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City of Sausalito


Sausalito was named by a Spanish explorer for the little willows, or “saucelitos” growing along its shores. After incorporation in 1893, it became a major ferry and railway center, then a shipyard during World War II. It’s a favorite tourist destination for its art galleries, restaurants and boutiques lining Bridgeway and for the beautiful homes that line the hills facing the bay as well as the harbor. Its character is reminiscent of towns in the Mediterranean. The Bay Area Discovery Museum, a children’s exploratory learning center, is located in Sausalito at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. Sausalito’s mid-sized population includes mainly adults over 25. Many are single, and most are well-educated and work in managerial, technical or sales professions.

Sausalito Real Estate

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The Sausalito Marin City School District (SMCSD) is an elementary (K-8) district drawing its student population from Sausalito and Marin City. The district has three schools: Bayside Elementary, Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy, and a charter school. SMCSD students attend high school in the Tamalpais High School District.

Parks & Recreation

The community is a veritable play land with parks and playgrounds, boat docks, trails and state recreation facilities all within a short distance of downtown.


Population (as of 2010 Census): 7,055
Median age: 49
Annual turnover:  18%
Long-term residents (5+ years):  28%
Sources: Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau


Sausalito is right on the water. Fog and mist comes in off the bay off and on. Fog usually burns off by early afternoon, but town can stay cool and moist if fog stays. Average temperatures range from 40-74 degrees.
Approximate distance from the Golden Gate Bridge is 3 miles.