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r. Ce ith one of the Bay Area’s earliest-built Terra Linda Sleepy Hollow Divide Sk outdoor shopping malls, a y set of 1960s ranch-style homes Las Rap that became post-war architecture De l Gan classics and the Jetsons-like Frank a L as Lloyd Wright Civic Center across the highway, Terra Linda is Marin’s most fully Colindas R d. realized contribution to the modern era. Post 101 Located in the Las Gallinas Valley area of the Office Oleander Rd. Park T. county, with about 10,000 residents, Terra Linda was developed on the former land of Manuel T. Frietas, one of Fre el M it a nu s Ma the original immigrant Portuguese Spanish land-grant ownHillview Pk w ers. Freitas, who emigrated to the U.S. in 1896 and made his Park y. fortune in banking, ran the area—about 6,000 acres—as a dairy Ga Maria B. Freitas lli n a s farm. Freitas’s former ranch house is currently the location of St. Memorial Park Av. Isabella’s Catholic Church and School on Trinity Way. As the Freitas land was subdivided following World War II, the Terra Linda neighborhood emerged and became one of the county’s busiest areas Kaiser E sm Medical e ye r of development throughout the 1950s and ‘60s. Center One of its most renowned developments in the area was the goods, proliferation of what became known as Eichler homes, the lunch No va courtyard-centered, naturally lit style popularized by architect destinaA lb i on Joseph Eichler from 1955 through the following decade. Terra tions and D ev . on vd Linda boasts about 900 Eichlers. much-needed e Bl Dr. H in d Located beyond the parkway that bares the Freitas name, the infusions of Mall at Northgate has been a shopping destination for Terra takeout coffee. Linda residents—as well as the entire county and beyond—since To the east of opening in 1965. One of the state’s earliest-built outdoor malls, Terra Linda, across Northgate has often been ahead of the mall game design-wise; it Highway 101, is the converted to an enclosed building in 1987 when the then-new Vil- landmark Marin Civic Center, lage in Corte Madera brought a bit of outdoor-mall competition designed by Frank Lloyd Wright; it’s to Marin. Today, plans are in the works to revert back to an outspace-age modern architecture—intended from a design standdoor design to keep up with ever-shifting shopping trends. Nearby point to blend in with the rolling Marin hills—brings many is Northgate One Shopping Center, which is closer in design to Wright devotees to the area to tour the structure. The Civic a strip mall, offering neighbors market Center’s futuristic persona has been put to great effect in such sci-fi fi lms as 1994’s Gattaca and George Lucas’s debut 1970 feature THX 1138. Still unincorporated into the 1960s, Terra Linda founded its own Community Services District to serve the neighborhood, but in the early 1970s the area was annexed by the City of San Rafael. Despite their decades-long status as San Rafaelites, when asked the place they call home, residents are still almost certain to reply, “Terra Linda.”—SHELLEY SHEPHERD KLANER
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P PUBLIC SCHOOLS Terra Linda High, 320 Nova Albion Way; V Vallecito Elementary School, 50 Nova Albion Way
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inding Marinwood L uc was like discoveras be rr y ing uranium!” That was what Gerald Hoytt, developer and president of the R d. Marinwood Builders Inc., claimed on his sales L uc as Lucas Valley brochures when promoting the area in the 1950s. Mem. Prk. Also touted in the brochures as the “choicest location in the Bay Area,” Marinwood continues to be a neighborhood favored by locals, who appreciate the unique setting found northeast of San Rafael. A unique aspect of the mostly rural area, nestled in valleys surrounded by open space and hills with wide roads and the feeling of neighborhood, is the architecture. Marinwood’s house styles are a blend of Hoytt-developed homes and the more renowned houses made famous by architect Joseph Eichler, whose open-air, multi-windowed designs built mostly in the late 1950s and early 1960s became modern-era classics. Although the homes were originally constructed to appeal to middle-class families, they have become an emblem of days gone by and originality longed for by many lovers of home design and architectural fanatics. The charming Eichler houses are typically built around a courtyard with loads of natural light, open space and, during their heyday, were considered emblematic of post-war baby boom suburbia. Homes feature post and beam construction, floor-toceiling glass and radiant heat. More recently preservation of the structures has become an imperative with some of the Bay Area housing divisions placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Neighboring Lucas Valley has an architectural review committee that guides homeowners remodeling their homes to preserve the noted Eichler style. These mainly single-level homes are what define an area whose individuality can make it seem like a separate entity from the rest of the county. Its history is straightforward. Irishman James Miller, who migrated over the Sierra in perilous
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conditions when many did not make it, originally purchased the land that now makes up the Marinwood area in 1846. The parcel included Miller Creek, which runs through the neighborhood and fittingly bares the town founder’s name. Miller rebuilt an adobe on a hill were the current Miller Creek Condominiums are located. By 1862 Miller had 10 children in his brood, so he set aside a site for the construction of a school along the winding, tree-lined Idylberry Road where Dixie Elementary School now resides. (The original school house still stands and is part of the National Registry of Historic Places, but has been relocated in front of Miller Creek Middle School on Las Gallinas Avenue. ) After Miller died, the 1,084-acre ranch was sold to the Sequeira family in 1935 and by the 1950s the area blossomed into what it is still today—a homey Bay Area suburb. Though it lies within City of San Rafael borders, an unofficial adjunct to Marinwood is St. Vincent’s School for