In 1871, Albert Emmet Kent bought the land known as "Ross Landing" from the Ross estate, and built a settlement called Tamalpais, which was then re-named Kent in the 1890s, and finally Kentfield with the opening of the first post office in 1905.
Today, the unincorporated community of Kentfield is nestled at the base of Mt. Tamalpais bordered by Larkspur and Ross. It lies partially on level land, while Kent Woodlands climbs the slope of the mountain to Phoenix Lake. Many Kentfield homes on this slope offer sweeping views of the bay and Mt. Tam.
Kentfield offers small, convenient shopping areas, restaurants, and community resources. It has the highest rainfall in the county which gives the area lush vegetation and rushing winter streams.
Kentfield boasts excellent schools, including Adeline E. Kent Middle School, a California Distinguished School for grades 5-8. College of Marin is well known for its theatre department, with the highest transfer acceptance to Juilliard of any junior college in the state.
Kentfield is also home to the Tamalpa Institute, founded by Anna Halprin, a dancer, choreographer and teacher who helped pioneer postmodern dance. She is also considered an early pioneer in the expressive arts healing movement.
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