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Tiburon

Tiburon


The Tiburon Peninsula is a unique community ten minutes north of San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge.  Sheltered from the Pacific winds by majestic Mount Tamalpais and surrounded by water on three sides, Tiburon experiences a balmy Mediterranean climate. The Tiburon Peninsula is four miles long, one mile wide, and includes ten square miles of San Francisco Bay.  Angel Island State Park, accessible via a fifteen minute ferry ride, is also part of Tiburon. For generations, residents have enjoyed the physical splendor and tight camaraderie of the community.

Dotted along the hillsides of the Tiburon Peninsula are magnificent clusters of middle to late twentieth century homes with glorious views of San Francisco, Angel Island, Richardson Bay, the East Bay, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Interspersed amongst these homes are large tracts of land, the community has set these aside as open space for the enjoyment of the public. There are about 4000 housing units, most are single family homes. Tiburon was incorporated in 1964, and is one of the newest towns in the county.

Immediately above the quaint downtown, you can see remnants of Old Town Tiburon homes which grew up around a vigorous industrial center, railroad yards, codfish plants, dairies, cattle ranching, army and naval installations . The first settlers came in the 1830’s and the post office opened in 1884.  In the 1930’s Al Capone made his voyage via the North West Pacific Railroad to Tiburon then across the Bay to his imprisonment on Alcatraz Island. 

Along with its great commute to San Francisco by ferry, car and bus, Tiburon offers yachting, hiking, biking, and jogging as ongoing past times for local and Bay Area residents. Everyone enjoys a stroll around the quaint downtown, or walking along the 3 mile pedestrian path bordering Richardson Bay, a 900 acre wildlife preserve and wildlife sanctuary. “Friday Nights on Main” draws out the locals in the summer months; Main Street is closed allowing patrons to dine al fresco savoring scrumptious food from the local restaurants.

Tiburon has two yacht clubs.  The Corinthian Yacht Club, situated on Corinthian Island has fabulous views of San Francisco and Angel Island.  The Tiburon Yacht Club is in Paradise Cay on the east side of the peninsula.  The two tennis/swim clubs are The Belvedere Tennis Club and The Tiburon Peninsula Club.

Tiburon has its own police force but shares the post office, library, fire department and recreation department with the neighboring city of Belvedere. Tiburon children attend the award winning Reed School District or, if they choose, the many excellent private schools in Marin County and San Francisco.

Local residents are involved in the governance of the town, elected officials serve without pay. There are ample opportunities to volunteer in the community, at the Audubon Center, Tiburon Peninsula Foundation, Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society, Belvedere-Tiburon Library , or Reed School District.