The second most popular of the Marin County cities, Novato is a leader in growth and development. The introduction of the $100 million Buck Center for Research and Aging has opened up a whole new page of economic activity in spin-off research and medical facilities as well as hospitality resources. On the residential scene, the former Hamilton Air Field is being converted into a residential area that is surrounded by vast acreage parklands and wetlands. Climbing over small hills and stretching across valleys, Novato offers many homes with views of the San Pablo Bay. Attractive and suburban, the city carves distinct neighborhoods over its hillsides and ridges. Many fine housing options are available in Novato, from lovely horse estates along Indian Valley Road to beautiful custom estates tucked away in wooded seclusion in Alameda del Prado. Novato provides an environment ideal for family living. The city is home to the county’s largest employer, Firemen’s Fund, in addition to a cluster of high-tech, bio-tech and software firms. Shoppers can find the answers to most retail needs at the mall along Highway 101, and recreational amenities are plentiful. Parks, tennis courts, three golf courses, museums, marinas are just a few of the attractions.