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Welcome To Rohnert Park

Welcome to Rohnert Park, CA – “The Friendly City”! This Rohnert Park Real Estate page is designed to keep you up to date on the current homes for sale in Rohnert Park! Check back frequently, as the listings are updated directly from MLS in real time.

Rohnert Park is centrally located in the heart of Sonoma County and in the middle of the North Bay. It brings together everything you want and need in a place to live and work. Because of it’s central location, one can easily reach many points of interest:

  • North: Wine Country and recreation, the Russian River Valley, Armstrong Redwoods State Park
  • South: San Francisco and Marin County, Muir Woods, Angel Island
  • East: Sonoma and Napa Wine Country, Sonoma Raceway
  • West: the beautiful Sonoma Coast including Bodega Bay, Jenner and Pt. Reyes National Seashore, for great seafood or scenic walks on the beach

A little more about Rohnert Park Real Estate

Unlike most cities, Rohnert Park was designed as a “planned city.” The unique design makes the town fairly easy to navigate. And the defined “sections,” add additional ease for understanding the real estate layout for housing developments.

Housing sections in Rohnert Park are typically divided up by the alphabet. Such as, in A Section, all the street names begin with A (for example: Alma, Anson, Alta, Allan, etc.) Although that rule gets a little confusing when the street name is two words. For example, Santa Alicia, Santa Dorotea or Santa Cruz. Santa Alicia is in A section and Santa Barbara is in B section. However, Santa Cruz is not in C section, but rather S section. Confused yet? There is also a random “tree” section (that include names like Sequoia and Amberwood).

We can then explain that while A and B sections are the oldest sections (meaning they were the first neighborhoods built), that is where the chronological order stops. Locals know all these nuances and new comers quickly learn. However, if you are new to Rohnert Park and we have thoroughly confused you, simply reach out to us. We would be happy to break it all down for you!

A Little History

Taken partly from Wikipedia:
Originally home of the Coast Miwok native people, the Mexican government granted Rancho Cotate to Captain Juan Castaneda in July 1844 for his military services in the region. The grant encompassed present-day Penngrove, Cotati and Rohnert Park. “Cotate Rancho” is a part of the Vallejo Township which is the plain between Sonoma Mountain and Petaluma Creek San Pablo Bay, and an east and west line dividing the tract from Santa Rosa Township.” In 1849, Dr. Thomas S. Page, of Cotati, bought Rancho Cotate. Over time, the property was broken up and sold off piecemeal to incoming settlers.

The town of Rohnert Park is named after the Rohnert family, which owned the Rohnert Seed Farm. Back in 1929, a successful businessman, Waldo Emerson Rohnert (1869–1933), a native of Detroit, Michigan, purchased a large ranch in the area and minimized flooding in the fields with a crude drainage system. He died shortly thereafter. Then, his son, Fred Rohnert, a graduate of Stanford Law School, took over the ranch and developed a seed growing business, the Rohnert Seed Farm, which became a major horticultural success for the county.

In 1956, only four adults resided within the district boundaries. Later, in 1956 and 1957, with the U.S. Route 101 Freeway recently completed at the Cotati bypass, Rohnert Park began to be laid out and built as a planned city. Finally, in a summer election in 1962, Rohnert Park was incorporated, comprising 1,325 acres (536 ha), housing an estimated 2,775 persons. It was the first town to incorporate in Sonoma County since 1905. The neighboring town of Cotati, California, voted to incorporate the following year.

Considering a move to Rohnert Park? Contact Amanda & Jerry Arend, the Rohnert Park Real Estate specialists!