I lived in marin for 25 years, and 5 years ago got married, and moved to Petaluma!
The main difference is its a nice pace, and a great place to raise children. So many great parks, then just a few minuets out the road your in the country feeding the horses. Feels like marin was 25 years ago!
Century 21 Bundesen
Petalumans love their town; the children and teens love their town and it shows. Example: each Halloween, one of Petaluma's most beautiful historic residential streets, D Street, is the place to be. Both adults and children dress in ornate costumes and meander up and down both sides of the Victorian lined street, trick-or-treating at the many gorgeous, gaily decorated mansions. Many of the home owners on D Street give out more than a 1,000 pieces of candy each Halloween and love it.
Once I saw a young teen boy, kneel down on the sidewalk, throw his hands up in the air, and yell "I LOVE this town!" when he looked up the street and saw the huge numbers of costumed trick-or-treaters. In fact, many of the people trick-or-treating on D Street on Halloween night don't even live in Petaluma. They make a point of driving here each Halloween night just to take part in such a fun family orientated quaintly, spooky fall happening with their kids.
Petaluma home prices are VERY affordable right now. Even Petaluma's much-prized "Heritage Homes" in the 94952 zip code are a bargain for the first time in many, many years. It is really an ideal time to buy a large family-sized historic home in one of the best Westside Petaluma neighborhoods, and enjoy living within walking distance of the charming, historic riverside downtown, with it's new multi-screen movie theatre, tons of gourmet restaurants, cafes, boutiques, old-fashioned candy and toy stores & much more.
Historic downtown Petaluma has always been, and still remains, a great place to sit back and watch Petaluma families having a great time in the perfect weather (some of the very best year round temperatures in the Northbay region).