Welcome to Ross
Ross is the kind of place where even the post office looks like it could be featured on the cover of a magazine, which is convenient because the residents of Ross famously do not receive mail to their houses. Ross Common, a grassy park off the main street, is the hub of this chic Marin suburb and also home to Ross School, a K-8 which could be mistaken for a college campus. Elegant, lush, and more formal than the rest of Marin with the exception, perhaps, of Tiburon. Sean Penn was this neighbourhood's most famous (and improbable) resident.
When in ross...
- Hike/bike/run around gorgeous Phoenix Lake.
- Work out at Soul Cycle (20 minutes away in Larkspur).
- Take your yacht for a spin in SF Bay with cocktails at the St. Francis Yacht Club after.
- Summer in St. Barts, winter in Gstaad.
- Sponsor a philanthropic organization. A big one.
- Play a spot of tennis at Lagunitas Country Club.
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There's plenty of room to walk, bike and hike the leafy streets but downtown Ross is sleepy and most tend to venture elsewhere for restaurants and shopping.
High achieving, well-funded and organized, Ross School is a K-8 that qualifies as a Basic Aid school. This means that the school is better funded than most in Marin County by virtue of its extremely high tax revenue. Click here to read more about California School District funding. In addition to Basic Aid funding, Ross School has a highly effective, organized Parent Teacher Organization with high-powered fundraising structures in place, like the annual Ross Garden Tour (an event that draws crowds from across Marin to peer into the gardens of swanky Ross estates). There is also a Ross School Endowment Fund, designed to supplement funding for Ross School students in perpetuity. There has been significant turnover at the administrative, management level, some say because of the high-demands and expectations in this community.
Nearby private schools for those with a truly unlimited budget: St. Anselm (Catholic school located in San Anselmo), San Domenico (San Anselmo), Mark Day School (San Rafael), Marin Country Day School (Corte Madera), and Branson School (private, super-selective high school in Ross).
Closer to the 101 than San Anselmo but further than Kentfield means an easier commute but enough distance to feel pleasantly distanced from the fray.
Hand-Picked Ross Realtors
In 2013, out of approximately 2000 Marin County agents, Carey Condy ranked an incredible #2. She is an integral, involved member of the Marin Community, having lived here and raised three daughters (one in college and two recently graduated), and even serves on the Executive Board of the Kentfield Schools Foundation. A graduate of University of California Berkeley, before beginning her exceptional career as a Marin real estate agent, Carey founded her own political fund raising company. She is known by her clients and colleagues to be honest, discreet, and to operate with great integrity. Carey is a member of numerous, exclusive networking groups, which gives her a competitive edge. She is passionate about her work and provides unparalleled service, strong negotiating skills, and superb knowledge of Marin County's many unique neighborhoods and schools.
"We want to take this opportunity to thank you for all your help on our house hunt. As you know, we have been moved in for almost two months, and we absolutely love our new house and new neighborhood. Without a doubt, none of this would have been possible without you. As SF residents, we were uncertain about whether we wanted to move to Marin, and if so, what community would work best for us. Not only did you take the time to introduce us to the many options available in Marin, but you worked with us on all aspects of the process. You helped us understand differences between neighborhoods, schools, climates, commute times, etc. and then, once you better understood us, our personalities, and our goals, you proactively searched for the right fit. We were confident that you would show us every possible property!"
As the #1 agent in Marin County since 2005 (and just named by the Wall Street Journal as the 39th agent in the country), Tracy McLaughlin is a world-class real estate agent. Born and raised in the beautiful town of Ross and later raising her three children here, Tracy worked on the purchase and renovation of some 20 properties, ranging in price from $1 to $7 million. Her extensive experience in design and construction is shared with all buyers and sellers to best guide them on investment decisions when deciding which home to purchase or what improvements to make in anticipation of selling to maximize resale value. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and attending Stanford for graduate work, Tracy spent 8 years working as a report/anchor for various NBC affiliates around the country. Her background in journalism and communication is an integral part of her ability to present properties and negotiate transactions. Tracy McLaughlin is an invaluable resource for her clients on what it's like to live in Marin County as well as guiding her clients toward a sound real estate investment.
These two phenomenal agents (since 2013 they've sold more than $135 million) are also consummate local experts who work tirelessly for their clients. Laura and Kristin have lived in Marin County's most desirable areas for over 40 years. Attending top local public and private schools themselves, in addition to raising children here, has informed their nuanced perspective on education options and what it's like to live in this community. Their combined background makes them a formidable pair, with Laura having worked as a top-performing Marin agent for over 20 years, and Kristin working as an executive recruiter (and managing numerous executive relocations) before joining Laura as an agent in 2002. These ladies have got your back.
"We didn't know Marin very well when we started looking for a house. Not only did Kristin and Laura help us find a wonderful home, they found us our dentist, landscaper, preschool, and the list goes on. We found that we could really trust their advice on many things, and they have both become friends to our family. We only wish we could see them as much as we did when we were house hunting. (Well-maybe not that much.) We appreciated the fact that Laura and Kristin are both Marin natives. They were appropriately candid about different towns and neighborhoods. They did a great job getting to know us so that they could find a house and a neighborhood that felt like home to us."