The town of Fairfax has a total area of 2.1 square miles and is within a 30-minute drive of San Francisco to the South or the Pt. Reyes National Seashore to the West. It is an environmentally conscious community situated in the heart of central Marin County and is considered the most progressive of Marin’s 11 incorporated cities.
Fairfax was incorporated in 1931 and has a current population of approximately 7500. There are not many easily developed lots left in Town so most of the planning activity is related to steep hillside lots and remodels.
The Town has ordinances preventing chain stores, take-out Styrofoam food packaging and plastic bags and is in the process of updating its General Plan with a goal of retaining its small town character. The Art Deco era movie theater is the centerpiece of a vibrant nightlife with top-notch restaurants and well-known clubs with venues for jazz and other popular music.
The population is quite diverse including a large “green” political base, the largest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Fairfax is a mountain biking and hiking Mecca because it is surrounded by committed open space and a nature preserve. The Town’s sylvan setting in the forested hills and its Mediterranean climate encourage outdoor activities year-round.
The community is home to many local artists and musicians.
Fairfax’s climate is mild during summer when temperatures tend to be in the 60’s and cool during winter when temperatures tend to be in the 50’s. The warmest month of the year is July with an average maximum temperature of 85 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coldest month of the year is December with an average minimum temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Housing costs are reasonable by Marin County standards.
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