Lovely Larkspur

Just north of San Francisco, the city of Larkspur blends the past with the present with a historic district listed in the National Register of Historic Places and a thriving, upbeat vibe. The town is just minutes from everything the city offers but with a population of just over 11,000, manages to preserve the feel of a small town.


The Old Downtown Larkspur is a historic district from Lark Creek Inn to the railway platform. It includes Larkspur City Hall, the Blue Rock Hotel, several businesses and railroad buildings that look much like they did after Larkspur incorporated in 1908. The Heritage Preservation Board encourages self-guided tours down Magnolia Avenue and also offers walking tours and special events.

Notable Residents

Several famous actors, performers and athletes called Larkspur their home. Buddy Biancalana, baseball player for the Kansas City Royals, the Broadway actor Matt Doyle and the TV actress Erin Gray all lived within the city limits. Janis Joplin’s last recorded address was on West Baltimore Avenue. Leon Uris wrote Battle Cry and Leonard Gardner created Fat City while living there.

Getting Around

The Golden Gate Transit offers public transportation throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, taking riders to Sonoma and Marin Counties or to San Francisco itself. Larkspur Landing is the main ferry terminal, and it transports an average of 8,500 individuals every day of the year. There’s even a direct service to San Francisco’s AT&T Park for Giants fans.

Residents and visitors can also travel by rail. Larkspur Landing Station is opening in 2018 with trips to the Sonoma County Airport and Cloverdale Depot.


Larkspur Community Garden offers residents space to plant in small garden spaces and a community orchard. The city also has one regional park and ten neighborhood parks. Many of the neighborhood parks have tennis courts and soccer or softball fields.

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