Prior to the mid-1800s, Corte Madera’s main inhabitants were the California Redwoods that populated the area’s vast forests. But with the success of the logging industry came huge transformation for Corte Madera (in Spanish, the name means “chop wood”). Today, the town is home to nearly 9,500 residents.
Tucked away in the Marin countryside, Corte Madera stretches from the San Francisco Bay to the foot of Mt. Tamalpais. Known for its spectacular Bay and mountaintop views, some refer to these 4.4 square miles as “the hidden jewel of Marin.”
No matter what your speed, Corte Madera has something to offer:
Stroll down First Street to Corte Madera Avenue and Montecito Drive and you’ll find the town’s first building (once a hotel and tavern) still intact.
A favorite for those looking to put down roots and raise a family, Corte Madera offers a variety of youth-centered activities and an impressive selection of distinguished public schools, many of which have earned the distinction of National Blue Ribbon School and rankings amongst California’s top 10.