Mission San Rafael Arcangel was established on Dec. 14, 1817, by Father Prefect Vicente Francisco de Sarria, three other friars, and an escort of soldiers. The mission is on 5th Avenue between Court and B Streets. Although the buildings are replicas, a treasure trove of historical artifacts can be seen in the museum.
Marin's premier city San Rafael, is the oldest and largest city in the County and it is also the seat of County Government. Marin's second most popular tourist spot (after Muir Woods), the Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center, was the last major structure and the only government building designed by the world famous architect. It is now a national historic landmark.
Other notable places to visit are China Camp State Park, which rims a picture perfect shoreline and is wonderfully secluded, yet only minutes from town; the lovely Dominican College campus, founded in 1888; and the Falkirk Cultural Center, a handsomely preserved, 17-room Victorian mansion that is set on 11 acres of formal grounds just a block from downtown.
San Rafael offers a wide assortment of housing; from Peacock Gap's Golf and Country Club contemporary homes and condominiums overlooking the Bay, to spacious traditional homes in the prestigious Dominican section. California Land Title of Marin, originally founded in 1955 by Dr. Earl Young as Trans Western Title Company, has deep roots in Marin County. The company's main office is conveniently located at 700 Irwin Street.
San Rafael has 14 parks, yacht clubs, outstanding docking and launching facilities, tennis / swim clubs and bicycle trails. It is truly a community where families can enjoy an active lifestyle and partake of a rich historical and cultural heritage.
Important Phone Numbers
Police / Emergency Services: 911 (emergency) | 415-485-3000 (non-emergency)
Parks & Recreation: 415-499-6387
Town Services: 415-485-3066
Demographics - 2000 census
TOTAL POPULATION: 56,063
Total housing units: 22,948
Median household income: $73,178