Novato captures a small-town American feeling with its charming and family friendly community. It’s located just below Petaluma and surrounded by wonderful oak and bay tree-studded hills. From the challenging mountain and road biking options to the numerous foot trail systems, there are plenty of outdoor activity options. The weather is warm, and in general, there is a sense of space that you don’t find in many of Marin’s other communities. The space allows for big-box retailers off the Rowland exit and an eclectic mix of small-town boutiques and restaurants along Grant Avenue.