San Rafael Eichler Neighborhood - Terra Linda North
Last week we visited the exclusive Mill Valley / Strawberry Point Eichler community where the Eichlers are custom or semi-custom homes. Today we’re heading back to San Rafael and touring Terra Linda North.
Of the 1700 homes Joseph Eichler built in Marin County, most of them are in 4 San Rafael neighborhoods – Terra Linda South, Terra Linda North, Upper Lucas Valley, and Marinwood. With 600+ homes, Terra Linda North is the larger of the two Terra Linda tracts.
Most of the Eichlers in Terra Linda North are 3 and 4-bedroom homes designed by Eichler architects Jones & Emmons, Anshen + Allen, and Claude Oakland. Although Joseph Eichler built very few 2-story homes, thirteen 2-story Eichlers can be found in Terra Linda North. Twelve were built in 1962 and are on Beechnut Court and around the corner on Las Ovejas Avenue. These models were designed by Claude Oakland and Jones & Emmons. One early double-decker was built in 1959 and can be found on Butternut Drive. The Terra Linda North Eichlers are located between Manuel T. Freitas Parkway and Las Colindas Road, west of Las Gallinas Avenue.
Terra Linda North is in a good location for family activities and shopping. It backs up to the trails and open spaces of the Terra Linda – Sleepy Hollow Divide and Jerry Russom Memorial Park. The Northgate Mall is nearby, as well as several smaller strip malls with banks, grocery stores, and all the amenities that it is nice to have nearby. The Terra Linda Community Pool is home to the Terra Linda Orcas swim team as well as offering swimming lessons and summertime fun to kids of all ages.
Students through 8th grade attend school in the well-respected Dixie School District. Children in grades K-5 attend Vallecito Elementary School or Mary E. Silveira Elementary. Students in grades 6-8 attend Miller Creek Middle School. Many Terra Linda North high-schoolers attend Terra Linda High School in nearby Terra Linda South.