Luther Burbank had wonderful gardens in Santa Rosa and Sebastopol. The loamy soils in Sebastopol may be the best in the county. Rohnert Park was a seed farm for flowers and vegetables before it was a residential subdivision, so clearly any gardening effort there starts off with a decent heritage. Healdsburg was a fruit paradise for pears and prunes before it was a foodie's mecca for food and wine. Nearly anything will grow successfully near Healdsburg. There's a wonderful heritage tomato stand on Westside Road every year and marvelous peaches just a few hundred yards away on Felta Rd. That's not to mention the heritage apple farm on the same road.
Good luck with your move and your gardens. I'm looking out my window at a blooming purple princess and thinking of my planned dinner of lovely fresh spinach and chard that are fresh from the gardens of one of my listings in Santa Rosa. Tasty and fresh as only home gardens (or a great farmer's market) can provide.
My final advice is to make sure you have a great water supply. Gardening is water intensive and water isn't cheap. You can fix soil. It's a lot harder to fix a dry well.
I would suggest some where in the Barnes Rd area as it gets warmer but stays cool enough for salads etc,,What are you planning to grow?? I grow everything where I'm at but having some trouble getting Tomatos to ripe..
In the case of the two existing agents you are currently working with, hopefully they are aware of and cooperating with each other so that each can be compensated for their time in some way.
Best wishes to you!
Our home in East Hampton has not yet sold and we will be waiting until it sells to travel back out to look. The great news is that we are in negotiations with a buyer.
We've settled on two different realtors to work with in Sonoma along geographical lines (who we started working with before I posed this query). But I thank all of you for your input (and if something Godforbid happens, we have a great list of super people here!).
My family has lived in Sonoma Valley since the early '40's. It's a favorite area among lots of Bay Area people for proximity to urban centers...and it's great for gardening and farming (hence the proliferation of vineyards.) I live in Glen Ellen which is said to have the nicest microclimate in the valley. If you want more info on properties here get in touch...I can be reached at 707.337.1182.
Happy funding, Rudi
Lots of good info from knowledgeable agents here. I'd just chime in that Luther Burbank, who was one of the most prolific botanists ever, settled here after searching for the best play to grown gardens. His experimental farm is located in Sebastopol, which is a great, farm-friendly eco-sensitive community and home to the famed Gold Ridge soil... He made his home and also worked in Santa Rosa. Throughout Sonoma County, there are many wonderful spots for gardening. I'm sure your agent will help you find the best spots!
Almost anywhere in the county is horticultural paradise of one sort or another. Then it becomes a matter of your personal preferences and budget. I work with many out of town buyers and we look throughout the county depending on their preferences. To find the right country property for you it will pay to cast a wide net. You should also work with an agent who has experience in country property, and who knows a broad portion of the county. And water and soils will be very important to you. For example, Westside Road in Healdsburg has a huge range of water production depending where you are on the road and relative to the valley floor. Parts of eastern Cotati have very clay-ey soils, and I for one would prefer to start out with decent soil to begin with. I would consider Sebastopol, Graton, Santa Rosa (east and west), Healdsburg, parts of Forestville and parts of the Valley of the Moon (Sonoma,Kenwood) until you find the right combination of acreage, setting, location, water, climate and soil for you. Plus it doesn't hurt to know how close you will be to great restaurants, nurseries, wineries and shopping. You have a lot of fantastic options ahead of you and I wish you the best of luck!
In the heart of Wine Country, I don't think you can go wrong for a place to grow anything as Sonoma County. The nice Country Properties with acreage can be found near Sebastopol, Santa Rosa, Healdsburg and Sonoma. Our company Pacific Union specializes in these types of properties.