Small and elegant, Ross might just be the “darling” of the Tamalpais Valley. Just below Phoenix Lake, surrounded by an open nature preserve and trail system, Ross’s population sits below 3,000. The quaint Ross Commons area—a large community sporting green adjacent to the award-winning Ross K-8 School—includes a bike shop, community market, a few small shops and restaurants including a new British-style Tea & Crumpets shop and the exceptional Marche aux Fleur, a handful of salons, as well as the local post office, are just a footbridge away from the Marin Art & Garden Center, a historic public space hosting an array of community events, classes, and private venue locations. A quintessential smalltown, Ross is as calm and beautiful and its wooded backdrop suggests.