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Old 05-10-2015, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Formerly Pleasanton Ca, now in Marietta Ga
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I know the schools are pretty good in contra costa county in the 680 and 24 corridors, don't know how they are in marin county.
Since the OP doesn't wish to divulge budget for a house, it's pretty hard to make a recommendation.
Also aren't many liberals also very nimby-ish?
I frequent marin a fair amount as my sister lives in San Anselmo having just sold her home in Kentfield. I live in the tri valley. Both areas can be beautiful depending on your taste. I give a now to marin county overall though. But living I prefer where i am now.
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Old 05-11-2015, 11:40 AM
 
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I agree with you, Dave. I think a lot of people who live in San Francisco or maybe even the inner East Bay spend more of their outdoor time in Marin Co. so they tend to think of that as the benchmark, but Mt. Diablo, Briones, Los Vaqueros ... all are gorgeous and awe-inspiring scenery.

When comparing the two, people also tend to forget that Contra Costa Co. does have great bay/water access as well, not to mention the Delta.
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Old 05-11-2015, 02:27 PM
 
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As I've said before, if money is no object, go for Sausalito/Tiburon/Belvedere. You honestly cannot get that type of amazing water access and views of the SF Skyline from CC County.

However, speaking as a Danville resident, I think where I live can stand toe-to-toe with any other part of Marin county. I think that the San Rafael and Novato areas are a bit hit-or-miss. San Anselmo is pretty, but the housing stock just didn't impress me at all. I like how I have better access to more amenities, access to BART and great schools throughout my area. I like how I can sit by the pool comfortably during the summer, but can still open my window in the evenings for a mild breeze. I like how my area has a mix of liberal and conservative views, rather than an in your face liberal agenda.

I think Marin is beautiful but the parts that I think would be the best to live area out of my price range, unless I wanted to seriously downsize. I prefer the quality of life that Danville affords on an upper middle class income.
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Old 05-12-2015, 12:42 AM
 
Location: Fort Liquordale, Florida
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I am mid 50s. Worked since 14 years old. Worked a lot of hard physical back breaking work in my youth. NO kids. At 48 I finally became financially viable. I own a small Mansion in Harbour Beach of Fort Liquordale. I live in the most expensive zip code and hood in Broward County and I can't afford to live in Marin County. I won't even try to live there. IMO you need to be netting least $300,000k annually AND BE single to live a comfortable life in Marin.
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