Why Move to Sonoma County?

Diverse culture, enticing events, and breathtaking natural beauty are just a few feathers in Sonoma County’s cap. It’s where we start when beginning to brag about “home” before diving into our favorite restaurants, insider tips, and countless day trip plans. Visitors often become residents as they fall in love with the area and towns that dot the rolling hills, gorgeous forests, and expansive coastline. 

Careful Moving and Storage has been locally owned in Sonoma County for over 55 years and we couldn’t be more proud to serve the families and businesses in our wonderful community. ⁠Are you considering moving to Sonoma County? Here are six of our favorite cities and towns in the county to consider relocating to.

1. Petaluma is Home to Sonoma County’s Best Eateries

Petaluma River Turing Basin on a bright day with with docked boat and historic downtown Petaluma in the background.

Petaluma sits just outside the San Francisco area and has a population just under 58,000 people. Petaluma has always been known for its booming farming and agricultural industry, including many egg farms and dairy creameries. The small-town feel mixed with a vibrant charm encompasses a lot of what’s great about Petaluma. Many Petaluma home and business owners take advantage of the close proximity to San Francisco and the area’s easy commute options. 

The historic downtown area is located along the famous Petaluma River and is filled with historical buildings and landmarks, antique shops, and some of the region’s top restaurants. Today, Petaluma is famous for being a haven for Northern California foodies with its amazing restaurant selection unlike any other city of comparable size. Plus, with tons of annual local events, top-rated schools, and recreational parks, you’ll be ready to call Petaluma home in no time. 

2. Santa Rosa is The Craft Beer Capital of the U.S.

5 glasses of different styles of craft beer ranging from lightest in the back to darkest on the front on wooden table,

As the biggest city in Sonoma County, Santa Rosa is home to about 180,000 residents and boasts a wide array of restaurants, parks, shopping, and outdoor recreation. It’s also home to countless wineries that rival the best Napa has to offer, and world-famous craft breweries that make any hop-head jump for joy. 

In fact, Santa Rosa was recently named the ‘Microbrew Capital of the United States’ with a local beer scene that ranks nationally as number one for its quality of craft beer and the number of local breweries.

You will also find higher education options are easily accessible with acclaimed Santa Rosa Junior College and a close proximity to Sonoma State University. Snoopy fans will also delight in the abundant homages to Peanuts creator and past Santa Rosa resident, Charles M. Schultz.

3. In Sonoma You Come for the Wine, But Stay for the Charm

Lush and green Sonoma vineyard with far off views to trees, chateaus, and rolling hills as the sun sets.

We couldn’t possibly forget about the county’s namesake town of Sonoma! There are plenty of neighborhood options in this town of just over 11,000 residents, from the more dense city center to the quieter perimeter with newer homes. The historic Sonoma Plaza is the centerpiece to a full day of fun with an endless row of shops, restaurants, wine tasting, and even a little history lesson. 

But the key to Sonoma’s charm is the amazing wineries that surround this beautiful town. Most Sonoma Wineries have been family-owned and operated for generations. You can find all the unique flavors of Sonoma County on their farm-to-table menus, and be immersed in the heart in soul of wine country.

4. Sebastopol is Home to the Artsy Souls

The Welcome to Sebastopol sign with fun facts about the town such as its sister cities and local high school sports team. In the background is sculpture art of an orange shark and clown fisherman that is popular in the area.

Sebastopol has a population just under 8,000 residents and draws in visitors from all around Sonoma County for their Gravenstein Apple Fair. There’s still plenty to do even when it’s not apple season. Sebastopol’s downtown shopping center known as the Barlow, is dedicated entirely to local producers and artisans, as a space to sell their food, crafts, and of course wine. 

Often described as Sonoma County’s “hippie town,” the Sebastopol community embraces local artists and crafts of all kinds, from building-wide murals to recycled “trash art” sculptures littering just about every yard. It’s a straight shot to the coast or popular redwood forest when you’re looking for a day out, or a great location for commuting over to Santa Rosa less than 10 miles away.

5. Healdsburg is where Every Day is Spa Day

A semi-unrolled towel, bath bomb, and lit candle is perched on a piece of wood that stretches over a calm filled spa.

Healdsburg, with its population of nearly 12,000 residents, is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. The Healdsburg downtown area has been named as one of “America’s Most Beautiful Town Squares” by Travel + Leisure Magazine, due to its extensive winery options and renowned farm to table restaurants. Spa days seem to be a second nature in Healdsburg, with dozens of options ranging from a luxurious massage to the perfect pedicure, and It’s never hard to find the perfect brunch spot, or wine tasting room, all within a mile of the town square. 

It’s not all wine and dine, though. Healdsburg also offers a spirited outdoor scene with plenty of hiking, river activities, and bike trails. It really manages to pack the entire Wine Country lifestyle in a tight 4.5 square mile package.

6. Bodega Bay is the Gateway to the Pacific Coast

An expansive beach with rolling waves and green hills. The town of Bodega is seen in the background.

Sonoma County’s incredible coastline is on full display from the hills surrounding the small town of Bodega Bay. This tranquil coastal town is home to a population of only 665 residents, but this small community is famous worldwide for being the backdrop to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film “The Birds”. 

You’ll find the local charm in no time among the local shops, scenic outlooks, and some of the best seafood options you can find. Lovely days out include a picnic up at Bodega Head for some ocean views, watching the fishing boats traversing the bay, a coastal drive up Highway 1, and some hiking along the Russian River. 

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