Our home is located in a quiet neighborhood of Fairfax, a small town that is a 20-minute drive south to the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco and an hour's drive north to some of the wine country's beautiful spa towns and wineries. Fairfax is a major hub for trail running and mountain biking and is the meetup area for cyclists heading up Mt. Tam, out to the coast (stunning hwy 1), and through northern Marin County out to the wine country.
My husband, Michael, fell in love with Fairfax while living in San Francisco. He bought our home, a duplex, and completely remodeled the interior, including installing skylights, recessed lighting, wood floors, a gourmet kitchen, and two spa-like bathrooms.
Our hillside house is incredibly sunny due to skylights and large windows upstairs. We usually have breakfast and dinner on our upstairs deck. The view is lovely! We have one bedroom, a den, a huge kitchen/dining room, and a bathroom upstairs. Downstairs is the master bedroom with huge bathroom. We have cable television and wireless Internet access. We have a 2-car carport. We keep our house very clean and uncluttered.
We have a cat (Giselle) who spends most of her time roaming outside and sleeping inside. She is shy around strangers but warms right up if you give her some treats and a head rub.
If you stay at our home, don't forget your trail running, road biking, mountain biking, and hiking shoes. Just 1.5 miles away is the best running and mountain biking trail system in northern California. One mile from our house is the start of a 17-mile road climb to the top of Mt. Tamalpais. The views of the Pacific on your way to the top are not to be missed. Car commercials are filmed here! Coffee houses and bike shops are located one-half mile away. The towns of San Anselmo (0.5 miles away) and San Rafael (1.5 miles away) offer excellent dining and shopping opportunities. A walk down the hill brings us to the quaint downtown of Fairfax, which tries hard not to be like the more posh neighboring towns. It has no chain stores, caters to young families, and is filled on the weekends with cyclists from all over the Bay area. The Fairfax post office and Coffee Roasters down the street are popular starting points for group rides. Don't miss the Good Earth grocery, which carries all organic products and caters to vegan and gluten-free diets as well as people with no diet restrictions. Also check out the Fat Angel Bakery down the road from the Coffee Roasters. We love Fairfax because it's sunny, friendly, and deliberately untrendy. If we need to shop the popular chain stores or go to trendy places with out-of-town guests, we take a 5-minute car ride to San Anselmo or San Rafael. And San Francisco is a 20-minute drive away.
Michael and I married 7 years ago (who says a first marriage is impossible after age 40!). We live in Fairfax so that we can take advantage of the INCREDIBLE running and cycling venues and enjoy stunningly beautiful Marin County as well as the diversions of San Francisco and the wine country. Michael does ironmans; I'm a marathoner and newly addicted road cyclist.
Michael is a freelance magazine photographer; I'm a freelance editor. Because we do a lot of work at home, we like our house to be clean and serene and our neighborhood to be tranquil, which it is.
We both enjoy traveling for races and want to do a lot of traveling in the future.
A young couple lives in the other side of our duplex. They know Fairfax well and are very friendly. They can be relied on for info and recommendations for dining and activities.