Across from the beautiful Golden Gate Strait resides the waterside village of Sausalito, a charming small town with diverse dining options, a unique floating home community, scenic views, and incredible opportunities for sailing and other watersports. There's plenty of reasons to love living in Sausalito, which is why this Marin County city remains such a popular location.
The vibrant, historic Richard Branson floating homes community in Sausalito is one of the city's biggest draws. Consisting of over 400 floating homes or houseboats, the community represents Sausalito's creative, free-spirited history. Why homes on the water? The relocation to full-time houseboats started in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that struck the area and destroyed dozens of homes in 1906. However, the community cemented its permanence after WWII and was built by artists and bohemians.
Sausalito has one of the best public school districts in California. Residents can choose from Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy, a K-8 public school in Marin City, or the K-8 charter school Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito. The district also has two private elementary schools: New Village School and Lycée Français de San Francisco. For high school, most students attend the public Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley.
During the 1940s and '50s, many artists, musicians, writers, and creatives moved to Sausalito, helping expand the home boat community along with the art scene. Today, Sausalito regularly hosts uniquely creative events like the high-end Sausalito Houseboat Show. The Issaquah Floating Art Show allows guests to see floating home galleries on the Issaquah Dock. Every Labor Day, Sausalito hosts the world-famous Sausalito Art Festival, which includes musical performances and a massive outdoor festival.
Sausalito is one of the most picturesque seaside towns in California. Though not technically a San Francisco neighborhood, it often feels that way because it sits across from the Golden Gate Bridge. Residents can easily commute to Sausalito by bike or ferry. The ferry takes passengers from Marin County to San Francisco, allowing them to enjoy the bay's stunning views. When the moon is full, the vision of it rising above Angel Island is sure to take your breath away.
Sausalito might be a relatively small, waterfront city, but it's full of world-class restaurants— particularly if you love sushi and sustainable seafood. One of its most charming offerings is its many waterfront bars and eateries, allowing guests to enjoy glorious views while dining on delicious cuisine. Since the city is home to a wide range of residents—from families to retirees— there are numerous dining options to match its diverse population. Whether you’re craving Japanese, Thai, or Mexican, a casual walk down the boardwalk or Bridgeway will offer you tons of establishments to check out.
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