Pros & Cons of Living in Santa Rosa

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Hi guys! In this video we’re going to talk about

The Pros and Cons of living in Santa Rosa.

Andrew, you’re going to enlighten us.

How’s it going?

Hey doing good.

Awesome.

Awesome.

So what are the PROS of living in Santa Rosa?

Well at least for myself?

I mean, I like that there isn’t a lot of traffic as far as down

there in LA area.

So we do have to deal with that.

We do have a Smart Train.

So for people that commute that’s a nice little option to

just jump on the train.

Our air quality is pretty good.

We’re kind of right on that cusp but

The more North you get, probably even better because we’re still

a city of about 200,000. And wineries, it’s just nice to kind of

drive by a winery and kind of see all the different Vineyards

and colors depending on the season.

Most people like the east side of town.

So the east side of Santa Rosa has beautiful views of mountains

and different lakes and walking trails stuff you find more

on the east side of town.

Our weather is pretty good.

It gets hot in the summer, but typically not much more

than a hundred.

So we do reach you know, pretty hot temperatures, but it’s

not a sustained and it does cool down at night.

So at night we might get a 20 to 30 degree drop which kind

of helps us cool down and we don’t get any snow.

So it does get pretty cold.

I would say like in the high 30s they can have to watch out

for a little bit of ice. Our school system is phenomenal.

So we had great public schools.

And then we also have an option of a private high school.

Called Cardinal Newman, and I have two kids that go there and love it

They have a great sports program.

And then also we have the Santa Rosa Junior College.

So our college has tons and tons of programs for people to

be able to move up in their careers or you know change careers

altogether. I’ve been to you know, a handful of different

graduations and I’ve seen people graduate with multiple degrees

at once. And then we also have Sonoma State, which is

in Rohnert Park. And Sonoma State is a

It is a four-year school.

So a lot of a more of the younger crowd I guess over there.

We do have a good handful of hiking trails.

Some of them that I’ve been on is Taylor Mountain.

So Taylor mountains kind of a nice beautiful hike,

Nothing kind of obstructing your views.

And then the other one is Foothills Regional Park that’s

in the Windsor and that one right

There is phenomenal as well a little bit more maybe As more

strenuous but it is a pretty steep hill and Spring Lake is

more with a beginner.

So that’s the one I actually go to the most it’s probably about

a Four Mile Loop.

All right, there’s been some Summers where I’ve gone there

almost every day in the morning and just start off my day

with like a 4-mile walk and that’s a great one.

Yeah, I think that’s about it.

That’s a lot of good good things and

Yeah, I gotta

rattles off because there really is a lot.

Yeah.

Yeah.

Which hiking trail

do you enjoy the most?

I kind of want to say Taylor Mountain

actually. Taylor Mountain when you’re walking that trail,

there’s cows all around you and so they don’t seem to mind

too much as long as you don’t bother them and just walk right

past them and once you get to the top it’s almost 360

degree views.

So the views are amazing up there.

Nice.

Okay, so we talked about the pros.

We’re going to get into the cons.

Give it to us.

Tell us the real deal.

This is the part.

I wanted to skip but on the table, everyone’s

Minds right now is the fires we had in 2017- 2019.

Yeah, 2017 was pretty bad, you know the lot of smoke in the

air lost about 5,000 homes and it took us a long time to

recover from that point.

2019 was pretty bad as well. Cost of living

Did you know any people in the in the fires?

Like people that had to move and stuff?

A lot of friends and family.

Lost homes, and just kind of shook everyone in the world

Right.

You know, we’re in 2021 now so

we’re moving past that.

One thing is all these homes.

A lot of these homes are in Fountain Growth, which is one

of our like luxury areas of town.

And so all those homes that were maybe you know, 25-30 years old

have all been rebuilt.

So now you have like state-of-the-art brand new

homes. A lot of them have big balconies,

and the Verandas, and huge windows.

So now you have hundreds and hundreds of homes that are you

know at today’s design which is kind of nice.

Alright, cool.

So cost of living is definitely gone up.

Yeah.

