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Welcome To

San Anselmo

San Anselmo is a town in Marin County, California, 20 miles north of San Francisco.

Welcome to San Anselmo

The “Antiques Capital of Northern California”

San Anselmo is 20 miles north of San Francisco and 1.5 miles west of San Rafael. San Anselmo has gorgeous views of Mount Tamalpais to the south and sits at an elevation of 46 feet.

There are many beautiful homes in San Anselmo, ranging in style from traditional bungalow to contemporary and modern. A beautiful stone castle overlooks San Anselmo. This castle is actually the San Francisco Theological Seminary, which was established in 1892 to train Presbyterian clergy. From the ivy-covered chapel with its enchanting bells tolling the hours to the turrets and towers, this beautiful facility has a delicate, fairy tale look to it.

What to Love

  • Marin Art and Garden Center
  • Imagination Park
  • Charming small-town feel with a relaxed and down-to-earth vibe

People & Lifestyle

San Anselmo has a charming vibe that comes with being a smaller town in Marin County. San Anselmo has the benefit of still being reasonably close to San Francisco and its amenities. Another benefit is its open-air feel with ample green space and plenty of things to do.

One of the major demographics of San Anselmo is families with children as well as young professionals. With many great educational opportunities, the safety of a smaller town, and a strong sense of community, San Anselmo is the perfect place to raise a family or find your retirement haven.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

There are many great dining and shopping opportunities in San Anselmo, with these just being a few of the best.

When it comes to shopping, take a stroll through downtown., Creek-side restaurants, cafes, galleries, antique shops, boutiques, and a small winery contribute to downtown San Anselmo’s charming atmosphere.

If you’re ready for a bite to eat, visit Creekside Pizza & Taproom, an award-winning pizza and craft beer restaurant with hand-crafted pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and pastas. Also in San Anselmo is MH Bread and Butter, a classic American spot with bread and pastries as well as breakfast, lunch, and early dinner menus. This restaurant is also a popular brunch destination.

Things to Do

There are many fun things to do around San Anselmo. Whether you want to enjoy a local event or visit a park, San Anselmo has something for you.

If you’re interested in local events in San Anselmo, attend Picnics on the Plaza. This weekly community concert series is held in the late summer, where you can enjoy live music and a nice day out on the town hall lawn. There’s also Country Fair Day & Parade, where you can enjoy a pancake breakfast that culminates in a food and music festival.

If you’d rather enjoy a day at the park, visit Imagination Park, which honors the birthplace of George Lucas’ two biggest movie franchises. Also, check out Memorial Park, which has several sports fields, a playground, and grassy areas.


San Anselmo is a part of the Ross Valley school district which also serves the Fairfax and Ross communities. 

Award Winning Schools Include:

  • Brookside
  • Hidden Valley
  • Manor
  • Wade Thomas
  • White Hill
  • Tam Union High School District – Home of Archie Williams HS (formerly Drake)
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