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!
It's a fabulous slice-out-of-time with a true old-fashioned downtown complete with pre-1906 Earthquake Victorian commercial buildings and an active riverside complete with mooring for both commercial fishing vessels and visiting sail boats, masted scooners and kajaks.
Because Petaluma is located between the Petaluma River and the Pacific Ocean, it is one of the few places in Sonoma County that has a true Mediterranean climate and just about every type of plant and tree thrives here. Which brings out the "gardener" in just about everybody who lives here.
You can pick any residential street on either the West or East sides of Petaluma and drive down it and find beautifully maintained front yard gardens. Each year Petaluma puts on a Garden Tour so that all the avid gardeners can share their creations with other Petalumans and the many tourists who continually visit our town.
We have a very watchful police department and citizens who care about this lovely historic town, so crime is kept at a minimum. Our schools continually receive awards and our residents enjoy the arts, music, dance, live theatre, poetry and film.
Jobs are plentiful, because many companies move here to attract better employees, so the average family income is higher than normal for Northern California.
The churches are varied and many and attended regularly. We have everything from the Baha'i Faith to Islam in Petaluma worship choices along with every denomination of the Christian Church and very active Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist communities as well. So there is some place to worship for everyone. All are welcome in open-minded Petaluma.
Community events happen almost every month of the year. Everything from our two Farmer's Markets, our Butter & Egg Days Parade, our Halloween Historic House Tour, Through The Garden Gate Tour, Veteran's Parade, 4th of July Fireworks display, our Day of the Dead Celebrations, History Week, Cruisin' The Boulevard, Chili Cookoff, County Fair, Jazz & Blues Festival and more.
To learn more about Petaluma, just do a keyword search on Google.com or Flickr.com and you will get a real sense of what makes Petaluma such a special place to live or visit.