San Rafael named after the Archangel Rafael , the Angel of Healing, is located only 30 minutes from San Francisco. San Francisco, where the rents are high and the availabilities are low, provides little office space options for businesses that are just starting out and still budget conscious. San Rafael is the perfect compromise. Only 19 miles away, San Rafael can provide a home for your business but still keep the option open to work with some of the top companies located in San Francisco.
The City of Rafael is committed to maintaining a strong business community. Their Business Development staff are dedicated to helping businesses do well in San Rafael. Their shop San Rafael Initiative works hard to keep residents shopping in their own community and buying your products.
San Rafael was originally planned as a hospital sight for Central Valley American Indians who had become ill at the San Francisco Mission Dolores. It gained full mission status in 1822 but had fallen into ruin by 1844 when the Mexican government took over missions in California. It was rebuilt in 1949 and now has a population of 57,713. San Rafael now offers a lively urban environment while retaining the ease and comfort of a small town life
Located on the major north-south freeway US Route 101, San Rafael is easily accessed by Mexico in the South and the Redwood Empire to the north. The San Rafael Transit Center is also located in the town center and serves a number of bus agencies.
For years, San Rafael served as the home base of LucasFilm, best known for global hit movie series Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Because of this and other production companies, the downtown has often been the host of many movies, including, American Graffiti.
Downtown Rafael offers many office spaces that are close to other businesses. While living on the outside, your business can enjoy all the pleasures of being in an urban center. With restaurants and shops nearby, San Rafael downtown provides just the right amount of bustle to keep your business fruitful.
For Biotech companies, office spaces near Kerner Blvd are located in the heart of the Biotech Valley. This area is assured to be zoned properly and the ease of obtaining permits fitted for your business. Office spaces here are top quality. They also have a great view of the Bay, which will in turn impress any client.