Belvedere is a tiny city, less than one square mile in size, surrounded on three sides by the waters of San Francisco Bay. The population of just over 2,000 are clustered in three neighborhoods:
Belvedere Beginnings On December 21, 1896, 57 people voted to incorporate Belvedere as a city - 33 people voted for it, 27 voted against it, and three votes were invalidated. Before that there was the Belvedere Land Company, so by the time of the actual incorporation there were homes and building sites, a water system, roads, and other amenities already in place thanks to the developers.
In the early days Belvedere matrons living or summering on Belvedere Island eschewed the rough and tumble of their neighboring railroad community's Main Street in Tiburon, and there was no need to trade there. Belvedere had Beach Road, which included the post office, grocery store, telephone exchange, beauty shop, laundry, boatyard, plumber's shop, coal, wood and ice yard, blacksmith's shop, and later a gas station and even a jail. The main commercial building, which also had living units, was the Belvedere Land Company. They were designed by architect Albert Farr. He also designed the Farr Cottages across on Beach Road. All these buildings exist today almost as they were then.
The Corinthian Yacht Club sponsors an active race schedule, a monthly cruise schedule, and an extensive list of social events. It also offers both fine and casual dining for members and guests.
From the MidWinter Regatta season opener in January and February to the April-to-September Friday Night Races, and the season closer One-Design weekend, the club offers a full compliment of regattas, from intra-club to international competition. Member vessels also include powerboats, paddle boards and kayaks.
CYC offers more than 35 social events a year, ranging from on-the-deck clambakes to a formal New Yearís Eve Ball. The dining room is open on weekends, and casual ďbistro nightsĒ are during the week.
Now in its third century, it is the second-oldest yacht club in the western United States. The Corinthian founded such San Francisco Bay traditions as Opening Day on the Bay, The Blessing of the Fleet, and the Midwinter races.
As noted the CYC Mission Statement, the club is for members who share a passion for yachting, community and camaraderie and an appreciation for a beautiful haven that embodies a spirit of congeniality, graciousness, informality and authenticity.
The San Francisco Yacht Club is located in beautiful Belvedere, on the shores of Belvedere Cove with a view of the San Francisco skyline. The current club facility was built in 1937 having relocated from its former facility in Sausalito. The San Francisco Yacht Club was founded in 1869 in China Basin in San Francisco. Today the club serves its very active and diverse membership needs by providing club programs, events and facilities that have earned the respect as being one of the leading Yacht Clubs in the country. In addition to the striking views offered from its clubhouse, the club has one of the finest boat anchorages on the Bay. Only club members are allowed to rent slips at the club. The clubhouse and offices are open Wednesday through Sunday although the docks and grounds are accessible at any time. Members can enjoy the many dining services offered in addition to the many formal and informal social events that the club is known for hosting. The heart and soul of any yacht club is its sailing activities. SFYC members are well known for their sailing, powerboating and rowing accomplishments.
The Belvedere Tennis Club (BTC) was founded on the principle of being a limited, member owned club where members share easy access to tennis courts and quality facilities to relax and socialize. The Mission of the Club is to foster the game of tennis for all levels and create an intimate, social atmosphere for all members and their families. The Club provides tennis, swim, fitness, and social facilities, as well as a wide variety of programs for all ages. Our membership includes active professionals and business people, young families, individuals, and retired people involved in a variety of civic activities and organizations. While many of our members live in the Belvedere-Tiburon community, we also have members from elsewhere in Marin County and San Francisco.
For more than 60 years, Tiburon Peninsula Club has provided exceptional club experiences for families in an environment that encourages the formation of enduring friendships, by offering personalized service, outstanding facilities, and a sustained commitment to quality. Social and family events are abundant throughout the year, with long-standing TPC traditions, like the Memorial Day and Labor Day BBQs, as well as seasonal parties and events full of family fun. TPCís Bar & Grill/Clubhouse is a gathering place for special events, private parties, and banquets for families and friends alike.
Tiburon Linear Park is a public tennis facility located at Tiburon Linear Park, Tiburon, CA 94920. There are 2 public tennis courts available at this tennis location. The tennis courts are not lighted. There are 3 active tennis friends currently registered at TiburonLinear Park.
Concerts are FREE to the public and sponsored by individual and community tax deductible donations. The community thanks the City of Belvedere and the Belvedere Community Foundation for their support for the last 18 years.
After the extensive remodel, one original item remains. Itís the play house. It is still high off the ground, but is now approached by a sturdy staircase with side rails. The rest of the play areas have fresh new sand, and a soft rubber composite around the perimeter of many items such as the white and blue tug boat and fancy blue spider web climber. Cement paths weave throughout making it easy to negotiate strollers. There is a large sand pit area with a shovel digger and coil rocker. At one end of the playground are a couple of toddler full bucket swings, and all the way on the other end are two big kid swings and a tire swing. In between these two swing areas, are three separate play structures some more challenging than others with monkey bars, rings and slides. This playground accommodates a broad age-range of kids but keep in mind that it can be tricky to keep an eye on children at opposite ends. There is a low sitting wall with decorated tiles and wooden benches to sit on and have a snack. Most of the shade is found on the toddler side. The area is fully fenced in.
Shoreline Park was dedicated to the Town for ďpublic, scenic, open space and public accessĒ purposes and is customarily used as a visual and primarily passive recreational amenity for Town residents and visitors. A majority of the Parkís land area is under water; the dry land portion consists of a narrow strip of bay front property with a paved walking path terminating at Ferry Plaza (see attached graphic). It lies directly in the San Francisco Bay view corridor of nearby residences and adjoining Paradise Drive, and is therefore highly sensitive from a visual and view blockage standpoint; the dedication to the Town is subject to conditions protecting the views from the Bayside units at PointTiburon. The Park is popular with both residents and visitors for walking, viewing, picnicking and jogging. The Ferry Plaza portion of the Park also provides important public access to the Main Street waterfront and ferry services.