Santa Rosa, California

Saint Rose

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Young Professionals/DINKs/SINKs

If you work in Sonoma, Napa or very far north in Marin county but you want a bit of a lifestyle then look at Downtown Santa Rosa. It’s on the smaller side but it has a pretty dense collection of bars, restaurants, cafes, bookstores, gyms and boutique shopping to keep you busy on weekends (or weeknights). The streets are beautiful and everything is walkable so check out the loft apartment buildings or townhomes and prepare for a chill but fun lifestyle.

  • Downtown



The Fountaingrove neighborhood was burned to the ground in the fire of 2017. Since then if has recovered quite a bit and not only is one of the best neighborhoods for the LGBTQ+ community but it even has an LGBTQ+ retirement community!

  • Fountaingrove

Memorial Hospital


Most of Santa Rosa is family-friendly but one of the particularly perfect areas is the Memorial Hospital neighborhood. Not shockingly, given the name, it is near the hospital. It’s a bigger neighborhood with a mix of families and retirees who enjoy both the excellent housing options and a downtown area make it a perfect mix of suburban and commercial. Local schools are excellent and crime rates are extremely low.

  • Memorial Hospital
  • Roseland

Oakmont Village


The premier neighborhood for retirees is Oakmont Village. It’s a 55+ un-gated community with all its own amenities including; ganks, salons, cleaners, a deli-market, fire station, medical offices and plenty of restaurants and cafes. Oakmont Golf Club is also in the neighborhood. This includes two 18-hole courses, one a par 72 and the other a par 63 executive-level course. It also sits right next to Annadel State Park, two other state parks, and plenty of world-class wineries so you will never run out of healthy and enjoyable things to do.

  • Oakmont Village
  • Bennet Valley
  • Memorial Hospital