Southeast Petaluma Apartments near Petaluma Marina
About Our Neighborhood
A popular choice of filmmakers for its quaint "Americana" style, and located near the dramatic Sonoma coastline, wineries, majestic redwoods and the Petaluma River, this thriving town offers something for everyone. Rich in history, Petaluma has had many names over the years. From the language of native Americans in the area more than 5,000 years ago, Petaluma means "Valley of the Little Hills," or 'City of Little Hills". Over the years it has also been known as "One of California's Largest Cities" (during the 1860s), it then earned the distinction of the "World's Egg Basket" (especially during the depression when meat was scarce across America), then it received the moniker of "Telecom Valley".
A picturesque town brimming with village character and unique charm, Petaluma offers its residents the experience of a soothing refuge from the bustle of nearby San Francisco. Quality essentials are anchored throughout the town, providing good schools, fine dining and shopping, as well as a host of services designed to make life easier.
- Petaluma was named by Travel & Leisure Magazine as one of the "Nation's Top Ten Getaways Near A Major City".
- Latitude 38, (the boater's bible) hails Petaluma as one of the "Bay Area's Top Ten Leisure Boating Destinations" (Beside an esplanade on the encircling docks and the Water Street Riverwalk attractions, there is tie-up space for watercraft, in addition to fishing and kayaking).
- In 2001, Petaluma was labeled "Best Home Town in California" by www.epodunk.com.
- Festivals.com christened Petaluma's Butter & Egg Days' celebration of its agricultural industry and parade, "The Best Festival in the World".
- Due to the city's commitment to its urban forest and city parks, Petaluma also proudly claims the designation of "Tree City U.S.A." (There are over 700 acres of parks and open space, and 33 actual parks within the city itself).
- Petaluma is also known as the "Restaurant Capital" (as it is the home to over 140 restaurants).
- Petaluma schools have a statewide reputation for excellence and have won awards at the local, state and national level.
- Downtown has over 60 historic buildings and over 600 businesses.
- Annually there are three parades, a quilt show, two antique street fairs, Santa's Riverboat Arrival and Holiday Horse & Antique Wagon Procession.
- A farmer's market filled with an abundance of vegetables, fruit, crafts and Waterfront Jazz, Music in the Parks and other planned recreational activities cultivate Petaluma's reputation as a true community.