Located within the rolling green hills and valleys of northern Marin, Novato is the second largest community in the County. Great weather, a lively downtown area, and homes that provide a great value in Marin is what sets Novato apart.


Defined by its deep-rooted history and unique shopping opportunities, Novato also enjoys more than 3,600 acres of open space.

Amongst lush, tree covered hills, winding creeks, and graciously landscaped streets and gardens, are some of the world’s most dazzling homes.

Novato is Marin County’s furthermost north community and is home to express bus service to speed the passenger into San Francisco. Bus stops are conveniently located in downtown Novato and immediately adjacent to the 101 Highway. The bus ride to San Francisco is about 50 minutes. Novato is located 27 miles from Lombard Street in San Francisco and estimated drive time is 40 minutes without commute traffic. Alternatively, the Larkspur Ferry Terminal is located 12 miles south in Larkspur Landing.

The city of Novato is a contemporary town yet retains the charm of its past. The nationally recognized Marin Museum of the American Indian is located here and pays homage to its Native American heritage. The first Spanish colonial house was built here and is located on Olompali State Park. In downtown Novato you can see historical buildings as well, including the Novato History Museum, City Hall, and Druid’s Hall. Downtown hosts a weekly Farmers Market with local produce, products and live music. This downtown business district is quaint and has boutique shops and delicious restaurants. Vintage Oaks Shopping center is also here and includes more than 50 stores of all kinds.

Defined by its deep-rooted history and unique shopping opportunities, Novato also enjoys more than 3,600 acres of open space. There is Stafford Lake Park for fishing, hiking, biking, and camping, and Scottsdale Marsh, Deer Island Preserve, and Pacheco Pond Wildlife Area for wildlife observers. It is minutes away from Sonoma and Napa Wine country, and very close to major cities across the Bay Area. Novato is a family friendly, affordable town located in idyllic northern Marin County.

Location, Climate, and Weather in Novato

Located in the North Bay, 25 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge, Novato is the largest town in Marin County with approximately 28 square miles. There are numerous recognized neighborhoods in the Novato. Some of the most notable are Indian Valley on the west side, San Marin in the north, Bahia in the east, nestled in the hills above Green Point with views of the Petaluma River and sloughs of the San Francisco Bay.

Additionally, there’s the waterfront neighborhood of Bel Marin Keys, offering boat docks at many of the homes for easy access to the Bay. Ignacio’s many homes are located just south of Novato’s town limits and is situated in a valley leading to the College of Marin’s Indian Valley Campus.

The former Hamilton Army Air Base has been converted to a mix of single-family homes, condos, and townhouses plus commercial businesses alongside non-profits.

Novato enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with mild winter lows seldom reaching the freezing mark. Average temperatures range from the middle 40s to the low 80s, with around 36 inches of rain annually.

Novato Schools

The Novato Unified School District serves a diverse and varied population with 10 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 3 high schools, in addition to special programs and continuing education. To better serve a child’s every need, Novato is home to private, religious, and non-profit schools.