The town of San Anselmo has the boutique, cute appeal. It was known for its numerous antique shops, although I think there are a lot fewer now than 20 years ago. San Anselmo is bordered by Ross to the south, San Rafael to the east and Fairfax to the west. It has an active downtown that seems to be always populated by children.
For a small town, San Anselmo has lots going on. The local Park and Rec has plenty of programs, the Playhouse has regular performances and the parks and playing fields are regularly filled. There is an annual Art and Wine Festival in the summer, in addition to Farm Day each fall.
The houses close to town are typically very small, but very cute. It often feels like the neighborhood is contesting to see who has the most beautiful garden, all so original, colorful and contained.
The local high school is Drake which is smaller than both Tam and Redwood which are in the same district. Two private high schools are nearby, San Domenico located in Sleepy Hollow is a K-12 school and The Branson School located in nearby Ross.
The town of Ross borders San Anselmo, Larkspur, Greenbrae and Kentfield. Ross boasts its public K-8 school that has the look and amenities of a private school. High school students in Ross are zoned to attend Redwoood High School. The small downtown has a post office and a few small stores and restaurants. Its most notable residents are probably, Julia Child who attended The Branson School as a boarder, and Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn.
Points of interest: The Seminary, Phoenix Lake, Memorial Park, Marin Art and Garden Center