Located on a hilly peninsula jutting into San Francisco Bay, the small town of Tiburon prospered as a "rowdy" railroad town and was home to the North West Pacific Railroad. In its early days, Tiburon's main street was a tough waterfront area of stores, hotels, a post office, and several raucous taverns from which came stories of shootings and rum-running.
Today, Tiburon is one of the wealthiest cities in the county, and has grown into a bustling community with a small-town feel. Main Street is the local gathering place and offers a variety of upscale shops, quaint art galleries and restaurants overlooking the Bay. Easy access to downtown San Francisco, either by ferry or highway 101, makes commuting a breeze. Houses in Tiburon are a mix of nicely renovated downtown condos and luxurious hillside show homes and a number of waterfront properties that sit directly on San Francisco Bay.
Tiburon is home to an annual wine festival as well as a film festival that has recently become fairly well-known. Year round one can enjoy the many sailboats docked in the bay from outdoor tables at downtown cafes, or sample fine dining of one of Tiburon's delightful restaurants. The downtown has recently seen an extensive revitalization, with special attention paid to access for the disabled.
Tiburon is a great place to raise a family. Nearly 30 percent of households in Tiburon have children under the age of 18. Tiburon's Reed School District has long been ranked among the best in the nation and the schools have recently undergone renovation and expansion.