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Wed Aug 20, 2014
Jen Birmingham answered:
As a mom and 9-year resident of Petaluma, I can say that there is not a better community in the Bay Area for raising children. This town's cohesive nature and family-oriented community never cease to amaze me.
Look at for school info. 3 of our elementary schools last year scored 10/10 from the State Board of Education.
In terms of affordability, Sonoma County is one of the least expensive ares in the Bay Area and Petaluma still offers convenience to San Francisco commuters. Countywide, Sonoma saw a 16% increase in home prices in 2012 but historically, prices are still near 2003 levels. This, combined with super-low interest rates allows your money to go so much further than it did then.
There is a quality of life in Petaluma which is difficult to match. The warm sunny days and cool nights make for happy people and grapes. There is a contentment and local enthusiasm here which I have never experienced anywhere else.
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Wed Feb 5, 2014
Jen Birmingham answered:
I refer to the East side of Petaluma as offering the "cul-de-sac" lifestyle. It has the safety of quiet streets for kids to play in and a very friendly suburban California feel. It is the newer side of town as most of the developers began expanding eastward into the formerly industrial/farming area in the 60s and 70s. The neighborhood around La Tercera has a lot of longtime/original owners and many newer buyers who have recently benefitted from the purchase of distressed and flipped homes in the neighborhood.

In my opinion, the attitudes about West v. East side are very subjective. It depends on what you are looking for. The West side has the charming old Victorians and proximity to downtown restaurants, live entertainment and street fairs, all of which are very accessible by bike, car, bus or taxi from the East side.

The all-around appeal of Petaluma is its small-town charm (most recently highlighted in the hometown pride and excitement surrounding our Little League's success) and the fact that we are located within such a short distance of incredible places such as the beach, San Francisco, Tahoe and many others.

This town offers, in general, such a wonderful quality of life. In the coming months we look forward to the Pumpkin patches opening up. During Halloween, the Downtown Association puts on "Trick-or-treat Trail" with most of the downtown businesses opening up for the younger treat seekers.

I am definitely biased, but I couldn't imagine a better, more family-friendly place to live. I hope this has helped you.

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Wed Feb 12, 2014
Anne Gealta-Strong answered:
Petaluma is a fabulous community that is filled with families and young professionals who are drawn to an environment that cares about the people and the neighborhoods. The westside of Petaluma is complete with charm and simplicity with its old victorians and quaint bungalows. Everything is close to the ever changing downtown 'theater' district and river walk atmosphere. The east side of town has grand and glorious homes that are newer and elegant. Take a stroll downtown and visit the antique shops or catch a movie at the new theater. Everywhere you go, you will see the charm of yesteryear and the ambiance, charm and nostalgia woven throughout the city's architecture and the people who live here. It is truly a little piece of heaven. ... more
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