The town of Fairfax is just west of San Anselmo and has the reputation of a hippie, crystal, tie dye, vegan community; kind of a suburban Berkeley. Downtown Fairfax has a large parking lot at its center, with stores, restaurants, and a movie theater surrounding it. Home prices are less expensive here, due to its commute time to the freeway.
Being further west than most of the cities in Marin, Fairfax has lots of great hiking and fishing including Bon Tempe Lake, Lake Lagunitas and Alpine Lake.
Points of interest: Camp Tamarancho, Fairfax Farmers Market
Shopping: Good Earth Natural Foods