Boys, a Catholic Charities residential treatment home for youth age 7 to 17. Located a stone’s throw from Marinwood, east of Highway 101, St. Vincent’s has been an area icon since the 1850s when Timothy Murphy granted the land to the San Francisco archdioses on the condition it be turned into a school. St. Vincent’s hosts first-rate public events throughout the year--the October pumpkin patch is a kid’s delight—and the grand Most Holy Rosary Chapel, built in 1930, is still open to the public for Sunday services. Marinwood, an unincorporated area, is self-governed by the Marinwood Community Services District, under county jurisdiction. The Marinwood Association, meanwhile, is a nonprofit volunteer community organization that works for its neighborhoods and offers annual memberships to community members. The neighborhood’s primary business center is the Marinwood Shopping Plaza, which is currently eyed for a major redevelopment in the coming years; meaning Marinwood’s best days may still lay ahead.—SHELLEY SHEPHERD KLANER M A R I N W O O D
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FFIRE Station 6, 650 Del Ganado Road LLIBRARY Civic Center Library, 3501 Civic Center Drive, #427 PARKS Jerry Russom Memorial Park, Marinwood Park P POST OFFICE 603 Del Ganado Road P
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PUBLIC SCHOOLS Miller Creek Middle School, 2255 Las Gallinas P Ave.; Mary E. Silveira Elementary School, 375 Blackstone Drive; A Dixie Elementary School, 1175 Idylberry Road D
â€œYour best investment is my ultimate goal.â€?â€“Wayka
ayka and her husband discovered Marinwood in their quest to find a home in Marin Wayka Bartolacelli with their first born in 1983. After the rewarding experience of putting sweat equity into a house that needed a lot of TLC, the joys of home ownership inspired Wayka to become a realtor specializing in her own neighborhood. After selling hundreds of homes, Wayka has became known and recognized as â€œThe Marinwood Specialist.â€? Homeowners trusted her knowledge of the area and appreciated her community involvement. She knew how to promote the
homes and the benefits of living near parks, beautiful nature trails in the open-space hills, and Community Center with activities for all ages. The quality of the schools as well as the tight-knit community where everyone knows their neighbor are some of the reasons people want to live here. Her two kids grew up through the Dixie School District and have gone through college in the meantime. After 23 years in the business, Wayka is still called on by the Marinwood residents and buyers alike to assist them with their real estate needs. Wayka is not only well acquainted with Marinwood, but is familiar with all areas of Marin County.
Waykaâ€™s 2009 listings and sales in Marinwood 15 Valleystone: In Contract 12 Unionstone: Sold to Buyer 5 Pueblo: Sold to Buyer 390 Quietwood: For Sale
295 Blackstone: Sold 364 Peachstone: In Contract 275 Johnstone: In Contract 884 Flaxberry: Sold
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Marin’s fastest-growing city keeps its small-town feel
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even made it to the big screen in 1992’s Vallej Radio Flyer, which o Av. was set in early 1970s Novato and featured Tom Hanks. The fi lm utilized much of Grant Avenue, Av. as well as locations such as Novato High School and g Lon Av. e the Novato movie D Blv theater. The single-screen d. .v A theater was designed by architect blo a i D William Kelly and opened to the public in 1948. The theater closed in 1991, shortly before Radio Flyer came out, and has sat unused since. Talks of turning it into a multipurpose theater/performance venue have been ongoing since 1996 when it was purchased by a local nonprofit in the hopes of revitalizing the downtown. While the theater has yet to make a comeback, the downtown went ahead and upgraded anyway. In the late 1990s the city repaved much of Grant Avenue, reconfigured sidewalks, parking spaces and planted new trees. Taking advantage of the city’s new look are the many longrunning festivals and events that Novato puts on for community members. Event highlights include a Fourth of July parade, the annual Festival of Art, Wine and Music, old-time car shows, a “salsa festival” and a seasonal farmers market. Redw ood
lthough Vir Novato is gin a Marion a cluster Rec. Area W of diverse neighborhoods— arner Av. such as Ignacio, Hamilton Grant and San Marin—when one thinks of Marin’s most Creek Lee N northern outpost, what Ge ovato rne Lu Sutton rP springs to mind is often the k. Rec. Area growing city’s quaint and charming downtown. While the city’s population is about 50,000, the downtown area gives Novato a small-town feel. And for many Novato residents, a walk downtown is like a stroll into Marin’s past. The city hall is housed in a stately former Presbyterian church on Sherman Avenue. The iconic red church, built in 1896, was the longtime home of city offices; a safety retrofitting project is currently under way and city officials hope to move back sometime in 2010. It is this building that can be found on most of the city post cards and promotional brochures; you can even find birdhouses built to look like it. Near the old red church is Novato’s busiest street and the hub of downtown—Grant Avenue. The eastern end of Grant is known as Old Town, and was the bustling town center through the 19th century and into the 20th (when it was referred to as “new town,” ironically enough)—featuring a railroad depot, hotel, general store, post office, blacksmith and small school. The city’s nostalgia-laden charm
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FFIRE Station 1, 7025 Redwood Blvd. LLIBRARY Novato Library, 1720 Novato Blvd. P PARKS Miwok Park, located off Novato Blvd.; P Pioneer Park, located on Simmons Boulevard P POST OFFICE 1537 South Novato Blvd.
d red Presbyterian church The rooster-weather-veine landmark. Novato’s most recognizable
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P PUBLIC SCHOOLS Lu Sutton Elementary, 1800 Center Road; O Olive Elementary, 629 Plum St.; Hill Middle, 720 Diablo Ave.; N Novato High, 625 Arthur St.
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