The rural Novato of the past is now one of the fastest growing areas in Marin.

Further north, Novato is very large in area, and there are very diverse neighborhoods. In the Western part of Novato you can find equestrian centers, homes with barns and a sense of what Novato used to be like. Toward the east there are newer developments and custom homes that enjoy big lots, and lots of square footage.

Hamilton Field is a newer development community & incorporates low cost and senior housing options as well as condos and single family homes.

Weather in Novato is seasonably warmer than that of southern Marin in summer and can also be cooler in winter, as it's touched by the fog from the coastline.