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272 Apartments for rent in San Anselmo, CA

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Parkside
101 Sunny Hills Dr
San Anselmo, CA | San Anselmo
1 Bedroom
$2,209
775 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,000
1065 sqft
Last updated November 26 at 07:41 PM
Situated on lushly landscaped grounds, our beautifully maintained property is within walking distance of shopping, schools, parks, restaurants, hiking trails, and transportation.
1 Unit Available
805 Sir Francis Drake – A
805 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
San Anselmo, CA | San Anselmo
Studio
$3,000
1564 sqft
Last updated November 26 at 08:56 PM
Highly Visible end unit all glass store front private restroom Easy Access, Ample Parking Across from Red Hill Shopping Center
1 Unit Available
15 Karl Avenue
15 Karl Avenue
San Anselmo, CA | San Anselmo
3 Bedrooms
$5,150
Last updated November 26 at 02:02 PM
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at 15 Karl Avenue in San Anselmo. View photos, descriptions and more!
1 Unit Available
780 Sir Francis Drake Blvd Unit 780
780 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
San Anselmo, CA | San Anselmo
Studio
$2,250
Last updated November 26 at 10:28 AM
Unique Octagon Shaped Building for Lease with Mt. Tam Views. - 8 sided building with views of Mt. Tam. Approximate 1400 sq ft. with storage underneath building.
1 Unit Available
19 Belle Avenue
19 Belle Avenue
San Anselmo, CA | San Anselmo
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,850
1025 sqft
Last updated November 26 at 10:28 AM
Beautiful upper level, two bedroom/one bathroom apartment available in the heart of San Anselmo. Convenient to downtown, situated on a charming tree-lined street. Unit was recently refreshed with new floors, paint, and appliances.
1 Unit Available
19 Ross Ave #7
19 Ross Avenue
San Anselmo, CA | San Anselmo
1 Bedroom
$2,100
Last updated November 26 at 10:28 AM
Remodeled Upper Unit in Downtown San Anselmo - Light filled and spacious 1 bedroom 1 bathroom recently updated in downtown San Anselmo. This unit is a must see with beautiful light wood floors through out and freshly painted.
1 Unit Available
510 Center Blvd, #F
510 Center Boulevard
San Anselmo, CA | San Anselmo
2 Bedrooms
$2,800
999 sqft
Last updated November 26 at 10:28 AM
FABULOUS 2 BEDROOM CONDO ACROSS FROM LANSDALE STATION - 2 bed 2 bath upper corner unit condo on the San Anselmo - Fairfax border across from Landsdale Station. Kitchen with stainless appliances, granite counter tops, and a bar seating area.
1 Unit Available
141 San Francisco Blvd
141 San Francisco Boulevard
San Anselmo, CA | San Anselmo
3 Bedrooms
$3,950
1400 sqft
Last updated May 14 at 09:37 AM
141 San Francisco Blvd Available 06/01/20 Lovely Home in San Anselmo For Rent - Hello Friends, 141 San Francisco Blvd, San Anselmo We are offering a unique opportunity to rent a beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with an attached two car garage,
Results within 1 mile of San Anselmo
1 Unit Available
85 Bolinas Avenue-85
85 Bolinas Avenue
Ross, CA
4 Bedrooms
$6,800
1790 sqft
Last updated November 26 at 08:56 PM
A must see home! Beautiful four bedroom two and a half bathroom home in the lovely town of Ross. The home features an open layout so you can enjoy guests and family.
1 Unit Available
14 Azalea Avenue
14 Azalea Avenue
Fairfax, CA
4 Bedrooms
$4,500
Last updated November 26 at 07:47 PM
This spacious home is conveniently located in the quaint downtown Fairfax location. Updated kitchen and bathrooms, and freshly painted. Wood laminate floors and new carpeting. Laundry room. Fenced backyard with new decking.
1 Unit Available
23 Denning Ave.
23 Denning Avenue
San Rafael, CA | Terra Linda
3 Bedrooms
$5,995
1751 sqft
Last updated November 26 at 10:28 AM
Fully-Refinished 3BD/2BA in Terra Linda - FOUNDATION! - Video Walkthrough: https://youtu.be/HpCgHnm2VBo Located in the temperate Terra Linda hills, this 3BD/2BA has been completely refinished with a high end, modern design throughout.
1 Unit Available
162 Meernaa Ave.
162 Meernaa Avenue
Fairfax, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,350
750 sqft
Last updated November 26 at 10:28 AM
1-level duplex FEELS like a single family home - Property Id: 22915 Newly remodeled 2BR/1BA has 2 private, sunny level yards. Brand-new pavered patio & landscaping.
1 Unit Available
21 Fernhill Ave.
21 Fernhill Avenue
Ross, CA
4 Bedrooms
$12,500
3000 sqft
Last updated November 26 at 10:28 AM
Fully-Furnished 4bd/3.
1 Unit Available
1829 2nd Street Unit 5
1829 2nd Street
San Rafael, CA | West End
1 Bedroom
$1,895
550 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated November 26 at 10:28 AM
REDUCED! Sunny 1BD/1BA Upper Unit - Central Location! - FOUNDATION - HOLIDAY PROMOTION!!!! Celebrate the New Year in style in your new abode! Sign a lease with us this holiday season and win a bottle of Dom Pérignon! All applicants who
