From the early days of the Miwok Indians to the present, Greenbrae has always been regarded as a highly desirable place to call home. Its hilly terrain not only provides shelter from ocean breezes and fog, it offers magnificent vistas of the San Francisco Bay and Mt. Tamalpais. In Scotland "brae" means hillside, an apt description of the rolling terrain of this countryside area. Temperatures are generally moderate and except during the rainy winter months, sunshine is present most of the year. Established as a suburban housing community by builder Niels Schultz Sr., in the 1940's, Greenbrae was planned as a model community that would provide its citizens with every element necessary for quality living: a well-balanced district of single family and apartment residences, supported by shopping facilities, schools and churches. Today there are about 6,000 housing units with half being single family homes and half being apartments, townhomes and condominiums. Greenbrae is known for its tastefully landscaped custom homes, many of which have views of the bay, Corte Madera Creek and lowlands, and Mt. Tamalpais. Schultz envisioned a carefully planned and self-contained community, not a subdivision, and unlike other developments, Greenbrae grew in groups of 30 to 50 homes.


The single-family homes were built 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 were built to the south. A special effort was made during the development of this area to preserve the hundreds of majestic oak trees that grace the hills. Cul de sacs often were punctuated with a great oak tree. Many planted park and road divider strips were created, which gave the emerging community a lush and natural look. Landscape maintenance and horticulture are vital issues to this community, and there are several resident and county groups that oversee local projects. Greenbrae also has an active Property Owners Association.

Greenbrae has no industry, just an occasional office building or neighborhood shopping center. Greenbrae is an unincorporated area governed by the County Board of Supervisors and located next to Larkspur and Kentfield. Greenbrae and Kentfield share utilities and many public services with Larkspur. The excellent school district, ranked in the 98th percentile, is shared with Kentfield. Greenbrae is also the location for Marin General Hospital. The hospital opened in May 1952 and has become a major medical facility, with state of the art equipment and a totally germ-free unit for highly sensitive patients. Thousands of Marin County residents have been born at Marin General. Greenbrae is situated at the intersection of Marin's main freeway, Highway 101 and Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. This is also an ideal location from which to commute, with San Francisco only 16 miles away and the Larkspur Ferry a few minutes drive. It's easy to see why Greenbrae has become such a desirable place to live. Compared to other areas, the turnover of homes is considerably smaller; many residents have enjoyed their homes for 20 years and more.

 

 


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