Napa : California


What It Is Like to Retire in Napa

Napa, California makes an interesting retirement community for active adults who enjoy wine, a warm climate, and great restaurants. It is the county seat and commercial community in the Napa Valley. Napa’s economy has been riding a surge in tourism and development for years. Projects like the planned $50 million Riverfront at Third and Main, which combines stores, restaurants, offices and condos, will make Napa even more popular. About 75,000 people live in Napa.

The Napa Valley was a hotbed of silver mining in the 1850’s. Although premium wines have been grown here for more than 150 years, in the latter part of the 20th century the industry grew famous as its quality was recognized. Napa has many legendary wineries that produce some of the best wine in the world. The wineries and the beautiful hills here have combined to attract tourist and residents – some permanent, some week-enders. Some of the finest restaurants in the U.S, such as The French Laundry, operate here. Outdoor activities such as biking and golf are also outstanding. Many wealthy people have come to start their own wineries or vineyards. As a result land has become extremely valuable.

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Where to Retire in Napa and Home Prices

There are developments and condos here that cater to active adults in retirement, and more will come. Napa is located in Napa County. Other (smaller) towns in the Napa Valley worth considering include Yountville, Mt. Helena, and Calistoga.
Average home prices are on the high side, reflecting California prices. According to Zillow, the median home value was $674,251, in early 2020.


What Is Special about Napa

World famous wineries to explore; Some of the best restaurants in the U.S.; Lively downtown District; Great outdoor activities; Noyes Mansion


What Is Not Special about Napa

Living here can be expensive. Floods and droughts. Crowds on the weekends

Who Will Like Retirement in Napa

Napa attracts a community of who enjoy wine and good food as well as the outdoors. It is close enough to San Francisco that those who enjoy an infusion of culture can easily escape there.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism, wine, agriculture, and retail are the principal drivers of the economy. There is a major construction surge in Napa right now, with nearly $200 million worth totaling 640,000 square feet of commercial projects planned or in construction.

Climate and Physical Environment

Napa is located northeast of San Francisco. Steep hills and valleys help to climate microclimates that are ideal for grape growing. Summers are hot and dry and winters tend to be wet. The Mayacamas Mountain Range is on the western and northern sides while the Vaca Mountain Range is to the east. The floor of the main valley rises from sea level (southern end) to 362 feet above sea level.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

A lot of the culture revolves around eating and wine. San Francisco is nearby. The public library has more than 150,000 volumes and appears to be well supported.


Crime is well below the national average.

Medical Facilities

Napa State Hospital and Queen of the Valley Hospitals are here


Sonoma County Airport is 38 miles away.

Valuable Links

Napa Chamber of Commerce

Churchill Manor


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