Welcome to Novato

A town with luxury establishments and beautiful outdoors


Novato is a lovely residential area with a small-town feel and a quaint selection of establishments and outdoor spaces to explore. Civilization in Novato dates to the 1300s when the area was inhabited by Miwok Native Americans. Today, the town’s museums, parks, and events pay tribute to its rich history. Families love Novato for its beautiful scenery and abundance of restaurants, cafes, shops, and community events — and its practical and sleek architecture attracts those who appreciate California’s cutting-edge feel. 


Novato has an eclectic array of dining options and has something for everybody. Hopmonk is a celebrated Biergarten with a full-service bar, delicious snack and dinner menu, and regularly scheduled live music events. Las Guitarras offers a comfortable family dining atmosphere and authentic Mexican home-style meals that keep families coming back. Finnegans serves a fine selection of American and Irish pub foods seven days a week, 365 days a year!


Novato also has great options when it comes to shopping! Residents from across California love to walk up and down Grant Avenue of Novato’s Old Town. The street is brimming with unique boutiques, luxury clothes, upscale furniture, and diverse dining and desserts. Accents has the latest and cutest trends. The area is also home to Novato’s seasonal Farmer’s Market. Nearby is the Vintage Oaks Shopping Center bringing both high-end and discount shopping options to Novato.


Known as “The Valley of the Gentle Seasons,” Novato is widely celebrated for its beautiful weather and ample outdoor opportunities. Bicyclists of all levels frequent Stafford Lake Bike Park. Couples, families, and dog walkers appreciate Bay Trail, Rush Creek Preserve, and Deer Island for their smooth paths. Those seeking adventure or a beautiful view love Mount Burdell and Indian Tree Preserve.


The Stone Tree Golf Club is favored by golf enthusiasts and equestrians who enjoy the Willow Tree Stables. Or if you are searching for a unique weekend getaway, head to San Francisco where you can take a professionally guided mushroom foraging walk or course with Forage


Novato also has some wonderful cultural opportunities. Besides shopping, Old Town delivers a nice taste into the history and culture of Novato. The Novato History Museum brings Novato back to its roots and features rotating special exhibitions, and the Museum of the American Indian pays tribute to Novato’s first inhabitants. Art lovers appreciate the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art. Studio 4 Art provides materials, workshops, and classes for aspiring artists of all ages.


The Novato Unified School District makes Novato a wonderful place for families, and Unity in Marin Spiritual Community is an inclusive space for those seeking a spiritual community in-person or online. With lots to do, a strong educational environment, and spiritual options, Novato is a great place to live.


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