Corte Madera is a community of approximately 9,425 residents tucked away in the green Marin countryside. The town extends from San Francisco Bay on the east side of Highway 101 to Mt. Tamalpais on the west. Since 1916, Corte Madera has occupied an area of four square miles of land, plus surrounding water tidelands. This small town is an easy 12 mile commute to San Francisco, but typifies the relaxed outdoor lifestyle of Marin with its pleasant climate, bordering wetlands, and lush open space. The Corte Madera community boasts a strong commitment to preserving the area's wildlife and habitat at the Corte Madera Reserve Sanctuary for Migrating Birds, the Shorebird Marsh Wildlife Habitat, and The Ring Mountain Preserve. With a beautiful view of Mt. Tamalpais, this town is within hiking, biking and driving distance of some of the most beautiful vistas in the western U.S. Corte Madera illustrates the wonderful Marin County blend of nature along with all the amenities of city living.
Less hilly than nearby Mill Valley, Corte Madera straddles Highway 101 and stretches east to the Bay. Well-known throughout the county as a shopper's mecca, this bedroom community enjoys superb amenities made possible by the sales tax on retail goods.
The town claims the largest shopping plaza in the county-The Village at Corte Madera-home to upscale retailers like Nordstrom and Macy's in addition to 90 other specialty shops and stores. Just across the freeway is the Town Center, adding about 60 more shops, services, and restaurants.
Once heavily wooded land, Corte Madera provided the lumber for the construction of San Francisco's Presidio. The very name of the city is translated as "cut wood." With the exception of a few hills, the quiet and attractive neighborhoods sprawl over relatively flat terrain.
Larkspur and Corte Madera are often called the "twin cities," sharing schools and the benefit of the high academic rankings they consistently earn. Most of the well-kept homes were built from the 1950s to the '70s, reflecting popular architectural styles of the time.
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