The areas surrounding the San Francisco Bay area has seen an explosion of real estate market growth in recent months as affluent buyers seek out single-family homes with more space. With a budget set between $3.2 million-$3.9 million, how much house can you buy right now in highly sought-after Marin County? We take a look at three distinct properties in Novato, San Anselmo, and Layfayette.

35 Wali Trail | Novato, CA. 94947 | $3,900,000

Impressively designed with spaciousness and light-infused living spaces, this grand 7,989 square-foot property has been discreetly positioned on a lavish 5+ acre parcel amongst mature oaks, rare plantings, and meandering pathways. Conceptually intended to provide the ultimate in seclusion, the home rests serenely at the end of a private gated roadway with only two other homes. The exceptional rear yard is highlighted by a massive rock border with cascading waterfall and pool/spa, reminiscent of Hawaiian landscapes. A unique entertainers paradise, the setting is ideal for year-round outdoor festivities featuring an exquisitely crafted, rustic style stone and finely hewn wood cabana. Created with flair and imagination by a former owner/world-renowned musician, the property has five bedrooms, three full baths, and three partial baths, plus a separate wing with a professional sound studio, vocal booth, and art/work studio space — perfect for an office, gym and guest quarters as well.

49 S Oak Ave | San Anselmo, CA. 94960 | $3,395,000

If you follow design, you’ll like this modern shingle-style view stunner in San Anselmo. Featured in Architectural Digest and Marin Magazine, this 2003-built residence offers the perfect blend of traditional and modern. Spanning up to 4,772 square feet, the light-and-bright remodeled interiors reveal a striking kitchen with a Calacatta marble island and a cozy view breakfast nook. An open floor plan is characterized by high ceilings, creating welcoming spaces that are meant for entertaining. A total of five bedrooms, four full baths, and one partial bath make it a delight for families who are looking for a home that has it all. The home features a dedicated office and/or Zoom school space, plus flexible rooms for creating your ideal home gym or second office. Indoor/outdoor living is highlighted by a view deck off of the living room, dining room, primary bedroom, and office, plus a sports court with a flat lawn for outdoor play. There is a two-car garage and plenty of parking for guests, making it a wonderful entertaining home. A location with hiking trails within walking distance further elevate the offering as a gorgeous California-style social distancing retreat.

1201 Cambridge Dr | Lafayette, CA. 94549 | $3,195,000

Another gracious custom-built home with plenty of space to spread out, this 4,523 square-foot Happy Valley residence in Lafayette rests on a half-acre lot. Expert craftsmanship is exhibited throughout. Among the property’s standout features: a 600 square-foot detached guest cottage with a kitchen, full bath, and beautiful light and views. Designed for entertaining, the main house brings together elegant formal living and dining rooms, a main bedroom on the ground floor, and three bedrooms upstairs. There is an enormous stunning playroom, where kids can hang out and watch movies or shoot a game of pool and then head outside to enjoy the serene beauty of the backyard. A cul-de-sac location offers a private and quiet setting, where mature landscaping and wonderful outdoor spaces lure one to enjoy nature among stone patios, built-in stone BBQ, and a hot tub.  A graceful semicircular driveway and lovely fountain introduce the home. Custom features throughout include beautiful woodwork, a 1,100-bottle wine cellar, Waterworks bathrooms, a whole-house sound system, and an exercise room. Another plus? The house is situated within walking distance to Happy Valley School and minutes from BART and downtown.