7.1 out of 10

Gerstle Park

37.9657980870851 -122.534356009269
Great for
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Pest Free
  • Public Transport
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5

"Quiant Older Neighborhood Close to 2nd Street"

The Gerstle Park neighborhood in San Rafael is an older neighborhood. Most of the homes here date from before 1945. These are mostly walk-up bungalows. You will also find some occasional apartments mixed in here and there.

Homes here can sell for close to $1 million dollars. Most homes, however, go for about half that.

One of the central benefits of living in Marin County are the good schools. Even when you are living in one of the more affordable areas, this tends to still hold true. This is somewhat the case here. Most of the schools are above average. The local elementary--Dell, however, has an API of 4 which makes it about average, or slightly below.

This is also a very safe area with few criminal incidents to report beyond mostly minor stuff. There are of course more incidents near 2nd streets and the higher traffic area, but most of these are of the petty theft and occasional public urination variety--as can be expected in any high traffic area like this.

This is also one of the draws of the area, you are within walking distance of pubs like the Flatiron Saloon and restaurants like Citrus and Spice (a Thai place).

This is part of what makes this an attractive area for the historic century old Panama Hotel. The hotel, which also has a restaurant, is a popular place to lodge visiting business folks and vacationers visiting Marin. They also have live music. A few other inns have also popped up, such as the Gerstle Park Inn.

So this is actually a pretty good spot to live if you like older homes and living close to the action--such as it is in San Rafael.
  • Close to Restaurants and Pubs
  • Quiant Homes
  • Cool Inns
  • Expensive
  • Long Commute for Most
  • Old Home Problems
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish

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