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Welcome to My Marin Real Estate and Lifestyle Blog!

Welcome to My Marin County Real Estate Blog! On this page I share Marin real estate market news and advice for both home buyers and sellers... and those that enjoy reading about real estate. Also you will find other Northern California…
Freitas Parkway Terra Linda hike view of Mt. Tamalpais

Freitas Parkway / Terra Linda Hike | Marin County Hikes

Looking for a dog-friendly Marin County hike with easy access, beautiful views, and lots of options? This hike which begins at the end of Freitas Parkway in San Rafael is a wonderful 45-minute loop hike. Read more here.
Mt. Tam East Peak Hike trail view Verna Dunshee hero

Mount Tamalpais East Peak Hike | Marin County Loop Hikes | Marin Hikes

The Mt. Tamalpais East Peak hike is one of the most beautiful hikes in Marin County, if not the world. Easy parking, restrooms, picnic tables and stunning 360-degree views of the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Learn all about this hike here.
FAUDÉ PARK San Anselmo bench

Faudé Park | San Anselmo Quick Hike | Marin County Hiking

Faudé Park is a little-known gem tucked away in the town of San Anselmo, just off San Francisco Boulevard in one of my favorite family-friendly neighborhoods in Marin County. Learn more about this quick 30-minute hike here.
Beautiful trail light Hoo Koo E Koo Trail

Crown Road Hike | Marin County Loop Hikes | Kentfield | Marin Hikes

Looking for a dog-friendly hike with easy access, beautiful views, and lots of options? The Crown Road loop hike is a great hike here in Marin County for you to consider. It is also one of the most popular trails in central Marin and if you live here you are likely to run into someone you know.
View of Mount Tamalpais from King Mountain Trail Hike

King Mountain Hike | Marin County Loop Hikes | Larkspur | Marin Hikes

The King Mountain Hike in Larkspur is one of the best kept secrets in Marin County. This four-mile well-maintained loop hike in the hills above Larkspur features beautiful bay, mountain, and -- on clear days -- even city views. Access is fairly easy, and the trail is dog-friendly and shaded after the initial mile or so.
Tennessee Cove Beach at Tennessee Valley

Tennessee Valley Hike | Marin County Loop Hikes | Hiking Marin

The Tennessee Valley Hike in the Marin Headlands is one of the most popular hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area. There are a variety of options ranging from a level, paved trail called the Tennessee Valley Trail that goes from the parking lot to a beach, to more challenging paths that climb high in the hills and feature impressive views of the ocean, Marin County and San Francisco.
View of the SF skyline from Ring Mountain Hike Trail

Ring Mountain Hike | Marin County Trails | Hiking Marin

The Ring Mountain Hike in Corte Madera and Tiburon has been on my list for quite some time now and I finally got around to exploring this very popular Marin County hike. This moderately strenuous hike is well-located in central / southern Marin and provides a panoramic view of the entire bay area. In the spring, wildflowers abound.
Bench on Gold Hill Fire Road Trail with Mt. Tamalpais in background

Gold Hill Fire Road Trail Hike San Pedro Mountain | Hiking Marin County

The Gold Hill Fire Road Trail climbs San Pedro Mountain in San Rafael and is one of the lesser-known hiking areas in Marin County. The trail features a moderate to steep climb, stunning views of San Rafael and all of Marin County, and is a great place for dog walkers as well as cyclists. Since it is a fire road to be used in the event of emergency, it is nice and wide with plenty of room for everyone. I recently hiked this trail for the first time and enjoyed it so much I decided to write an article about my new favorite Marin hike.
Rodeo Beach Hike Aerial Shot

Rodeo Beach Hike | Marin County Hikes | Hiking Marin

The Rodeo Beach hike at Fort Cronkhite in the Marin Headlands has been on my list of Marin County hikes to try for years, and a few weeks ago I found a couple of hours to go with a friend. If you are looking for a hike with stunning views, easy parking, historical significance, and did I mention -- stunning views -- this is the hike for you!
photo of entrance to Ridgewood Trail

Ridgewood Trail San Rafael | Hiking Marin

The Ridgewood Trail has many names and is a popular hike in Central Marin County. Also known as the Sleepy Hollow Trail, the Terra Linda / Sleepy Hollow Divide and the Ridgewood Fire Trail, this trail is an easy hike that is popular with dog owners and bicyclists. Because it runs east / west, it is a wonderful hike for mornings and afternoons especially, though it really is a great hike anytime of the day. It is seldom crowded - the above photo was taken at 10 am on a weekend morning.
Phoenix Lake photo hike in marin

Phoenix Lake – One of My Favorite Marin Hikes

Phoenix Lake is a hidden gem in the middle of Marin County. One of the many things that influenced my decision to move from San Francisco to Marin years ago is all the hiking available here.  When I lived in Noe Valley, I often found myself…