Considered one of the richest towns in Marin, Corte Madera is tucked away in the green Marin countryside, and is known as "The hidden jewel of Marin". Incorporated in 1916, the town extends from San Francisco bay on the east side of Highway 101 to Mt. Tamalpais on the west. Corte Madera occupies an area of four square miles of land, plus surrounding water tidelands, and is usually alight with sunshine that peeks through fog-shrouded Mt. Tam. It is within hiking, biking and driving distance of some of the most beautiful vistas in the western United States.
Corte Madera reflects the easy, outdoor lifestyle long associated with California, with open space, and parks in every direction. It has a wonderful blend of contrasts, from its rural, sprawling hillsides and bordering waterways to its cosmopolitan, fashionable homes and businesses.
In 1980, the town merged its police department with neighboring town, Larkspur, into the Twin Cities Police Authority. Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera has been recognized several times by the federal government as a National Blue Ribbon School.