Homestead Valley NRG
History of the Homestead Valley
In 1866 Samuel Throckmorton, owner of Rancho Saucelito (Sausalito), built a hunting lodge which he named “The Homestead” at what is now the corner of Ethel and Montford in a valley that later became known as Homestead Valley. In 1903, the Tamalpais Land & Water Company, which had become the owner of Rancho Saucelito (Sausalito), subdivided the valley into building sites. Homestead Valley today is an unincorporated community of about 1100 homes located between the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the City of Mill Valley.
Welcome to Homestead Valley – a Firewise Community
As a result of the passion and commitment of Homestead Valley (HV) residents, the Community Center, pool, meadow and 80+ acres of open space managed by the Homestead Valley Land Trust (HVLT) are publically owned to ensure their continued preservation for years to come.
The mission of the HVCA is to enhance the community of HV residents through cultural, educational and recreational activities, events and service.
From the 4th of July Parade and BBQ with decorated bikes, dogs and goats led by a bright red fire truck, to a ‘rockin’ Music Festival in August and festive Halloween and Winter celebrations to close out the year, HV provides many opportunities to meet neighbors and build community. In 2014, we started a Celebrating Local Artist program hosting an opening reception for and displaying art from one of the many talented residents in our community.
In partnership with the County of Marin, the Center was completely refurbished in 2014 thanks to the passage of Measure A by HV residents. Amenities include:
- fully-equipped large main meeting room
- charming wood stove and cozy seating area
- lovely outdoor deck
- poolside room which opens to the patio/pool
The center, patio, pool and meadow are available to rent for celebrations or meetings.
The HVCA website, Facebook, Nextdoor Homestead and Homestead Headlines are great ways to learn about what is happening in Homestead Valley and how to get involved. See photos of all our facilities and your neighbors enjoying HVCA events, learn about the history of the valley and find out about upcoming events.
Reflective Address Placard Program: Homestead Valley is coordinating with Southern Marin Fire District to mobilize Homestead Valley residents to install reflective safety address placards. Reflective Safety Address Placards ensure first responders can more easily locate your home. Placards will be installed on existing fence post, mailbox post or a steel stake. This free to HV seniors (65+ self-qualified). For all other HV residents, a donation is requested at $20. Orders may take up to 4 weeks. CLICK HERE for online order form.
Homestead Radio Pilot Project: During the summer of 2021, the HV Safety Committee is initiating the Radio Pilot Project to test the viability of establishing a local network of GMRS two-way, walkie-talkie radios to establish a communication link between each of our 60 neighborhood blocks and our local Incident Command Center.
NOAA Weather/Alert Radio Project: The Homestead Firewise Community received 20 NOAA Weather/Alert Radios from FIRESafe Marin as part of a emergency notification pilot project. The radios have been distributed throughout the Homestead Valley to residents who volunteered to participate in the project.
Emergency Command Center at the HV Community Center: In the event of various emergencies that could result in a “Shelter in Place” order, The HV Safety Committee is working toward an operational model to activate an Emergency Incident Command Center. This would most likely be located at the HV Community Center at 315 Montford Avenue. Our existing plan (developed 10 years ago) is being revised and updated. Upon completion of this review and update, the specifics of the plan will be distributed to residents of Homestead Valley.
Homestead Valley NRG Steering Committee
Guiding the development of Homestead Valley’s NRG Network is the Steering Committee. We can be contacted at: HVSaftey@homesteadvalley.org
|Kris Cann||Coordinator: Block Contact Program; Resident of Homestead Valley since 197?|
|Jim Derich||HV Safety Committee Chair; HVCA Board Member; Resident of Homestead Valley since 1973|
|Marabeth Grahame||HV Landtrust Board Member; Firewise Committee Member|
|Paul McKown||Block Contact for Amaranth Community; Coordinator for radio communication program (NOAA Weather Radios & Walkie-Talkies)|
|Steve Quarles||Firewise Committee Chair; FIRESafe Marin Board Member;|