Rafael. Nearby China Camp State Park is a jewel by the bay, offering a kid-friendly, walk-in campground for tents only; a shallow, protected swimming beach; and biking and running trails.