Greenbrae is located at the opening of the Ross Valley, with a portion of the community in an unincorporated area of the county, and a portion within the city of limits of neighboring Larkspur. It was mostly developed by Niels Schultz Jr and his father – temporarily named Kentmore – from 635 acres of farmland. Its hills provide shelter from wind and fog, and offer magnificent vistas of the San Francisco Bay to Mt. Tamalpais. Mr. Schultz helped build more than 1,000 homes, 1,500 apartments and dozens of businesses between Highway 101 and Manor Road in Kentfield.
Much of the remainder of Greenbrae was built by a competitor, Eugene Berger. It was designed as a neighborhood of custom homes and oak trees, set into the hills on winding streets with Spanish names. For that time, there was an unusual emphasis on saving trees, setbacks, landscaped medians and open areas. The Schultzes also left a tract to be developed for Marin General Hospital and developed the Bon Air Shopping Center, which features over 50 unique shops and restaurants.
There are mostly single-family homes on the hills north of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. and the Bon Air Shopping Center, garden apartment complexes, and other commercial and professional use buildings are to the south. Completed in 1987, the Cape Marin Planned Community is a lovely combination of zero lot line homes and greenbelt that backs onto the mouth of the Corte Madera Creek. At the entrance of the creek you can find the Marin Rowing Association’s clubhouse and often see Crew practice on the Creek. On the far south side of Greenbrae there are many condominium developments, some of which have water frontage and views along the Corte Madera Creek and wetlands.
Greenbrae and Kentfield share utilities and many public services with Larkspur. The excellent school district, ranked in the 98th percentile, is shared with Kentfield. Homeowners pay a premium to send their children to Bacich Elementary, Kent Middle, or Redwood High – let alone a fine choice of private schools as well. Greenbrae residents also enjoy a drive of only minutes to the freeway and the Larkspur Landing Ferry Terminal.
- Population: 11,925
- Households: Approximately 5,500
- Median resident age: 47
- Average listing price in 2015: $1,500,000
- Average Sales price in 2015: $1,600,000 ($740 per square foot)