Corte Madera is a paradise for shoppers and nature lovers. The town is home to two of Marin County's finest shopping centers - Town Center and The Village. Ring Mountain Preserve and the Corte Madera Reserve Sanctuary for Migrating Birds exemplify the commitment to preserving the area's wildlife and habitat. Along with all the amenities of city living, Corte Madera captures the relaxed outdoor lifestyle of Marin with its lush open space and bordering wetlands and pleasant climate. Corte Madera occupies an area of four square miles of land, plus surrounding water tidelands. The town extends from San Francisco Bay on the east, across Highway 101, to Mount Tamalpais on the west. John Reed, the owner of the mill that supplied lumber to build the San Francisco Presidio, owned much of the land where Corte Madera now exists. In 1848, Pennsylvanian John Van Reynegom arrived with his family at Paradise Bay and found a spot to settle at the base of Christmas Tree Hill. His daughter Amelia married Frank Pixley who purchased his in-laws property and upon his death, Amelia began to sell off the parcels. Many of these early settlers were artists attracted to the climate and the good bay views from Christmas Tree Hill, where most of them built their homes.

Much of Corte Madera's summer population remained after the 1906 earthquake and fire; ten years later the town was incorporated. The town was a small, sparsely populated community of snug, wooden bungalows until World War II, when thousands of shipyard workers streamed into the area to work at nearby Marinship. The postwar baby boom continued and population grew from 1,000 in 1940 to 8,200 in 1966. In the late 1960's, the largely unchecked growth was a threat to the area's fragile marshlands but inspired the birth of the town's powerful environment movement. The Corte Madera Ecological Reserve, marshlands along the town's northern bayfront, is the movement's living, breathing monument. In Corte Madera you will find a blend of contrasts - from its rural, sprawling hillsides and bordering waterways to its cosmopolitan, fashionable homes and businesses.




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