Location / Proximity Information

The Marin Vista Retreat Home is centrally located in San Rafael,  but in an undiscovered nook where all  estate homes sit on 1+ acre properties with agricultural rights.    Enjoy easy proximity to all of Marin County and the SF Bay Area from this centrally located home.

Golden Gate Bridge - 15 minutes from the Marin Vista house!
Golden Gate Bridge - 15 minutes from the Marin Vista house!


  • 15minutes to the Golden Gate Bridge
  • 15minutes to Napa Valley Wineries
  • 3-4minutes to grocery and mall shopping / downtown San Rafael
  • Home is situated in a private, spacious setting


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Location Details:

From Marin Vista House, going North:

  • 3 minutes arrive at Northgate Mall I Longs Drugs, Restaurants and Banking. & III ! -  II is a huge indoor mall includes Macy’s, Food Court, Restaurants, etc... III has Safeway, Rite Aid, Starbucks, Ice Cream, and Kinko's/FedEx.
  • City of Berkley: 15 minutes
  • Napa Valley Wineries in just 15 minutes drive!
  •  Sonoma, downtown, 30 minutes!
  •  20 minute drive, arrive in Petaluma or Vallejo (home to Six Flags Amusement Park).


From Marin Vista House,  going South:

  • Go South, 3 minutes, arrive Main Street, downtown San Rafael.  Enjoy Movie Theatre, Cafe's, and lots of shops and kiosks.
  • Within 15 minutes easily enjoy Marin towns of Sausalito, Tiburon, Fairfax, San Anselmo and Novato.  
  • West Marin in 25-30 minutes (Stinson Beach, Muir Woods, Bolinas, Pt. Reyes, Nicasio, Olema.)
  • 15 minutes and you arrive at the Golden Gate Bridge / Golden Gate Recreation Area, Marin Headlands.
  • 20 minutes drive and arrive downtown San Francisco.
  • 30 minutes arrive in Oakland's OAK, Oakland International Airport.
  • 40 minutes to SFO, San Francisco International Airport
  • Alcatraz Island, on the San Francisco Bay!  Get to the tour boat in just 15/20minutes!  (Make Reservations early- it books up in the summer!!)


Marin County from Mt. Tamalpais
Marin & San Francisco Bay area from a-top Marin's Mt Tamalpais Mtn.


Things / Places to go and do with your group within 5, 10,  20, 30, 45 minutes from the house:


5 minutes, or less, from Marin Vista House:

  • Downtown San Rafael (where American Graffiti was filmed). Has Restaurants, specialty stores and live entertainment venues.
  • Shopping:
    • Northgate Mall I, II, III (Indoor mall and 2 outdoor malls - includes Grocery, Pharmacy, Restaurants, and Beauty.)​
      • Northgate Mall, III (Large Indoor & Outdoor Mall), II, I: 4 minutes drive.
  • Coffee:  Starbucks, Organic Coffee houses, other options ... 
    • Starbucks,
      • Starbucks, Terra Linda: 3 minutes away.
        • 260 Northgate One, San Rafael, CA 94903
          • (415) 492-1928
          • Open: 4:30AM - 9:30PM
  • Grocery:​​
    • Safeway: 4 minutes (@Northgate Mall I) 
    • Whole Foods:  5 minutes (downtown San Rafael)
      • Great healthy options - and wonderful pick-up catering! 
    • Trader Joes:  5 minutes (downtown San Rafael -Montecito Plaza)

    • Farmers Market: Thursday and Sunday (8am-12pm), Year Round at the Marin Civic Center (follow the signs!)

      • Downtown San Rafael Summer Evening Farmers Market  (4mins from home)  Summertime Only (April-October): Thursdays from 5:00 to 8:00 on Fourth Street, downtown San Rafael.   Great fun!

