|Elevation ||33 ft (10 m)|
Greenbrae is a small unincorporated community in Marin County, California. It is located 1.5 miles (2 km) south-southeast of downtown San Rafael, at an elevation of 33 feet (10 m), located adjacent to U.S. Route 101 at the opening of the Ross Valley. Part of Greenbrae is an unincorporated community of the county while the remaining area is inside the city limits of Larkspur. The ZIP code is 94904, and is shared with the neighboring Census-designated place (CDP) of Kentfield. The community is in area code 415.
Predominantly composed of hillside and waterfront terrain, its homes and offices are known for their views of the San Francisco Bay, Corte Madera Creek, and Mount Tamalpais. "Brae" means a steep bank or hillside in dialects of Scotland and Northern Ireland; Greenbrae translates to "green hillside." The developer of Greenbrae, Niels Schultz, Jr., died in early 2008. Greenbrae's neighborhoods are bordered by downtown Larkspur to the south, Larkspur Landing to the east, the unincorporated area of Kentfield to the west, and the city of San Rafael to the north. Straddling Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, its most frequented points of interest include Marin General Hospital and Bon Air Shopping Center.
Greenbrae was home to U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer for over 30 years, until 2006. Football coach Pete Carroll was raised in Greenbrae, as was baseball player Buddy Biancalana. MLB pitcher Lefty Gomez, Yankees and Senators - inducted into the HOF in 1972, died in Greenbrae, February 17, 1989. Wilt Chamberlain had a house custom built in Greenbrae when the NBA Warriors moved from Philadelphia to San Francisco. Writer Jack Finney died in Greenbrae shortly after completing his last novel, as did Les Crane. American poet FrancEyE died in Greenbrae on June 2, 2009.
In popular culture
Director Don Siegal filmed the final scenes from the 1971 movie Dirty Harry on East Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. After hijacking a school bus, "Scorpio" (Andy Robinson) drives into East Sir Francis Drake Boulevard at the Greenbrae interchange.
This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Greenbrae has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Greenbrae, California
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- John Dugan, Niels Schultz, Jr., who developed Greenbrae, dies at 89 The Marin Independent Journal, February 6, 2008.
- "California's 2nd Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
- Mark Whicker, More than a passing fancy, The Orange County Register, September 2, 2005.
- Climate Summary for Greenbrae, California