We at SFNorth have a soft spot for Fairfax. Spend a Saturday hanging out in the relaxed and unpretentious downtown and you’ll see why. You can sunbathe in the park, take a yoga class, grab dinner, and see a live band or movie all within a radius of a few blocks. The range of businesses is really pretty extensive for such a small downtown, with an organic market, traditional grocery store, a brewery, bakery, ice cream parlor, clothing stores, hardware store, nursery, bike shops, surf shop, and more. Residents wouldn’t tolerate big chains coming into town, so everything has a friendly, local feel.

With a variety of restaurants, a nightclub, and several bars it’s a pretty happening spot at night by Marin standards, but it’s the abundance of warm days and outdoor activities that really seal the deal. Fairfax is surrounded by natural beauty with some of the best hiking and mountain biking trails in the Bay Area, so on weekends people come from all over to join in the fun, and this quaint little town still exudes the sense of community and respect for individuality that put Marin County on the map.

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