I don't know about Santa Rosa but most Manufactured Home Communities do not allow rentals. This is to maintain a level of quality and control in who lives in these communities. Because each home is usually owned by individuals it is impossible to set a standard on who someone might rent to. Manufactured homes tend to be a very economical living arrangement but because of this is also can attract less desireable tenants. It is for the protection of the whole community that they do not allow rentals.... more
That describes 22535 Broadway, Sonoma. The property is not currently for sale, but the owners have been thinking about retiring and moving to downtown Sonoma within the next few years, and might be interested in working out something.... more
Having lived in Petaluma for over 30 years, too often we take for granted what a truly heavenly place on Earth in which we live. From the pristine weather to our cherished & beautiful downtown, with a geographic location that offers the infinite beauty & diversity of the Bay Area within an hour’s drive, and a population that is friendly and community-oriented, Petaluma is the crown jewel of the North Bay.
One of the most endearing & enduring qualities of Petaluma is the way residents, architects, and builders have honored both our history and our progress by meticulously upgrading the craftsmanship & attention to detail that allow many of Petaluma’s older buildings to remain standing strongly today with the modern amenities & comforts available in the 21st Century. There is something truly special about witnessing mills & mansions comingling, with respect & honor for the past, but always looking forward – onward & upward, toward Petaluma’s blindingly bright future.
Seemingly every week in Petaluma, there is an event or attraction taking place that brings the entire community together at once; antique faires, the Butter & Eggs Festival or Veteran’s Day parade, Art and Garden days & ARTrails, music festivals, farmers markets, or the unique Ugliest Dog contest or the delightfully quirky Whiskerino contest. Foodies are blessed with over 130 unique & creative restaurants & delicatessens to satisfy & tantalize our refined palates with globally-inspired culinary influence. Many breweries & wineries have also popped up in recent years, experiencing unprecedented success.
Petaluma is one of the best preserved Historic Downtown Areas and added to National Register of Historic Places in 1995. It has gone from being one of California’s largest cities in the 1860’s to the World’s Egg Basket in the early 1900’s. Petaluma is also known as the Restaurant Capital with more than 140 restaurants and delicatessens. Our very own Della Fattoria Bakery was named one of the best in the United States by Bon Appetite Magazine. For young and old, you won't want to miss the annual Butter and Egg's Day Parade! Combine shopping and dining with history as you wander through the downtown districts. Petaluma is a great jumping off point to the area’s 200 wineries, the redwoods, the stunning Pacific Coast and the Point Reyes National Seashore. Furthermore Petaluma and Sonoma County is a world renowned bicycling haven for cyclists of all abilities, and has been the host to the Tour of California in recent years.
The urban sophistication and rural charm of Petaluma’s wildly diverse makeup often bring together everyone from dairy farmers to coffeehouse hipsters, with collars of every color mixing & merging, celebrating the unity to be discovered within our diversity – diversity that is celebrated for helping us to understand that no matter how different we may appear, we all share one important fundamental characteristic– WE ARE ALL PETALUMANS.
My son/business partner Jeremy and I were just selected by HomesInYourTown.com to be Petaluma's OFFICIAL Real Estate Town Advocates. If you would like any more information on the community, we would be happy to be your contact point, though it seems like my colleagues have also done a wonderful job summing up all of the reasons we love Petaluma!... more
I grew up on the East Side and have many great memories. We lived on a court with a bunch of kids my age. The West Side is considerably more expensive than the East Side, so if you are looking for more value for your buck, the East Side would be your best bet.... more
Terri has given you the best way to go about finding the zoning, but also potential uses of the land. I've looked at dozens of properties in Sonoma and Napa counties that were zoned for use A or B, only to be told by a helpful person in the county office that even though they're zoned right, restrictions are in place that will keep anyone from actually using the land as they might intend. Always best to speak with someone who can fill in the gaps for you.... more
Depends on the type of building that doesn't have a permit. If it's a garage or shed, you're not likely to receive a visit from the government demanding action. If the building is to be inhabited or used for production or controlled storage it is subject to normal inspections and therefore more likely to be given scrutiny by city or county authorities. Obtaining permits for un-permitted structures usually involves removing walls, etc., to determine if the foundation, framing, wiring and plumbing meet building codes. Sometimes you can save a lot of time and money by just tearing down most of the structure and rebuilding to code. It all depends on the specific site you have in mind.... more
Hello KC. Most of Sonoma valley does get the heat and would then avoid coastal Sonoma county. Much of what you are looking for depends on the zoning and price wanting to spend.
At present, you can vacation rental properties in Sonoma county, in unincorporated areas. A country B&B, would almost have to be licensed already. There are several B&Bs for sale in Sonoma county, but mostly within city limits; not on acreage necessarily.
My top picks to begin your search, would be Sonoma, Healdsburg, Glen Ellen, Kenwood and Bennett Valley area of Santa Rosa.... more
Thanks dmjinks! We have moved to our new home at the corner of Mill Station and Ferguson Rds already and are thankful we have enough heat to successfully raise tomatoes (have been eating large ripe tomatoes already this year for three weeks). Turns out we were lucky in that our hillside home is higher than the area nearer the Atascadaro creek (which pools cool air) and we get good heat in the afternoons. That being said, we are also pleased that we are still cool enough to still be harvesting good broccoli in July! Tip for tomatoes - try planting them in pots on or beside heat "sinks" like concrete patios, structure footings or even large stones. These will hold the heat and release it during the cooling evenings for earlier flower fertilizing and fruit ripening. My best and good luck with the sale of your home!... more
I've owned a vacation home in Guerneville for over 14 years. I would recommend you look for a home located off of Armstrong Woods Road if you want to be able to go long distances for a run. Although there are many nice neighborhoods around Guerneville, most do not have sidewalks and narrow streets make it unsafe for pedestrians. Armstrong Woods Road (for the most part) has a wide shoulder/bike lane and it leads into the park which contains many roads and trails perfect for a run with or without a stroller. The areas off of Armstrong Woods Rd also have more sun and there's less traffic so if you wanted to just stay in your neighborhood for your run you could do so safely. My home is located off of Neeley Rd which is a lovely area but to get into town without a car you need to walk on Neeley which scare me - cars whiz by too fast and the shoulder is narrow to non existant at best. Good luck in your search!... more
Check out my blog about the many areas of Sonoma County that I've lived in since moving here in the 70s from NYC, to start with! You might consider that since you are willing to drive 30 minutes to work, why not live closer in to the Santa Rosa area where houses may be more reasonable due to a larger inventory, you would then be only 30 minutes to the ocean as well, and close to many other towns like Healdsburg, Sebastopol, Windsor and Petaluma, where there are many activities and wineries! Would be happy to send you some ideas, so email or call and I can send you a list of properties when I get an idea of your wants and needs! Best,
Terry Bell, CPS Real Estate, Santa Rosa, CA 707-292-5712 TerryinSR@aol.com... more
LOL! I'm amused at how many folks consider their particular area the "Banana Belt". Truth be known there are BB's all over the USA. As far south Vista, CA renouned for it's "MIcro" Banana belt climate with an average year around temp of 72 degrees, over 300 days a year of sunshine and less than 14 inches of annual rainfall.
And as far North as Sequim, WA, aka "The Blue Hole" named by pilots flying over the area from Seattle to Vancouver BC who alwas noted how the sky opened up whence flying over Sequim. The average annual rainfall is around 16 inches and the average year around climate is in the high 60's and it seldom snows.
Unlike many opinions so far Banana Belts are not exclusive to the California Coast or the Pacific Coast for that matter. There's BB's in the Black Hills and even in areas of Montana and on the East Coast. Take a look at the Wikipedia definition provided by Deborah below.... more
Check out my blog for some descriptions of the various parts of our county! What's more important is what you are looking for! Drop me an email with an idea of what you are looking for in a property and I will send you some ideas and describe the area. Best, Terry... more
I work with a lot of out of the area buyers and very few of them have limited their search to one area when we begin working together. Oftne they may be familiar with some locations but not realize that there are many more possibilities.
A good realtor here is going to be able to help you with that process. Probably the most important criteria for you to define is the vision of what you want, and some price parameters. We have such a wonderful range of locations and homes, from country properties and estates to charming, walk to the plaza type homes that you have a broad range of options.
I don't know of a mini-Curbed for our area (I think Trulia is trying to provide some of that.), but I have been blogging on Sonoma County real estate since 2007 at the address below, so there you will find real estate stats, some lifestyle features and various buyer's guides. Plus a map-based home search that is pretty intuitive. With new buyer clients, I also offer a visualization exercise to further sharpen the wants/needs list. You can find my contact info there if and when you would like to talk, Good luck with tyour search.
PS I have just come across a book called Shift and Shout, written by a Berkeley couple who document their journey from the Bay Area to a new life in Sonoma County. I will be reviewing it shortly but you might check it out. It could provide some of what you are looking for!... more