Situated at the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito is surrounded by steep wooded hillsides and crisp Pacific Shorelines. Prior to the bridge being built, it was a terminal for rail, ferry, and car traffic. Largely bound by the protections of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, it has since gained the reputations as an artist enclave. With its Mediterranean climate and breathtaking views, Sausalito is home to over 400 houseboats whose architecture has been featured in major magazines. This picturesque residential community is a world-class venue for outdoor activity including hiking, biking and boating. The town is filled with unique shops and boutiques, art galleries, and first class restaurants. Locals and visitors alike are encouraged to celebrate its abundant beauty with numerous street fares, parades, and art festivals. Minutes from the San Francisco metropolitan area and the scenic coast, Sausalito blends old world character with new world amenities, making it a very desirable place to live.