  • Ranchitos Park: playground, basketball, field.
  • Marin Civic Center (3 minutes) designed by world famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright: http://www.marincounty.org/depts/cu/visitor-services
    • Offers architectural, history Tours
      • Building is said inspiration for Geoge Lucas's "Star Wars" crafts and landing scenarios.
      • Home to the yearly National Bioneers Conference.
      • Library (beautiful!!!)
      • Large lake/pond.  Walking path.  Friendly ducks! Play area for children.
      • Events:  Music, Theatre, Opera, Art, Yearly Fair, etc.. 
      • Weekly Farmers Market on Sunday mornings (see link, or click "Here")
  • Classic Movie Theatre Features Movie festivals and special showings.  Theatre is beautiful, old style.  (5minutes from the house)  http://www.cafilm.org/rfc/​
  • China Camp State Park
  • Mission San Rafael Archangel:  (4minutes from the house)
    • Founded in 1817 as a medical asistencia to treat sick Native Americans of the Bay Area, making it  Alta Califronia's First Sanitarium.

5-10 minutes from Marin Vista House, find: (click on links for more information)

  • Music and Dining:  (withing 5 minutes from Marin Vista House)
    • Restaurants, Downtown San Rafeal:  of all cuisines -
    • Terrapin Crossroads:  Perched  along San Rafael canal, Terrapin Crossroads is a fantastic new restaurant and music venue that pays homage to the abundant,  fresh, homegrown creative talent (music and agriculturally) that the Bay Area is so well known to have!
    • George's (happening, fun, live entertainment: band/ comedy, etc.. daily/year round.)​
  • McNears Beach
  • McInnis Park
    • McInnis Park: 5 minutes from Marin Vista House.

      • (Lots to do. Has a event site, Classy restaurant, loads of things to do in a nice scenery.  Great for family outings, and groups!!)

        • Golf range
        • Restaurant
        • Batting cages
        • Mini Golf/ & Cafe
        • Driving Range
        • Skate park - Open to everyone & free.  Offering 25,000-square-foot skate park with up to 10-foot-deep bowls of concrete for twists, turns and jumps, it is perfect for the  skateboarders and or in-liner in your group! Also, beautiful location, tucked away on a hill with serene views of the valley below.
        • Tennis  - 2 large public courts
        • Wildlife ponds - Great for bird watching, walking, hiking.  Meander along the San Francisco Bay and see the wildlife.  Dogs okay on leash.
  • Dominican University , San Rafael

  • Marin Academy,  San Rafael

  • Alcatraz Island, on the San Francisco Bay!  Get to the tour boat in just 15/20minutes!  (Make Reservations early- it books up in the summer!!)

15 - 30 minutes

  • West Marin Towns in 25 minutes: Stinson Beach, Pt. Reyes, Olema, Nicasio, Tomales.

  • Downtown San Francisco - 20 minutes. Each way provide incredible views and landscape!

  • Six Flags Amusement Park - 20 minute drive

  • Napa Valley Wineries in just 20 minutes drive!  (Napa is a World Known, Wine region)

  • Graton Casino: in 30 minutes!!  Enjoy Resort Casin Gaming, Entertainment, & Fine Dining.

30 - 45 minutes

  • West Marin’  Pt. Reyes and beaches in 30 minutes
  • Sonoma Wine Country is only 40 minutes away, past gorgeous marshlands and country landscape!

  • Downtown Oakland

  • Berkley, Ashby Ave shopping/ boutiques -  20 minutes

  • Sonoma, downtown, 35 minutes!

  • Top of Marin's Mt. Tamalpais!  

    • Amazing views that will stay with you for a lifetime!

    • Nature hikes, astronomy lectures, and other activities when visiting the Mountain, check-out: ​http://www.friendsofmttam.org/ 

  • Stinson Beach:  Pacific Ocean coastline beach. Beautiful.   Great for beginning surfing and skinboarding!

  • Graton Resort Casino, (30minutes) Rohnert Park, Ca.  https://www.gratonresortcasino.com/


45 minutes - 1hour: