I think that you are referring to Sonoma Valley, which is where I live. Sonoma is so quirky because you can't simply say that one certain area is the best. The east side of Sonoma is certainly considered a great area of Sonoma, but there are so many pockets of "great" all over town. If you wanted to tell me a certain price range I could email you some houses that are on the market in that range that are in nice areas.
In terms of schools, my 2 kids go to the Sonoma Charter School, which is a public school with its own governing board. Sonoma has five regular public elementary schools, two K-8 charter schools (one Waldorf, one Montessori/traditional), three (maybe more?) private schools, two middle schools and one high school. I would suggest coming up for tours of the schools to get a feel for which you like the best. The website greatschools.net is fairly decent. If your kids are younger, the Sonoma Valley Mothers Club offers good resources on their website.
Call or email me if you need any further information. I am happy to drive you around on an informational tour of the various neighborhoods sometime.
If you only could see the facts and understand no one area is insulated. Want to some REO that is soon to arrive. CAll me.
(JUMBO SHRIMP, MILITARY INTELLIGENCE, GOOD PART OF SONOMA)
BE GRATEFULL ...
ACTUALLY THATS ONE ZIP CODE THAT HAS FOUGHT LIKE A CHAMPION TO MAINTAIN VALUES....BUT LIKE EVERYWHERE ELSE......FALLING !
I love Sonoma; it's such a great place to live. Call me if you like.
Great questions. We not only work in Sonoma County, but we live here and are raising our children here - so we understand the importance of your research for your kids. Quick question, are you referring to the county of Sonoma or the town of Sonoma? Please email us back at RealEstateTime@aol.com and we would be happy to answer your question in detail.
As for the best schools, many people have different ideas of what makes a good school - test scores, academics offered, sports programs, etc. A great place to research schools and to see if they have what you personally are looking for, go to: http://www.bestplaces.net/school/
Jerry & Amanda Arend