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Moving to Santa Rosa / Sebastopol area too!
Posted November 13th, 2012 - 7:02 pm by from Madison, United States (Permalink)
Dear Sonoma County Surfers!!

Like some others here, I too am moving to California and have looked on craigslist and other sites for a room to rent and am having a bit of trouble finding anything in the Santa Rosa/Sebastopol area (that's why I joined this group to hear the locals' wise suggestions!) almost everything advertised is over 30 mins away from where I plan to move and I won't have a car for a year once I make the move.

I'm moving there to change my surroundings (been living in Madison, WI for over 15 years!) and explore the city. Been there twice and I enjoyed how relatively calm it is and to start new artistic ventures (I'm a dancer, Capoeira instructor and choreographer, acrobat, writer, and multilingual). Any tips, anyone, or good places to look?



Posted November 14th, 2012 - 7:27 pm by from Cotati, United States (Permalink)
Hey there,

Other places to look would be Rohnert Park and Cotati which neighbor (within 10 to 15 minutes) of either Santa Rosa or Sebastopol. If you give me a better idea of exactly where you need to be and what things you need ... like public transportation, I can be of better help. I've lived in all of the above places mentioned and more, especially in Sonoma County. When do you plan to make your move?

Hope I can help!

Posted November 17th, 2012 - 4:46 pm by from Madison, United States (Permalink)
Hey Thanks, Marlene!

It would depend on where I get hired, but something around Sonoma Ave. zip 95405 would be ideal. Or if you have suggestions on what a good, cheap place I could get where there is plenty of transportation options I'm all about it! Someone suggested the arts district in Santa Rosa -- know anything around the area? Alternatively I'm looking around 95409 Montecity Blvd. Any ideas are much appreciated!

Thank you for your kindness and willingness to help, Marlene!

Posted November 18th, 2012 - 10:00 am by from San Rafael, United States (Permalink)
Unfortunately, Santa Rosa has few transportation options. 15 years ago I lived on Sonoma Ave.,(as it happens) and covered a lot of needs on bicycle, but I would not recommend that now, as traffic is much worse (and winter makes it much worse). City bus system is very weak. I'm not saying everyone needs a car, but if you are looking for work and probably hopping from gig to gig, this is a very hard area to be without wheels.

San Francisco and Berkeley have car-sharing systems, plus there are more opportunities in the arts in close proximity to public transit. Nothing like that in the North Bay, though.

Posted November 19th, 2012 - 5:09 am by from Petaluma, United States (Permalink)
Hello, Alan! Just read your comment about the "poor" transportation options in Santa Rosa, and I can't quite agree with you. I haven't had a car for years and I get along very well with the bus system. You just need to get all the schedules for Santa Rosa and Sonoma County, and you'll find you can get most anywhere quite easily. Be
sure to always have a good book with you, because there is often some waiting between rides, but I live in Petaluma and I've been getting around fine all over the county as well as elsewhere. So don't fret and try a little harder and you'll find it is quite do-able. Look in the phone book for the Santa Rosa and Sonoma County bus numbers and have them send you some schedules. They are often also available on most busses, but you'll have to board one to find them! I find it fun and quite convenient to get around by bus. So good luck and enjoy! Dina Angress, Petaluma.

Posted November 25th, 2012 - 1:05 am by from Madison, United States (Permalink)
Hey there Alan -- thanks for your feedback! Currently I also am looking for a cheap car that I can buy once I move here, especially now that I have a broken foot for the next two months or so and I won't be going crazy after it's all healed up. I am currently out of town but will continue my search once I'm back! I'm pretty set on Santa Rosa / Sebastopol for the time being :)

Posted November 30th, 2012 - 4:12 am by from Cotati, United States (Permalink)
Hey there!

Well, most places that have a bus route close to the hubs like downtown or Coddingtown work for reliable bus transportation. Transportation on the whole isn't that great in our county compared to San Francisco which runs buses 24 hours and has BART subway/rail type transportation.

I do like the areas you are speaking of. And if I were to move back I would be looking at those areas. I'm not sure what area someone meant about the art area of Santa Rosa.

Finding a cheap car may or may not be easy to find as you may need to travel many places to find the right one. The last inexpensive car I bought was from a lady up in Healdsburg, which from Santa Rosa is a half hour drive or up to an hour or more bus ride. Let me rephrase that about the car, as an inexpensive and reliable car.

Before I got a car when I was a kid in high school I used the bus system to get all over the county, so if you are patient and plan ahead this may not be a bad option. My neighbor who is in his 20s and works in Santa Rosa doesn't seem to mind how long the commute on the bus takes (I think a half hour to a full hour). Driving it would be about 15 minutes.

And as Alan mentioned many people car share so to speak, and are "green" here. Many are always willing to ride share or go places together. Depending on the company you work at will even compensate you for ride sharing or using public transportation.