Santa Rosa is the 3rd least affordable US city for retirees, according to study
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312 Orangewood Drive, Healdsburg - $545,000
2 beds, 2 baths, 1,080 square feet. Year built: 1965. Lot size: 3,750 square feet.
Senior special: Located in the River's Bend 55+ community, this well-maintained home comes with shared access to a pool, gym, clubhouse, bocce court and walking/biking trails. Click further to take a peek inside. (Photos courtesy of BAREIS MLS. Property listed by Michael Viani, Redfin. MLS# 22033576)
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Home is where the hearth is: A fireplace warms the living room in this open concept living space.
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Interior: An eat-in kitchen with custom cabinetry.
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Sweet dreams: A spacious bedroom with French doors that open onto a backyard patio.
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Backyard bliss: A cute-as-a-button yard with a small garden and a patio.
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3 Temelec Circle, Sonoma - $510,000
2 beds, 2 baths, 1,008 square feet. Year built: 1965. Lot size: 7,000 square feet.
Historic charmer: This mid-century home enjoys shared access to historic Temelec Hall's pool, library, kitchen, fitness room and community garden. (Photos courtesy of BAREIS MLS. Property listed by Rita Alonso, Keller Williams Realty. MLS # 22018498)
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Indoor/outdoor living: Interior and exterior living spaces seamlessly flow together via a sliding glass door.
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Cook's domain: A combined kitchen/dining room for preparing culinary delights.
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Exterior: This home boasts not one but two flagstone patios with ample space for entertaining outdoors.
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115 Wisteria Circle, Cloverdale - $464,900
2 beds, 2 baths, 1,088 square feet. Year built: 1998. Lot size: 5,174 square feet.
Northern neighbor: This darling single-story home is located in Cloverdale's Del Webb 55+ community. (Photos courtesy of BAREIS MLS. Property listed by Kathleen Seibel, Coldwell Banker Realty. MLS # 22031249)
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Foodie's delight: A cook's kitchen with a gas stove at 115 Wisteria Circle.
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Interior: One of two comfortable bedrooms at 115 Wisteria Circle.
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Exterior: Room for a small garden or barbecue set in the backyard at 115 Wisteria Circle.
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9453 Oak Trail Circle, Santa Rosa - $659,000
2 beds, 2 baths, 1,671 square feet. Year built: 2013. Lot size: 6,220 square feet.
Oakmont getaway: Situated in Santa Rosa's Oakmont active living community, this Wine Country home enjoys shared access to three recreation centers, two golf courses, tennis, swimming and more! (Photos courtesy of BAREIS MLS. Property listed by Jolene Cortright, Century 21 Valley of the Moon. MLS # 321007082)
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Family matters: An inviting living room ideal for entertaining grandkids with a fireplace, plantation shutters and plenty of natural light.
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Bonus round: A modern kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances and a gas stove.
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King of the castle: A spacious master suite with room for extra-large furniture.
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Ooh la la luxury: The master suite walk-in closet at 9453 Oak Trail Circle.
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144 Valley Oaks Drive, Santa Rosa - $679,000
3 beds, 2 baths, 1,692 square feet. Year built: 1972. Lot size: 8,002 square feet)
Renovation Station: This Oakmont Redwood model home was remodeled by Synergy Group in 2017. Click further to take a peek inside. (Photos courtesy of BAREIS MLS. Property listed by Andrew de Vries, Berkshire Hathaway-Franciscan, MLS # 321005595)
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Go with the flow: A wide-open great room with combined spaces for cooking, dining and relaxing.
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Gourmet retreat: A stylish chef's kitchen with a wine fridge, gas stove, stainless steel appliances and a large central island.
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Romantic escape: A large master suite with a private bathroom at 9453 Oak Trail Circle.
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Exterior: The home at 9453 Oak Trail Circle comes with two inviting patios and a finished garage.
According to a recent report by the website AdvisorSmith Santa Rosa is the third least affordable mid-size city in the nation for retirees. But, it’s not just Santa Rosa that’s expensive, Ukiah and Napa also ranked high on the list of small cities.
The study used Census data to find metropolitan statistical areas with average or high populations of retirement-aged residents (16.4% and up of the overall population). They then cross-referenced this data with their own cost of living index, “which provides information about the cost of necessities such as housing, transportation, food, and other living costs,” to create a ranked list.
For prospective home buyers, this is data may not come as a surprise.
Sonoma County’s median home price is currently $715,000, a number inflated by an uptick in luxury home sales in recent months. For retirees on a fixed income, finding “affordable housing” is a long-running issue.
The good news, if there is any, is that some communities in Sonoma County still have “affordable” housing options for seniors.
Click through our gallery above to explore some of the homes priced under the county median for those age 55 and up.