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Old 01-14-2013, 12:24 PM
 
Location: SW FL
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I am a young man looking for a place to set up camp in NorCal. I like the idea of Santa Rosa because it's away from the hustle and bustle of San Fran, but still somewhat urban.
I enjoy live music, modern architecture, vibrant, young downtowns and a free thinking atmosphere. The distance from the coast is also a plus, as I am from Florida. What are your thoughts?
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:17 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Santa Rosa does not conjure up the thought "young intellectuals."

Berkeley, Palo Alto, Pasadena even, but not Santa Rosa.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Not really. I was born and raised in Santa Rosa, and am 19 now. I would say it's a boring place to live if you're in your late teens 20s or 30s, and single. Don't get me wrong, there are many parts of Santa Rosa where it's a nice place to raise a family, and the downtown is kinda cool. Sonoma County is a beautiful area and there's a lot of wineries and places to camp and there's the coast a 40 minute drive away. SF is only 50 minutes away usually. There's a junior college here too, so it may attract some people from other places to attend it.

There are many educated people here as there are plenty of wealthy neighborhoods. However, I feel that most people here are not really interested in subjects like science and technology, as compared to other places. That's more of a South Bay area thing. It's more about wine.

The downtown can be fun sometimes but it's not necessarily really exciting. There are a lot of nightclubs and restaurants for everybody, and there's a movie theater right in the heart of downtown. There's also a mall right in front of the movie theater, so everything is in close proximity within each other.

If you're a young person who really does want to move to Santa Rosa, there might be some neighborhoods of interest for you. There's the Junior College Neighborhood, which is right next to the Santa Rosa Junior College. It's a bunch of old homes, some of them Victorians, which are close to downtown, the mall, and of course, the junior college. So that provides an exciting atmosphere within walking distance. If you don't mind living in a seedy area where gang-related crime and poverty is more commonplace, then there's also the West End Association or Julliard Park. Just like the JC Neighborhood, there's a lot of old Victorian houses where it's in close proximity to urban environments like the downtown area. There's probably a lot of young people too. It's not really a "ghetto" and some of the homes are nice, but it's definitely an area where people are more likely to be a victim of a crime and there are many gang members. However, not too bad.

There's all kinds of pockets in Santa Rosa where a young intellectual (or maybe even a "yuppie") might enjoy living in. However, many people who are considered young intellectuals or yuppies would not live in Santa Rosa and would rather live in a small town outside it. There's Sebastopol, which is a little town west of SR which is known for the hippie lifestyle, and very liberal. It's a nice area and closer to the coast.

Hopefully you find where you'd like to settle in Santa Rosa. It really is kind of an interesting city.
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
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I think Santa Rosa is a fairly enjoyable city to live in, and I would consider myself philosophically similar to yourself. However, I'm late 30s and married with a child so my perspective has probably changed a bit since my younger single days. I agree there are probably better places suited to what you're looking for in other parts of the Bay Area, although Sebastopol (which was previously mentioned in another post) could possibly be a good option. It's about 8 miles to the west of Santa Rosa and has probably more going on there in terms of what you're looking for, although it's still a relatively small town. What you're looking for is a bit hard to find the further you get from the "hustle and bustle" of the city.
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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Santa Rosa does not conjure up the thought "young intellectuals."
^^Stole my first thought.

Sebastopol would be cool, but it's awfully expensive.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:03 PM
 
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I think Oakland meets your mix of desired characteristics the best. Definitely urban, but less intense than San Francisco. Lots of young people flowing in.

Up in Sonoma County, maybe Sebastopol. Petaluma maybe?
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:55 AM
 
Location: SW FL
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Does Oakland have contemporary buildings like this?
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:43 AM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Sacramento has some interesting architecture.
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