For the “My, how things have changed file,” there’s this: In 1857, Scottish immigrant James Ross bought Rancho Punta de Quentin — an 8,877-acre Mexican land grant that comprised not only the San Quentin peninsula, but also present-day Ross, Kentfield, and part of San Anselmo — for $50,000.
Today, Ross is one of the wealthiest ZIP codes in the nation, and on its land sit large estates and custom-built homes, many with private tennis courts, swimming pools, and horse stables.
Behind the private gates and long drives live families that settle in Ross for its exceptional lifestyle, award-winning schools, and close proximity to the City.
The ever-popular Marin Art and Garden Center covers ten full acres and is the focal point of many recreational activities and classes. Towering trees, charming ponds, and meticulous grounds make the center a wonderful place to visit and relax.
Other outdoor options include Ross Commons, a playground for the little ones; Phoenix Lake for hiking, fishing, or picnics; and, for the more adventurous, Mt. Tamalpais for off-road biking and challenging hikes.
Educational choices abound as Ross is home to award-winning public schools and exclusive private schools. What’s more, just a mile away is College of Marin, which offers additional cultural, recreational, and educational opportunities.
Child Magazine listed Ross Elementary School as one of the top ten schools in the United States.
Measuring just over one-and-a-half miles, this elegant, tranquil, and exclusive town is small in size yet big on providing the best — award-winning schools, convenient City access, shopping, and lifestyle — that Marin County living has to offer.