Bel Marin Keys

“People who visit say it’s like living year-round in a vacation home!"

Novato’s Bel Marin Keys provides a carefree and luxurious waterfront lifestyle.  This unique community consists of a series of channels and lagoons flanked by homes and surrounded by open spaces. Not only can you enjoy the lagoon, but if that proves too confining, you also have nautical access to the San Francisco Bay.

Homes in Bel Marin Keys range in size from about 1,750 sq. ft. to about 2,250 sq. ft. and are priced generally from about $700,000 to $1.5 million, depending on size, upgrades, and location.

Developed in stages between 1961 and 1985, Bel Marin Keys enjoys sunny weather, balmy breezes and abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. With an entrance lined in palm trees and a fair share of banana plants, fragrant vines and colorful tropical plants in home gardens, this community of about 700 homes just east of Novato could serve as Marin’s poster child for paradise living.

Residents here love the broad streets and contemporary architecture, the active and family-oriented vibe, and the waterways that link and intersect their lives in this friendly neighborhood, as well as the grassy parks and playgrounds, tennis courts and community boat ramps that seemingly invite them to come out every day and play.

And because every house is on the waterfront, residents with sailboats, powerboats, kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards can step out their back doors and ply the four lagoons or Novato River. Boats aren’t necessary to enjoy the on-the-water lifestyle, though. Swimmers, fishermen and old-fashioned inner tube floaters are just as likely to be seen as boaters.

With street names like Calypso Shores, Bahama Reef and Montego Key, this waterfront community borrows on the images of exotic locales, outdoor activities and a warm climate.

About the Neighborhood

There are community events
Neighbors are friendly
There's holiday spirit
Great for retirees
Car is needed
Easy commutes
Good transit
Parking is easy
There are sidewalks
Yards are well-kept
Streets are well-lit
Parks and playgrounds
Lots of wildlife
It's quiet
It's dog friendly
Kids play outside
Beach life
Walking / Hiking trails
Updated Oct 27, 2021 9:41:am
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