Greenbrae Boardwalk

The Greenbrae Boardwalk bordering the Corte Madera Creek on the east side of Highway 101 in Marin County is an unusual habitat. Here forty-nine houses sit on pilings above a salt marsh. Only accessible by foot or bike, residents access their homes by way of a wooden walkway.


Greenbrae Boardwalk and Corte Madera Creek

In the early 1900s arks, small houses that float on boat-like hulls, were a common site off the shores of Larkspur. During that era the Greenbrae boardwalk was a series of 12 x 2 boards extending across the pickleweed – a favorite spot for catching bass, duck hunting, and carousing.

By the 1910’s three houses were built along the boardwalk – some of the first homes in Greenbrae. The first waterline came to the boardwalk in 1921; electricity in 1946; postal delivery in 1948; and sewage installation by 1961.

Residents tell stories of dramatic storms, of falling into the marsh, and the joys of living over the mud.

One Response to “Greenbrae Boardwalk”

  1. Tiffany Says:

    We, my son and I, Valentine wrote a very good paper @ the arks of Lucky Drive and Greenbrae boardwalk. If I sent it to you, would you put it on your site? He is in 4th grade and I am a 40 yr native.
    Just passing on some info.

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