Belvedere, California

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City of Belvedere
Belvedere around San Francisco Yacht Club
Belvedere around San Francisco Yacht Club
Location of Belvedere in Marin County, California.
Location of Belvedere in Marin County, California.
City of Belvedere is located in the United States
City of Belvedere
City of Belvedere
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 37°52′22″N 122°27′52″W / 37.87278°N 122.46444°W / 37.87278; -122.46444Coordinates: 37°52′22″N 122°27′52″W / 37.87278°N 122.46444°W / 37.87278; -122.46444
Country United States
State California
IncorporatedDecember 24, 1896[1]
 • TypeCouncil-manager[2]
 • Body
 • County supervisorDistrict 3
Charles McGlashan
 • State senatorMike McGuire (D)[4]
 • AssemblymemberMarc Levine (D)[4]
 • U. S. rep.Jared Huffman (D)[5]
 • Total2.41 sq mi (6.23 km2)
 • Land0.52 sq mi (1.35 km2)
 • Water1.89 sq mi (4.89 km2)  78.42%
Elevation36 ft (11 m)
 • Total2,068
 • Estimate 
 • Density4,088.63/sq mi (1,577.49/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area codes415/628
FIPS code06-05164
GNIS feature IDs1658031, 2409829

Belvedere is a city in Marin County, California, United States, located 1.5 miles (2.4 km) northeast of Sausalito.[9] Situated on two islands, it is immediately adjacent to the Tiburon Peninsula, accessible via a short bridge from the town of Tiburon. At the 2010 census, the population was 2,068 and the per-capita income in 2000 was $250,000,[10] making it one of the highest income cities in California and the 8th highest-income places in the United States (1st with a population over 1,000). Belvedere was once an island. Belvedere and Tiburon share a post office. Mail sent there can be addressed as "Belvedere-Tiburon, CA".[11]


Aerial view of Belvedere and the Tiburon Peninsula

Belvedere is located at 37°52′22″N 122°27′52″W / 37.87278°N 122.46444°W / 37.87278; -122.46444,[7] about 4 mi (6 km) north of San Francisco.

Situated on the Tiburon Peninsula about 3 miles south/southeast of Ring Mountain, between Richardson Bay and the Town of Tiburon, Belvedere consists of two "islands" and the lagoon (Belvedere Lagoon) between them. The larger of the two islands is Belvedere Island, and the smaller one is Corinthian Island, which is shared with Tiburon. The area of Ring Mountain is notable for its archaeological resources of extant Native American petroglyphs as well as considerable biodiversity of California native plants.[12]

Belvedere Lagoon is owned and maintained by the Belvedere Lagoon Property Owners' Association. The lagoon is not accessible by boat from San Francisco Bay, and no public access is provided. Until somewhat late in the 20th century, houseboats were present in Belvedere Lagoon.[13]

The city has a total area of 2.42 sq mi (6.3 km2), of which 0.54 sq mi (1.4 km2) is land and 1.89 sq mi (4.9 km2) (78%) is water.[14]


The first settlers arrived in the late 19th century, then the railroad came and Tiburon was the last stop for passengers and cargo destined for San Francisco and beyond.[citation needed] Belvedere Lagoon was partially filled after World War II to provide building sites for tract houses and to improve access to Belvedere Island. It was also once the site of a 9-hole golf course.[citation needed]

Belvedere incorporated in 1896.[9] The first post office opened in 1897.[9]

The City Hall was formerly a Presbyterian Church. It was moved to its present location on San Rafael Avenue in 1949.[15]

Actress Vivian Vance, who played Ethel on I Love Lucy, died in Belvedere in 1979 at the age of 70.

Built on a tradition of volunteerism and caring for the community, the Belvedere Community Foundation[16] was founded in 1990 by a group of residents who avidly appreciated their good fortune in living in magnificent Belvedere. Giving back to the community and providing a catalyst to move it forward are goals of the Foundation's grant program. As its endowment grows, the Foundation aspires to offer substantial assistance to projects which protect and enhance the quality of life in Belvedere.

In 2017, Belvedere became twin cities with Portofino, Italy.[17]


Belvedere sits on the south side of the tip of Tiburon Peninsula, a small peninsula that extends into San Francisco Bay. Many Belvedere properties have views of the Bay Area, Angel Island, San Francisco, Sausalito, the Golden Gate Bridge and Mount Tamalpais.[citation needed] As a result, land values are extremely high. In 2000, 87.6% of the city's owner-occupied housing units cost more than $1,000,000,[10] compared with 2.3% for California as a whole.[18]

Many houses in Belvedere are in the Victorian style of architecture.[citation needed] Some Belvedere homes are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, such as the Valentine Rey House[19] designed by Willis Polk and built in 1893. Other notable architects include Albert Farr, who designed the Belevdere Land Company Building[20] and cottages, Henry Gutterson,[21] and Charles Callister. With a recent flood of attention and demand for housing in Belvedere, housing and building has become a contentious issue as older members of the community have increasingly become frustrated with the large construction projects being developed.

