- One of the main reasons I personally chose to move from Marin is limited housing options within my budget. However, the housing options in Petaluma are amazing. Compared to similar rentals in Marin, you will save roughly $1000 a month if not more. You are able to choose between single family houses, condos and apartments. For example, I just rented an apartment for $2900. It’s 1100 square foot, brand new construction with hardwood floors, all new stainless steel appliances, washer/dryer in unit and pet friendly. We chose a new construction apartment complex with amenities like heated salt water pool, bocce ball court and gym. They have Peloton bikes for residents to use and a 24 hour fitness center. Some of the units come with 1 or 2 car garages which is hard to find in Marin. Many properties offer EV charging stations or (hookups to install your own) to accommodate residents with electric cars.
To see some of the rental options Petaluma has to offer, check out the link below:
2. Petaluma is an easy drive away from major wineries and Sonoma square is just 15 minutes away. Personally, I’ve always wanted to be closer to the wineries that Sonoma County has to offer. Petaluma is a solid choice if you want to have some city life but also want to be close to world class vino.
Did you know that Petaluma actually has its own AVA? The Petaluma Gap is the premier gateway to the Sonoma Coast and northern Marin County wine region. Designated on December 7, 2017 as the country’s newest American Viticultural Area (AVA), the Petaluma Gap is producing premium grapes that make the new AVA one of California’s best areas to grow primarily Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah grapes.
Here’s some of my favorite spots a short drive away:
3. The food scene is also a huge change from Marin and even San Francisco. New quality restaurants are opening up all over downtown and Sonoma County in general. Having access to the farms of Sonoma and their produce, makes all restaurants stand out for the quality of their food and service. You can find cuisines of all kinds like Japanese, Korean, Italian and many more. Meanwhile, Marin County is still stuck with mediocre Mexican, old school Italian and the occasional steak house.
I’ll post a separate newsletter about all the restaurants in the area, but for now here’s the list of some of my favorites:
4. Another amazing point of being in the North Bay is access to nature. Multiple hiking and running trails that are all over Sonoma will keep you busy for weeks. Lakes, rivers and mountains are all within an easy drive of downtown Petaluma. Most of the trails are dogs friendly as well so you can take the dogs with you for an adventure.
Helen Putnam Regional Park
Taylor Mountain Regional Park
Tolay Lake Regional Park
5. The SMART train has just opened up more stations in Marin making the commute back to Marin super easy. Jump on the train in downtown Petaluma and you’re in Larkspur in under 40 minutes. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s so much better than sitting in traffic for an hour. They’ve even added more trains to accommodate the new commuters.