The idyllic community of Ross, California, provides residents with the best of both worlds — small-town charm with the opportunities offered by its proximity to a metropolitan area. The neighborhood boasts a desirable lifestyle complemented by the town’s natural beauty of expansive green spaces, tree-covered hillsides, and a network of winding creeks.
Like a beautiful tapestry, the beautiful nature of the surrounding small town of Ross is interwoven seamlessly with meticulously landscaped estates, tree-lined boulevards, and parks featuring old-growth trees. It’s a green oasis tucked away in exclusive Marin County and located just eighteen miles north of San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge.
History of Ross
He built a home on leafy Redwood Drive and moved there with his wife and three children. After James’ death, his wife Annie sold off some of their larger landholdings, which now makes up much of the present-day Town of Ross. Its first post office opened in 1887, and the town was incorporated in 1908.
One of the first actions of the new Town Council was to make it illegal to cut down trees without prior approval. Even as streets were paved and streetlights erected, trees were preserved. That’s why present-day Ross rests under a leafy canopy — an enviable distinction rarely found in other contemporary residential areas. The charming town center features the Ross Common, land gifted to the town by Annie Ross Worn — the eldest daughter of James and Annie Ross — ensuring future residents would continue to enjoy its green expanse.
Ross real estate market
Property values remain high, making buying homes for sale in Ross a solid investment. If you are looking to expand your investment portfolio with a stunning property in this lovely neighborhood, working with a trusted, local realtor like Lydia Sarkissian, Magda Sarkissian and Bill Bullock with the Sarkissian Bullock Team at Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty, will be essential to navigating the local market for on market and off market opportunities. Private estate-like properties with flat grounds and a pool, typically sell for a higher price per square footage, than the properties in the hills with no usable land. You can find Historic, Mediterranean, Cape-Cod, Modern/Contemporary, and Traditional Homes in this town.
Small town feel with big town amenities
Arts and culture also flourish in Ross — The Marin Art and Garden Center, founded in 1943, houses a library and an intimate theater home to the Ross Valley Players, the state’s oldest repertory company. You can also tour the tranquil grounds, which feature delights like an Edible Garden, Rose Garden, Giant Sequoia, and the lovely Fountain Pond.
Even the town’s symbol is a work of art. The Ross Bear statue, which presides in front of the Town Hall, was created by Italian artist Beniamino “Benny” Bufano and donated to the community by the Flax family in 1971. Bufano’s modernist work often featured smoothly rounded animals, and he lived in Northern California for much of his career.
Shops and restaurants
Locally owned restaurants, boutiques, and small businesses dot the town square and are integral to Ross’s prized small-town charm. Whether you’re looking for a great gift, desiring to browse through a stack of books, or meeting a friend for coffee or lunch, Ross has plenty to offer:
- Village Corner Coffee Shop
- Crown and Crumpet Cafe
- Breaking Away Bicycles, Inc
- Upper Road West Antiques
- Trattoria Fresco Italian Cuisine
- Tony Tutto Pizza
- Marché aux Fleurs French Bistro
The great outdoors
Additionally, outdoor enthusiasts will love lacing up their hiking boots to explore some of the region's best trails like Tucker Cutoff Trail, Pixie Park, Cascade Falls, and Bon Tempe Lake Trailhead. With year-round temperate weather and such stunning landscapes, residents of Ross enjoy a multitude of incredible outdoor experiences.