Healdsburg, California

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Downtown/Healdsburg Plaza

Young Professionals/Empty Nesters/Retirees/2nd Homers

Downtown Healdsburg is a wonderful area of the town to live if you can find an apartment to rent or a home to buy. It’s the center of the cultural and social experiences available, all within a short walk. If you’re a young professional in the hospitality biz or otherwise then this is really your only choice. There are several apartment building options, both standalone and above the downtown retail. The most notable area of downtown is on the south side, which is where the largest, most historic homes are and where those who want to live just a few minutes from the city center and can afford the prices.

The Lanes


A great neighborhood close to downtown on the northeast side of town that has homes closer to $1.2mm or less. Your walk to the downtown plaza is a mile or so and while the are itself is largely residential you are surrounded by parks and open spaces like the Healdsburg Ridge Preserve to the northwest, which has tons of hiking and panoramic views of the Russian River Valley. You also have Riverfront Park, along the banks of the Russian River, just south of the area. Finally just east of The Lanes is Fitch Mountain Park and Preserve, another amazing hiking trail option that winds through the redwood trees and also has stunning views of the area.

River's Bend

55+ Empty Nesters/Retirees

If you’re looking for a 55+ community in the area then check out River’s Bend. You get beautiful homes at significantly lower prices than other neighborhoods and you’re just a mile from Healdsburg Plaza. River’s Bend sits at the base of Fitch Mountain and the Russian River so if you’re a hiker, walker or paddler, you could hardly pick a better location. The neighborhood is primarily two bedroom, single story homes and you get wonderful common green spaces for daily walks or community events, and a beautiful pool, tennis court, and clubhouse for parties and dining.