Fairfax is a close-knit community that was featured in the national issue of Men’s Journal of Health as one of the “Top 50 Places to Live.” Surrounded by extensive open space, the town is a hiking and mountain biking Mecca. The environment is preserved through the local advocacy of environmental sustainability and community building. The vibrant downtown has over thirty independent stores, charming restaurants, and the most vibrant nightlife in Marin County. The affordable central Marin location is located in the distinguished Ross Valley School District. Fairfax is about 4 miles west of Highway 101, and 18 miles north of San Francisco. Situated on 2.2 square miles of thriving forested hills, it is the gateway to the gorgeous countryside of West Marin. It is sheltered from the wind and fog by Mount Tamalpais, and attains more sunlight because of its western location. The weather encourages outdoor activities in Fairfax year round.