Petaluma Homes for Sale and Real Estate

Area Description

Petaluma is a small town with a big reputation located in Southern Sonoma County. According to the 2010 Census, its population was 57,941. Known for its relaxed lifestyle and strong agricultural roots, Petaluma is home to turn of the century buildings filled with fascinating history.  One of the more popular historical landmarks would be Rancho Petaluma Adobe, a National Historic Landmark with roots dating back to 1836.

Petaluma’s historic city center includes many buildings that survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Dubbed as the "Egg Capital of the World," Petaluma’s thriving egg and poultry industry supports its economy. Petaluma is also home to many national and large regional brands, including Amy’s Kitchen, Calix, CamelBak, Clover Stornetta Farms, Lagunitas Brewing Company, and Petaluma Poultry.

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The Neighbors

The Golden Gate Bridge is just 40 miles south of Petaluma. Just 33 miles north, you will find the town of Healdsburg, known for its world class shopping, wine and cheese.


Petaluma has a strong real estate market with an eclectic inventory. Properties range from well-preserved Victorians to mixed-use business developments. Neighborhoods are nestled on both the West and East sides of Petaluma. The median household income is around $77,000, according to


Petaluma residents have access to beautiful hiking trails, river kayaking, award-winning food, and a historic downtown. Whether you are a culture lover, outdoor adventurer, or history buff, Petaluma will always keep you entertained.

You'll Love

Craft beer, farmers' markets, award-winning restaurants, and an artistic community. Petaluma maintains a strong agricultural base today with dairy farms, olive groves, vineyards, berry and vegetable farms.

Perfect For

Going to art galleries, having picnics, enjoying world-class craft beer and local shopping. Petaluma is home to many beautiful parks and breathtaking hiking trails like Helen Putnam Regional Park and the Shollenberger Park, a renowned wetlands with walking tours allowing extensive bird watching.

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Gold Rush Pioneers flocked to Petaluma in 1849. The Petaluma River was critical to the town’s growth in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Soon after, Petaluma became known for its grain milling and chicken processing industries.  The reputation of being the "Egg Capital of the World," earned them the nickname "Chickaluma."

More than 600 businesses, 65 historical properties, the Butter & Egg Days Parade, Art & Garden Festival, Victorian Holiday events and the Annual Antique Faires make Petaluma the perfect place to work, live, and play.

Since the 1940s, Petaluma’s large inventory of historical buildings have made the town the location for many movie sets including American Graffiti, Peggy Sue Got Married, Basic Instinct and Flubber.

Like most of Sonoma County, Petaluma experiences a mild Mediterranean climate. Summers are typically dry with warm days and cool nights. Mornings during the summer often begin foggy and chilly, usually clearing by midday, giving way to clear skies.

Public schools are managed by the Petaluma City School District. There are two comprehensive high schools in Petaluma: Petaluma High School and Casa Grande High School, whose athletic teams are known as the Trojans and Gauchos respectively.

The two Petaluma public middle schools are Kenilworth Junior High School and Petaluma Junior High School. Santa Rosa Junior College also has a campus located in Petaluma.

Petaluma has its own full service hospital, Petaluma Valley Hospital. In a recent study completed by PacifiCare, Petaluma Valley Hospital ranked in the top 10% of Hospitals in Northern California for best practices.

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