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Old 08-28-2008, 12:55 PM
 
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I go to Santa Rosa once a month. It is a suburb that's a hair too far away for a commute to SF or immediate Bay Area. That means its a lot more affordable. It does share many of the same problems that most California suburbs have, which is that the traffic is pretty awful.Downtown and just about anywhere, especially on weekends, is a nightmare to drive around in. Overall, it is kind of sprawly and non-descript.Looks like just about any other Suburb in anywhere USA with the exception of the downtown, which is pretty quaint. Back roads lead into rural areas pretty quick, which is a nice contrast.

If it weren't for the fact that there's zero jobs in my field, I'd consider it simply because homes are falling in value like rocks there.Still overpriced by US standards, but affordable by CA's. Some things to think about is that it does get hotter in the summer, and colder/wetter in the winter.
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Old 09-01-2008, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Santa Rosa
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A very good place to live if you like wine.
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Old 09-03-2008, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Ft Lauderdale
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What about the commute from Russian River area (Guerneville) to S.R.? I read about 30 min, is this accurate?

What is the opinion about jobs for professionals? is the job market expanding or slowing?
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Old 09-04-2008, 10:11 PM
 
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I second that !!! SR is a great place to live.....

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I lived in Santa Rosa for over 10 years and I LOVED IT!!!! It is the greatest town. It is beautiful, the weather is amazing, the scenery to die for, great stores and restaurants. You could not ask for anything more! I moved to IL 4 years ago and I absolutely hate it here! Being here in the midwest makes me realize just how FABULOUS California is. I am planning on moving back to my beloved town.
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Old 09-09-2008, 12:19 AM
 
Location: Conroe, TX
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Need some information about Santa Rosa, CA. The area around Hardies Lane and West Steele Ave, is that a safe neighborhood? We are looking at a Mobile Home Park in that area.
..not my favorite...kinda dicey..sorry I can't help more, but I am not sure of the other mobile home parks in Santa Rosa..but I believe there is a nice one in Rohnert Park. Hope this helps.
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Old 09-09-2008, 12:20 AM
 
Location: Conroe, TX
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A very good place to live if you like wine.
Yes it is...and yes I do...!!!
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Old 09-09-2008, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Conroe, TX
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What is going to happen to Rohnert Park if the huge casino is built. Personally, I would never want to live anywhere near any casino. Which is too bad since I was really thinking seriously about Rohnert Park.

They have been talking about that for years....not even a bit of broken ground...lots of litigation, property owners fighting it, etc...

Personally I believe that IF it ever does happen, won't be for a really really long time.
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Old 10-02-2008, 10:08 AM
 
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Default Not for me

I made a quick visit to Santa Rosa (& Orcutt) recently to consider it as a possible living location. But I could tell right away that it was not right for me (but maybe you will like it). Here's what I found:

Orcutt and Santa Rosa are very near to rural areas. I mean "near" as in there are fields right up to the edge of the city on just about every side. At first I liked the feeling, but as I spent more time there, I felt uncomfortable with the smells and the dust.

Retail is very "chainish", i.e. you will recognize just about every store name. Very little in the way of local businesses. The streets then tend to look very generic...like one big strip mall of Targets, Subways, McDs, Burger King, Payless, Exxon, etc. etc. Very convenient, but lacking in any unique culture or feel.

There are some nice housing areas sprinkled around. But even the nicer ones tend to have lots of boats, RVs, and cars-under-lengthy-repair in front of the house.

Overall, an OK place to live if you were transferred there for some sort of high paying job, but for me it's not a place I would voluntarily move to.
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Old 10-05-2008, 01:41 AM
 
Location: Conroe, TX
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Where the hell is Orcutt??? never heard of it-ever!!

And BTW, there are LOTS of local businesses in Santa Rosa--clearly you never ventured outside of the mall--there is the very popular Railroad District, and downtown SR has some very nice local restaurants and shops to suit just about everyone..and don't forget Montgomery Village!!

The presence of the late Charles Schultz is everywhere....look for the themed lifesize Snoopys all over the place....

and broken down cars on lots?????? where the **** were you hanging out??? this is by no means the deep south....

And what "smell" are you referring to??? Perhaps you forgot your Mitchem that day and were confused....
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Old 10-05-2008, 01:49 AM
 
Location: Conroe, TX
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Just googled Orcutt--some 325 miles south of Santa Rosa (Northern CA) Orcutt ( VERY Southern CA) might as well be in different states

...clearly in the demographic/geographic dept, you are NEW...but, hey, keep hitting those books, you may be onto something....someday....maybe....

and as to your reference that this isn't a place you would voluntarily move to.....gosh we sure will miss ya!

Last edited by MissDaisy; 10-05-2008 at 01:53 AM.. Reason: addl info
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