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New Solar Townhomes At Round Barn In The Scenic Russian River Valley

Round Barn by City Ventures is a new community of solar-powered townhomes in Santa Rosa’s desirable Fountaingrove neighborhood.  Surrounded by natural beauty and a gateway to the scenic Russian River Valley, the Santa Rosa setting in Sonoma County is just 45 minutes north of San Francisco.  The region is one of California’s top food and wine destinations, home to more than 425 wineries ranging from rustic to regal.  Hike among towering redwoods, cruise along the rugged Pacific coastline and get to know inviting towns.

Sonoma County is the new heart and soul of California wine country and has gone from a weekend escape for many to home a growing number of full time residents eager to trade the crowds of San Francisco, the East Bay and Silicon Valley for the natural wonders and farm to table lifestyle of living in wine country. In February, single-family home sales in Sonoma rose 8.5% from the same time the previous year*, as supply hit record lows.

Undoubtedly the pandemic has changed perspective on how we live, especially with the growing acceptance by employers of remote workplaces. Professionals can now widen their net to include buying a home further afield, and northern Santa Rosa in the Russian River Valley is allowing many to afford owning a new home for less per month than what they were previously paying in rent.

Unlike its pricey urban neighbors, the Santa Rosa area is an affordable place to live, with the median single-family home priced from the $720,000s.  At communities like Round Barn by City Ventures in the Fountaingrove neighborhood of Santa Rosa, home buyers can find new farmhouse-style, solar-powered, three- and four-bedroom townhomes with amenities like a pool, trails, great schools, and wide open views of the surrounding hills priced as low as the high $500,000s, making living here a very attractive alternative for young people, retirees and even those just wanting a convenient second home in the wine country.

In addition to solar panel system included in the price, energy savings features can be found in NEST Thermostats, ENERGY STAR appliances and a pre-plumbed ALL-ELECTRIC car charging station.  Farmhouse-style architecture offers decks, private courtyards and two-car garages, while community amenities include a pool, spa, cabanas, a playground and garden area, with trails, parks, great schools, and wide open views of the surrounding hills.

“The attainable and sustainable lifestyle here in the heart of the wine country makes Round Barn a very attractive alternative for young people, retirees and even those looking a second home,” said Phil, Kerr, CEO at City Ventures.  “Buyers who have always wanted the Russian River Valley lifestyle, but have been tied to their desk in the City and are now free to find more space at a better price here in wine country. These homes are built for the future, being some of the most energy efficient on the market.”

The proximity to verdant vineyards dotting the golden rolling hills cannot be overstated. Santa Rosa is smack dab in the heart of Sonoma wine country at the southern end of the Russian River Valley. Renowned for its sterling viticulture, the region draws budding wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike to sample the grape. These fine vintages can be found in the wonderful array of restaurants and pubs in nearby Healdsburg, Sebastopol, Calistoga and downtown Santa Rosa.

Santa Rosa has seen a renaissance with pedestrian-friendly Fourth Street, full of lively outdoor entertainment, art galleries, unique shops, and even wellness events such as outdoor yoga. South of A Street (SOFA) with its coffeehouses, art galleries and experimental theater has an artsy vibe while Old Town is ideal for antiquing in lovely historic buildings that date back to 1906.

Recreational pursuits are also in abundance with easy access to the Sonoma Coast and the Russian River as well as local and regional parks like Armstrong Redwoods National Preserve, Howarth Park, Spring Lake and Annadel State Park. Locally referred to as “Central Park”, Annadel is comprised of three lakes including a reservoir and includes everything from trails for horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking, to tennis and softball courts, par course fitness circuit, boating rental, an animal barn, pony rides, a simulated 1863 C.P. Huntington steam train, and last but certainly not least, the “Land of Imagination” play area for kids.

For those contemplating a move from the frenetic city life to a relaxed state of mind in a natural setting, Santa Rosa and the Russian River Valley are much more than the sum of their parts. Just 55 miles north of San Francisco and a world away from the challenges of urban living, Santa Rosa and its surrounding towns offer easy access to the City by car or, increasingly by SMART train and ferry, for those days when one still needs to go into the office.

So go ahead and dream of a life where you can ride through vineyards, hike the coast, or paddle down the Russian River. Go to the farmers market in the morning and to bed at night with nothing but the soft whisper of a breeze lulling you to sleep. Work from your home office, and enjoy the fact that, now for less than you were paying in city rent, you have your own home with a two-car garage and plenty of extra space to invite friends up for late harvest wine tasting. The options are endless.

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*California Association of Realtors, February Home Sales and Price Report.