A peaceful residential town known as the "twin city".

Welcome to Larkspur

Redwood groves help this historic small town maintain its peaceful ambiance and timeless charm
Located between Mount Tamalpais and the Bay in Marin County, Larkspur is a peaceful, centrally located residential town known as the "twin city" to neighboring Corte Madera. Larkspur also shares acreage with Greenbrae but has its own distinctive identity. Given its small size, without only about 13,000 residents, it's easy to overlook this historical gem as it hides beneath thick groves of redwoods. You'd be remiss to ignore this scenic community brimming with timeless charm and natural beauty.
The downtown district is known for its intimate coffeehouses, acclaimed restaurants, and mom-and-pop shops, but did you know it has remained relatively unchanged since its inception? Magnolia Avenue, the town's de facto "main street," looks almost the same as it did at the turn of the century, earning Larkspur recognition from the National Register of Historic Places. The area in and around downtown is quaint, quiet, and highly-coveted, especially as Larkspur is centrally located and it's easy to get to and from San Francisco via the ferry terminal.

What to Love

  • Considered the land of redwoods, Larkspur boasts breathtaking views of the towering trees and Mount Tamalpais
  • Easy to take a trip for the weekend with San Francisco and wine country being just a ferry ride or SMART rail line trip away
  • Variety of distinct neighborhoods, many that share space with the redwood groves

People & Lifestyle

Most bedroom communities can get away without having much charm since commuters choose them for proximity rather than what they offer. Larkspur stands out because it's a genuinely appealing place to live even without its closeness to wine country and the Golden Gate Bridge. It's just as attractive to young professionals, retirees, and families as it is to commuters.
Residents look forward to sharing their backyard with the town's historic redwoods, and many of the neighborhoods are within walking distance to downtown. Queen Anne Victorian homes line the streets behind Magnolia Ave, creating an inviting vintage ambiance. And even though Larkspur is comparatively flat compared to some of the surrounding cities, there are still several lovely scenic places to view Mount Tam and the Bay. Hiking and biking are cherished past times in places like the Baltimore Canyon Preserve and Blithedale Ridge.

Dining, Shopping, & Entertainment

Larkspur's impressive downtown area offers a multitude of trendy cafés, bars, fine dining establishments, and wine bars. Start at Marin Country Mart, an open-air, modern village housing artisanal organic eateries, upscale boutiques, and family-friendly events. The County Mart also hosts one of Northern California’s top farmer's markets every Saturday. Inside you'll find places like Farmshop, and Hog Island Oyster Co.
Farmshop is famous for its avocado hummus and Neapolitan-style pizzas. Picco also specializes in Neapolitan pies but with a Californian twist. Dine in on freshly caught oysters while admiring views of Mount Tam at Hog Island or bring some of their seafood home for the family.
Elsewhere in Larkspur is the Italian restaurant Roma Antica, sister to the popular San Francisco establishment. Check the daily specials for fresh seafood pasta. Perched near Corte Madera Creek, R’Noh Thai is a cozy Thai eatery serving delicious Thai barbecue and curries. Sample authentic French cuisine at Left Bank. Serving Larkspur for over two decades, this elegant brasserie is proud to nurture a fun and French environment. Start your day with a handcrafted donut and piping hot mug of organic dark roasted coffee at the celebrated bakeshop Donut Alley.
Shop for fine gifts and apparel in Larkspur's historic downtown district. Look no further than Folio for stationary and browse the wares at Haven for beautiful women's clothing and accessories. Coquelicot is a unique boutique known for its collection of French oilcloth tablecloths, home decor, Parisian glassware, handbags, and other one-of-a-kind finds.

Things to Do

Larkspur is home to some of the most beautiful outdoor spots and hiking trails in Marin County. Tucked within the Marin County Open Space District lies the 193-acre Baltimore Canyon Preserve. Nestled in the foothills of Mount Tamalpais between Kentfield and Larkspur, this preserve is easy to get to and hosts one of the largest concentrations of coastal redwoods in the Bay Area. The shady and secluded canyon makes for an excellent area to rest and relax.

King Mountain Trail is one of Marin's best-kept secrets. At only four miles, this hike is relatively short and easy. Winding through the hills above Larkspur, you'll be able to see mountain and bay views, even the city on clear days. It's easy to follow, and as a bonus, not many people know about it, so you'll probably have it to yourself. Dawn Falls Trail is a great dog-friendly hike if you want to bring your furry friend along. It's an easy 2.2-mile stretch ideal for hiking that takes you to a cascading waterfall.


Larkspur is served by the Larkspur-Corte Madera School District for elementary and middle school. The five high schools of Tamalpais Union High School District serve the region.

Search All Homes

Work With Matt and Justin

Matt and Justin are equipped to provide clients with experienced representation and personalized professional service. Whether you’re buying, selling, or learning about the current real estate market, don’t hesitate to contact them. Your home journey will thank you!

Follow Us