Mill Valley

Just ten minutes north of San Francisco, Mill Valley sits along the eastern slope of Mount Tamalpais. Mill Valley boasts a vibrant downtown and has some of the best hiking, biking and running trails Marin has to offer.

Welcome to Mill Valley

A cultural hub surrounded by lush landscape
Mill Valley is a cultural hub in Marin County, California. Its internationally-recognized Film Festival, outdoor amphitheater, and annual race are just a few significant attractions of the city. The community is also surrounded by lush landscapes, providing ample opportunity for nature enthusiasts to explore the great outdoors while hiking or biking. Discover the perfect home for you in a spacious setting on a large lot surrounded by natural beauty. Extravagance is expected in Mill Valley.

What to Love

  • Stately properties with gorgeous natural surroundings
  • Home of the Mill Valley Film Festival
  • Fashionable boutiques and restaurants
  • Plenty of hiking and biking trails
  • Less than 20 miles from San Francisco

Local Lifestyle 

With so much to explore in Mill Valley, there is no shortage of options when you're hoping for fun and entertainment. Attend a festival, catch a show at the amphitheater, join a race, or head downtown to sip a cup of coffee before you visit the many boutique shops. There is truly something for everyone in this enchanting city. The area is home to some of California’s most beautiful natural spaces, including areas teeming with iconic Redwoods.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

A plethora of dining and shopping choices abound in the area. Start with a sip of coffee at the ever-popular Equator Coffees. This hip coffeehouse serves a variety of coffee beverages, tea, and light eats such as berry scones, veggie croissants, gluten-free zucchini corn muffins, and granola yogurt parfaits. The ever-classy Buckeye Roadhouse is a delightful choice for a more upscale venue. The 1937 eatery offers a lodge-like atmosphere and serves lunch and dinner selections. Chili-lime brick chicken, smoked maple leaf duck, bacon-wrapped petite filet mignon, and butternut squash ravioli are just a few options here. 
Sol Food is the place for traditional Puerto Rican fare. This highly-rated restaurant is always bustling, thanks to its delicious food and lively atmosphere. The Cantina is a terrific choice for Mexican cuisine. Dine indoors or on the provided patio. This place is well-loved for its margaritas. Meanwhile, Prabh Indian Kitchen is a top choice in town for Indian cuisine. The converted house now operates as a homey bistro. Piatti is a well-liked Italian establishment with traditional ingredients and stone-baked pizza.
Lytton Square is a beloved downtown plaza in the heart of Mill Valley. Play chess at the provided tables while you people watch, or make your way through to the nearby shops and galleries. Places like Carolina Boutique, TYSA, Seager Gray Gallery, and 13 Bernard Salon are all located in the plaza.
Strawberry Village Shopping Center off Redwood Highway is another top retail spot. The favored Woodlands Pet Food & Treats is located here, along with coffee shops, cafes, various spas, specialty stores, and more.

Things to Do

When the urge to hike strikes you, living in Mill Valley definitely comes in handy. The city has numerous hiking spots offering various challenges and catering to numerous skill levels. Cascade Falls Trailhead is one of the more popular choices, as its trail is short and features a gorgeous waterfall that makes for a terrific photo op. If you prefer more of a challenge, Dipsea Trail Head is a must-visit. Its sharp inclines, long staircases, and multiple miles make for a challenging yet rewarding hike. The Dispea Race is held here and is quite legendary, as it’s the second-oldest footrace in the United States. 
Muir Woods National Monument is also a significant attraction of Mill Valley. Start at the visitor center to check out their offerings and learn more about the area before hitting the trails. This heavily forested park is extremely well-rated and beloved by many. 
The Mill Valley Film Festival is considered one of the Bay area's best and most anticipated events. Leading filmmakers and their stars often attend each year to view some of the world’s up-and-coming indie films. The festival takes place in early October. For more prime entertainment, visit the Cushing Memorial Amphitheater. This outdoor venue at the top of Mount Tamalpais brings in regular audiences with its Broadway musicals and other top-tier performances.


The Mill Valley School District serves the community of Mill Valley.

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Overview for Mill Valley, CA

14,240 people live in Mill Valley, where the median age is 47.9 and the average individual income is $110,356. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Mill Valley, CA

Mill Valley has 5,622 households, with an average household size of 2.52. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Mill Valley do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 14,240 people call Mill Valley home. The population density is 2,977.68 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Mill Valley, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Mill Valley. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Ring Mountain Day School
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Edna Maguire Elementary
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Around Mill Valley, CA

There's plenty to do around Mill Valley, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including DUXIANA San Rafael, Project Fit, and Ship-Shaper.

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Shopping 4.48 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.23 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.41 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.89 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.7 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.1 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars

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