So those same homes that were going for maybe in the mid million

like 1.5-1.6 million, now they’re going for 2.3-2.5 million.

The price is definitely gone up and I would say we Kind of

have an older crowd in Santa Rosa.

Now I’m catching up, so I’m becoming one of them but there is

like an older crowd in Santa Rosa.

I would say we do have a retirement community called Oakmont,

which is fantastic beautiful homes out there.

They have two golf courses, their own little grocery store.

So, you know, we also have a bunch of other communities for

55 and up. Another con,

I would say specially when I was younger with the lack of

the entertainment we do have plenty of options but as far as nightlife

like nightclubs and you know the bar scene I would say we’re

kind of on the minimum standard of that, you know

at most we would have two maybe three options for kind of

like that nightlife and so going down someplace like LA or

San Diego you’re going to be, you know, you can go to a different

place every day of the week if you wanted to yeah, and then

also on that note I would say lack of high-end hotels.

So we have a few hotels to choose from but if you wanted

that really kind of wow experience, I would say Santa Rosa

might not be your pick but we are surrounded by that so we

have Healdsburg, Sonoma, and Napa and so kind of all the out

lying areas of Santa Rosa have great options for that even

Petaluma.

So how far do you have to go?

I guess to get to if you want

30 minutes, I’ll take 30 minutes

any direction.

Even like Bodega Bay, you know someplace like that

you can get a really nice

experience. We kind of have more of the just you know, Holiday

Inn and you know Best Western and we do have a Marriott,

but this is far as like the whole, you know experience of

a nice hotel. And we’re kind of far from the airport.

So we do have a local airport that takes us to some pretty

good places Las Vegas, San Diego, Denver, Seattle.

So you have a good variety of places that we can get to from

Santa Rosa, but International airport is about an hour away.

You know, if that’s something you’re going to be traveling

a lot.

It can kind of add up on time and parking and same thing with

a major sports team.

So we’re looking at you know, San Francisco.

They just require the Warriors.

So these play Oakland.

So now you’re the guy to take the bridge which is a bridge toll

or you take a ferry and then once you get there, you know,

it’s definitely not cheap, its San Francisco.

So tickets are one thing and then you have this food and

everything that goes along with that.

Right.

Yeah, and you said that the toll is $10 forI believe they just raised it

you know, they’re kind of like on a very systematic increase

system over there. So I think it’s about $10 for the bridge

toll on the Golden Gate Bridge and the ferry something like

$13 a person each way.

So depending if you’re a family or if you’re going by yourself,

that’s what you’re looking at for the ferry ride

Yeah, and then Stadium parking you said it’s like $40.

Yeah, kind of depending on the event, so depending on

the event and how close of a parking lot you pick. Which is required

to look in that poster to $60 dollars depending on you know,

it’s a weekend game or something.

Right. Right. Okay.

So you guys said you’re far from the FIVE. Is SANTA ROSA

Is it more of a smaller town?

Well, you know, it’s a total of about 200,000, you know,

the Santa Rosa city and then just the county around it.

So, yeah, if you’re taking them drive

Down LA, going to the Disneyland once they reopen, it takes

about an hour.

I don’t know, it’s about a good I’d say hour just to get

to the FIVE. And then once you get on there, you’re smooth

sailing down.

But yeah, just kind of winding your way through.

Kinda of one of those, you know longer drives.

Yeah, and we’ll throw up on the like up on the map kind of

like how to get the FIVE.

Yeah because we’re looking at that and I thought that was

interesting. Cool.

Okay cons to Santa Rosa seems like a couple different

things and stuff. So far you like living there though? Sounds like it.

I’m yeah, I’m born and raised.

I haven’t moved anywhere else yet.

So I think this is kind of a reason why people tend to stay

When people that do that moving the way come back, is because

it is a really nice Community to live in especially to raise

a family.

That’s good.

That’s good.

That’s actually super good.

Cool.

Well, thanks for sharing

With us and guys go ahead and check out Andrew’s website

out links in description.

If you want to learn more about those different pros and

cons, different schools, different things like that different

hiking trails that we mentioned and that’s it.

