Gorgeous seaside paradise with a prestigious feel
Perched on the Tiburon Peninsula that stretches south into the waters of the San Francisco Bay, the small incorporated town of Tiburon is as exclusive as it is beautiful. Known as a prestigious commuter town for the affluent as well as a popular tourist destination, Tiburon boasts views of the sparkling San Francisco skyline across the bay.
Like much of the Bay area, Tiburon was first populated by tribes of native peoples, such as the Coast Miwok. The town’s first post office was created in 1884, but the city wasn’t incorporated until 1964. The city went through an industrial era as a railroad town in the late 19th century thanks to the town’s ideal location for transportation. However, in its later incorporation, Tiburon shifted towards a desire to maintain open space, a suburban feel, and constant revitalization.
The homes in Tiburon tend to be multi-million dollar properties—and for good reason. Even the most modest estates feature remarkable views, inspiring architecture, and amazing amenities. Whether you’re looking for a multi-level, contemporary single-family home, a Tuscan-inspired estate along hills, or a work-of-art modern house set on a private beach, Tiburon offers up the best of the best to those who live here.
Tiburon is home to an affluent population of residents who crave an oasis close enough to San Francisco to maintain an easy commute. Its small-town and suburban feel has a layer of refined elegance that comes from its many restorations, unique retail areas, and of course, gorgeous homes. It’s a great mix of families and young professionals, and its abundant natural landmarks make it a wonderful place for outdoor enthusiasts as well.
Along charming streets like Belvedere and Ark Row, you’ll find a bevy of local restaurants and eclectic, upscale shops. It’s easy to spend the entire day strolling downtown among the sounds of gulls and under the sunny sky, close enough to the water to smell the fresh salt in the air. While downtown, you can browse a variety of shops that include specialty spice stores, organic markets, goldsmiths and jewelers, apparel boutiques, and so much more.
Foodies will certainly get their fill in Tiburon—the sheer amount of excellent food makes it hard to know where to begin. A must-visit and local favorite, Sam’s Cafe has been serving up resplendent views of Angel Island, Alcatraz, and the San Francisco skyline, as well as their famous fresh seafood and seasonal menu. Next to the ferry and right on the waterfront, Servino is well-known for its spectacular wine service and savory Italian fare made from locally-sourced ingredients.
Get your familiar American fare with a neighborhood feel at the beloved Salt and Pepper restaurant, right in the heart of downtown Tiburon. The menu has breakfast, lunch, and dinner choices and includes items like grilled oysters, perfectly seared rib-eyes, and red wine braised coq au vin. Escape to an oasis by dining in at Tiburon Tavern, where the seasonal meals can be served on the patio, by the fire, or at the energetic bar.
When you’re not shopping and dining to your heart’s content, you can participate in any one of the town’s events and festivals or take a trip to the parks and beaches for people-watching and recreation. Take the ferry to San Francisco for a day in the city, or take the ferry to Angel Island to explore the bay’s largest natural island and hike its many trails. Spend a lazy day on the benches at Shoreline Park, the picturesque green space on the bay where you can walk, picnic, and soak in the beauty.
Watch movies in style at the Tiburon Playhouse, a 3-screen theater that serves wine and beer with your viewing and offers luxurious seating. If you’re in need of a festival or just in the mood to celebrate, the Tiburon Wine Festival gives visitors the chance to taste samples from over 60 wineries and 15 restaurants in this best-of-the-best event.
Tiburon is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
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