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Old 09-04-2007, 12:17 PM
 
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What does everyone think of Santa Rosa? We were looking at moving there and just wondered what peoples opinions were of it

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Old 09-06-2007, 08:23 PM
 
Location: NW Phoenix
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Santa Rosa is a beautiful city! I grew up there and lived there for more than 25 years! It's great place to raise a family, that is if you can afford it. Homes are very pricey. People are friendly and you are so close to the city(SanFran). Where are you moving from?? If you want any specific info, I'd be happy to help....PM me....
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Old 09-10-2007, 10:28 AM
 
Location: San Diego native.
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I think it depends on your age and family configuration. It's a very family oriented community. I lived there when I was in my thirties and single, and I was bored to tears.
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Old 09-10-2007, 11:34 AM
 
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Living in santa Rosa can verry from whos talking, being mid 20's I had a great time going to college here, except for the cops who dont care what the truth is. theres things to do if you can travel and dont mind it taking an hour to get across town during the busy parts of the day, due to road construction
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Old 09-12-2007, 04:27 PM
 
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I like shopping and going to the used book store on 4th st. It has a lot of nice restaurants and has a large geographic and demographic diversity. There is urban and rural, modern and historic. It is close to 101 for north and south traveling to the city or towards Mendocino. Commuting south is a bear depending on the times of your commute. There is a large bus system that goes to the city (San Francisco) as well.
It has a nice short commute to the various universities around, such as the University in Rohnert Park SSU and has it's own junior college which is very well credentialed and ha a great reputation. The contractors have been very busy there of late, with a new library and parking.
Historic sections abound in the inner city area, with parks and civic centers and theatre districts. It hums with commerce. It has a town square undergoing revitalization of sorts, and has its detractors and proponents.
It has problems as well. The water agencies in Sonoma County have a lot of work to do, and there is constant controversy over housing and building and the possible water shortages with more influx of the population.
Job situation depending on your industry - well best to deal with your research on that separately.
I have several clients who are happy with Santa Rosa, and several who are ready to move.
Architecture in the historic areas are well defined - craftsman and Victorian, with Queen Anne's and more plain vics.
Otherwise there are tracts and subdivisions and new homes and townhomes just like you would find anywhere.
The average median price right now - for a 3 bed two bath home is probably around 425-550 depending on location and size and year built.
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Old 12-08-2007, 06:48 AM
 
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I think it depends on your age and family configuration. It's a very family oriented community. I lived there when I was in my thirties and single, and I was bored to tears.
Hi,

I am considering a job at Sonoma State U and am single, male (mid-40s), where would you recommend I look for places to live? A healthy ethnic mix would be nice too. Never lived in CA before

Love the outdoors :-)

I am not into the bar scene or that sort of thing, but coffee houses, bookstores or other venues to meet others etc would nice.


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Old 01-29-2008, 06:16 AM
 
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Hi,

I am considering a job at Sonoma State U and am single, male (mid-40s), where would you recommend I look for places to live? A healthy ethnic mix would be nice too. Never lived in CA before

Love the outdoors :-)

I am not into the bar scene or that sort of thing, but coffee houses, bookstores or other venues to meet others etc would nice.


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Santa Rosa would be perfect for you, if you can afford housing. The outdoors is a major plus here and the commute to SSU will be tolerable on the back road.
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Old 02-02-2008, 05:28 AM
 
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Santa Rosa would be perfect for you, if you can afford housing. The outdoors is a major plus here and the commute to SSU will be tolerable on the back road.
alas the job did not come through :-(
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Old 02-03-2008, 10:52 AM
 
Location: LEAVING CD
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We lived there for many years and the only reason we left was the rise of gang activity and drugs in the schools and certain areas around town.
We decided we wouldn't raise our child in a place where we had to worry if he'd make it home from school everyday. When the graffitti started showing up in our upscale area we knew it was time...
We still have family and friends there who say the schools and influx of gang bangers are as bad as ever depending on where you go.
While I loved the city and miss it to this day I won't even think of going back until the kid is out and gone much to the dismay of family and friends.
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Old 09-24-2008, 03:12 AM
 
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tourists have screwed everything up. thank you so much.
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