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Cities with the most expensive homes in the Santa Rosa metro area

Purchasing a home is one of the most important investments there is. More than a place to live, homeownership is an asset with the potential to tremendously rise in value. But with home prices reaching record heights, affordability plays a huge role for buyers. High mortgage rates are also making monthly payments more expensive; as… Keep Reading

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Waitlist for housing voucher in Santa Rosa includes nearly 3,000 households. Here’s what to know as lottery opens

Individuals in need of local affordable housing can apply to join the Santa Rosa Housing Authority’s waitlist for Section 8 housing vouchers starting next month. The waitlist, however, currently includes almost 3,000 households, officials said. Heads of households or single applicants over the age of 18 can submit an application, beginning June 1, to be… Keep Reading

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1-bedroom house with pool sells for $480,000 in Santa Rosa

A spacious house located at 470 Millbrae Avenue in Santa Rosa has a new owner. The 7,705-square-foot property, built in 1946, was sold on Feb. 24, 2023, for $480,000, or $62 per square foot. The property features one bedroom, one bath, a detached garage, and two parking spaces. It sits on a 3.5-acre lot, which… Keep Reading

Sonoma County campus to house homeless tents

County staff have selected a parking lot at 2550 Ventura Ave. on the County Government Center campus as the location for an emergency shelter site where space for up to 90 tents will be provided for homeless individuals to live temporarily while transitioning into permanent housing.The parking lot sits between Permit Sonoma and the Board… Keep Reading

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Santa Rosa Minority Home Ownership Better Than National Average

Santa Rosa is behind the state average, but better than the national average when it comes to minority home ownership. A study by Construction Coverage puts our minority home ownership gap 20 percentage points behind white home ownership. Minorities in Santa Rosa have a home ownership rate of 49-percent while the white home ownership rate… Keep Reading

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Sonoma County outlines new blueprint to boost housing supply

Facing a looming state deadline it is likely to miss, Sonoma County is advancing a new housing plan that would ground new projects near the region’s urban centers but could also spur development along parts of the lower Russian River and Alexander Valley. The plan, called a housing element, identifies nine areas across unincorporated Sonoma… Keep Reading

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Mobile homes bolster Sonoma’s affordable housing stock

When Moon Valley Residential Community lowered the age restrictions for mobile home residents from 55+ in 2009, Robert Caldwell became one of the first of a younger generation to benefit from the affordable home model. When the Index-Tribune met Caldwell, he was putting away Christmas decorations from his double-wide manufactured home that he bought for… Keep Reading

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