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What's it like to live in Healdsburg?

Moving to Healdsburg or Windsor

Hey there fellow upper right-er!

Moved to Sonoma County from Connecticut just over three years ago, and I've lived in Sonoma, Kenwood and now Sebastopol.

You're moving to a pretty killer spot if you end up in Healdsburg or Windsor. You'll be about 30 minutes from the coast and surrounded by more places to hike and be outside than you can possibly count. I can't get enough of the hiking trails in the Sonoma Valley. Places like Sugarloaf and Annadel are incredible.

The beer here isn't too bad either. You have Russian River in Windsor and Santa Rosa, Lagunitas in Petaluma (about 15-20 minutes down the road) and tons of different little craft spots to satisfy your need for a brew. Personally, I'm a huge fan of Moonlight and Henhouse.

I've never had too much trouble meeting folks out here (pre-COVID). There are tons of meetup groups that are active, the bar scene is pretty diverse and there's quite a few younger people working in the wine industry. Just keep your eye out for the tourists… there'll be a ton of them once we open back up.

Now for the downsides: the fires can be very prevalent during the summer. Get that go-bag ready.

Housing is expensive too. If you're looking for a one bedroom, you should plan a modest chunk of income for rent. Especially if you wanted to live in a trendy area like down by the square in Healdsburg. You might have a little more luck in Windsor for something affordable and Santa Rosa is the cheapest by far.

Cool brotha', if you're ever down to grab a beer and listen to some Phish when this whole thing is over, you've got a kindred spirit in the county.

Relocating to Healdsburg area

I used to work for a company based there but I never lived there. Healdsburg basically rolls up their sidewalks at night (even pre-COVID). It's a small town dominated by old money that likes to keep things the same. From what I was told, 4 or 5 old money families own about 90% of downtown Healdsburg so what they say, goes. That might be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your perspective, I'll leave that up to you, but if you are expecting a vital night life and more access to people your age, go further south to Santa Rosa.

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