Yeah.

Yeah.

Hi guys! In this video we’re going to talk about

The Pros and Cons of living in Santa Rosa.

Andrew, you’re going to enlighten us.

How’s it going?

Hey doing good.

Awesome.

Awesome.

So what are the PROS of living in Santa Rosa?

Well at least for myself?

I mean, I like that there isn’t a lot of traffic as far as down

there in LA area.

So we do have to deal with that.

We do have a Smart Train.

So for people that commute that’s a nice little option to

just jump on the train.

Our air quality is pretty good.

We’re kind of right on that cusp but

The more North you get, probably even better because we’re still

a city of about 200,000. And wineries, it’s just nice to kind of

drive by a winery and kind of see all the different Vineyards

and colors depending on the season.

Most people like the east side of town.

So the east side of Santa Rosa has beautiful views of mountains

and different lakes and walking trails stuff you find more

on the east side of town.

Our weather is pretty good.

It gets hot in the summer, but typically not much more

than a hundred.

So we do reach you know, pretty hot temperatures, but it’s

not a sustained and it does cool down at night.

So at night we might get a 20 to 30 degree drop which kind

of helps us cool down and we don’t get any snow.

So it does get pretty cold.

I would say like in the high 30s they can have to watch out

for a little bit of ice. Our school system is phenomenal.

So we had great public schools.

And then we also have an option of a private high school.

Called Cardinal Newman, and I have two kids that go there and love it

They have a great sports program.

And then also we have the Santa Rosa Junior College.

So our college has tons and tons of programs for people to

be able to move up in their careers or you know change careers

altogether. I’ve been to you know, a handful of different

graduations and I’ve seen people graduate with multiple degrees

at once. And then we also have Sonoma State, which is

in Rohnert Park. And Sonoma State is a

It is a four-year school.

So a lot of a more of the younger crowd I guess over there.

We do have a good handful of hiking trails.

Some of them that I’ve been on is Taylor Mountain.

So Taylor mountains kind of a nice beautiful hike,

Nothing kind of obstructing your views.

And then the other one is Foothills Regional Park that’s

in the Windsor and that one right

There is phenomenal as well a little bit more maybe As more

strenuous but it is a pretty steep hill and Spring Lake is

more with a beginner.

So that’s the one I actually go to the most it’s probably about

a Four Mile Loop.

All right, there’s been some Summers where I’ve gone there

almost every day in the morning and just start off my day

with like a 4-mile walk and that’s a great one.

Yeah, I think that’s about it.

That’s a lot of good good things and

Yeah, I gotta

rattles off because there really is a lot.

Yeah.

Yeah.

Which hiking trail

do you enjoy the most?

I kind of want to say Taylor Mountain

actually. Taylor Mountain when you’re walking that trail,

there’s cows all around you and so they don’t seem to mind

too much as long as you don’t bother them and just walk right

past them and once you get to the top it’s almost 360

degree views.

So the views are amazing up there.

Nice.

Okay, so we talked about the pros.

We’re going to get into the cons.

Give it to us.

Tell us the real deal.

This is the part.

I wanted to skip but on the table, everyone’s

Minds right now is the fires we had in 2017- 2019.

Yeah, 2017 was pretty bad, you know the lot of smoke in the

air lost about 5,000 homes and it took us a long time to

recover from that point.

2019 was pretty bad as well. Cost of living

Did you know any people in the in the fires?

Like people that had to move and stuff?

A lot of friends and family.

Lost homes, and just kind of shook everyone in the world

Right.

You know, we’re in 2021 now so

we’re moving past that.

One thing is all these homes.

A lot of these homes are in Fountain Growth, which is one

of our like luxury areas of town.

And so all those homes that were maybe you know, 25-30 years old

have all been rebuilt.

So now you have like state-of-the-art brand new

homes. A lot of them have big balconies,

and the Verandas, and huge windows.

So now you have hundreds and hundreds of homes that are you

know at today’s design which is kind of nice.

Alright, cool.

So cost of living is definitely gone up.

Yeah.

