" hometown" feel. As far a reasonable housing costs, that depends on where you're coming from. Being te closest Sonoma County city for San Francisco commuters, Petaluma is a little pricier than it's neighboring cities to the north. But, it's all relevant, depending on where you're coming from and what you consider reasonable. I'd be glad to talk to you in more detail 707-799-3617 Allison@SonomaCountyRealEstateAdvisor.com or NoDumbQuestion@gmail.com.
Kathy Schmidt (707-775-2209)
Look at http://www.greatschools.org for school info. 3 of our elementary schools last year scored 10/10 from the State Board of Education.
In terms of affordability, Sonoma County is one of the least expensive ares in the Bay Area and Petaluma still offers convenience to San Francisco commuters. Countywide, Sonoma saw a 16% increase in home prices in 2012 but historically, prices are still near 2003 levels. This, combined with super-low interest rates allows your money to go so much further than it did then.
There is a quality of life in Petaluma which is difficult to match. The warm sunny days and cool nights make for happy people and grapes. There is a contentment and local enthusiasm here which I have never experienced anywhere else.