Tucked in at the base of beautiful Mt. Tamalpais, Kentfield is not actually a town. It is unincorporated and governed by the County of Marin, sharing utilities and many public services with the Twin Cities of Corte Madera and Larkspur. It is named after Albert Kent, a Chicago meat packer who settled in the area in 1872. His wife, Adaline donated 23 acres of land for a community recreation center that later became the site for the College of Marin, which is part of the California Community College system. In the heart of Kentfield, and near the well-known Woodlands Market, The College has been providing exceptional educational opportunities since 1926. On top of its excellent 2 year program, the community also benefits from its strong arts program exhibits and performances as well as an extensive adult/community program.
Kentfield’s location between Ross and Larkspur and near the Golden Gate National Recreation Area provides top quality hiking and biking trails and access to stunning natural beauty. Even when it’s foggy in nearby areas, Kentfield can be sunny and warmer making it a destination for outdoor lovers. However during the rainy season, Kentfield has one of the highest average rainfalls of any community in the San Francisco Bay Area; normally 47.47 inches falls each year on an average of 66.0 days.
Like much of Marin County there are residences on the hillsides as well as the valley floor, giving some homes magnificent views that can span the Bay to the Redwoods. Kent Woodlands, a wealthy subdivision on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais, has houses that range from more modest ranch homes to large estates. It is a wooded area with larger lots, and homes there can come with sweeping views of the bay or open space.
An upper middle-class to wealthy community, it has its own Kentfield School District which is ranked in the 99th percentile, the highest in the state. Both Bacich Elementary and Kent Middle Schools have been named “California Distinguished Schools.” Both scored in the top three percent in the recent statewide academic testing. The public high school is Redwood in the Tamalpais Union High School District and nearby private high schools include Branson, Marin Catholic, San Domenico and Marin Academy. Homebuyers will pay a premium to have their children in this highly respected district.
- Population: 6,485
- Households: Approximately 2,600
- Median resident age: 47
- Average listing in 2015: $2,650,000
- Average sales price in 2015: $2,650,000 ($815/per square foot )