For the better part of three decades, Pickleweed Apartments has served as an exemplary affordable housing option for the residents of Marin. Completed in 1986, Pickleweed was the result of a very successful collaboration between Bridge Housing and the City of Mill Valley. Utilizing city land, tax-exempt financing, funds from the Marin Community Foundation, and construction savings, the co-developers built an apartment complex that is able to offer rents dramatically below market rate. Pickleweed Apartments is the recipient of a Gold Nugget “Best in the West” Award as well as the Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence.
Located centrally in Mill Valley near shops, schools and transit, the cozy community overlooks the beautiful wetlands of Richardson Bay. Each home has a full kitchen complete with dishwasher and private balcony or patio. Other amenities include on-site laundry, covered parking, landscaped common areas, and a children’s playground.
“We love the apartment itself, and we love where it’s located—we’re right on the bike path, right near the creek, and three blocks from the rec center,” says Shirley Pullan, a long-time resident along with her husband Len. “We feel very lucky, obviously, because it’s less expensive than if we had to pay top dollar.”