Sun Valley

The neighborhood of Sun Valley is a centrally located mix of suburban and urban vibes.

Welcome to Sun Valley

The perfect blend of urban accessibility and suburban personality

Just northwest of downtown San Rafael, the neighborhood of Sun Valley is a centrally located mix of suburban and urban vibes within walking distance of several city parks, great restaurants, and shops. The area is incredibly friendly and family-oriented and boasts an excellent school system that makes this neighborhood one of the best places to raise a family.

Its access to downtown San Rafael—which offers tons of commuting options to San Francisco just 30 minutes away—makes it an ideally located community in an ideally located city. Minutes from US-101, Sun Valley residents can easily hop on the highway and head out to the nearby cities for day trips and weekend getaways.

Walk along the tree-lined streets, and you’ll hear the sounds of children laughing on the plentiful playgrounds, smell the fresh brews from local coffee joints, and feel the ever-shining sun warm your skin. The population comprises mostly homeowners, and the community is a blend of retirees and families all seeking out the peaceful quiet of this highly desirable neighborhood.

What To Love

  • Close vicinity to West End with tons of notable shops and eateries
  • Community feel that makes it easy to build connections
  • Some of the top-rated schools in the county

People & Lifestyle

Sun Valley is centered around a family lifestyle, evidenced by its many kid-friendly events, great schools, outdoor recreation facilities, and warm mom-and-pop style shops. It’s the kind of place where you get to know everyone in the neighborhood, develop a repertoire with your local restaurant staff, and build a life out of routine and comfort.

Dining, Shopping, & Entertainment

In Sun Valley, everything has an easy neighborhood vibe. The homes are within walking distance of convenient community grocers like Andy’s Market, a local favorite that has pizzas, sandwiches, and BBQ in addition to high-quality groceries and wines. The area has tons of niche specialty shops as well, with charismatic owners and one-of-a-kind items. Grab quality skate gear at Proof Lab, meet all of your musical instrument needs at Bananas At Large, or get your flow on at Red Dragon Yoga. No matter your hobby, Sun Valley will help you find what you need.

Kick back and enjoy the approachable yet exquisitely crafted menu at The Kitchen Table, where you’ll fall in love with their rustic Italian fare and homemade pasta. The ingredients here are locally sourced, and their dedication to producing a masterful wine list is evidenced in the way each bottle pairs perfectly with different menu items. For an irresistible treat, you can hit up Johnny Donuts and find a bevy of flavors and donuts accessible to even those with specific dietary needs. Whether you’re eating wheat-free, following a vegan lifestyle, or craving the classic recipe, Johnny Doughnuts has it all.

Are you the ultimate health foodie? Urban Remedy has fresh organic essentials to meet your grocery needs, and their ready-to-eat meals, juices, and cleanses are the easiest way to consume healthful foods. Beer enthusiasts will love the Pond Farm Brewing Company, which hosts local food vendors that serve epic meals with their amazing craft brews.

Things to Do

Sun Valley offers community parks, sports clubs, and local events in addition to the city events and festivals that fall under the wider umbrella of San Rafael itself. Take the kids to Sun Valley Park to let them explore the playground, or even plan your own special gathering and take advantage of the park’s picnic table areas and BBQ grills. Kids and grown-ups alike can pursue their tennis dreams at Rafael Racquet Club, a facility that also has great aquatics amenities in addition to its tennis courts and lessons.

Dive into the exciting happenings downtown by checking out the San Rafael Farmers Market, held during the summer months every Thursday evening. Apart from the delicious produce and products from local farmers and purveyors, you can also dine al fresco on an array of street-style foods while listening to the free live music entertainment. During the fall, Thursday and Friday nights are for 4th Street Dining Under the Lights in Downtown, where the romantic European atmosphere is emphasized by the lights twinkling overhead and the al fresco dining options from local restaurants. Fun for the whole family can be found at the Marin County Fair, where the rides, carnival games, animal exhibits, and great food make it easy to create memories together.


Sun Valley is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:

  • Sun Valley Elementary, K-5, one of the top elementary schools in Marin County
  • San Rafael High School, 9-12, in the top ten best high schools of Marin County
  • James B. Davidson Middle School, 6-8, well-rated public middle school

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