Picturesque ranch lands, artisanal cheese tasting, kayaking, fabulous oysters, hiking amongst Tule Elk, and a rockin’ summer music program at El Rancho, are just some of the many reasons West Marin is such a hot spot.
Typically, less than an hour from the Golden Gate Bridge, West Marin is a destination of choice for many Bay Area residents who enjoy good local food, beautiful open scenery and some of the prettiest drives and bike rides around.
For several summers, my wife boarded her horse at a cattle ranch in Inverness. Over the years we’ve seen sleepy Inverness pop with successful new businesses that focus on fresh, local goods, and have customers returning again and again. Perry’s Market and (fantastic) Deli come to mind. We could hardly resist their gravitational pull each time we passed by.
Of course, locals have noticed the change as well. Whether it’s the cattle rancher in Inverness or the chiropractor we know in Pt Reyes Station, they both mention the growing interest in West Marin.
The quaint town of Marshall is no different. Hog Island Oyster and Tomales Bay Oyster Company offer fresh, right from the Bay oysters, and the popularity of both locations goes to show that people are gobbling them up.
As visitors appreciate the natural beauty, laid back lifestyle, and simple charms of the area, many can’t help but seriously consider finding real estate of their own.
If you’re a fan of the area and looking for a special get away location, a family retreat, or an equine property, The Creek House may be your place.
Surrounded by agricultural conservation lands and nested into a protected valley, the Creek House offers privacy and space. Situated just off Highway 1 on more than 14 acres that abut Walker Creek, it feels like a world away, but with the added benefit of being just a few minutes from Nick’s Cove.
The home—which has been featured in Elle Décor Magazine—is a re-imagined vintage farmhouse with additional out buildings, including a casita, a barn and fenced pastures for horses, as well as a caretaker’s residence. During a high tide one might just be able to kayak all the way to Tomales Bay from the Creek House. Of course, such an adventure would need to be followed by oysters and a Lagunitas Pilsner.