The “Hidden Jewel of Marin County,” as the beautiful town of Corte Madera is often referred to, is a perfect balance between rural and urban living. Wildlife preserves like Corte Madera Ecological Reserve; Shorebird Marsh and the Ring Mountain Preserve are minutes away from upscale shopping centers such as The Town Center and The Village.


The “Hidden Jewel of Marin County,” as the beautiful town of Corte Madera is often referred to, is a perfect balance between rural and urban living.

The “Hidden Jewel of Marin County”

Corte Madera has a major bus on Tamalpais Avenue and Highway 101. The ride to San Francisco is just 30 minutes. Corte Madera is located 12 miles from Lombard Street in San Francisco and estimated drive time is 20 minutes without commute traffic. Alternatively, the Larkspur Ferry is 2 miles away and a 5-minute drive. The ferry ride is approximately 35 minutes.

Along with the great weather, and thriving natural environment, Corte Madera is also home to some of the best schools and most coveted real estate in the county. The Larkspur-Corte Madera School District is a major advantage of living in the area and is nationally distinguished. There are many architectural styles: contemporary, modern structures, older, ranch style homes, rustic cottages and charming Victorians. You can find homes perched on the hillside with magnificent bay views, or on hidden lagoons.

Location, Climate and Weather in Corte Madera
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.4 square miles of which 3.2 square miles of it is land and 1.2 square miles of it is water. Corte Madera is one of the richest towns in Marin.

Corte Madera extends from San Francisco Bay on the east side of Highway 101 to Mt. Tamalpais on the west. This small vital town located 12 miles north of San Francisco, is generally alight with sunshine that peeks through fog shrouded Mt. Tamalpais. It is within hiking, biking and driving distance of some of the most beautiful vistas in the western United States.

Experiencing a Mediterranean climate, Corte Madera’s temperature ranges from an average low of 41 degrees, to a high of 83 degrees. The rainfall averages 49 inches per year. This temperate weather, and amazing location is perfect for outdoor recreation.

Corte Madera Schools
Corte Madera schools are part of the Larkspur – Corte Madera School District. This is a distinguished school district and is highly sought after. All schools in the districts have API’s over 850, and all schools are ranked at a 9 or better on the state-wide ranking system. Neil Cummins School is kindergarten through 4 grade, Hall Middle School serves grades 5 to 8, and The Cove School elementary school will open in the fall of 2014 to better educate this growing family friendly community. Corte Madera’s students are fortunate to attend Redwood High School located in Larkspur. There are numerous private schools to choose from such as Marin Country Day School and Marin Montessori School. Please see Corte Madera’s Quick Links for additional schools and links to their websites. Corte Madera has some of the best schools in the nation and education is a top priority for the town’s residents.