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Tue Nov 27, 2012
Jeff & Tracey Schween answered:
You would also want to consider Santa Rosa due to both the active community and the proximity to Annadel, Spring Lake & Howarth Parks. If you want country, you may also look into Kenwood which borders the Eastside of Annadel Park ... more
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Sun Jul 14, 2013
Dave Roberts answered:
I've seen beautiful gardens all over the county...except at the coast. You're right to exclude that area from your search. Petaluma has the most coastal influence of the inland cities so it's hard to ripen tomatoes there. On the other hand, cooler season vegetables like lettuces, peas, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc. do really well there. Each fall there's a beautiful corn maze between Petaluma and Cotati, so corn will grow there, but not as well as farther north.
Luther Burbank had wonderful gardens in Santa Rosa and Sebastopol. The loamy soils in Sebastopol may be the best in the county. Rohnert Park was a seed farm for flowers and vegetables before it was a residential subdivision, so clearly any gardening effort there starts off with a decent heritage. Healdsburg was a fruit paradise for pears and prunes before it was a foodie's mecca for food and wine. Nearly anything will grow successfully near Healdsburg. There's a wonderful heritage tomato stand on Westside Road every year and marvelous peaches just a few hundred yards away on Felta Rd. That's not to mention the heritage apple farm on the same road.

Good luck with your move and your gardens. I'm looking out my window at a blooming purple princess and thinking of my planned dinner of lovely fresh spinach and chard that are fresh from the gardens of one of my listings in Santa Rosa. Tasty and fresh as only home gardens (or a great farmer's market) can provide.

My final advice is to make sure you have a great water supply. Gardening is water intensive and water isn't cheap. You can fix soil. It's a lot harder to fix a dry well.
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Mon Mar 9, 2009
Amanda Arend answered:
Hi Julie,

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 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:

Take care,

Jerry & Amanda Arend
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Sun Sep 21, 2008
Pam Buda answered:
Hi Mary--that is a big question--depends on what is important to you. Petaluma and Sonoma are both closer to San Francisco commute areas. Sonoma has a wonderful, if touristy, main plaza with the historical old mission and some fabulous homes. Petaluma is more of a working town, with a downtown area of live work lofts and a vibrant restaurant community. Santa Rosa is the largest town of all but has many quaint residential districts with varying architecture. Petaluma is cooler and windier, as is the south end of Sonoma. What the pluses and minuses are probably depends on your viewpoint and interests. I imagine we could have the same conversation about Lake Oswego, Beaverton and Portland! ;) Perhaps you can explain your interests a bit further. ... more
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Sun Sep 21, 2008
Dave Roberts answered:
Carneros is cooler, foggier, and windier than many of the other appellations in the area, but Petaluma shares many of those characteristics. As a rule of thumb, the farther from the bay, ocean, and rivers you get, the warmer it's going to be. From the point of view of a residence, as opposed to a vineyard, these differences aren't going to matter very much. You'll probably need a lot less air conditioning than Sacramento or Cloverdale, and your barbecue parties are going to be cool in the evenings. ... more
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