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Old 08-11-2011, 02:50 PM
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I can't decide between these places. What are the pros/cons of living there?
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Old 08-11-2011, 03:11 PM
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They're all expensive and kind of crappy for commuting anywhere just because the bridge and 101 are such bottlenecks. Muir Beach and Stinson Beach would be chilly and windy and foggy most of the time compared with the other places you listed, so there's that, plus areas on the Marin coast are kind of isolated and you have to go over winding mountain roads to get to the more populated eastern part of Marin along 101.
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Old 08-11-2011, 07:32 PM
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Muir Beach and Stinson Beach have very limited housing stock and are expensive and would require driving on twisty Highway 1 to get to shopping and work. However on weekday mornings there isn't much traffic so it is faster than driving from Novato for example.

From Belvedere, Tiburon or Sausalito you can ride a Golden Gate Transit bus or take a ferry to SF financial district if that is where you work. The commute across the bridge if you drive is very easy in the morning from southern Marin (no bottleneck as most use FasTrack) but costs $5 with the pass. Parking in San Francisco is very expensive but if you can afford the house prices in southern Marin I guess that is not a problem. The bridge is a bottleneck only on the weekend when the SF people return from hiking or the beach or the summer tourists drive slowly admiring the view. Neither uses FasTrack so the toll plaza backs up.

Belvedere has the most expensive housing prices in Marin and Tiburon and Sausalito are not far behind. All are beautiful settings with expansive views.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:29 PM
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I visited Muir Beach over Labor Day weekend 2011. It is a really beautiful location.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:54 PM
Location: San Francisco
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I used to date a guy who lived in Mill Valley. I'd take the ferry over to Sausalito and he'd pick me up there when I went to visit. It was a pretty commute for sure. I would go over on the weekends though, so I have no idea what it's like during the week.

When I was moving back to the Bay Area, I considered Sausalito simply because there is ferry and bus service that will get you into the city. However, I'm not sure how many people live there who don't have a car and simply walk to and from the ferry daily. (That would have been my situation.) It's a nice town for sure. Tiburon seems to be a bit slower, so Sausalito is about as slow as I'm willing to go in terms of lifestyle.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:25 AM
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Muir Beach is too foggy, Stinson is better but even more isolated (although inside the gated Seadrift neighborhood, it's really nice!), but I'd also stick to the areas closer to civilization. Belvedere is relatively unaffordable (although there is a condo development that was recently remodeled and has a bunch of tennis courts), but Sausalito has a wide variety of housing prices, and it's close to the City.
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:58 AM
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Depends on what type of lifestyle are you looking for?
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