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Get to Know Novato 


Living and working in Novato means belonging to a community that really does have something for everyone. Novatans take great pride and interest in their City and all it has to offer. A low population density and expansive open space contributes to Novato's rural, small-town atmosphere.

Our quality-of-life standards are a top priority and focus for our decision-makers and community leaders in education, business, government, and non-profit organizations. A desire among Bay Area residents to live in Northern Marin County has created a steady demand for Novato housing.

With Novato's award-winning schools, close proximity to San Francisco, and dedicated open space, Novato is a haven for families and retirees alike. We enjoy a strong homeownership market--nearly 70% of Novato homes are  owner-occupied. No matter how long you have lived here, there is always something to discover.

Get to Know Novato--maps and neighborhoods of Novato, including Hamilton and Downtown Novato

Community Directory--links to community resources specific to Novato

Updates from your City--get connected to your City

Get Involved--get involved in the Novato community

Shop Local--great shopping, dining, services tips

Downtown Novato--find out what is happening in the heart of our City

Visit Novato--not just for tourists; insider tips on events and other Novato activities

Sustainability--our commitment to a sustainable future

Emergency Preparedness--get prepared Novato!

Flood Information--floodplain information for residents

City Satisfaction Surveys--resident surveys on community priorities and satisfaction with City services