Not to play favorites, but I think Larkspur may be the loveliest town in Marin, even though I live in and simply love living in San Rafael. There is something about Larkspur that is so very charming, though, that tends to feed the soul just passing through. The wife of a major developer, Charles Wright, named this beautiful area for the lupine she found there, mistakenly identifying it as Larkspur. The downtown / Magnolia Avenue area is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as an irreplaceable American “turn of the century home town.” Larkspur residents have been quite successful in preserving the small-town ambience. A medley of specialty shops, boutiques, Queen Anne Victorians, cafes and first-class restaurants can be enjoyed by taking a relaxing stroll down Magnolia Avenue. There are some fantastic restaurants in Larkspur, including the world famous Lark Creek Inn. A special effort was made during the development of this area to preserve the hundreds of majestic oak trees that grace the hillsides. The neighborhoods in the western part of Larkspur are built among the giant redwoods.www.ci.larkspur.ca.us
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