1 Unit Available
228 Miramar Ave
228 Miramar Avenue
San Rafael, CA | Gerstle Park
2 Bedrooms
$3,500
1184 sqft
Last updated November 26 at 08:35 AM
This cozy San Rafael hillside home offers 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, a one-car garage, large sun deck with Downtown San Rafael views, and is conveniently located near both San Rafael and San Anselmo! Approximately 1100 sq. ft.
1 Unit Available
9 Von Ct
9 Von Court
Marin County, CA | Sleepy Hollow
1 Bedroom
$2,400
900 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated November 26 at 08:35 AM
This tranquil one bedroom apartment nestled in the Fairfax hills is a gem. This cozy unit has ample natural light, light paint, clean carpet. The kitchen has a gas range, electric oven, microwave and a dishwasher.
1 Unit Available
50 Tierra Vista Way
50 Tierra Vista Way
San Rafael, CA | West End
3 Bedrooms
$3,950
1536 sqft
Last updated November 26 at 08:35 AM
This bright and sunny 2-story home is located in a quiet neighborhood in the San Rafael. At 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, this home features a lovely living space, a fireplace and bamboo wood & carpet flooring. Great views, as well as a private deck.
1 Unit Available
91 Meernaa Avenue
91 Meernaa Avenue
Fairfax, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,850
900 sqft
Last updated July 19 at 09:12 AM
Fairfax ~ Close to Downtown ~ 2 bedrooms 1 bath ~ Available Now - Freshly updated 2 bedroom, 1 bath upper level unit with front and back decks and views!! Lots of light. Central heat & A/C. New flooring and fresh paint throughout.
1 Unit Available
45 Laurel Grove
45 Laurel Grove Ave
San Rafael, CA | Gerstle Park
3 Bedrooms
$10,500
2817 sqft
Last updated January 24 at 11:24 AM
Lovely Laurel Grove Home - 2 OFFICES - VIEWS- POOL-FOUNDATION - Gorgeous custom-built home in coveted Laurel Grove neighborhood.
Results within 5 miles of San Anselmo
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10 Units Available
Rafael Town Center
1050 Court St
San Rafael, CA | Downtown San Rafael
Studio
$2,300
470 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,240
531 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,870
906 sqft
Last updated November 26 at 07:42 PM
Located within walking distance of 30 restaurants, 20 retail stores and 10 entertainment centers. Residents enjoy units with dishwashers, hardwood floors, and patio or balcony. Community includes BBQ grill, elevator, fire pit, and pool.
Verified
22 Units Available
Serenity at Larkspur
700 Lincoln Village Cir
Larkspur, CA | East Larkspur
1 Bedroom
$2,770
740 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,075
980 sqft
Last updated November 26 at 07:42 PM
Walk to Larkspur Ferry. Fantastic views of the Bay. On-site yoga, a pool, community garden and a tennis court. Recently renovated with granite countertops, hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances. Car charging on site.
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11 Units Available
Tam Ridge
199 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA
1 Bedroom
$3,110
785 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,635
1072 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated November 26 at 07:42 PM
One- and two-bedroom apartments, three-bedroom townhomes with modern kitchens, stone counters, plank flooring, generous patio/balcony with views of Mt. Tamalpais, Marin Hills. Enjoy heated pool, spa, bocce ball court, fitness center. Walk to Town Center.
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16 Units Available
Larkspur Courts
100 Old Quarry Rd N
Larkspur, CA | East Larkspur
1 Bedroom
$2,697
802 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,627
1086 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,098
1278 sqft
Last updated November 26 at 07:42 PM
Just off Highway 101 with views of Mount Tam and the Bay. On-site amenities include a sparkling pool, hot tub and playground. Updates in the apartments include granite countertops, a fireplace and stainless steel appliances.
Verified
10 Units Available
33 North
33 San Pablo Ave
San Rafael, CA | Civic Center
1 Bedroom
$2,795
1046 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,450
1623 sqft
Last updated November 26 at 05:27 AM
Luxury living with beautiful views of the natural hillside. Apartments offer a fireplace, hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances. On-site amenities include a gym, dog park, grill and lobby. Near Highway 101.
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You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around San Anselmo. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include California College of the Arts, University of California-Hastings College of Law, Golden Gate University-San Francisco, California Institute of Integral Studies, and University of San Francisco.

