Just 55 miles north of San Francisco measuring 41.5 square miles, Santa Rosa is the largest city in California’s North Coast, Wine Country and the North Bay. Everything comes together in this wonderful locale, from gorgeous California wine country and farmland to rich redwood forests, sparkling rivers, lakes and the ocean, which makes the area so special and sought-after.
Incorporated in 1867, Santa Rosa has a history rich in culture. Its land has been home to many different groups including the Pomo, Miwok, and Wappo Indians originally, followed by the Spanish in the early 1800’s. According to popular legend, this area was named Santa Rosa by Father Juan Amorosa, who after baptizing a young Native American woman in a stream, followed the typical custom of naming rivers and creeks for saints. As the baptism took place on the feast day of Santa Rosa de Lima, that stream, and later the whole valley, was named Santa Rosa.
Santa Rosa is separated into southeast, northeast, southwest and northwest quadrants. In the center is a charming and thriving downtown – rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake that destroyed the downtown district, now filled with interesting shops, cafes and restaurants of all kinds. The inviting, eclectic downtown offers three distinct shopping districts as well as five historic residential neighborhoods, plus a plethora of arts, culture, events, wine tastings, nightlife and more.
Other appealing attractions in Santa Rosa include Historic Railroad Square, the Charles M. Schultz Museum and Research Center that celebrates the life and work of the famed Peanuts cartoonist, Snoopy’s Home Ice – the Redwood Empire Ice Arena on the museum campus, and the new adjacent Children’s Museum of Sonoma County. Santa Rosa is also widely renowned to cyclists across the globe, having hosted a stage in the Amgen Tour of California professional cycling race.
Average price of a 3-bedroom home in Santa Rosa: $528,000
Average square footage of a home in Santa Rosa: 1623 SF