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One of the benefits of living in Novato is its proximity to wine country.

Welcome to Novato


A small town with abundant natural beauty and modern amenities

If you are looking for a friendly community with a small-town feel, Novato might be the perfect place for you. This town of about 55,000 people is in Marin County, just north of San Francisco. One of the benefits of living in Novato is its proximity to wine country. In just a short drive, you can enjoy the scenic beauty and world-famous wines of Napa Valley. If you are more interested in city life, San Francisco is also just a short drive away. Novato is also home to several biotech firms, making it an essential place to live if you are interested in working in that industry.

Mt. Burdell and Stafford Lake are just some of the natural wonders that Novato has to offer, and the town is also home to several horse ranches. Novato has something for everyone, and its welcoming atmosphere makes it a wonderful place to call home. If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy the Californian sun, then Novato is the perfect town for you.

What to Love

  • Town is surrounded by stunning open space preserves
  • Close to wine country Sonoma, Napa & urban SF
  • Culture of health and wellness
  • Keen sense of community

Local Lifestyle


If you are looking for a quiet, suburban lifestyle, Novato might be the perfect place for you. Local life revolves around family and community, and there are plenty of activities to keep everyone busy. There are also several parks and nature trails in the area, perfect for getting some fresh air. Residents enjoy a relaxed lifestyle characterized by outdoor activities and plenty of sunshine. Novato is home to Bel Marin Keys, a charming community of waterfront homes. The town also boasts Hamilton, a vibrant downtown area with shops, restaurants, and cafes. Novato is an ideal place to call home for anyone who loves the California coast.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping


Novato offers a diverse selection of restaurants. Perry's is a popular choice for American fare, and the menu features items like burgers, salads, and cocktails. HopMonk Tavern is another popular option, and it specializes in Belgian beers and wood-fired pizzas. For those looking for a more casual dining experience, Blue Barn is an excellent choice. The restaurant has a rustic feel and serves up classics like grilled cheese sandwiches and salads. And of course, no visit to Novato would be complete without a stop at In-N-Out. The fast-food chain is beloved by locals and visitors alike, and it offers burgers, fries, and shakes at an affordable price.

Novato, California is a wonderful place to live for those who enjoy the outdoors and horseback riding. The Novato Horsemen offer horseback riding lessons, trail rides, and overnight camping trips. Novato’s trails in its coastal hills, wetlands, and parks are perfect for picnicking, hiking, and bird watching. For shopping, the Vintage Oaks Shopping Center is the place to go. It features a variety of stores, including a grocery store, clothing stores, and a home goods store.

Things to Do


Novato, California is a vibrant community with many annual festivals and celebrations. The 4th of July Parade is a local favorite, with floats, marching bands, and classic cars making their way through the city streets. The Art & Wine Festival is another popular event featuring local artists and wineries. Visitors can enjoy live music and entertainment, as well as sample some of the best wines the region has to offer. The Marin Greek Festival is another can't-miss event, with delicious food, traditional dancing, and live music. Whatever your interest, you are sure to find a festive celebration in Novato that you will enjoy!



Novato is served by Novato Unified School District, which consists of 15 schools. There are 39 private schools in Novato as well.


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Overview for Novato, CA

53,214 people live in Novato, where the median age is 48.1 and the average individual income is $57,297. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Novato, CA

Novato has 20,682 households, with an average household size of 2.54. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Novato do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 53,214 people call Novato home. The population density is 1,936.83 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Novato, CA

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Around Novato, CA

There's plenty to do around Novato, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Anne's Secret Hang Ups, Anubhuti Retreat Center, and Novato Hill Day Spa.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Shopping 1.21 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.82 miles 13 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 1.28 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 1.21 miles 38 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 4.48 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars

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