Welcome to Sausalito
San Francisco’s more colorful cousin across the Bay.
On the northern edge of the Bay just a few miles from downtown San Francisco, Sausalito is one of the region’s most popular communities known for its coffee shops, restaurants, and houseboats featuring sweeping views of the city and sea. Commutes into the city are easy – locals need only drive across the Golden Gate Bridge, or simply take a ferry. Fresh seafood, a vibrant cultural scene, and serene hillside homes have given its lucky locals the chance to live a quieter version of the quintessential bayfront lifestyle.
After World War II, several artists moved into the area, creating the colorful houseboats community along the harbor, one of Sausalito’s most famous attractions. In current times, these boat owners are not the only ones who enjoy once-in-a-lifetime views from their own homes. Several homes in Sausalito are perched high up on the sloping hillside looking down onto the Bay and downtown San Francisco in the distance.
What to Love
The same lifestyle, culture, and scenery as San Francisco – but from an arguably more scenic perspective
Only 10 miles from downtown San Francisco
Sausalito locals enjoy a scenic life with mild temperatures year-round. The area’s several nearby parks and beaches, many of which host concerts and festivals throughout the year, are perfect ways to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. The scenery can also be enjoyed on hiking and biking trips to the nearby Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Spanning across over 80,000 acres, Golden Gate National Recreation Area is the largest urban national park in the United States. More leisurely days are spent at one of the community's several highly rated eateries, many of which specialize in rustic Italian dishes while offering some of the freshest seafood anywhere.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
Sausalito is home to some of the country's most talented chefs, craftsmen, and artists. Lucky locals get to experience the results of their hard work every day through the shops and restaurants, many of which come with striking views of the San Francisco Bay.
Bar Bocce, Situated right on the water, features one of the most inviting patios in the region. Sourdough-crusted pizza and ice-cold cocktails are served on their back patio. Their cozy fire pit is perfect for those sometimes-chilly evenings. Another place to enjoy casual nights out would be Joinery, a waterfront beer hall serving seasonal brews and new American favorites, like fried chicken and elevated grilled cheese sandwiches, in a warm, inviting setting.
More formal occasions can be celebrated nearby at Poggio Trattoria. This classic Italian Trattoria features handcrafted dishes adorned with herbs and produce grown within the restaurant's on-site garden. Their handmade pasta makes up some of their best-selling options. For nearly 40 years, Sushi Ran has dazzled Sausalito locals, along with Michelin, Zagat, The Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, Travel and Leisure, and USA Today, among others.
Things To Do
Sausalito is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the United States. The western side of Golden Gate National Recreation Area is home to Rodeo Beach, a popular beach for laying out, surfing, and swimming. A bit closer to town, Jazz and Blues by the Bay is a series of waterfront concerts taking place in Gabrielson Park. From July through September each year, locals can bring their lawn chairs to enjoy free performances by some of the Bay Area‘s most talented musicians. Other natural talent can be found at the Sausalito Art Festival, an annual art event taking place over Labor Day weekend. As one of the oldest and most prestigious festivals of its kind in the country, it truly has set the standard for innovation and quality within the artistic industry for close to 70 years.
Sausalito residents are fortunate to have some of northern California’s finest schools, both public and private, in their own backyard. Some of these options include:
- Sausalito Marin City School District, transitional kindergarten-8th grade; In 2015, the district became the first in the United States to serve organic and GMO-free meals and has continued to strive forward on a number of important current issues
- Tamalpais Union High School District, grades 9-12; one of the highest-rated school districts in California consists of California Distinguished School campuses which have also won National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards
- The New Village School, kindergarten-8th grade; The New Village School places a heavy emphasis on foreign language education and offers foreign trips each year from 3rd-8th grade
- Headlands Preparatory School, grades 6-12; Headlands has entered into several partnership programs like college readiness, and international trips
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