Petaluma is a scenic city of about 60,000 people with an ideal location in the heart of Sonoma County’s wine country. It’s located on Highway 101, about an hour north of San Francisco and just 45 minutes from Bodega Bay on the Pacific Ocean. While Petaluma draws thousands of visitors every year, imagine what it’s like to live in this incredible city.
There are so many attractions in and around Petaluma that it’s hard to know where to even start for people who have recently purchased Petaluma real estate. This historic city is the second-largest in Sonoma County, so there’s a steady employment market and great schools. It used to be known as the "Egg Basket of the World" for its agricultural importance in the first half of the 20th century. It has pivoted to wine production and a thriving restaurant scene that makes it a dream come true for foodies. It is surrounded by natural wonders on all sides, including rolling hills, parks, and the Petaluma River, which flows right through the middle of town.
A relocators guide to Petaluma, California
Petaluma sits right in the middle of the Petaluma Gap, which is an important wine-producing region that is part of Northern California’s far-flung wine country. Due to the cool climate, grapes that are grown at vineyards in the Petaluma Gap give wines a distinctive character. The Petaluma Gap is known for producing outstanding pinot noir, chardonnay, and syrah.
While tourists have to travel a fair distance to get to wine country, people who buy Petaluma homes for sale have just a short drive or can even walk to great wine tasting rooms around town to sample the local fare.
Among the popular wine tasting rooms in Petaluma are Adobe Road Wine Tasting Room, Black Knight Vineyards, Sonoma Portworks, Barber Cellars, Vine & Barrel Wines, and La Dolce Vita Wine Lounge. There are many more wine tasting rooms in the surrounding area.
One nice activity that allows owners of Petaluma real estate to get away from it all for a day is to go on a wine tour of vineyards in the region, many of which have their own tasting rooms. Besides being in the heart of the Petaluma Gap, locals are within a short driving distance of the Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley wine regions.
Work with an experienced agent
The median price of Petaluma homes for sale is $877,606. That is an increase of 14.8% over the past year, and moving into Spring, markets remain very heated. Petaluma is the kind of community people have moved to during the pandemic to get out of crowded big cities, especially if they can continue to work from home.
If you’ve been thinking about getting into the Petaluma real estate market, your first step should be to hire a licensed real estate agent who has experience helping clients find wonderful homes in the city. Summer Olson Stubblefield has a zest for helping people fall in love with Petaluma and the Sonoma County area, and her experience and skill make her the perfect partner for your relocation.