City Guide

San Anselmo
_Snow in San Anselmo / My waitress my waitress my waitress / Said it was coming down / Said it hadn't happened in over thirty years / But it was laying on the ground / But it was laying on the ground _- From "Snow in Anselmo" by Van Morrison
_Snow in San Anselmo / My waitress my waitress my waitress / Said it was coming down / Said it hadn't happened in over thirty years / But it was laying on the ground / But it was laying on the ground _- From "Snow in Anselmo" by Van Morrison

Most small towns want to grow into a city because that brings money into government coffers and increases residential services. Not San Anselmo. The residents and officials of this incorporated town are dead set against such intrusive growth with a mission to "maintain a small town ambiance." Cultural attractions are strictly small-scale: music and theater in the park, a historical museum, and library. But historical downtown shopping, tree-covered hills, and lots of green spaces make this locale one of the most desirable places to live in Marin County.

Apartments

If you want rental apartments in San Anselmo, the bad news is they're few and far between. Most renters live in the bigger burg of San Rafael, only about five minutes east by car. It might be difficult to find those evasive apartment rentals, but not impossible. If you do find an apartment available, snatch it up immediately. They won't hang around for long.

Parkside Apartments is only one named traditional complex. The 1- and 2-bedroom units surround the pool and clubhouse but each rental only gets one parking space. The grounds and surrounding areas are lush with greenery and you're just a block away from two parks and a shopping center. Another named complex, the Sundance Apartments also has a pool but only 28 units. You need special income qualifications to rent in these spaces. If you definitely want an apartment, be prepared with all the necessary paperwork and deposit money well before you plant to move.

You're more likely to stumble onto apartments for rent with no formal aliases. The motel-like ambiance of 1520 San Anselmo, for example, includes an on-site coin-op laundry, outdoor pool, and one assigned parking space per unit.

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If you want rental apartments in San Anselmo, the bad news is they're few and far between. Most renters live in the bigger burg of San Rafael, only about five minutes east by car. It might be difficult to find those evasive apartment rentals, but not impossible. If you do find an apartment available, snatch it up immediately. They won't hang around for long.

Parkside Apartments is only one named traditional complex. The 1- and 2-bedroom units surround the pool and clubhouse but each rental only gets one parking space. The grounds and surrounding areas are lush with greenery and you're just a block away from two parks and a shopping center. Another named complex, the Sundance Apartments also has a pool but only 28 units. You need special income qualifications to rent in these spaces. If you definitely want an apartment, be prepared with all the necessary paperwork and deposit money well before you plant to move.

You're more likely to stumble onto apartments for rent with no formal aliases. The motel-like ambiance of 1520 San Anselmo, for example, includes an on-site coin-op laundry, outdoor pool, and one assigned parking space per unit.

Neighborhoods

If you're okay with rental houses, you'll find more options for month-to-month living. Get a real-estate agent to offer you the widest selection. The first question she'll most likely ask after your budget is where you want to live. This will help your agent assist you in finding exactly what you need in a rental. Here's the rundown on some of the the hoods.

Brookside: Spanish-style bungalows and Arts and Crafts homes turn this community into vintage heaven although the ranch-style houses bring you back to earth. Faude Park beckons walkers to its hilltop location.

Calumet Park: Restored houses from the 1940s and 1950s lie just across Sir Francis Drake Boulevard from Red Hill Shopping Center. There's no park here. The name comes from the corner of Calumet and Park Avenues.