San Francisco Yacht Club House c 1894

No restaurants or stores are allowed in Belvedere, and the city enforces strict rules regarding house design and setbacks in order to preserve trees, views and the town's wooded character.[citation needed] The adjacent town of Tiburon, however, is home to a number of services, shops and eateries.

Originally a fishing-based community,[citation needed] Belvedere has grown into a sailing community where the San Francisco Yacht Club and Corinthian Yacht Club are located.[22][23] Belvedere Park is also located in Belvedere.[citation needed]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20162,122[8]2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[24]


The 2010 United States Census[25] reported that Belvedere had a population of 2,068. The population density was 859.2 people per square mile (331.7/km²). The racial makeup of Belvedere was 1,940 (93.8%) White, 3 (0.1%) African American, 58 (2.8%) Asian, 7 (0.3%) Pacific Islander, 18 (0.9%) from other races, and 42 (2.0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 72 persons (3.5%).

The Census reported that 100% of the population lived in households.

There were 928 households, out of which 228 (24.6%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 542 (58.4%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 54 (5.8%) had a female householder with no husband present, 15 (1.6%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 27 (2.9%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 6 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 276 households (29.7%) were made up of individuals and 187 (20.2%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23. There were 611 families (65.8% of all households); the average family size was 2.76.

The population was spread out with 443 people (21.4%) under the age of 18, 45 people (2.2%) aged 18 to 24, 277 people (13.4%) aged 25 to 44, 650 people (31.4%) aged 45 to 64, and 653 people (31.6%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 54.0 years. For every 100 females, there were 80.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.2 males.

There were 1,045 housing units at an average density of 434.2 per square mile (167.6/km²), of which 695 (74.9%) were owner-occupied, and 233 (25.1%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.1%; the rental vacancy rate was 4.5%. 1,614 people (78.0% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 454 people (22.0%) lived in rental housing units.


At the 2000 census,[14] there were 2,125 people, 956 households and 656 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,968.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,519.4/km²). There were 1,059 housing units at an average density of 1,977.9 per square mile (757.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city in 2010 was 90.9% non-Hispanic White, 0.1% non-Hispanic Black or African American, 2.8% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. 3.5% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 956 households of which 24.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.4% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% were non-families. 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.68.

Age distribution was 20.0% under the age of 18, 2.2% from 18 to 24, 14.9% from 25 to 44, 35.8% from 45 to 64, and 27.1% who were 65 years of age or older. For every 100 females, there were 86.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.1 males.

The median household income was $130,796, and the median family income was $185,590. The per capita income for the city was $113,595. About 2.9% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.3% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.

Largely because of the high cost of housing, the median age of residents in 2000 (52.7 years[10]) was much higher than that for California as a whole (33.3 years[18]).


As of January 2, 2018, Belvedere has 1,425 registered voters. Of those, 587 (41.2%) are registered Democrats, 416 (29.2%) are registered Republicans, 371 (26.0%) have declined to state a political party, and 51 are registered with other parties.[26]


Public libraries[edit]

The Belvedere-Tiburon Library is located in nearby Tiburon.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Annual audit Fiscal Year 2013-14". City of Belvedere. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  3. ^ "City Council". Belvedere, CA. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Statewide Database". UC Regents. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
  5. ^ "California's 2nd Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  6. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 19, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Belvedere". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  8. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  9. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 601. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  10. ^ a b c "Belvedere city, California profile" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2007-12-03.
  11. ^ "Belvedere Tiburon Post Office". United States Postal Service. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  12. ^ C. Michael Hogan. 2008
  13. ^ Russell Conder. 1992
  14. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  15. ^ "History". Belvedere, CA. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  16. ^ "Belvedere Community Foundation". Retrieved 2015-12-24.
  17. ^ "Belvedere California and Portofino Italy twin cities". Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  18. ^ a b "California profile" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2007-12-03.
  19. ^ "National Register #82002203: Rey House in Belvedere, California". Retrieved 2015-12-24.
  20. ^ "Cupola's Arts and Crafts Architecture - Belvedere Land Company (1 of 3)". Retrieved 2015-12-24.
  21. ^ "Henry H. Gutterson - Western Neighborhoods Project - San Francisco History". Retrieved 2015-12-24.
  22. ^ "Home - Corinthian Yacht Club". Retrieved 2015-12-24.
  23. ^ "San Francisco Yacht Club". Archived from the original on 1 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-03.
  24. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  25. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Belvedere city". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  26. ^ "Report of Registration as of January 2, 2018, Registration by Political Subdivision by County" (PDF).

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