Petaluma | Westside

West Side is a gem of Californian living wrapped in historic buildings and community-forward lifestyles.

Welcome to the Westside of Petaluma

historic downtown wrapped in progressive, contemporary living
Rising from either side of the Petaluma River, Petaluma unfurls with tree-lined streets and attractive architecture. Found on the west of Highway 101, the Westside of town is a gem of Californian living wrapped in historic buildings, community-forward lifestyles, and an all-encapsulating progressive ambiance perfectly blending the historic downtown with modern life. Between a mild Mediterranean climate and picturesque streets, Petaluma appeals to young professionals and families alike.
Charted in 1858, Petaluma holds the title as one of California’s oldest cities. Boasting both fertile land and prime locations during the gold rush of the mid-19th century, Petaluma’s history was a blueprint for the uniquely historical and contemporary surroundings it’s surrounded by. Both one of California’s oldest cities and a modern oasis of upscale living, this area is a premier Petaluma neighborhood. 
Nestled in Sonoma County, Petaluma as a whole is dotted with stunning architectural styles, but the Westside is truly a class unto itself between its historic downtown and fine home architecture. The atmosphere is defined by striking Victorian, Mediterranean, and Spanish styles, all supported by new, contemporary homes, giving the entire area a shining reputation. Families and young professionals are proud to call this side of town their home. 

Things to Love

  • Flourishing dining and retail scene
  • Emphasis placed on green spaces and community
  • Top schools perfect for setting your kids up for success

Local Lifestyle

The Westside of Petaluma thrums with progressive, vibrant energy throughout both its historic downtown and residential area. Surrounded by a modern vibe paired with sophisticated surroundings, the people here are highly educated, with a majority holding college degrees. In addition, many are employed in private sectors such as information communications technology, consumer products, healthcare, life science, and advanced manufacturing. Poised in an ideal location surrounded by other major cities such as San Francisco, Sacramento, and San Jose, Westside Petaluma’s atmosphere is more than inviting. It’s a welcome breath of fresh air. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Home to a historic downtown brimming with iconic local shops, stylish boutiques, and refreshing restaurants, West Side has more than enough to offer. Surround yourself with invigorating company and delicious homespun cuisine throughout the neighborhood.
Eclectic Della Fattoria is the perfect place for a light lunch, coffee, or flowers, and baked goods as this café offers it all — even thirst-quenching mimosas. Or make the evening a stand-out affair with a reservation at Central Market, where you’ve never experienced farm-fresh, organic choices as good as these.
The infamous Sol Food in San Rafael is now in the midst of opening a new location in downtown Petaluma - one of the up and coming premier evening experiences since you can not only sit down among friends and enjoy delicious and authentic Puerto Rican fares but also a top-tier atmosphere. On the other hand, the casual Creole-American cuisine at Water Street Bistro is unparalleled, especially with the cozy space and waterfront views.
Relax under the Californian sun with a reservation at Brewsters Beer Garden, a picturesque spot perfect for any occasion - and is pet friendly! Complete with nightly live music, delicious menus, and the privilege of being voted Sonoma County’s premier late-night destination, SPEAKEASY is a number-one local establishment.
Fine wine takes on a whole new meaning at the sophisticated La Dolce Vita Wine Lounge, which boasts not only the judgment of a highly experienced and internationally renowned wine judge but also the perfect wine for every event. Or, enjoy swanky cocktail seafood restaurant The Shuckery Oyster Bar, where community and class coalesce to create the ideal environment.

Things to Do

From Petaluma’s cultivated sophistication to its cutting-edge community, there’s never a dull moment. The people of West Petaluma relish any opportunity to enjoy the neighborhood, whether through a festival or a locally organized event. 
Rivertown Revival is the pinnacle of hometown pride since its annual July celebration of “our town, community, and the mighty Petaluma River” is a showstopper perfect for everyone. Entertainment, food vendors, and water activities all make up this iconic local celebration of culture. Lending itself well to West Side’s charming small-town energy, the Butter & Egg Days Parade and Festival is full of festivities honoring the area’s history of being a veritable “egg basket” of fertile land and agriculture.
Spend the evening at the dynamic Lagunitas Beer Circus, whose lively atmosphere pairs perfectly with any of their unique taps and live music performances. Of course, there’s no better way to enjoy the taste of community than by visiting the Petaluma Walnut Park Farmers Market, located in one of the area’s many green spaces.


Inquire within for more information on all of the wonderful schools West Petaluma has to offer - we will help guide you in a direction that will work best for your family and your children!

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