Hawthorne Hills: You can walk through 22 acres of open space known as Hawthorne Canyon, where even your dog can run leash-free. Homes date back to the 1920s and either hug the hillside or sit on lower flatlands.

San Anselmo Avenue / Downtown: Here's the center of shopping and dining in well-kept two-story Victorian buildings of brick and wood. Homes are within walking distance of the "Northern California Antique Capital," so you can find out first-hand why San Anselmo was voted "Best in the West" for antiquing by readers of Sunset magazine.

San Francisco Blvd: If San Anselmo had a hub for fun, this would be it. You're close to the Red Hill Shopping Center, San Anselmo Memorial Park and Millennium Playground, San Anselmo Recreation Department, and the Red Hill Dog Park. Many of the homes here are smaller and more affordable.

Seminary: Tree-lined streets surround San Francisco Theological Seminary, which escalated town growth when it moved from San Francisco in 1892. You'll feel like you're in a medieval town when you look up at the circular towers, arched windows, and stone masonry of the religious institution.

Sequoia: Properties here are a quick jaunt to the produce, meats, cheeses, and sushi of United Market. Commuters can also quickly hit the Red Hill Avenue, which takes them to the other main thoroughfares of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and San Anselmo Avenue.

Sleepy Hollow: Also known as "The Hollow," this community boasts houses in traditional, Spanish, and ranch styles, highlighted by 15 custom homes designed by Eichler. One of the community's many hiking trails leads to Cataract Falls, which is most spectacular after a heavy rain. Three-quarters of residents belong to the Sleepy Hollow Homeowner's Association. A big plus or minus, depending on your point of view, is the isolation. There's only one access route: the 2-mile-long Butterfield Road.

The Alameda: It's all residential in this most rural of communities with smaller homes and a longer commute down the narrow road that gives this hood its name.

Woodside: If views are your thing, then wind your way up Woodside Drive to the ranch-style homes hugging the hillside. To reach the windy open space at the top, you'll need to leave your wheels behind and continue on foot.

Yolanda Park: Established in 1905, this older and highly desirable neighborhood frames its vintage homes behind white picket fences, well-trimmed hedges, and mature trees.

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If you're okay with rental houses, you'll find more options for month-to-month living. Get a real-estate agent to offer you the widest selection. The first question she'll most likely ask after your budget is where you want to live. This will help your agent assist you in finding exactly what you need in a rental. Here's the rundown on some of the the hoods.

Brookside: Spanish-style bungalows and Arts and Crafts homes turn this community into vintage heaven although the ranch-style houses bring you back to earth. Faude Park beckons walkers to its hilltop location.

Calumet Park: Restored houses from the 1940s and 1950s lie just across Sir Francis Drake Boulevard from Red Hill Shopping Center. There's no park here. The name comes from the corner of Calumet and Park Avenues.

Hawthorne Hills: You can walk through 22 acres of open space known as Hawthorne Canyon, where even your dog can run leash-free. Homes date back to the 1920s and either hug the hillside or sit on lower flatlands.

San Anselmo Avenue / Downtown: Here's the center of shopping and dining in well-kept two-story Victorian buildings of brick and wood. Homes are within walking distance of the "Northern California Antique Capital," so you can find out first-hand why San Anselmo was voted "Best in the West" for antiquing by readers of Sunset magazine.

San Francisco Blvd: If San Anselmo had a hub for fun, this would be it. You're close to the Red Hill Shopping Center, San Anselmo Memorial Park and Millennium Playground, San Anselmo Recreation Department, and the Red Hill Dog Park. Many of the homes here are smaller and more affordable.

Seminary: Tree-lined streets surround San Francisco Theological Seminary, which escalated town growth when it moved from San Francisco in 1892. You'll feel like you're in a medieval town when you look up at the circular towers, arched windows, and stone masonry of the religious institution.

Sequoia: Properties here are a quick jaunt to the produce, meats, cheeses, and sushi of United Market. Commuters can also quickly hit the Red Hill Avenue, which takes them to the other main thoroughfares of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and San Anselmo Avenue.

Sleepy Hollow: Also known as "The Hollow," this community boasts houses in traditional, Spanish, and ranch styles, highlighted by 15 custom homes designed by Eichler. One of the community's many hiking trails leads to Cataract Falls, which is most spectacular after a heavy rain. Three-quarters of residents belong to the Sleepy Hollow Homeowner's Association. A big plus or minus, depending on your point of view, is the isolation. There's only one access route: the 2-mile-long Butterfield Road.

