Belvedere is an affluent town on the Tiburon Peninsula. It consists of two “islands” and the Belvedere Lagoon between them. The larger of the two islands is Belvedere Island. The smaller one is Corinthian Island, which is shared with the City of Tiburon. Belvedere Lagoon is owned and maintained by the Belvedere Lagoon Property Owner’s Association. The lagoon is not accessible by boat from the San Francisco Bay, and no public access is provided. The Island is connected to nearby Tiburon by a causeway. Belvedere and Tiburon share public services (police, fire, library), the Reed School District (which is rated in the top one percent of California schools), and the Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.
Part of yet another land grant granted to John Reed in 1834,
Belvedere was always a tony place to live while Tiburon was originally the train stop and the “other side of the tracks”. Many Belvedere properties are renowned for their sweeping views of the Bay, downtown San Francisco, two bridges and Mt. Tamalpais. .As a result, land values are extremely high. In 2000, 87.6% of the city’s owner-occupied housing units cost more than $1,000,000. Today, (September 2012) the average property price in Belvedere is over $3,000,000.
No restaurants or stores are allowed in Belvedere, and the city enforces strict rules regarding house design and setbacks in order to preserve trees, views and the town’s spacious, wooded character. The nearby town of Tiburon, however, is home to a wide range of services, shops with fine dining and casual restaurants.
Originally a fishing community, Belvedere has become a sailing community of renown, where the San Francisco Yacht Club is located. Founded in 1869, Belvedere’s San Francisco Yacht Club is the oldest club on the Pacific Coast. It operates a year round facility including the harbor, a dry sail area, and a full service restaurant and bar.
- Population: 2068
- Households: Approximately 928
- Median resident age: 54
- Average listing price in 2015: $6,400,000
- Average Sales price in 2015: $6,100,000 ($1,390/per square foot)