Your Guide to San Anselmo

Just 20 miles north of San Francisco is a small, pastoral town with a big heart. The city lies on either side of San Anselmo creek. The natural town’s beauty and resilient spirit makes it a desirable place for professionals wanting to escape the city and families seeking a tight-knit community to call home.

Built on a Floodplain

San Anselmo is surrounded by the hills that create Ross Valley. It has a mild climate that stays between the low 50s and mid 70s, but it also has annual rainfall that causes the creek to flood. At least five times in the town’s history, the middle of town filled with more than four feet of heavy rainfall, drenching homes and businesses and costing millions in cleanup and reconstruction.

The town eventually raised the railroad bed to stand between west side homes and the creek. Builders also started placing homes on raised foundations so they could withstand future floods. Residents love the area, so they adapt to stay.

Strong Sense of Community

After the San Francisco Earthquake, many who had lost their homes moved to San Anselmo. Shared hardship created integrated families and organizations. Residents prioritize education. The San Francisco Theological Seminary has trained graduates since 1892, and the town’s two public school districts have continually high ratings.

Families enjoy painting together at Doodlebug’s craft studio, engaging in team sports at Memorial Park or exploring nature at Mount Tamalpais State Park.

Arts and Culture

The San Anselmo Art Commission works to provide festivals, galleries and art exhibitions. The San Anselmo Art and Wine Festival happens every June with hundreds of artists, local food and wine, arts and crafts and live performances.

Residents proudly display the work of local artists throughout town. The Obelisk by the San Anselmo Fire Station shows the town history in mosaics. The Sugar Foot sculpture reminds those passing by Town Hall of the wildlife in the surrounding hills. Artists and local children painted an underwater landscape on the Memorial Park Water Tank.

When San Anselmo residents experience heating, cooling or plumbing failure because of flooding or any other reason, they call Ongaro and Sons. We repair furnaces, boilers, air conditioners and plumbing throughout Marin and Sonoma counties. Contact us for professionals you can trust.