Just minutes across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, Sausalito is both a world renowned tourist destination and an incredible place to call home. Once known for its bohemian communitiy, many of whom lived in the houseboats that still are clustered along its waterfront, today Sausalito still retains much of its old school charm but has attained a deserved reputation as an upscale, close-in alternative to The City, with an almost Mediterranean flare.
Homes with million dollar views of the bay, Angel Island, Belvedere Island, Alcatraz, and the San Francisco skyline dot the hillside above town creating a magical setting, but at times sunshine can be in short supply when the fog rolls in from the nearby ocean. Much of the downtown corridor along Bridgeway features businesses catering to the throngs of tourists that arrive by ferry from San Francisco, with a number of pricey waterfront restaurants boasting panoramic bay views, while the North end of town has a more low key, local feel, and is home to a number of condominium developments. And of course there are the houseboats–some four hundred floating homes where you can find anything from a cozy little shack-built-for-one to a multilevel floating mansion with hot tub and helicopter landing pad to boot.
Like most of Marin Sausalito offers breathtaking hiking and biking trails, but with the bay being such a focal point water sports are popular as well, with many boaters and kayakers taking to the bay on weekends.