“The Twin Cities,” as these two contiguous Marin County towns are sometimes referred to, Corte Madera and Larkspur also share pride in their beauty, spectacular views, elements of their respective histories, dedication to their residents and even a police department. Incorporated in 1916 and 1908, respectively, they have a combined population of approximately 22,000 fortunate year-round residents.
While Corte Madera is often called “the hidden jewel of Marin,” neighboring Larkspur is home to Larkspur Landing, the main Marin County terminal for a commuter and tourist ferry service transporting more than 6,000 passengers daily between the North Bay and San Francisco. Although both communities have plenty of modern amenities and shopping areas, they are also dedicated to historic preservation – with individual buildings as well as entire districts bearing historic designations. As it is in all of Marin County, education receives top priority. The Larkspur School District provides elementary and middle schools for both towns, while Larkspur’s Redwood High School, an institution of the Tamalpais Union High School District, provides upper grade education. Corte Madera-based Marin Country Day School, offers private, co-ed education to approximately 540 students.