Ross is truly a special place. Not in the grandiose sense of Belvedere with views, but in a timeless, old America, tight-knit community manner, with mature Bougainvillea, Wisteria Sycamore trees and Redwoods. Home to approximately 1200 very successful families (2500 people) Ross has beautiful, private houses with wrap-around porches, quiet, tree-lined streets with old sidewalks, and a quaint downtown. It is a small, wealthy community situated on the Northern flank of mt Tamalpais with its own School District (>350 students in K-8) that ranks in the 99th percentile in the state and rivals Reed Union and Kentfield as Marin’s best school. There is a small main street with a few shops and a market, but Ross is quite close to San Anselmo, Greenbrae, Kentfield, and San Rafael for shopping, movies and restaurants.
Ross is named after James Ross, a Scot from Inverness Shire, Scotland, who left his family at home and came to California in search of gold in 1849. He established a successful liquor business in San Francisco and eventually purchased the 8,750 acre “Rancho Punta de Quentin” for $50,000 in Gold coin-and area that stretched from the mouth of the Corte Madera Creek into modern day San Anselmo. James Ross, like many of the early Marin settlers, died early — after living only 5 years on his new ranch. His widow Annie remarried and built a house on the site of today’s Marin Art and Garden center– planting many beautiful plants and trees including the fabulous Magnolia and others that flourish at the site today.
The Lagunitas Country Club (tennis and swim club) is nestled in Ross amidst 800 year old Sequoia and is a great tennis & swim club with racquetball courts. Other staple Ross activities include hiking, biking, or walking their numerous tree-lined streets, trails and paths.
The weather in Ross, like Kentfield, is generally warmer than other parts of Southern Marin May-Sept. as the summertime / maritime air is pushed south by our predominant northwest flow.
If you plan on commuting from Ross to downtown San Francisco during normal working hours please be prepared to for 35-50 minutes in the morning and 40-60 minutes or more in the afternoon. The 101 corridor from Mill Valley to the Sir Francis Drake exit tends to back up as well as Sir Francis Drake Blvd. The Larkspur Ferry provides a commuting alternative and has regular high-speed boats to and from the city every 40 minutes or so. Please call or email us for more specific information about Ross or Southern Marin in general.