The Alameda: It's all residential in this most rural of communities with smaller homes and a longer commute down the narrow road that gives this hood its name.

Woodside: If views are your thing, then wind your way up Woodside Drive to the ranch-style homes hugging the hillside. To reach the windy open space at the top, you'll need to leave your wheels behind and continue on foot.

Yolanda Park: Established in 1905, this older and highly desirable neighborhood frames its vintage homes behind white picket fences, well-trimmed hedges, and mature trees.

Water

On most years, San Anselmo Creek remains a pleasant respite from the ills of town living. However, every two decades or so, the calm waters overflow from heavy rains inundating the natural flood plains on the south and west of the town. The city center can flood up to four feet. If that's a concern, ask your potential landlord how high the water gets at your rental. Or better yet, live only on the second or higher floors.

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On most years, San Anselmo Creek remains a pleasant respite from the ills of town living. However, every two decades or so, the calm waters overflow from heavy rains inundating the natural flood plains on the south and west of the town. The city center can flood up to four feet. If that's a concern, ask your potential landlord how high the water gets at your rental. Or better yet, live only on the second or higher floors.

Events

Free movies and concerts in the park, poetry readings at the local Carnegie library, sales at boutiques, and games at the baseball field may provide enough activity on ordinary days. But during the fall, locals anticipate the biggest event of the year: Country Fair Day and Parade. It starts with the Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Station before continuing with the Country Fair on San Anselmo Avenue and the parade. At Creek Park, live entertainment and food booths cap off the festivities.

In the winter, like the Van Morrison song says, snow falls from the sky in San Anselmo maybe once every 30 years. But every Friday after Thanksgiving, the white stuff gets trucked into nearby San Rafael for the Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland. Locals flock to the event so they can ride their sleds on the manufactured powder, applaud live bands, and shop at the holiday market.

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Free movies and concerts in the park, poetry readings at the local Carnegie library, sales at boutiques, and games at the baseball field may provide enough activity on ordinary days. But during the fall, locals anticipate the biggest event of the year: Country Fair Day and Parade. It starts with the Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Station before continuing with the Country Fair on San Anselmo Avenue and the parade. At Creek Park, live entertainment and food booths cap off the festivities.

In the winter, like the Van Morrison song says, snow falls from the sky in San Anselmo maybe once every 30 years. But every Friday after Thanksgiving, the white stuff gets trucked into nearby San Rafael for the Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland. Locals flock to the event so they can ride their sleds on the manufactured powder, applaud live bands, and shop at the holiday market.

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San Anselmo
_Snow in San Anselmo / My waitress my waitress my waitress / Said it was coming down / Said it hadn't happened in over thirty years / But it was laying on the ground / But it was laying on the ground _- From "Snow in Anselmo" by Van Morrison
_Snow in San Anselmo / My waitress my waitress my waitress / Said it was coming down / Said it hadn't happened in over thirty years / But it was laying on the ground / But it was laying on the ground _- From "Snow in Anselmo" by Van Morrison

Most small towns want to grow into a city because that brings money into government coffers and increases residential services. Not San Anselmo. The residents and officials of this incorporated town are dead set against such intrusive growth with a mission to "maintain a small town ambiance." Cultural attractions are strictly small-scale: music and theater in the park, a historical museum, and library. But historical downtown shopping, tree-covered hills, and lots of green spaces make this locale one of the most desirable places to live in Marin County.

Apartments

If you want rental apartments in San Anselmo, the bad news is they're few and far between. Most renters live in the bigger burg of San Rafael, only about five minutes east by car. It might be difficult to find those evasive apartment rentals, but not impossible. If you do find an apartment available, snatch it up immediately. They won't hang around for long.

Parkside Apartments is only one named traditional complex. The 1- and 2-bedroom units surround the pool and clubhouse but each rental only gets one parking space. The grounds and surrounding areas are lush with greenery and you're just a block away from two parks and a shopping center. Another named complex, the Sundance Apartments also has a pool but only 28 units. You need special income qualifications to rent in these spaces. If you definitely want an apartment, be prepared with all the necessary paperwork and deposit money well before you plant to move.

You're more likely to stumble onto apartments for rent with no formal aliases. The motel-like ambiance of 1520 San Anselmo, for example, includes an on-site coin-op laundry, outdoor pool, and one assigned parking space per unit.

