Located just west of San Anselmo is the lively community of Fairfax. This charming city is well known for its small-town spirit, long-established restaurants and friendly atmosphere. Both attractive and rustic, Fairfax offers a relaxed setting punctuated by recreational amenities like riding stables, tennis courts and golf clubs. A wide variety of housing styles is available that range from strikingly beautiful redwood contemporaries to renovated summer cottages. Approximately half the housing selection was constructed prior to 1950, which provides an abundance of smaller, older homes. Local attractions echo the sense small town intimacy, from the pavilion used for dancing and basketball to celebrations and festivities like the Easter egg hunt or the annual June Arts and Crafts Festival. Among the recreational facilities are three city parks, an old movie palace, and miles of trials for bikes, horses and hikers. Like other small towns scattered throughout Marin, Fairfax is opposes growth and development. Residents are committed to preserving the quality of life that attracted them to this quiet community. Nestled further west towards the coast, are the small communities that punctuate the San Geronimo Valley including Nicasio. The latter has become famous for being the home of George Lucas, of Stars Wars fame, who maintains many of his operations throughout Nicasio and San Rafael. While the county supports a low-growth philosophy, they have opened their doors to select high-tech firms and entertainment companies.

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