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By Jim Cheney | Broker in Santa Rosa, CA

Rincon Valley

I live in a medium sized city in Northern California called Santa Rosa.  Santa Rosa is the county seat of Sonoma County which is know for producing world class wines.  Napa county and Sonoma County are jointly known as "The Wine Country". 

Santa Rosa has about 150,000 people and is almost perfectly divided by two highways that intersect in the center of town, dividing Santa Rosa into four almost equal quarters.  US 101 which travels north and south and divides the town into East and West Santa Rosa.  Hwy 12, which runs east to west divides the town into North and South. 

North East Santa Rosa has a number of established neighborhoods; Fountaingrove, Hidden Valley, Junior College, Proctor Terrace, Montgomery Village, Oakmont, and Rincon Valley. 

Rincon Valley, which is part of the 95409 zip code has about 25,000 residents living in about 12,000 homes and/or apartments.  Rincon Valley is approx. 42 sq. miles, and sits between 2 ranges of hills and is made up of mostly older homes.  If you had to describe an average home, it would be a 1970's single level ranch style home on a 6000 sq ft lot although there is quite a variety of homes, newer and older.  Currently, the average priced home for sale is about $350,000.

The average age is 45 years old, and the population is approx. 80% Caucasian with black, Asian, and Hispanic making up the other 20%.  The average income is approx. $59,000, slightly lower than the state average.  This paragraph was written for statistical purposes only. Information was obtained from City-data and can be found at http://www.city-data.com/zips/95409.html.

One of the nice things about Rincon Valley is that the businesses are smaller, and mostly family owned.  There are no big "box stores".  I believe the largest "chain" store is Safeway in the Saint Francis Shopping Center.  Rincon Valley is serviced by two small to medium sized shopping centers, Saint Francis & Monticeto.  In each, the anchor tenant is the supermarket.  Both are full of the usual businesses, barbers, hardware, ice cream, pizza, cleaners, etc. There are quaint, local services such as the Rincon Valley Feed store, Rincon Valley Yard and Garden, Rincon Cyclery, Oliver's Market, SkyHawk Market, and much more. 

Most of the elementary schools are highly thought of, Austin Creek, Madrone, Whited, Sequioa, and Binkley.  The high school, Maria Carrillo, is only a few years old and sits on the outskirts of Rincon Valley with beautiful views of the surrounding hills. There are a number of private elementary, charter and high schools.

Rincon Valley is a beautiful place to live. It offers most services a person would want with a small town atmosphere. 

There are so many things to do in Rincon Valley and the Wine Country.  Go to my web page to view a calendar of events  www.StFrancisProperty.com/EventCalendar

Jim Cheney, Broker "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"

Serving Rincon Valley's real estate and property needs

Rincon Valley, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, CA


By Larry Haenel,  Fri Apr 17 2009, 15:32
Hi Jim,
I like your comments about the schools. In addition, Rincon Valley Middle School and Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter located in Rincon Valley are highly rated. The charter school has a STAR testing score of over 900. Maria Carrillo High School was just awarded the California Distinguished School Award.
Larry Haenel, Century 21 Alliance http://www.larryhaenel.com
By Jim Cheney,  Fri Apr 17 2009, 17:35
Harry, I agree, I don't think you can go wrong with any of the schools, public or private in Rincon Valley. We're very lucky!

Jim Cheney, "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
Serving Rincon Valley's property needs
Rincon Valley, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County
By Steve,  Fri Apr 17 2009, 17:40
I like Rincon Valley but the traffic in/out from 101 pretty unpleasant -- the couple times a year I head in there, at least. Are there any projects slated to relieve that Hwy 12/Farmer's Lane bottleneck?
By Jim Cheney,  Sat Apr 18 2009, 07:30
Steve, next time don't use Farmers. From US 101, go east on Hwy 12. When you come to the first stop light (where you normally turn left onto Farmers) go straight. This is Hoen. Take it to Summerfield and then turn left. You'll find yourself eventually at Hwy 12 and Mission in the heart of R.V. I avoid Farmers too.
By Justcurious,  Thu Oct 21 2010, 20:32
Does anyone have any information about the white cross on the hills in Middle Rincon? I drive by it everyday and wonder who put it there and why.......I personally love it. Just curious.....
By Jim Cheney,  Sun May 4 2014, 05:18
It was put there by the land owner years ago. The land owner lives at the base of it. It's not associated with any particular church. In a recent story done by the Press Democrat, the owner is going to stop maintaining it but I have not noticed a difference (yet).

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