Kent Woodlands is nestled at the base of Mt. Tamalpais, and bordered by the towns of Larkspur and Ross. In 1857, James Ross bought Rancho Punta de Quentin. Mr. Ross, originally from Scotland, arrived in San Francisco from Australia in 1848 and made his considerable fortune in the wholesale liquor business. He set up a trading post called "Ross Landing". Steamers would come up the Corte Madera Creek to access Ross Landing. Albert Emmet Kent, a Chicago meat packer, bought the land from the Ross estate in 1871. Mr. Kent came with his wife, Adaline, who later donated twenty three acres of land for a community recreation center; which later became the site for the College of Marin, a California Community College. Albert and Adaline's son, William, who became a United States Congressman and an ardent conservationist, donated Muir Woods as a national park. Albert Kent built his estate and called it "Tamalpais", which was later changed to "Kent" in the 1890's. In 1905, with the opening of the first Post Office, "Kent" was changed to "Kentfield".
Known for its lush natural landscape, Pine, Redwood and Manzanita trees, and views of Mt. Tamalpais and the Bay, this location remains highly sought after. There is a stsrong sense of community and the schools are rated as excellent.