Santa Rosa : California

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What Santa Rosa is like for active adults

Santa Rosa, a town of 170,000, is the County Seat of Sonoma County.  That location puts it solidly in California's wine country and makes it a popular retirement community for baby boomers who enjoy wine and good food. The area is hilly with several nearby state parks. Outdoor activities and a slower lifestyle are also available here in plentiful supply.  Santa Rosa is the largest city in California's wine country. Nearby towns include Sonoma, Healdsburg, and Napa. The city is actively engaged in economic development centered around wine, food, tourism, and making the center of Santa Rosa an attractive and engaging community - they seem to be succeeding.

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

There are several active adult communities in the area, including at least one very large one (see "More Communities" at right). There is even a new 55+  development for the LGBT community. Median home prices in Santa Rosa were about $400,000 in late 2013.

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What is special about this retirement community

Railroad Square makes for a great downtown. Great restaurants and wine country make it an interesting place to live. Many historic neighborhoods. Annadel State Park, on the eastern edge of Santa Rosa, offers miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and trail riding. Armstrong Woods and Austin Creek State Parks are just some of the parks close by Santa Rosa. 

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What is not special about this retirement community
This is California and taxes and real estate expenses are high. It might be too rural for some people.
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What kinds of people like retiring here
People who want to live a relaxed lifestyle where food, wine, and recreation are important
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Local economy is driven by
Wine, construction, tourism, healthcare
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Climate and Physical Environment

Sonoma Valley is somewhat arid and very hilly.  The average January low temp is in the high 30s and the average daily high in July is in the low 80s. Winters are wet and summers very dry. The climate is great for grapes, which means it is good for people too. There was a magnitude 5.6 earthquake in 2007. The elevation of the town is only 160' but nearby hills climb a few thousand feet.

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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Thanks to the tourist towns near Santa Rosa, there is always something to do. Food and wine are big cultural entertainment here as well. There is a Sonoma Symphony, a Performing Arts Center, and many other cultural venues. The bright lights of San Francisco are a short drive away.
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Crime
The crime rate is slightly below average.
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Medical facilities
Santa Rosa has 4 hospitals including a Kaiser and Santa Rosa Memorial
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Transportation

There is a an Amtrak station;  Sonoma County Airport is 8 miles away;  Santa Rosa is about average in walkability when compared to other communities.

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Valuable Links
Guide to California retirement and retirement communities
Santa Rosa Main Street
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Facts about SANTA ROSA
  • State: CA
  • Environment: Suburban,Small-mid Sized City,LGBT,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 60,001-80,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $300,001-$500,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 121+ (very high)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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