The combination of Mill Valley's idyllic location nestled beneath Mount Tamalpais, coupled with its ease of access to nearby San Francisco, has made it one of Marin County's most desirable cities. The town is known for its strong artistic heritage and a downtown alive with many art galleries, open-air coffee shops, and famed Throckmorton Theatre, which hosts a wide variety of performances. Mill Valley is surrounded by hundreds of acres of park lands. In addition, there are many open-space preserves and coastal habitats which, when taken together, ensconce the city in a natural wilderness. Home to some of the area's most luxurious real estate, this small but vibrant city balances upscale, modern homes with a laid-back atmosphere that is indicative of Northern California. From galleries and theaters to park lands and open spaces, lovely Mill Valley has something to suit every taste.