Apartments
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If you want rental apartments in San Anselmo, the bad news is they're few and far between. Most renters live in the bigger burg of San Rafael, only about five minutes east by car. It might be difficult to find those evasive apartment rentals, but not impossible. If you do find an apartment available, snatch it up immediately. They won't hang around for long.

Parkside Apartments is only one named traditional complex. The 1- and 2-bedroom units surround the pool and clubhouse but each rental only gets one parking space. The grounds and surrounding areas are lush with greenery and you're just a block away from two parks and a shopping center. Another named complex, the Sundance Apartments also has a pool but only 28 units. You need special income qualifications to rent in these spaces. If you definitely want an apartment, be prepared with all the necessary paperwork and deposit money well before you plant to move.

You're more likely to stumble onto apartments for rent with no formal aliases. The motel-like ambiance of 1520 San Anselmo, for example, includes an on-site coin-op laundry, outdoor pool, and one assigned parking space per unit.

Neighborhoods

If you're okay with rental houses, you'll find more options for month-to-month living. Get a real-estate agent to offer you the widest selection. The first question she'll most likely ask after your budget is where you want to live. This will help your agent assist you in finding exactly what you need in a rental. Here's the rundown on some of the the hoods.

Brookside: Spanish-style bungalows and Arts and Crafts homes turn this community into vintage heaven although the ranch-style houses bring you back to earth. Faude Park beckons walkers to its hilltop location.

Calumet Park: Restored houses from the 1940s and 1950s lie just across Sir Francis Drake Boulevard from Red Hill Shopping Center. There's no park here. The name comes from the corner of Calumet and Park Avenues.

Hawthorne Hills: You can walk through 22 acres of open space known as Hawthorne Canyon, where even your dog can run leash-free. Homes date back to the 1920s and either hug the hillside or sit on lower flatlands.

San Anselmo Avenue / Downtown: Here's the center of shopping and dining in well-kept two-story Victorian buildings of brick and wood. Homes are within walking distance of the "Northern California Antique Capital," so you can find out first-hand why San Anselmo was voted "Best in the West" for antiquing by readers of Sunset magazine.

San Francisco Blvd: If San Anselmo had a hub for fun, this would be it. You're close to the Red Hill Shopping Center, San Anselmo Memorial Park and Millennium Playground, San Anselmo Recreation Department, and the Red Hill Dog Park. Many of the homes here are smaller and more affordable.

Seminary: Tree-lined streets surround San Francisco Theological Seminary, which escalated town growth when it moved from San Francisco in 1892. You'll feel like you're in a medieval town when you look up at the circular towers, arched windows, and stone masonry of the religious institution.

Sequoia: Properties here are a quick jaunt to the produce, meats, cheeses, and sushi of United Market. Commuters can also quickly hit the Red Hill Avenue, which takes them to the other main thoroughfares of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and San Anselmo Avenue.

Sleepy Hollow: Also known as "The Hollow," this community boasts houses in traditional, Spanish, and ranch styles, highlighted by 15 custom homes designed by Eichler. One of the community's many hiking trails leads to Cataract Falls, which is most spectacular after a heavy rain. Three-quarters of residents belong to the Sleepy Hollow Homeowner's Association. A big plus or minus, depending on your point of view, is the isolation. There's only one access route: the 2-mile-long Butterfield Road.

The Alameda: It's all residential in this most rural of communities with smaller homes and a longer commute down the narrow road that gives this hood its name.

Woodside: If views are your thing, then wind your way up Woodside Drive to the ranch-style homes hugging the hillside. To reach the windy open space at the top, you'll need to leave your wheels behind and continue on foot.

Yolanda Park: Established in 1905, this older and highly desirable neighborhood frames its vintage homes behind white picket fences, well-trimmed hedges, and mature trees.

Neighborhoods
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If you're okay with rental houses, you'll find more options for month-to-month living. Get a real-estate agent to offer you the widest selection. The first question she'll most likely ask after your budget is where you want to live. This will help your agent assist you in finding exactly what you need in a rental. Here's the rundown on some of the the hoods.

Brookside: Spanish-style bungalows and Arts and Crafts homes turn this community into vintage heaven although the ranch-style houses bring you back to earth. Faude Park beckons walkers to its hilltop location.