So those same homes that were going for maybe in the mid million

like 1.5-1.6 million, now they’re going for 2.3-2.5 million.

The price is definitely gone up and I would say we Kind of

have an older crowd in Santa Rosa.

Now I’m catching up, so I’m becoming one of them but there is

like an older crowd in Santa Rosa.

I would say we do have a retirement community called Oakmont,

which is fantastic beautiful homes out there.

They have two golf courses, their own little grocery store.

So, you know, we also have a bunch of other communities for

55 and up. Another con,

I would say specially when I was younger with the lack of

the entertainment we do have plenty of options but as far as nightlife

like nightclubs and you know the bar scene I would say we’re

kind of on the minimum standard of that, you know

at most we would have two maybe three options for kind of

like that nightlife and so going down someplace like LA or

San Diego you’re going to be, you know, you can go to a different

place every day of the week if you wanted to yeah, and then

also on that note I would say lack of high-end hotels.

So we have a few hotels to choose from but if you wanted

that really kind of wow experience, I would say Santa Rosa

might not be your pick but we are surrounded by that so we

have Healdsburg, Sonoma, and Napa and so kind of all the out

lying areas of Santa Rosa have great options for that even

Petaluma.

So how far do you have to go?

I guess to get to if you want

30 minutes, I’ll take 30 minutes

any direction.

Even like Bodega Bay, you know someplace like that

you can get a really nice

experience. We kind of have more of the just you know, Holiday

Inn and you know Best Western and we do have a Marriott,

but this is far as like the whole, you know experience of

a nice hotel. And we’re kind of far from the airport.

So we do have a local airport that takes us to some pretty

good places Las Vegas, San Diego, Denver, Seattle.

So you have a good variety of places that we can get to from

Santa Rosa, but International airport is about an hour away.

You know, if that’s something you’re going to be traveling

a lot.

It can kind of add up on time and parking and same thing with

a major sports team.

So we’re looking at you know, San Francisco.

They just require the Warriors.

So these play Oakland.

So now you’re the guy to take the bridge which is a bridge toll

or you take a ferry and then once you get there, you know,

it’s definitely not cheap, its San Francisco.

So tickets are one thing and then you have this food and

everything that goes along with that.

Right.

Yeah, and you said that the toll is $10 for

I believe they just raised it

you know, they’re kind of like on a very systematic increase

system over there. So I think it’s about $10 for the bridge

toll on the Golden Gate Bridge and the ferry something like

$13 a person each way.

So depending if you’re a family or if you’re going by yourself,

that’s what you’re looking at for the ferry ride

Yeah, and then Stadium parking you said it’s like $40.

Yeah, kind of depending on the event, so depending on

the event and how close of a parking lot you pick. Which is required

to look in that poster to $60 dollars depending on you know,

it’s a weekend game or something.

Right. Right. Okay.

So you guys said you’re far from the FIVE. Is SANTA ROSA

Is it more of a smaller town?

Well, you know, it’s a total of about 200,000, you know,

the Santa Rosa city and then just the county around it.

So, yeah, if you’re taking them drive

Down LA, going to the Disneyland once they reopen, it takes

about an hour.

I don’t know, it’s about a good I’d say hour just to get

to the FIVE. And then once you get on there, you’re smooth

sailing down.

But yeah, just kind of winding your way through.

Kinda of one of those, you know longer drives.

Yeah, and we’ll throw up on the like up on the map kind of

like how to get the FIVE.

Yeah because we’re looking at that and I thought that was

interesting. Cool.

Okay cons to Santa Rosa seems like a couple different

things and stuff. So far you like living there though? Sounds like it.

I’m yeah, I’m born and raised.

I haven’t moved anywhere else yet.

So I think this is kind of a reason why people tend to stay

When people that do that moving the way come back, is because

it is a really nice Community to live in especially to raise

a family.

That’s good.

That’s good.

That’s actually super good.

Cool.

Well, thanks for sharing

With us and guys go ahead and check out Andrew’s website

out links in description.

If you want to learn more about those different pros and

cons, different schools, different things like that different

hiking trails that we mentioned and that’s it.

Yeah.

Yeah.