With its population having increased by more than 50% over the last two decades, and its home prices rising significantly, this once sleepy town is gaining notice by investors, businesses, and San Francisco Bay Area families. They see Santa Rosa offering proximity to San Francisco (an easy hour’s drive), Bodega Bay and the dramatic Pacific Coast (a half-hour drive), numerous and charming Wine Country communities, and dozens of world-class wineries and restaurants.
The small city of approximately 180,000 residents also offers good public and private schools, and a healthy appreciation of culture and the arts. Nature is close at hand as well. Annadel State Park, Spring Lake County Park, and Howarth Park create one rambling and easily accessible playground for humans, flora and fauna.
Although the area was populated by Native Americans for hundreds of years, the first European settlement was not until 1830, and the town was finally incorporated in 1867. Today, it is the county seat of Sonoma County. A little-known fact, outside of those in the know about the town’s history, is that most of its downtown was destroyed by the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.
Homes here include modest bungalow, ranch and tract-style residences, condominiums, and large and well-cared-for historic homes. Estates, often with vineyards, are scattered in the pastoral hills around the outskirts of the town.
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