|Census-designated place and Unincorporated community|
|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 codes 415 and 628.
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. Pediatrician William Silverman, who influenced the development of the neonatal intensive care unit, died there in 2004. Writer Jack Finney died in Greenbrae shortly after completing his last novel, as did Les Crane. Radio host Michael Krasny is a long term resident. American poet FrancEyE died in Greenbrae on June 2, 2009. Additionally, the runner-up of the second season of the cooking competition show Masterchef Junior Samuel Stromberg also lives in Greenbrae.
Several sports stars also lived in Greenbrae. Football coach Pete Carroll was raised in Greenbrae, as was baseball player Buddy Biancalana. Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Lefty Gomez died in Greenbrae in 1989. Wilt Chamberlain had a house custom built in Greenbrae when the NBA Warriors moved from Philadelphia to San Francisco.
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.
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- Bayot, Jennifer (January 2, 2005). "William A. Silverman, 87, dies; leading neonatologist of 1950's". The New York Times. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
- Mark Whicker, More than a passing fancy, The Orange County Register, September 2, 2005.
- "Dirty Harry - Rooftop Rider". YouTube.
- Climate Summary for Greenbrae, California