Exploring Ross

Ross might be one of the best kept secrets in California. The tiny town has under 3,000 people, and all of them love their small community. It’s not quite half an hour from San Francisco, but the town is surrounded by emerald green hills irrigated by winding creeks that make it feel like a world all of its own. 


The Mexican Revolution drastically altered Mexican government and culture. In 1840, Ross was included in a Mexican Land grant called Ranch Punta de Quentin Canada de San Anselmo. James Ross bought the 8,877-acre parcel for $50,000 he had earned from his wholesale liquor business. He built his home on his new land and opened Ross Landing, a general store. When he died, his wife sold some of the land, and the remaining acreage makes up the 1.6 square miles the town takes up today.


Although the town is small, it has several noteworthy landmarks.

Town Hall. The Shotwell Estate stood at this location until 1926, when the town voted to make it into the town hall and fire station.

Marin Arts and Garden Center. This historic site has repeatedly won Pacific Sun’s Best Place for a Wedding award. It hosts events like family storytelling and is home to the Ross Valley Players.

Natalie Coffin Greene Park. Several hiking trails start here and go to the Mount Tam Watershed, Mount Baldy or Phoenix Lake. Natalie Coffin Greene donated 25 acres of land around the lake to Ross in her memory.

Ross Bear. Sculptor Beniamino Bufano created the bear sculpture out of compressed marble and donated it in 1971. It stands in front of Town Hall and is the symbol of Ross, now incorporated in the town logo.

Ross Bridges. These five concrete bridges were designed by John Buck Leonard and are included in the National Register of Historic Places.

Small Town Strength

What makes Ross such a vibrant community is the honesty and integrity of the citizens who live there. At Ongaro and Sons, we believe we’ve been in business for four generations because we prioritize those same values. Each of our employees is dedicated to making your experience with our company the best it can be. Contact us for all your Ross heating, cooling and plumbing needs.