Ross is a town in Marin County, California, north of San Francisco. Ross is located 1.5 miles south of San Rafael. The population is 2,415. The town is bordered by Kentfield and Greenbrae to the east, Larkspur to the south and San Anselmo to the north. Ross is named in honor of James Ross, who acquired Rancho Punta de Quentin in 1859.

The Town of Ross welcomes you to enjoy the small town character of their community.

Ross residents love the beautiful Ross greenery ― tree-covered hills, winding creeks and graciously landscaped streets and gardens. The existing scale and quality of architecture, along with a low density of development, create a community where the man-made and natural environment co-exist in harmony.

The Town of Ross is a general law city which was incorporated in 1908.  The Town provides for all municipal services other than utilities and fire protection services.  Fire protection services are provided by the Ross Valley Fire Department which is a joint powers authority.  Water is provided by the Marin Municipal Water District and wastewater collection is provided by the Ross Valley Sanitary District.

Ross has a Council/Manager form of government.  The five members of the Town Council are elected to staggered four year terms.  The Town Council strives to preserve and enhance the community’s historical low-density character and identity that is unique to the Town of Ross.  The Town Council appoints a Town Manager to manage and direct the day-to-day operations of the Town. To view the Town's organization and department's click here.

Ross is located in the County of Marin, California approximately 18 miles north of San Francisco over the Golden Gate Bridge. Ross is 1.6 square miles and has 2,543 residents. Our town center includes the wonderful Ross Common, the nationally renowned Ross School and the charming, albeit small, Ross commercial area. Stop by and enjoy a cup of coffee or a meal on your next visit north of the Golden Gate!

How Ross Became a Town

For thousands of years prior to 1800, the Coast Miwok Indians lived and were sustained by the land that is now called Ross Valley. The Coast Miwok revered the land, plants and animals of the Ross Valley through tribal cultural beliefs and practices. European diseases eventually decimated the Indian population. The settlement in 1817 of Mission San Raphael, with its vast land holding, also resulted in further incursions into areas occupied by the Coast Miwok Indians.

After the Mexican Revolution of 1821, the “land grant” system of parceling out land gave rise to what we now know as Marin County. Ross was originally part of an 8,877-acre Mexican land grant to Juan B.R. Cooper in 1840 known as Ranch Punta de Quentin Canada de San Anselmo. The Town of Ross itself was named in honor of James Ross, who purchased the land in 1857 for $50,000. Ross built his home on Redwood Drive and moved there with his wife and three children. When James Ross died in 1862 his wife, Annie Ross, was forced to sell a portion of James Ross’ larger land holdings to pay each of their daughters $10,000. The 297 acres she had remaining make up part of the Town of Ross today.

Once the Town was incorporated one of the first actions of the new Town Council was to make it illegal to cut down trees without Town approval. Soon the streets were paved, streetlights erected, concrete bridges built over the creek and a firehouse constructed. Thanks to the foresight of our early leaders, the Town today rests under a leafy canopy that is unique in Marin County.

The house shown immediately below is 20 Canyon Road in Ross which I sold for $3,800,000. It is located off of Laurel Grove in the prestigious Del Mesa neighborhood of Ross.

About the Neighborhood

There are community events
Neighbors are friendly
There's holiday spirit
Great schools
Great for retirees
It's walkable to restaurant
Easy commutes
Good transit
Yards are well-kept
Streets are well-lit
Great hospitals
Parks and playgrounds
It's quiet
It's dog friendly
Kids play outside
Walking / Hiking trails
Updated Aug 10, 2022 12:15:pm
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