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Old 02-28-2009, 06:58 PM
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Hi there- I am a single 30 year old in medical sales and I just got relocated from Phoenix, AZ to the Napa Valley area. I am looking for places to rent and am open to Sonoma County, Marin or surrounding areas. I do have a lab dog which makes it a bit harder. Any suggestions on best places? I don't have any family or friends in the area so am looking for a place that is social with lots to do. I know I am moving to much smaller towns than Phoenix so I am prepared for that. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!! Thanks so much!

'Girl Next Door'
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Old 02-12-2010, 12:50 PM
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I am in the exact same position. 32yr old single professional (although a guy) moving to SR in about a month, and wondering the same. Where is the best place to rest/live in or around Santa Rosa?? What neighborhoods are most desirable?did you ever get an answer?
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Old 02-12-2010, 08:10 PM
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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EB, let me introduce you to the Girl Next Door. You guys could split a place for awhile & flip a coin to see who gets the couch.
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Old 02-12-2010, 08:14 PM
Location: 38°14′45″N 122°37′53″W
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My first question is where is work again for you? Napa Valley? Where exactly, because commuting from Santa Rosa could be a real hassle.
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Old 05-24-2011, 12:36 AM
Location: Portland, OR
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Social life is tough out there in Napa and Sonoma- mostly couples/families. The downtown blocks, in any town, may have a few local bars & restaurants where you'd find a usual working crowd, but that gets old. Most locals do the long drive to the 'city' (SF) or parts of E-Bay (East Bay). Marin would be a good compromise if you can afford the rent. Easy access to quality hang outs in Marin and quick trip to the city across the Golden Gate Bridge.

I suggest join a non-profit org, business association, chamber of commerce, or a social club.. attend various conferences. Add to your resume while meeting new people. If you're churchy, the modern liberal churches are just as active. Or take a class at a university. Bay Area people are a very outgoing bunch; I talked to strangers without introduction all the time. I had an absolute blast living in Marin and SF-SoMa. I'm 37 and live in downtown Portland, OR now. I never joined a social club, only old yahoo! groups back in the day (my SF time was 1997-2002). There are fancier ones out there, as well as the naughty ones, esp in SF, but that's for another thread. Urban Diversion - San Francisco Adventure Social Club

One serious note: I do suggest you find some choice dude friends for added security purposes. I remember, I was hired a few times by a rich family friend to chaperone/bodyguard his daughter and her girlfriends in the city. Once I had to carry her drunk azz out of a club because the 'wolves' were closing in on her. SF nightlife is crazy.

I posted this way b/c you're in sales. Salespeople are big wine drinkers. Napa good wine. Stay alert & confident. Bay area's a fun-fun place!

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Old 05-24-2011, 11:35 AM
Location: Pacifica, CA
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Default Sonoma County

If you're working in Napa Valley, unless its Calistoga, I would not want to commute from Santa Rosa to Napa, I would choose either Petaluma or Novato, as they're an easier commute to Napa.

I lived in Santa Rosa 10+ years ago and some things have probably changed, but in general there were more happening places to socialize in Petaluma then in Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa is a weird town as there are 2 downtowns that are separated by a freeway and a mall, the west downtown had more antique shops and nice restaurants as well as a nightclub, and the east downtown had a few restaurants, breweries and bars.
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