Neighbored by Ross to the South, Fairfax to the west, and San Rafael to the East, San Anselmo is a charming community of older homes amid diverse architectural styles, on shady, tree-lined streets. Its name came from Canada del Anselmo the "Valley of Anselm".
San Anselmo incorporated in April 9, 1907. On March 12, 1974, San Anselmo officially became a town. The downtown area is very "small town" in appearance, but offers a variety of shops and restaurants. San Anselmo Avenue, the town's main shopping area, is a curving boulevard of awning-shaded shops, cafes, galleries, restaurants, and boutiques. Sunset magazine has called San Anselmo the "Best in the West" for antiquing. The most visible landmark in town, a beautiful stone castle that overlooks San Anselmo, is actually the San Francisco Theological Seminary, established in 1892 to train Presbyterian clergy. From the ivy covered chapel with its enchanting bell tolling the hours, to the turrets and towers, this beautiful facility has an ethereal, fairy tale look.
San Anselmo remains essentially a family town with a gentle pace and friendly ambiance.
Marilyn Rich presents San Anselmo: