The lush landscape, great weather all year round, and central location make San Anselmo a highly sought-after destination.
With parklands and open space accounting for nearly 30 percent of the city’s land, there is a thriving natural environment to enjoy outdoor recreation.
San Anselmo has a major bus hub on Center Boulevard near Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. The ride to San Francisco is just under 1 hour. San Anselmo is located 16 miles from Lombard Street in San Francisco and estimated drive time is 25 minutes without commute traffic. Alternatively, the Larkspur Ferry is 4 miles away and a 10 minute drive. The ferry ride is approximately 35 minutes.
Centered in idyllic Marin County, the town of San Anselmo is in the Ross Valley, nestled below hills and mountains just 14 miles north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Situated between the larger city of San Rafael to the east, Ross to the south, and Fairfax to the west, there is easy accessibility to outdoor recreational activities yet is minutes away from major cities across the Bay Area. The lush landscape, great weather all year round, and central location make San Anselmo a highly sought-after destination.
Other aspects of this quaint community, which add to its appeal, are its excellent school district, thriving downtown area, and fascinating history. San Anselmo Avenue, the main business street, has many boutique shops that define the town’s character. In fact, Sunset Magazine named San Anselmo the “Best in the West” for antique shopping. The town is also renowned for its annual outdoor Art and Wine festival and summertime film nights in the park. It is an amazing environment to raise a family.
Location, Climate and Weather in San Anselmo
San Anselmo is about 2.6 square miles and is situated in the middle of Marin County at the intersection of Sir Francis Drake, Center Boulevard and Miracle Mile, the latter of which is the direct route from San Anselmo through San Rafael to Highway 101. This intersection is known to locals as “The Hub”.
The majority or the town lays within the 28 square mile Ross Valley Watershed that flows into San Francisco Bay. The principal waterway is San Anselmo Creek. Two of San Anselmo Creek’s tributaries, Sleepy Hollow Creek and Sorich Creek, also flow through the town, as do East Fork Creek and West Fork Creek, Sorich Creek’s two tributaries. The town’s natural skyline is dominated by the hills of Ross Valley. To the north are Red Hill and Grove Hill. To the south-west is Bald Hill. To the east is Moore Hill. In the distance to the south is Mount Tamalpais.
Experiencing a Mediterranean climate, San Anselmo’s temperature ranges from an average low of 41 degrees, to a high of 85 degrees. The rainfall averages 47 inches per year. This temperate weather, and amazing location is perfect for outdoor recreation.
San Anselmo Schools
San Anselmo schools are part of the Ross Valley School District serving Fairfax, San Anselmo and Sleepy Hollow. 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.
There is Brookside Elementary School with a lower campus (grades K-2) and a upper campus (grades 3 – 5), Wade Thomas Elementary School (grades kindergarten – 5), White Hill Middle School (grades 6 – 8). Saint Anselm’s Catholic School, a private school founded in 1924 by the Catholic Church (grades kindergarten – 8), San Domenico School with a co-ed elementary (grades pre-kindergarten – 8) and an all-women high school (grades 9 – 12). The main public high school is Sir Francis Drake High in the Tamalpais Union School District, but others elect to attend Marin Catholic, Redwood or Tamalpais High Schools.
The location of any property is very important as it determines the school district for your children. San Anselmo has some of the best schools in the nation and education is a top priority for the town’s residents.