Situated at the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito was the one of the lasts stops for rail, car and ferry traffic into San Francisco. The dwellings of the indigenous Coastal Miwok Indians were explored and mapped in 1907. By then not much was left of those who had first lived in the area. The City Developed rapidly as a shipbuilding center in World War II and has evolved into a colorful, wealthy and artistic community. It is a tourist destination because of its incredible setting, views and proximity to San Francisco. It is also adjacent to, and surrounded by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
William Richardson settled in Southern Marin in 1822 and petitioned for a Rancho
that he called Saucelito (a grove of trees indicating a nearby stream). Richardson had been using a fresh spring on the edge of what is now called Richardson Bay. By the early 1900’s Sausalito had a major ferry terminal, bringing in (even in those days) long lines of automobiles. In May 1937 the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge made the car ferries obsolete, but passenger ferry service is still available. Sausalito was a center for bootlegging during Prohibition because of its proximity to a large waterway and being close…but not too close to San Francisco.
In 1941, Bechtel Corporation built a major shipyard called Marinship on the shore of Sausalito. The thousands of laborers who worked here were largely housed in a nearby community constructed for them called Marin City. The Marinship Shipyards were involved in the early Civil rights movement. In 1944 in the case of James v. Marinship the California Supreme Court held that African Americans could not be excluded from jobs based on their race. The California Supreme Court extended the ruling to apply to all unions and all workers in CaliforniAfter World War II, a dynamic waterfront community grew out of the abandoned ship yards. By the late 1960s house boat communities occupied the waterfront along Sausalito’s shore. Over the years there has been controversy between the houseboat dwellers and the “hill” people. Today three house boat communities still exist — Galilee Harbor, Waldo Point Harbor and the Gates Cooperative, having survived removal by authorities.
Sausalito’s reputation as an artistic colony is upheld by The Sausalito Art Festival, held every Labor Day weekend since 1952. It showcases thousands of juried art pieces by local and international artists. The Sausalito Art Walk also celebrates art the second Wednesday of each month. The hillside residences boast world class views, eclectic architecture and delightful gardens, despite its proximity to the foggy Golden Gate. This colorful waterfront town has a distinct Mediterranean ambience with first class hotels, fine dining, art galleries and boutiques. Regular ferry service from San Francisco and the nearby Golden Gate Bridge makes the town easily accessible for both commuters and tourists. Although only 2 square miles, Sausalito has long been a popular visitor destination and a prized residential and business location – boasting temperate climate, old world charm and some of the region’s most spectacular views.
- Population: 7061
- Households: Approximately 4112
- Median resident age: 51
- Average listing price in 2015: $1,900,900
- Average Sales price ini 2015: $2,000,000 $848/per square foot)