Sebastopol : California

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What it's Like to Retire in Sebastopol

Sebastopol, California, a small town in Sonoma County, is surrounded by apple orchards and vineyards, and located just 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean. It's considered the gateway to the Sonoma Coastline, the Russian River and the Redwood Corridor.  In the early 1900's, Sebastopol was a major apple producer and became the “Gravenstein Apple Capital of World”.  Today there are more vineyards than apple orchards, and the small town of just over 7,000 people, attracts visitors for all types of outdoor adventures and recreation.  The town also hosts popular cultural events and festivals, including the Gravenstein Apple Fair and the Celtic Music Festival, both held annually.

Luther Burbank, a world-famous horticulturist, developed and grew thousands of hybrid and cross-breed plants at his Gold Ridge Experiment Farm here.  Sebastopol was also considered home to Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, creator of the comic strip Peanuts, who lived here during the 1960's, and for whom the Sonoma County Airport is named. Picture of Main Street Sebastopol and The Peace Garden at Ragle Ranch Regional Park in Sebastopol courtesy of Wikipedia and Stephen Gold; picture of Luther Burbank's cottage at his Gold Ridge Experiment Farm, now on the National Register of Historic Places, courtesy of Wikipedia and Frank Schulenburg.


Where to Retire in Sebastopol and Home Prices

According to, the median sale price of a home was about $600,000 in late 2014.  Zillow reports it to be $607,700 in mid-2015.


What is special about Sebastopol named Sebastopol one of the top 10 Small Towns for Livability due to its high clutural and outdoor amenities, and its small-town charm.  Sebastopol is located 15 miles from the Pacific coast between Santa Rosa and the Bodega Bay, and 50 miles north of San Francisco.


What is not special about Sebastopol

High cost of living; it is a small town that draws a lot of visitors; It may be considered too liberal for some.


Who will like retirement in Sebastopol

Retireee who are looking for a small, semi-urban town not far from the coast would enjoy living here. Sebastopol offers a mild climate and a pretty countryside dotted with apple orchards and wineries.  There is a lot of outdoor recreation including hiking and biking, and a very active Community Cultural Center, along with wineries to visit, shopping and art galleries.


Local economy is driven by

Retail and Manufacturing


Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is about 45 degrees and July's average is about 68 degrees.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Sebastopol is home to several parks, trails, historic buildings, museums and art galleries. The town is host to popular festivals throughout the year including the annual Russian Jazz and Celtic Festival and the very popular Apple Blossom Festival, a weekend event held each summer. The Sebastopol Community Cultural Center offers a variety of entertainment including music, concerts and classes, and The Center for the Arts presents exhibits, performances and classes.  



Sebastopol has a low crime rate.


Medical facilities

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital



The Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport is 11 miles away in Santa Rosa.  International airports are approximately 70 miles away in either Oakland or San Francisco.  Amtrak services Santa Rosa, about 7 miles from Sebastopol.


Valuable Links

Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce

Sebastopol Apple Blossem Festival

Sebastopol Community Cultural Center


What people are saying about Sebastopol

Sebastopol living
There are some nice things about Sebastopol however, I tire of looking at old hippies and I don\'t go to the farmer\'s market unless I want to get stoned. If you are thinking of living there, bring lots of money.
Posted by kteissere on August 26, 2015

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Facts about SEBASTOPOL
  • State: CA
  • Environment: Urban,Rural,Small Town,Cultural Center,Outdoor Oriented,Biking Community,Farming or Agricultural,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 45-64
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • 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: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: jdb

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