Corte Madera appears to those zipping by on Highway 101 as the home of two shopping malls and lots of post-war houses in the flats on either side of the freeway. But it has a lot more to offer. Several neighborhoods spread up the hills to the south and west of the flat lands. The heart of old Corte Madera has a few cafes, restaurants, and shops. Many residents head to nearby downtown Larkspur for dining and shopping. These two cities share excellent elementary and middle schools.
The commute to San Francisco is quick, the weather moderate (neither cool in the summer like Mill Valley, nor hot like Novato). It is also the least expensive town in which to purchase a house south of San Rafael. For all these reasons, that's where I just bought my current house.
Corte Madera (/ˈkɔrtə məˈdɛrə/; formerly, Adams) is an incorporated town in Marin County, California, United States. Corte Madera is located 3.25 miles (5.2 km) south of San Rafael, at an elevation of 39 feet (12 m). The population was 9,253 at the 2010 census. In 1980 the town merged its police department with that of its neighbor Larkspur into the Twin Cities Police Authority.
In Spanish, Corte Madera means the imperative command "Chop wood", as in "To chop the wood". The area was famous for producing lumber out of redwood trees which went into the construction of the city of San Francisco.
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