Located in the center of the Ross Valley, San Anselmo is a small town of tree-lined streets with eclectic architecture and homes built from the late 1800’s to very recently. Much of San Anselmo is hilly, with a few areas of flat and level land on the valley floor. The center of town is its picturesque main street, San Anselmo Avenue. There are great boutiques, an excellent independent bookstore and multiple coffee shops and several new wine bars. Bicycling around town is a way of life in San Anselmo and the Ross Valley, home of the mountain bike.
In the 1870’s, San Anselmo was a hub of train activity from Sausalito to San Rafael to Tomales. Two main streets in San Anselmo, Miracle Mile and Center Boulevard were the railroad’s right of way and their raised roadbeds are left over from that. Largely unprofitable because of competition from the automobile and the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, the railway was officially closed on March 1, 1941.
On March 12, 1974, San Anselmo officially became a town. The exceedingly charming downtown area boasts boutiques, antiques and fine casual dining. Indeed, San Anselmo is considered a “destination dining” trip for folks from all over the Bay Area. It’s also a hub of antique stores that make for a charming stroll through town. The San Francisco Theological Seminary is the most visible landmark in town. In the heart of San Anselmo, this beautiful stone castle was established in 1892 to train Presbyterian clergy. The architectural beauty and history of the town can be experienced through the self-guided walking tour provided by the San Anselmo Historical Commission.
With a population of approximately 12,300, San Anselmo remains essentially a lovely, laid-back town with an air of sophistication. The highly rated Ross Valley School District provides a safe and challenging education and is a reason that many choose to raise their families in San Anselmo.
- Population: 12,336
- Households: Approximately 5200
- Median resident age: 45
- Average listing price in 2015: $1,200,000
- Average Sales price in 2015: $1,240,000 ($633/per square foot)