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Situated in the northwest region of Marin County, the town of Nicasio represents the traditions of America. Nicasio which means “the hidden one” was built in 1800 and has seen a lot of people during its shining years coming and going but only a few of them stayed to make a living. The pastoral town with a rural landscape still remains today much as it was 150 years ago.

Although small in size, Nicasio has a long history. The town started with pioneers, attracted from different parts of the region because of its agricultural perks. Quickly the town transformed into a key city and a hotel was constructed to welcome people coming from afar. Families would also come spend weekends in this pleasant and peaceful valley. In 1940, shortly before WWII, the hotel burned down and is now Rancho Nicasio, a popular rustic hangout for live music, dancing, drinks and American fare which also serves as an wedding and event venue for music concerts and barbecues on the lawn. Another “monument” of the town is the quaint old St Mary’s Church – an iconic landmark of the town – which stands next to Rancho Nicasio, the post office and the fire department. Nicasio is also home to the Nicasio Valley Cheese Company. 

Students are served by the Nicasio School District, one of the few remaining single-school public school districts in Marin. The district itself was established in 1866 with the first Nicasio schoolhouse constructed in 1867. Nicasio School serves approximately 50-60 students in grades TK-8. Students learn in multi-grade classrooms with highly skilled teachers and support staff who prepare them for transition to high school and life outside of Nicasio. While many graduating 8th graders attend Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, many others attend private high schools in Marin County and San Francisco.

With no stoplights and only a couple stop signs, farm land and green pastures reach as far as the eye can see, along with rolling hills spotted with horses and cattle grazing. Nicasio is known for and proud of its sustainable and organic agriculture, and horse stables are plenty in Nicasio offering boarding, riding, and lessons.

The town is a popular stop for cyclists riding the back roads of the North Bay as well, where they stop at the general store for cold drinks and a healthy snack.

With a population of less than one hundred, residents are active in preserving the ambiance of the community, even purchasing the Nicasio Town Square along with the County of Marin. The Nicasio Land Preserve was created to purchase additional preservation land.

Home to bucolic ranches and rolling hillsides surrounding the Nicasio Reservoir, Real Estate in Nicasio consists primarily of large ranches and rural parcels. Look no further than to Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty to find the perfect home in Nicasio as well as the rest of West Marin. Tranquil is the best word to describe Nicasio; you will find here the quiet charm of an old American town. 

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