Hamilton Field, Novato — Evolving Into A Business & Lifestyle Destination
Over the past several years, numerous businesses have moved into the renovated hangar space located in Hamilton Field, Novato (called Hamilton Landing). These hangars, built by the military decades ago (and used by the Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard), are now home to a wide variety of business and non-profit enterprises. Along with the recently announced plans of ImageMovers Digital, Disney (which plans to move into its renovated 3-D computer animation complex in December 2008), the current and prospective faces of business in Novato’s rapidly emerging chic business locale includes: Smith & Hawken, Oracle, Cytograft Tissue Engineering, Halcyon Investment Partners, Clair Mail, Toys for Bob, Marin Community Foundation, Nihilistic Software, Birkenstock Distribution, Sony ImageWorks, a library, the YMCA, Visual Concepts Entertainment, and there are plans for a large office building at Hangar 8. This is an impressive and varied list of firms, ranging from non-profits to bio-tech and software companies. The existing hangars (on just over 20 acres) provide over 450,000 square feet of office space and employ about 850 people.
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Of course, Hamilton Field is also home to nearly 1,000 housing units. Many employees of Hamilton companies are finding the perfect work-life balance by living close enough to their jobs to bicycle home for lunch. Home prices in Hamilton Field range roughly from about $650,000 to $1,000,000, depending on the size of home and neighborhood (click HERE for a sampling of homes). Hamilton also features about 70 acres of parks and open space, a library, a YMCA, sports fields, a cozy cafe, and a skate park. Also underway is the largest wetlands restoration project on the West Coast.