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Old 02-24-2007, 12:54 PM
 
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Hello Everyone,

I have just accepted a job offer to live in the Sonoma area. I have never been there but the company will be flying me out next week to secure a place to live. I have a few questions for the forum.

1. Best place to live for around 900-1200 dollars ( I would like to live close to SF as I can)

2. How is the night life in Sonoma County as I am single?

3. What would be a comfortable salary to have living in Sonoma County?

4. Anything else you think I should be prepared for good or bad...

5. I love gloomy days and I heard I will getting alot of that.
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Old 05-03-2015, 02:48 AM
 
Location: Indio area
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So your post was from 2007... And no replies....
I'm wondering if you will even check it 8 yrs later. But by chance you do... How'd Santa Rosa end up? Are you still there? I'm mind of in the same boat you were & no one has responded to my post. So could you answer your questions for me seeing that you should be an established resident by now.... Thank you for your time & I hope you read this.
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Old 05-03-2015, 04:14 AM
 
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Let me answer 8 years later:

1. You will have to rent a bedroom in a shared house or rent a tiny studio or 1 bd apartment for that budget depending on what part of town. Forget about being close to SF unless you win the lottery or are making lots of $$$. The commute to SF from Santa Rosa or any where in the NorthBay is a nightmare of LA like sh*ttyness during commute hours.

2. Pretty terrible if you're a guy. The women are pretty stuck up, game playing & picky & have major issues and/orz a bf 9 times out 10. Many overweight girls & 49ers too Typical Bay Area issues.
SoCal & out of state women are much friendlier.

If you're a girl then dating will be better as the all the guys are always looking for a single cutie & there's lots of guys with money,style & muscles.

3. Comfortable to do what???
Live in a small apartment or with roommates, no kids, have a little spending $$$ then 40-60k.

Rent a small to medium sized house on your own 70-100k
Rent a bigger house 80-100k plus.
Own a house over 80- 100k plus big down payment of 100-200k.

4. Bad: earthquakes, fires, floods, duechebags, traffic, high cost of housing
Good: Marijuana,burritos, redwoods,sunshine, lagunitas & wine

5.Not really, Santa Rosa is extremely sunny. It does rain a good bit during the winter months & gets gloomy for a few days at a time but the spring, summer and fall are endless sunshine with some morning ,no summer rain.
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Old 05-03-2015, 04:39 AM
 
Location: Indio area
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Haha! You are the same guy from my other post lol.
1) my rental budget is $1800(ish) I researched that but as you know I have a place on hold in Rincon valley area w/ no a/c Brush Creek Town homes to be exact. But I'm guessing that area is no good?

I don't care to be in the mist of S.F. But would like to go there as a tourist.

2) I am female so I got that going for me. And single so YAY! (Kidding) & what's a "49er", football?

3) looks like I may have to keep my dog friendly, over priced, no a/c, drug community on my budget.

4) I like burritos & wine! And concerned about sun & no a/c still. Will I experience this crazy traffic with the commute from rincon valley to downtown Santa Rosa?


5) a raining day is more than I get here in the desert so that's a plus. What about fog? Will I at least get that? Maybe I should have picked Washington....

I think it's great that you re-visited your 8yr younger self & thank you for this. All & all the main question would you do it again? Do you like Santa Rosa? Do you want to leave?
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Old 05-03-2015, 12:37 PM
 
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Brush creek rd. is really nice. There's just this little pocket right around mission that's crappy. I just looked up that complex and its right in the crappy spot on montecito. I just pulled up a map of apartment complexes & the better ones there are Montecito pines, parkwood,acacia(nicest but pricey),oak creek apartments & spring lake apartments. I would take a smaller spot in acacia if you can find it, if not the others are all decent spots.

1.I forgot to adjust for inflation cause this post is 8 years old but anyways. $1800 can go a long way in Sonoma county if you are patient in looking for the right place. You could find a small house for rent in a decent spot for that budget but I'm not sure if you want the conveniences of am apartment complex???

