Less than an hour north of San Francisco, Cotati is a country enclave of less than 2 square miles, and the smallest incorporated city in Sonoma County with a population of 7,275. Long considered the “Hub” of Sonoma County by virtue of its central address on the Highway 101 corridor, Cotati features a distinctive, historic hexagonal-shaped downtown plaza which was designed in the 1890’s. Detroit is the only other town in the nation with this unique type of street pattern vs. the standard grid.
Enjoying stunning vistas of rolling green hills, lush vineyards and majestic oaks and redwoods, Cotati provides a charming small-city feel, complemented by the cultural advantages that come from being in close proximity to vibrant urban centers, as well as a prominent state university.
With its roots planted strongly in agriculture and music, Cotati has been shaped over a 100+-year history into a proud, diverse modern community. It offers a clean light industrial area, numerous mixed-use developments and “green” building programs, a lively involved business base, and a wide variety of retail options.
As for the climate, a gap in the coastal mountains to the west causes coastal fog to often reach Cotati in the summer, creating milder and somewhat cooler temperatures than in such neighboring communities as Santa Rosa.
There is no shortage of fun events and celebrations throughout the year here, all of which take place in historic Plaza Park, the heart of Cotati. Festivities include the annual Kids’ Day Parade and Festival, summertime Farmers’ Market featuring locally-grown produce and flowers, Cotati Jazz Festival, Oktoberfest, Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration, and the Cotati Accordion Festival – the largest of its kind in California.
Average price of a 3-bedroom home in Cotati: $520,000
Average square footage of a home in Cotati: 1572 SF