The character of downtown Larkspur is defined in many ways by its architecture. With over 100 buildings on its Inventory of Historic resources, downtown Larkspur hasn’t changed much in the past century. Many of the early buildings and homes still stand. A lovely example of these is the Murphy Mansion, now home to famous chef Bradley Ogden’s “Tavern at Lark Creek”. The Blue Rock Inn, a hotel built in 1895, anchors the main street called Magnolia Avenue. It now houses “The Left Bank” a delicious French Bistro. And the Escalle Winery, also built in the 1890’s is a wonderful venue for many worthy fundraisers. Historical Tours provided by the City are a great way to get to know the town.
In the 1850s, the Baltimore and Frederick lumber company leveled the area’s large supply of old-growth redwood trees, although some remain in the Madrone Canyon area. The logging cleared the hills, opening them up for the dairy farms that came next. A railroad station was built in 1891 and one of the dairymen/founder’s wives incorrectly named the station, mistaking the fields of beautiful native Lupine for Larkspur flowers, a type of Delphinium.
In addition to the old Town area of Larkspur with its eclectic and charming homes Larkspur has the added bonus of several other neighborhoods. Homes in the hills can have stunning views of the Bay. There are also homes built
along waterways, including the Larkspur Marina subdivision where some homes have deep water access directly to Richardson and San Francisco Bays. Heather Gardens is a cozy neighborhood of more modest homes built in the 1940s and has a small town feel all its own.
East of Highway 101, the north/south artery through Marin County is home to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal, a scenic and serene way to get to San Francisco and back. Near the Ferry terminal is the Marin Country Mart. This shopping center is newly remodeled with a focus on fresh and local food, music and shopping. Tucked in between Kentfield and Corte Madera with a good school district and the excellent public Redwood High School, Larkspur is a treat of a town. Because of that, and its relatively good commute location, its house values are high.
- Population: 11,926
- Households: Approximately 5,908
- Median resident age: 46
- Average listing in 2015: $1,720,000
- Average Sales price in 2015: $1,770,000 ($790/per square foot)