San Anselmo is an incorporated town in Marin County, about 20 miles north of San Francisco and 1.5 miles west of San Rafael. The population was 12,336 at the 2010 census. Most of the downtown antique and boutique stores and restaurants, for which San Anselmo is well known, are along the banks of San Anselmo Creek. There are three main roads running through San Anselmo. Their junction is known locally as the Hub, which lies near the central business district. Sir Francis Drake Boulevard runs north from Ross, turns north-west at the Hub, and then proceeds west to Fairfax. Red Hill Avenue (also called "The Miracle Mile") runs west from San Rafael, after 4th Street and 3rd Street merge, and into the Hub where it becomes Center Boulevard. Center Boulevard runs north-west from the Hub to Fairfax and Sir Francis Drake parallels Center Boulevard to Fairfax, offset to the north
San Anselmo's most prominent resident, movie director George Lucas, used some of the proceeds from his film "American Graffiti" to buy an old Victorian house in San Anselmo; his then-wife Marcia Lucas named it "Parkhouse." Lucas worked on his "Star Wars" script for two and a half years, writing much of it at the back of his San Anselmo house in a room he shared with a gaudy Wurlitzer jukebox.
San Anselmo has many different neighborhoods including Sleepy Hollow in the flats and hillside homes on the western side, a very charming city to call home.
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