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Life in Ross
In Ross, every time you come home, you feel like you've arrived. Amongst lush, tree-covered hills, winding creeks, and graciously landscaped streets and gardens, are some of the world's most stunning homes. Because of the strict zoning restrictions that limit development in Ross, there are only about 884 housing units. In the 1800s, expansive estates were built by wealthy San Franciscans as holiday homes. Many of these mansions remain, and Ross still represents the pinnacle of luxurious lifestyles. The Town Council strives to preserve and enhance its historical, low-density character and identity. The community of Ross is spacious, extremely safe, and has schools that continually rank amongst the highest in the nation.
Ross Architectural Styles
In Ross, you will find a mélange of architectural artistry. Each exquisite residence is luxuriously appointed and designed to include the finest amenities.
The architectural and environmental ambiance that first attracted residents to Ross since the Town's incorporation in 1908 has been preserved and serves as significant reminders of the past. Historic mansions, mid-century and 21st-century homes are scattered throughout the community.
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Affordability & Real Estate Insight
In 2020 the median price for the 29 sold single-family homes was $3,660,000. The homes ranged in price from $1,070,000 to $7,550,000. Eight of the 29 homes that sold in 2020 were bought off-market.
Kindergartners through 8th-grade students can attend the Ross School located on beautiful Ross Common, and 9th-12th grade students can attend The Branson School, which is a co-educational, independent, and college-preparatory day school. Residents of Ross can also attend Redwood High School, a public high school. Redwood High is nationally ranked and recognized as one of the premier high schools in the nation and has some of the State's highest test scores, rates of graduation, and college acceptances.
For thousands of years before 1800, the Coast Miwok Indians lived and were sustained by the land 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 her husband's landholdings. The 297 acres she had remaining make up part of the Town of Ross today.
Once Ross was incorporated, one of the first actions of the new town council was to make it illegal to cut down trees without the town's approval. Soon the streets were paved, streetlights erected, concrete bridges built over the creek, and a firehouse constructed. Thanks to the foresight of Ross's early leaders, the town today rests under a leafy canopy that is unique in Marin County.