Santa Rosa Homes for Sale and Real Estate

Area Description

Santa Rosa is located 55 miles north of San Francisco and is often described as the gateway to Sonoma and Napa Valley. Santa Rosa is the place to be for all there is to see, do, eat, drink, hike, bike and explore. Santa Rosa’s charming downtown is centered around local shops and restaurants that will satisfy casual diners and foodies alike.

Although Santa Rosa is known as a city, great blue herons, great egrets, deer, wild turkeys, raccoons, opossums, foxes and rabbits can all be found within nature walks and some neighborhoods. In addition, the city borders and then wraps around the northern end of Trione Annadel State Park, which itself extends into the Sonoma Mountains and Sonoma Valley. Trione Annadel State Park also adjoins Spring Lake County Park and Howarth Park, forming one contiguous park system that enables visitors to venture into wild native habitats while still being within city limits.

Area Highlights

The Neighbors

Santa Rosa is the largest city in California's North Coast, Wine Country and North Bay.  Its neighbors include the coastal town of Bodega, the famous wine hub of Healdsburg and the quaint town of Sonoma.


In Santa Rosa, there are a wide variety of home developments ranging from historic residential neighborhoods like McDonald District to newer suburbs such as Fountaingrove. Santa Rosa’s outer lying properties boast large lots and flat open space. Sprinkled throughout city limits are properties zoned for livestock making it easy to bring your pet pig or chicken to live with you in the city.


Tourism is huge year-round here, allowing Santa Rosans to play tourist anytime. People of all ages travel to Santa Rosa to visit places like Charles M. Schulz Museum and Luther Burbank Home and Gardens.

You'll Love

Craft beer, top-quality wines and regional parks. Sonoma County is nationally known for cycling, with international professionals riding its roads for fun and competition. Levi Leipheimer’s annual “Levi’s King Ridge Gran Fondo” takes place in Santa Rosa and draws a large crowd every year.

Perfect For

Outdoor adventures, wine tasting, community farmers markets, and entertainment

Around the Area

Santa Rosa is also home to notable smaller businesses such as Moonlight Brewing Company, Russian River Brewing Company, Amy’s Kitchen and Keysight Technologies. Charles M. Schulz, the creator of comic strip Peanuts, is an icon in Santa Rosa. Driving through town, you will find various statues of Peanuts characters, all designed by local artists.

Santa Rosa has a Mediterranean climate with cool, wet, green winters and warm, dry summers. In the summer, clouds or coastal fog will usually clear up to warm, sunny weather by late morning or noon.

Compared to other metropolitan statistical areas, Santa Rosa, has an unusually high number of workers in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; Construction; and Arts, Entertainment, Recreation.

In Santa Rosa there are 190,875 number of households. The median household income is $67,771, according to Data USA. The largest share of households in Santa Rosa have an income of $75-$100K. The median property value is $469,400. However, the largest share of property values fall a bit higher in the $500-$750K.

When comparing renting versus owning, Santa Rosa ranks lower than the national average of housing units occupied by their owners.

Santa Rosa is home to two college campuses – Santa Rosa Junior College and Empire College. Santa Rosa Junior College, SRJC, is a community college located on Mendocino Avenue in the center of town. It was founded in 1918 and is the tenth oldest community college in California.

Empire College, located on Cleveland Avenue, is a private college that offers business and law degrees. It received national recognition on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Roll with Distinction.

Santa Rosa is well-known in the film industry for movies such as the 1960’s “Pollyanna,” “Peggy Sue Got Married,” “Die Hard 2,” “Scream,” 1956’s “Storm Center,” and Alfred Hitchcock’s “Shadow of a Doubt.”

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