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northbay Mar 5, 2008 8:56 AM

santa rosa, ca: largest city in sonoma wine country/north bay (sf bay area): 300 pix!
some background:

santa rosa is the county seat of sonoma county in ca. as of jan 1, 07, the population was 157,985, making it the largest city in california's wine country and 5th largest in the bay area after san jose, san francisco, oakland and fremont.

more than 7.4 million visit the county as tourists each year.

not having to work - i grabbed my camera and my water bottle, and off i went to document my hometown as best as i could.

so yea, all photos are mine, and all were taken 03.04.08. theres actually a little less than 300, but there were over 400 originally.

my view from one of my windows: ah spring in the air


outside view

now off we go

first off, the mcdonald historic neighborhood

what, u didnt believe me?

the cathedral house


wanna play?

just drive slow please


symbiotic relationship

pedestrian cut-thru

my work: the neighborhood grocery - i believe it was in the movie 'scream' (but i havent seen it to be honest)

santa rosas rural cemetery - a popular dog walking destination

2 playing (or mating?)


the jc neighborhood - more mixed income than the mcdonald area


u can see the junior college

santa rosa high is directly adjacent to the jc

the j sizzle's parking garage

fountaingrove's million dollar hillside homes

some good views

the high skool next door

back on the ground

new library

each photo has an oak, man they make this campus beautiful

wait a second....

the clock tower is actually attached to the parking garage, how classy

heading downtown

another historic district

freeway widening (adding a carpool lane to the 101)

theres a lot of historic districts surrounding downtown - yup, that means no high-rises

more freeway construction inconveniences

new mixed-use completed!

a beauty

looking down where i just was

fountaingrove again

sonoma co museum


4th st

empire bldg

courthouse square

more 4th st

awaiting new development

fremont park

cancer survivors plaza

luther burbank savings

gift from sister city in s korea

ped walkway

more 4th st

3rd st

my favorite of the bunch: overview of courthouse square:

i see u!

ur tax dollars at work

city hall

7 stories up:



golden gate transit


i wonder if anybody actually goes out on one of those balconies?

traversos, and the mall behind it

cant get enough shapes

a 7-story deep cavern between bldgs

the greenway is on the left

majestic taylor mtn, a park at the head of the greenway is about to open

awning for nothing/nobody

state bldg

entrance to prince memorial greenway

santa rosa creek

the new park

a gathering/presentation at city hall

no caption necessary

round-a-bout cul-de-sac


i entered the complex from the top

water feature: overview

water feature: close-up

looking out of the gardens toward julliard park


peeking back into the gardens

new park

a water feature to play in?!?!?

construction during freeway widening

back out into the open sun

i think i see some balls!

a water-wall

a hotel of course

did someone die in there or something?

the metal shimmering sculpture (like the alhambra trucks)

railroad square historic district

railroad square

some of santa rosas best eateries are right here

omelette express is the bomb

so is sushi to dai for


future Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) line

santa rosa station (now a ca welcome center)

future mixed used development site


more freeway widening

old and new

4th st cut thru

looking out on 4th from the mall

looking down mendocino

looking up mendo

not quite tho safe to cross



5th st

ruined hillside

new development

enough walking 4 today, ill think ill skip the y

thanks for joining me!

Skyliner Mar 5, 2008 3:59 PM

I'm overwhelmed! Thanks for the tour and taking time to add so many photos in one post! What an interesting mixture of architectural styles. :)

BTinSF Mar 5, 2008 5:49 PM

It's so very . . . wine country.:cool:

Seriously, I can't even imagine how much work it was to upload all those. Thanks for doing it.

peanut gallery Mar 5, 2008 7:07 PM

Talk about leaving no stone unturned! It must have taken hours to put this together. Thanks for the effort.

I've wanted to visit the Luther Burbank Gardens since I saw Huell Howser do a show on it some time ago. Has it been updated? I seem to remember it looking more rustic.

stepper77 Mar 5, 2008 10:16 PM

What a great tour! I still have never made it to Santa Rosa, but, I knew a bunch of people who moved there for junior college. Downtown looks great and it's nice other neighborhoods as well.

northbay Mar 5, 2008 10:49 PM

thanks for the comments guys!


Originally Posted by peanut gallery (Post 3396792)
I've wanted to visit the Luther Burbank Gardens since I saw Huell Howser do a show on it some time ago. Has it been updated? I seem to remember it looking more rustic.

honestly, i hardly ever go to the gardens. the brochure says that a revitalization project was completed in 1992, featuring more "burbank-related plant material" and making structural repairs.

since were on this topic, let me include my favorite burbank quote (made when he first arrived in santa rosa in 1875):


"i firmly believe, from what i have seen, that this is the chosen spot of all this earth as far as Nature is concerned."

OhioGuy Mar 5, 2008 11:11 PM

Wow. I'm surprised I was able to view this thread. Usually photo threads this large freeze up my computer... but I think the picture size made it possible to not overload my computer and freeze it up.

Santa Rosa definitely looks like a nice area. I'd love to head there from some wine tasting. Thanks for the great photo tour! :)

Downtown Dave Mar 6, 2008 1:56 AM

Nice views of what looks like a nice place. Thanks! :)

sf_eddo Mar 19, 2008 7:20 PM

Santa Rosa looks so Colonial!

UCityGardener Mar 19, 2008 8:05 PM

It never ceases to amaze me how ugly California is. :jester:

Seriously, Santa Rosa is a beautiful place and it looks like you had a beautiful day to take those pics. I love the Charles Shulz statue and museum there.

BnaBreaker Mar 19, 2008 8:53 PM

Thanks for the tour! I've never seen Santa Rosa before. It looks like a very pleasant little city.

Buckeye Native 001 Mar 19, 2008 10:17 PM

Falcon Crest! ;) :tup:

sf_eddo Mar 21, 2008 10:29 AM

I'd also like to point out - Santa Rosa is also a relatively important regional transit hub, with four systems (Golden Gate Transit, Santa Rosa CityBus, Sonoma County Transit, VINE) meeting at their transit center, as well as various Airporters and shuttles.

northbay Mar 22, 2008 8:41 PM

^ thats right, sf_eddo. theres also santa rosa airport with commercial service to seattle, portland, la and las vegas (some of those flights wont start til april)

POLA Mar 22, 2008 9:59 PM

Cool shots. Thanks for sharing. I want to visit the burbank home; how easy is it to take public transit from the city to there? or should i just rent a car?

edluva Mar 22, 2008 10:39 PM

one of the things i love about norcal is the random conifers scattered about the landscape which you just don't see here in LA

boden Mar 23, 2008 12:00 AM

Enjoyed your post....good work!

northbay Mar 23, 2008 2:07 AM


Originally Posted by POLA (Post 3432883)
how easy is it to take public transit from the city to there? or should i just rent a car?

golden gate transit from transbay to santa rosa is like 2 hrs :yuck: (i think they have express ones during rush hour)

id rent a car ;)

micro Jul 16, 2008 9:13 PM

Looks nice, those pics give me holiday feelings...

QuarterMileSidewalk Sep 29, 2010 10:02 PM

Lovely city... I'd like to visit that part of the state sometime...

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