Calumet Park: Restored houses from the 1940s and 1950s lie just across Sir Francis Drake Boulevard from Red Hill Shopping Center. There's no park here. The name comes from the corner of Calumet and Park Avenues.

Hawthorne Hills: You can walk through 22 acres of open space known as Hawthorne Canyon, where even your dog can run leash-free. Homes date back to the 1920s and either hug the hillside or sit on lower flatlands.

San Anselmo Avenue / Downtown: Here's the center of shopping and dining in well-kept two-story Victorian buildings of brick and wood. Homes are within walking distance of the "Northern California Antique Capital," so you can find out first-hand why San Anselmo was voted "Best in the West" for antiquing by readers of Sunset magazine.

San Francisco Blvd: If San Anselmo had a hub for fun, this would be it. You're close to the Red Hill Shopping Center, San Anselmo Memorial Park and Millennium Playground, San Anselmo Recreation Department, and the Red Hill Dog Park. Many of the homes here are smaller and more affordable.

Seminary: Tree-lined streets surround San Francisco Theological Seminary, which escalated town growth when it moved from San Francisco in 1892. You'll feel like you're in a medieval town when you look up at the circular towers, arched windows, and stone masonry of the religious institution.

Sequoia: Properties here are a quick jaunt to the produce, meats, cheeses, and sushi of United Market. Commuters can also quickly hit the Red Hill Avenue, which takes them to the other main thoroughfares of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and San Anselmo Avenue.

Sleepy Hollow: Also known as "The Hollow," this community boasts houses in traditional, Spanish, and ranch styles, highlighted by 15 custom homes designed by Eichler. One of the community's many hiking trails leads to Cataract Falls, which is most spectacular after a heavy rain. Three-quarters of residents belong to the Sleepy Hollow Homeowner's Association. A big plus or minus, depending on your point of view, is the isolation. There's only one access route: the 2-mile-long Butterfield Road.

The Alameda: It's all residential in this most rural of communities with smaller homes and a longer commute down the narrow road that gives this hood its name.

Woodside: If views are your thing, then wind your way up Woodside Drive to the ranch-style homes hugging the hillside. To reach the windy open space at the top, you'll need to leave your wheels behind and continue on foot.

Yolanda Park: Established in 1905, this older and highly desirable neighborhood frames its vintage homes behind white picket fences, well-trimmed hedges, and mature trees.

Water

On most years, San Anselmo Creek remains a pleasant respite from the ills of town living. However, every two decades or so, the calm waters overflow from heavy rains inundating the natural flood plains on the south and west of the town. The city center can flood up to four feet. If that's a concern, ask your potential landlord how high the water gets at your rental. Or better yet, live only on the second or higher floors.

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On most years, San Anselmo Creek remains a pleasant respite from the ills of town living. However, every two decades or so, the calm waters overflow from heavy rains inundating the natural flood plains on the south and west of the town. The city center can flood up to four feet. If that's a concern, ask your potential landlord how high the water gets at your rental. Or better yet, live only on the second or higher floors.

Events

Free movies and concerts in the park, poetry readings at the local Carnegie library, sales at boutiques, and games at the baseball field may provide enough activity on ordinary days. But during the fall, locals anticipate the biggest event of the year: Country Fair Day and Parade. It starts with the Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Station before continuing with the Country Fair on San Anselmo Avenue and the parade. At Creek Park, live entertainment and food booths cap off the festivities.

In the winter, like the Van Morrison song says, snow falls from the sky in San Anselmo maybe once every 30 years. But every Friday after Thanksgiving, the white stuff gets trucked into nearby San Rafael for the Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland. Locals flock to the event so they can ride their sleds on the manufactured powder, applaud live bands, and shop at the holiday market.

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Free movies and concerts in the park, poetry readings at the local Carnegie library, sales at boutiques, and games at the baseball field may provide enough activity on ordinary days. But during the fall, locals anticipate the biggest event of the year: Country Fair Day and Parade. It starts with the Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Station before continuing with the Country Fair on San Anselmo Avenue and the parade. At Creek Park, live entertainment and food booths cap off the festivities.

In the winter, like the Van Morrison song says, snow falls from the sky in San Anselmo maybe once every 30 years. But every Friday after Thanksgiving, the white stuff gets trucked into nearby San Rafael for the Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland. Locals flock to the event so they can ride their sleds on the manufactured powder, applaud live bands, and shop at the holiday market.