Allen's Hummingbird, photo: Ed Stetson

The Inverness Ridge Association is a neighborhood association for the homeowners and residents of the Paradise Ranch Estates subdivision accessed by way of Drakes View Drive. The name Paradise Ranch Estates (β€œPRE”) was presumably given by the original developer, Doug Adams, to increase the appeal of the subdivision he developed in the 1950s.

The IRA serves as both a service and a social organization. As a service organization, the IRA, either directly or through liaison with federal and local government entities, engages in matters directly affecting the safety and well-being of PRE residents. Among the activities it initiates or directs are the following:

  • fire prevention and disaster coordination, including vegetation management and public (resident) awareness and the annual summer chipping program

  • support to the Point Reyes Disaster Council neighborhood emergency response liaisons in promoting disaster preparedness through communication and education

  • maintaining and distributing annually a directory of PRE residents and property owners

  • on-going communication with local fire departments regarding the ever-changing fire safety conditions within and adjacent to PRE

  • liaison with Point Reyes National Seashore officials regarding continued fire safety and road evacuation route(s) accessibility, trail clearing, etc.

The Association negotiated our reliable water supply with the North Marin Municipal Water District after the floods of 1982.

The PRE Road Advisory Board (PRERAB) was formed to maintain and improve our private road system in consultation with the County paid for by a portion of PRE property tax revenues and occasional parcel taxes approved by PRE registered voters.

Over the years, the IRA has obtained more than half million dollars in grant money to help with fire safety and vegetation management.

As a social network the IRA Board provides a venue through its monthly Updates and its annual General Meeting where all who live in PRE can come together. The Annual Meeting includes a brief business meeting, election of board members, and an informative presentation on a topic of current interest followed by a renowned potluck lunch.

Top banner photo credit: Ed Stetson