The wife of a major developer, Charles Wright, named this beautiful area for the lupine she found there, mistakenly identifying it as “larkspur.”
Larkspur is conveniently located 15 miles north of San Francisco, halfway between Sausalito and San Rafael, at the foot of Mount Tamalpais (see map of Larkspur) and 28.6 miles from San Francisco International Airport (about 46 mins).
Larkspur is a charming city in Central Marin County with a population of about 12,000. Adjacent to Larkspur’s downtown is Madrone Canyon, which is a residential area with a spectacular redwood grove.
Larkspur real estate is among the most sought out in Marin thanks to its prime location, top rated schools and pleasant weather. Single family homes range in price from $600,000 (for a fixer upper) to $3,000,000, while condominiums range from $150,000 to $600,000. Click here for Larkspur Homes for Sale and here for Detailed, Up to Date Information about the Larkspur Real Estate Market.
Historic Downtown Larkspur, CA
The downtown/Magnolia Avenue area is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as an irreplaceable American “turn of the century hometown.” Larkspur residents have been quite successful in preserving the small-town ambiance. A medley of specialty shops, boutiques, Queen Anne Victorians, cafes and first-class restaurants can be enjoyed by taking a relaxing stroll down Magnolia Avenue. Not to be missed are the Escalle Winery, built in the 1890’s by the young Frenchman, Jean Escalle, who planted the northern hillsides of Larkspur with wine grapes; and the exquisite Murphy mansion, constructed in 1888, formerly home to the famous restaurant, the Lark Creek Inn and later the Lark Creek Tavern, now Perry’s. Larkspur extends north to the unincorporated area of Greenbrae, home to the Bon Air Shopping Center, which offers boutiques, restaurants, and gift shops. Greenbrae is well known for its tastefully landscaped custom homes, many of which have views of the Bay, Corte Madera Creek and lowlands and Mt. Tam. A special effort was made during the development of this area to preserve the hundred of majestic oaks that grace the hillsides. Greenbrae residents enjoy a one-minute drive to the freeway and two minutes to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal.
East of the freeway is the area known as Larkspur Landing, home of the Larkspur Ferry Terminal, a movie theatre and the recently renovated Marin Country Mart. The Mart is an upscale shopping center including high end boutiques, a Yoga center and fitness facility, and several restaurants.
The Larkspur School District serves the “Twin Cities” of Larkspur and Corte Madera. The school district is comprised of two award-winning schools: Neil Cummins Elementary School (K-4) in Corte Madera, and Henry C. Hall Middle School (5-8) in Larkspur. More than 1,100 students attend these two schools.
For additional information on Larkspur, click on the following links:
- City of Larkspur – Official Website
- Tamalpais Union High School District
- Larkspur School Directory
- Wikipedia – Larkspur, California
- Larkspur Store Locations, ATMs, Mail pickups.
- Larkspur Walkers