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Marinwood Fire DepartmentMarinwood and the local surrounding communities make a wonderful place to call home! Just a short drive from Highway 101, the unincorporated community of Marinwood is the first town you reach on your drive to West Marin along Lucas Valley Road. The northernmost neighborhood of San Rafael is made up of 1900 acres which are bordered by open spaces of 800 acres. This quiet suburban community is also known as Lower Lucas Valley. Local retail businesses and services are conveniently located in the area and easy freeway access makes the commute to San Francisco a breeze. To read the History of Marinwood, click here: Marinwood history

For a comprehensive list of links and resources in Marinwood, Terra Linda, Mont Marin and Lucas Valley, click here: Marinwood Resources

Neighborhoods and Streets of Marinwood:

The town limits of the unincorporated Marinwood Community ServicesDistrict (CSD) include various residential developments; these include Marinwood, Casa Marinwood, Lucas Valley, Roundtree, Miller Creek Ranch, Miller Creek Gardens, Las Gallinas Ranch and Lucas Valley Estates.

Marinwood in the fall

The streets of Marinwood, or Lower Lucas Valley, have similarities in their names: The Eichlers have ‘berry’ at the end of their names. These streets are, in no particular order: Idylberry, Newberry, Appleberry, Mulberry, Blackberry, Loganberry, Cedarberry, Kernberry, Danberry, Juniperberry, Elderberry, Idylberry, Flaxberry, Huckleberry and Greenberry. The “Berry” homes are located west of Miller Creek Road.

The “Stone” neighborhood is mostly East of Miller Creek Road, as in the streets named: Peachstone, Opalstone, Blackstone, Flagstone, Windstone, Deepstone, Cobblestone, Ironstone, Unionstone, Rhinestone, Johnstone, Heatherstone, Millstone, and Valleystone; and the woods: Quietwood and Pinewood.

Almost all the “Berry” homes were built by the famous mid-century modern builder Joseph Eichler. These mid-century modern “Eichler homes” as they are known have become very popular in recent years, as they are one-story homes that live with a feeling of letting the outdoors in and tend to be very family friendly in their design.

Upper Lucas Valley Eichler

Upper Lucas Valley

Although not in Marinwood, there is also the Upper Lucas Valley neighborhood.  Upper Lucas Valley has approximately 538 homes and are all mostly “Eichlers”, and they have their own Homeowners Association: Upper Lucas Valley Homeowners Association. www.LVHA.org Membership to the HOA includes access to the community pool and tennis courts. These homes were the last built by Joseph Eichler in Marin County. The majority of all the street names in the Upper Lucas Valley neighborhood include the “Mount”, like as in streets: Mount Lassen, Mt Diablo, Mt. Muir, Mt. Shasta, Mt Tallac, Mt Wittenberg, Mt Ranier, Mt McKinley, Mt Burney, Oak Mountain, Tioga, El Capitan, and Tienga.

Lucas Valley Estates

Additionally there are homes in the desirable Lucas Valley Estates neighborhood, these streets are just beyond the Eichlers of Upper Lucas Valley and are on the streets of Bridgegate Drive, Alpine Lily Place, Golden Lily Place, Luiz Court, Golden Iris Terrace, Jasmine Lane and Creekside Drive.

Mont Marin / San Rafael Park

The neighborhood of Mont Marin in San Rafael and San Rafael Park , just adjacent to Marinwood and Lucas Valley Road consists of the following streets:  Parts of Las Gallinas Ave, Canyon Oak Dr, Upper Oak Dr, Coast Oak Way, Cedar Hill Dr, Twelveoak Hill Dr, Cherry Hill Dr, Lucas Park Dr, Santiago Way, Corte Del Rey, Maple Hill Dr, Sky View Terrace, Corte Miguel, Salvador Way, and Corte Capistrano.  There is an informal Mont Marin Neighborhood Association as well as a website:  www.MontMarin.org

Marinwood is for Families

Marinwood Family WalkMarinwood is known as a close-knit and family-oriented community. Residents young and old are always found enjoying the recreation programs offered year-round. The programs include a swim team, ski trips, kids summer camps, travel opportunities and foreign language instruction. There are 2 public parks that enable neighborhood children to have all kinds of fun while the neighboring open spaces are perfect for biking or hiking. The Marinwood Community Center even has a preschool as part of the Recreation Center. You can rent BBQ areas or even the pool for parties. Throughout the year the Recreation Department puts on Friday Summer nights with live music, Holiday family activities and much more. You can find all of the current classes and events available online: www.marinwood.org

Marin Mothers Group

There is even a local Marin Mothers Group for Marinwood (although there are members from all parts of Northern San Rafael that belong): www.MarinwoodMoms.com

Marinwood Schools – Dixie School District in San Rafael

Marinwood is part of the outstanding and honored Dixie School District in San Rafael. Children in Marinwood go to either Dixie Elementary or Mary Silveira Elementary. (The 3rd Elementary School in the Dixie District is Vallecito, which services the nearby Mont Marin, Terra Linda and Los Ranchitos neighborhoods of San Rafael).

Miller Creek Middle School

Miller Creek Middle School

Miller Creek Middle School is attended by children in the 6th – 9th grades. All these schools have won awards for their excellence in education. Most teenagers go to the Terra Linda High School located nearby in Terra Linda, but some students decide to travel the longer distance to San Rafael High School.

For more information on The Dixie School District go here: Dixie School District.



Marinwood Community Center

The charm and identity of Marinwood is found in the Community Center, the Fire Department, the Community Pool, its Parks and the area’s open spaces. These and other vital services are provided by the local government agency: Community Services District (CSD) of Marinwood.

Marinwood community Center

From what started out as a group of volunteers with only one paid fire fighter, the Marinwood Fire Department’s growth to its current full-time professional firefighting staff of 11 can be considered quite remarkable. The Marinwood Fire Department responds to portions of Terra Linda, Upper Lucas Valley and Smith Ranch Road. The agreement with San Rafael also guarantees adequate emergency response in Marinwood when further resources are needed.



Marinwood Pre-school and Summer Camp

The Recreation Department is always expanding its program offerings. The current full-time staff of four is supplemented with more than one hundred instructors. In combination with the many seasonal employees, recreational opportunities are available for all ages. The Marinwood pre-school and Morning School programs start at age 3 and Marinwood summer day-camp programs are mainstays of the department. Children from all parts of Marin come to summer camp so it’s important to sign up early in the year to reserve a spot.

Marinwood Community Center facilities and events include:

  • 100’s of classes for children and adults
  • Year round family focused events
  • The Marinwood Community Center building is available for rentals
  • The swimming pool which offers a daily or membership-fee arrangement
  • Five tennis courts.

The Parks Department oversees Creekside Park, Marinwood Park and the tot-lot on Las Gallenas ave:

  • Picnic tables and BBQ pits
  • A separate picnic area for large groups
  • Children’s playgrounds
  • The areas of open space open to hikers around the western and northern boundaries, and
  • Additional areas of landscaped roadside

The Marinwood CSD gets revenue from the following sources:

  • A percentage of residential property taxes
  • Service charges paid for fire protection, parkmaintenance and street lights
  • State park grants
  • Fees received from the use of the
  • Fees received from the use of the swimming pool, community building rental and recreational program fees


Marinwood Real Estate Blog Links on this page:

Marinwood Schools
Marinwood History
Marinwood Resources
Eichler homes

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