by / Wednesday, 30 July 2014 / Published in Communities

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 2,000 are clustered in three neighborhoods:

Belvedere Island
Belvedere Lagoon
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 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.

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.