Please scroll down to see Corte Madera homes for sale or continue reading here for more background. The charming town of Corte Madera (map) lies at the foot of legendary Mt. Tamalpais and is a wonderful blend of contrasts from a 620-acre ecological preserve to exclusive shopping centers and from waterfront homes to grand estates tucked into the hills above the town. There is truly something for everyone in Corte Madera.
Located just 12 miles north of San Francisco, Corte Madera offers its 9800 residents a 22-acre recreational park, a historic village square and numerous biking paths. These amenities as well as the area’s central location, friendly neighborhoods, great schools and easy commute make Corte Madera a very popular place to live.
History of Corte Madera
At the turn of the century Corte Madera attracted a number of families from San Francisco who came for the summer. Christmas Tree Hill was subdivided into tiny 25′ x 25′ lots for use as tent sites on the weekends. After the 1906 earthquake, many of these tent sites were used to build permanent homes, where some of the tiny cabins remain to this day. Incorporated in 1916, Corte Madera is situated next to Larkspur and they are often referred to as “Twin Cities” due to their proximity and the fact that they share schools and a police department.
Corte Madera straddles Highway 101 to the east and west. East Corte Madera (Mariner Cove, Echo/Harbor, Prince Royal/Granada and Madera del Presidio) tends to be a bit cooler due to the bay influence. West Corte Madera is slightly warmer and includes the neighborhoods of Christmas Tree Hill, Chapman Park, Meadowsweet, Old Corte Madera and Madera Gardens. East tends to be homes built since the 1950s, while west is the original part of town so includes homes dating back to the turn of the last century.
Corte Madera is Home to Two of Marin’s Finest Shopping Centers
Centrally located, Corte Madera is home to two of Marin County’s finest shopping centers: The Town Center and the Village Shopping Center, anchored by Nordstrom and Macy’s with a variety of boutiques and restaurants. A few of my favorite spots are Blue Barn, Pig in a Pickle and Burmatown. Corte Madera is also home to the largest movie theater in Marin, simply called The Cinema.
The town has seven neighborhood and community parks. Beyond the parks and reserves, recreational facilities include a gymnasium, play equipment, soccer fields, softball fields, picnic areas, and tennis, basketball, roller hockey and volleyball courts. The Ring Mountain Hike is one of my favorite hikes in Marin County.
Please scroll down to read more about the lifestyle in Corte Madera, or call me at 415-847-5584 for a tour of any of the homes below. I would be delighted to discuss the Corte Madera real estate market with you.
The commute from Corte Madera via the Larkspur ferry is one of the most civilized commutes in the bay area, with gorgeous views and even food & wine served on-board. The ferry disembarks at San Francisco’s famous Ferry Building with its plethora of gourmet shops and restaurants. Corte Madera is just a few minutes from the freeway and then approximately 14 miles to downtown San Francisco. In addition, the SMART train is in the process of being extended to Larkspur for commutes northward. Click here to see the Larkspur ferry schedules.