George Rodericks

City of Belvedere, CA

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Belvedere is a tiny city, less than one square mile in size, surrounded on three sides by the waters of San Francisco Bay. The population of just over two thousand are clustered in three neighborhoods: Belvedere Island, Belvedere Lagoon, and Corinthian Island. The city is completely built out with single-family homes and approximately 100 rental units. The terrain is predominantly hilly and lush; many residences were designed by famous architects and/or are considered historically significant. There are spectacular views of San Francisco, Angel Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, and Mt. Tamalpais, but no public beach or boat launching area.

The weather in Belvedere is extraordinary. Coastal breezes keep the air fresh and clear and the temperatures moderate all year; the average low in January is 42.9 degrees, the average high in July only 74.9. 260 days a year are mostly sunny.

The median age in Belvedere is 53. For many years the population has been predominantly 55+, however the number of young families with children is steadily growing and the City hosts swarms of children at its newly-renovated playground-- the most popular children's park in southern Marin.

Most of Belvedere's working population commutes by car to San Francisco (30 minutes to downtown) or by ferry or bus; many persons work as consultants out of their homes. There is no downtown in Belvedere-shoppers find the usual products and services immediately outside the City limits in the Town of Tiburon's shopping centers and stores.

Volunteerism is a major way of life in Belvedere. Quieter in temperament than their counterparts in Palm Beach and Manhattan, Belvedere's residents mostly eschew lavish fundraisers and instead roll up their sleeves to help restore historic structures, plant community gardens, mend books for the library, help design the renovation of parks, and serve on the PTA. Residents actively serve on the boards of dozens of Marin County and San Francisco museums, performing arts groups, charities, and community foundations.

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