Greenbrae, California

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Greenbrae is located in California
Location in California
Greenbrae is located in the United States
Greenbrae (the United States)
Coordinates: 37°56′55″N 122°31′29″W / 37.94861°N 122.52472°W / 37.94861; -122.52472Coordinates: 37°56′55″N 122°31′29″W / 37.94861°N 122.52472°W / 37.94861; -122.52472
CountryUnited States
CountyMarin County
Elevation33 ft (10 m)
Area codes415/628

Greenbrae is a small unincorporated community in Marin County, California.[1] It is located 1.5 miles (2 km) south-southeast of downtown San Rafael,[2] at an elevation of 33 feet (10 m),[1] 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."

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.

It is in the Tamalpais Union High School District.


The developer of Greenbrae was Schultz Building Company, which included Niels Schultz and his son Niels Schultz, Jr.[3] In 1946, the area of land was originally 635 acres of farmland and was purchased for development by the Archdiocese of San Francisco.[3] Schultz built more than 1,000 homes, 1,500 apartments and dozens of businesses.[3] When designing the neighborhood they focused on saving the local oak trees, design, housing setbacks, landscaped medians, and open areas.[3]

Many years ago Larkspur annexed Greenbrae, as a result Greenbrae is sometimes referred to as a neighborhood within Larkspur.[4]


In the state legislature, Greenbrae is in the 2nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Mike McGuire, and in the 10th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Marc Levine.

Federally, Greenbrae is in California's 2nd congressional district, represented by Democrat Jared Huffman.[5]


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.[6]

Notable residents[edit]



Politicians and civil service[edit]



  • Jack Finney (1911–1995), writer who died in Greenbrae shortly after completing his last novel.


In popular culture[edit]

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.[16]

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  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Greenbrae, California
  2. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 638. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ a b c d John Dugan, Niels Schultz, Jr., who developed Greenbrae, dies at 89 Archived 2015-02-01 at the Wayback Machine The Marin Independent Journal, February 6, 2008.
  4. ^ McCormack, Don (2000-12-24). Marin, Napa and Sonoma 2001. McCormacks Guides. p. 44. ISBN 978-1-929365-14-2.
  5. ^ "California's 2nd Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Greenbrae, California
  7. ^ Kennedy, Randy (2009-12-14). "Larry Sultan, California Photographer, Dies at 63 (Published 2009)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  8. ^ Weber, Bruce (2008-07-15). "Les Crane, Talk-Show Host, Dies at 74 (Published 2008)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  9. ^ "Krasny: The thinking person's talk host". Marin Independent Journal. 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  10. ^ "Barbara Boxer makes it official, files papers to run for reelection". LA Times Blogs - PolitiCal. 2010-02-18. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  11. ^ "Buddy Biancalana Stats". Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  12. ^ Stone, Larry (February 16, 2016). "Tour of Pete Carroll's home uncovers essence of Seahawks' coach". The Seattle Times.
  13. ^ Mark Whicker, More than a passing fancy Archived 2013-08-27 at the Wayback Machine, The Orange County Register, September 2, 2005.
  14. ^ "Will Venable Stats". Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  15. ^ Bayot, Jennifer (January 2, 2005). "William A. Silverman, 87, dies; leading neonatologist of 1950's". The New York Times. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  16. ^ "Dirty Harry - Rooftop Rider". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-19.

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