2. Okay, you're in luck! Plenty of single bros looking for a good girl.
A 49er is a chauvanistic term we use in good humor meaning a girl that's a "4" thinks she's a "9" and acts & holds expectations and attitude accordingly. A little shallow but its true around here.

3. Well if you can spend $1800 you have multiple options up there so look around on Craigslist or at those other complexes I mentioned. This guy said "comfortable" which means not spending 1/2 or more of your income on rent but many of us do that in the Bay area cause we have to.
The big issue is your dog. For $1800 I could find you a bunch of sweet places in santa rosa but 90% of them in the area are NO PET Nazis!!!

4. Plenty of burritos & the best wine you can get, so youre good there!
The weather is pretty mild. It gets warm during summer & fall but most people don't have AC & only need it a few times a year. You'll be fine with a nice fan, that's all I ever had renting there. Bought a place with AC briefly & used it for a week or two a year. I would worry more about freezing at night as its 50* every night during summer & in the 30s at night during winter.

5. I'm not the original poster, I am just answering for you guys 8 years later haha.
You will vet plenty of cool, foggy mornings that burn off to sunny days. It does rain 30-40 inches in a normal, non drought winter, so it can rain quite a bit. Summer and fall are like SoCal ish warm & dry with no rain. The climate there is nice but the beach is freezing 12 months a year.

No offense to anyone but I personally don't care for the area much anymore. I was enamored by the Redwoods,rugged coast, hiking & outdoor stuff when I moved there years ago & there is also stores & stuff downtown & other towns to explore and SF of course. The truth is, the people are just kind of insular, somewhat pretentious & its hard to make real friends, other people from elsewhere in CA or the world have shared this same sentiment with me. I moved South & am socially much happier but everyone is different so you might love it.
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Old 05-03-2015, 07:20 PM
zdg
 
Location: Sonoma County
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I live in Santa Rosa, not far from Rincon Valley, but in a different enough price range that I honestly don't know anything about the rentals you're referring to.

The only question I can answer is the traffic question. Traffic from Montecito to downtown SR should take you a whopping 5-7 minutes tops, and that's in "rush" hour. You won't even need to get on a highway if you don't want to.

As to the a/c deal....it gets pretty hot here in the summer but it's a very dry heat, so if your rental isn't baking in direct sunlight and has a good breeze with a couple windows open, you should be ok. Otherwise, get a window unit for your bedroom.
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Old 05-03-2015, 08:20 PM
 
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Traffic in town ain't too bad but the freeway is what people refer, its pretty bad during rush hour times & weekends, especially headed to SF.
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Old 05-04-2015, 01:38 AM
 
Location: Indio area
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Hmmm....I guess my search continues for a rental. I'm on craigs lists, hot pads, dede's rentals, & renascence housing pages daily...the options seem pretty slim but I will continue my search. Having a place for my dog is top priority before anything than crime (sadly), than a/c lol. They said my unit is shaded so that's a plus. How seedy is seedy out there? I'm mean I am from the Indio area which is is better then San Bernardino & riverside where I went to college. I don't want to be around that at all. I never really lived in a "big" city because I know I would not like it on all levels. At least Truckee/Donner is about 2hours for a quick get away & the beach about 30mins. I was just hoping that Santa Rosa was a little more small town feel I guess. Thank you all you the comments/advice.
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Old 05-04-2015, 07:54 AM
zdg
 
Location: Sonoma County
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Have you looked in Windsor?
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Old 05-04-2015, 08:38 PM
 
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Its not seeeeeeeeedy like Compton, most of the area is extremely safe but that complex spot is where all the wanna be thugs, gang members & tweek heads live. It is a really trashy pocket in an otherwise affluent suburban area. Theres gotta be something you can afford in one of those other complexes I listed???? Pets are tough in that area though, that will be your biggest hurdle. Don't stress the a/c so much, haha, it's not nearly as hot as where you're from.
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