8.7 out of 10

The Loop

37.9350190445102 -122.539469051995
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Schools
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Pest Free
  • Parking
  • Public Transport
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+


5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Woody but Close to Town"

The Loop is the residential neighborhood that sprawls out just to the west of the Old Town neighborhood in Larkspur. The narrow lanes that head up into these mild hills give way to large, older homes. This neighborhood dates from the 1960’s mostly. There is definitely a sort of bucolic feel to the area with all the sidewalk-less streets and driveways that disappear back into the trees. You feel as if you are out in the middle of nowhere here.

You will also get some critter worries on garbage day, and some erosion worries during the rainy season, so factor that in when deciding whether this is the right place for you.

I am given to understand that most of these homes are valued at $1 million.

Of course, as throughout Larkspur, one of the big draws are the great schools. Redwood High School receives some of the top ratings, as does Hall Middle School. There is even a private religious school--St. Patrick--which is just to east.

Larkspur also has the benefit of being close to all the natural offerings of Marin County with hiking, biking and beaches nearby. The commute into the city is, of course, a bit of a drag: it will take you about an hour to make it to most places in SF and about the same to make it into Oakland, which means most Larkspur residents are spending a lot of time in their cars heading to work.

As to restaurants and nightlife, you are right by Old Town which means you can have a nice meal and be home in 10 minutes.

Overall a great spot to live.
  • Bucolic Area
  • Close to Old Town Restaurants and Shops
  • Great Schools
  • Critter Worries
  • Erosion Worries
  • Expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
  • Country Lovers

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