Downtown Fairfax

Access to world-class hiking and biking at parks like Cascade Canyon Preserve.

Welcome to Downtown Fairfax

The fashionable small town with charismatic historic homes and strong community

Magnificent views of Mount Tamalpais to the south, access to world-class hiking and biking at parks like Cascade Canyon Preserve and Mount Tamalpais Watershed, and less than 30-minute commutes to bay-side beaches and cities like Novato and San Rafael—all this and more can be found in the beautiful, incorporated town of Fairfax.

The pulse of Fairfax is its downtown location, which features an adorable town center with delicious eateries and fun boutiques. Consequently, the residential area of Downtown Fairfax has become one of the most popular locations in Marin County. With a population of around 7,500, Fairfax itself maintains a hippy-chic vibe that radiates most strongly in its downtown atmosphere.

A great deal of the homes were built in the 1930s or earlier, and the town’s rich historical architecture makes for stunning residential housing. From craftsman bungalows ideal for single families to mid-century moderns and customized contemporaries, the homes in Downtown Fairfax have a wide range of aesthetics to offer.

What To Love

  • Small-town charm just minutes from major cities and urban areas
  • Quaint shops, walkable downtown center
  • Great schools, including the top high school in Marin County

People & Lifestyle

Walking the streets of Downtown Fairfax is akin to walking through a charming movie set. The lovely local shops are surrounded by staggeringly beautiful mountains lining the skies in the distance, and on a sunny day—which is nearly every day—you’ll find the community out and about, enjoying a day of shopping and dining.

Dining, Shopping, & Entertainment

Downtown Fairfax is home to quality, and this peaceful little quadrant is absolutely brimming with unique shops and one-of-a-kind local restaurants. At Good Earth Market, you can stock up on all of your health-food necessities and have the luxury of enjoying 100% organic products that help heal the environment. Following the Fairfax trend of selling ethically-sourced goods, The Herban Garden is ready to help you find the perfect gift for loved ones. Creativity is at the forefront of the product selections in Revolution 9, a community-focused store whose shelves house everything from quirky kids’ clothing to jewelry and novelty items.

More than just eclectic stores, Downtown Fairfax also provides plenty of restaurants and eateries that create life-long diners out of those who eat there. Full of smiles and plenty of warm hospitality, Iron Springs Pub and Brewery is best known for making its crave-worthy pub foods and brews from scratch, with a dedication to freshness and unbeatable flavors that turn every meal into a masterpiece. Exquisite Japanese fare made with a passion can be devoured at Village Sake, whose casual yet refined atmosphere is perfect for date-night or lunch with a loved one. Have a sweet tooth that needs satisfying? Get your fill of delicious ice cream at Fairfax Scoop and try any one of their wide-ranging, fun flavors.

Things to Do

With as much natural beauty as Fairfax has, it’s impossible not to mention the sheer plentitude of trails and recreational offerings you can experience here. Housing 504 acres of pristine habitat areas, Cascade Canyon Preserve has a 20-foot waterfall, expansive broadleaf and pine forests, miles of hiking trails, and opportunities to view hundreds of different wildlife animals. The park travels through to the adjacent White Hill Preserve, where hikers can enjoy sweeping views of the south side of Mount Tamalpais.

Those who love community events will want to attend the Fairfax Festival, known as the town’s biggest party. Held annually in the summer, this bright and lively event includes a parade, hundreds of food and drink vendors, live music on three different stages, a flea market, and a space for the kids with rides and games.


Downtown Fairfax is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:

  • Manor Elementary School, K-5, well-rated public elementary school
  • Redwood High School, 9-12, one of the top 30 public high schools in California, #1 in Marin County

Work With April

April was honored with the California Association of Realtors Rising Star Award. She has succeeded in a multitude of varied sales positions throughout her professional career, garnering top awards at both Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller, family-operated businesses.