7.1 out of 10

Browns Valley

38.3096252096359 -122.336341567092
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  • Schools
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parking
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  • Nightlife
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  • Gym & Fitness
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"Relaxed and Rural but Not Too Exciting"

Browns Valley, a neighborhood on the west side of Napa, is one of those rare communities that has managed to hold onto its rural identity even as it boasts all the hallmarks of modern suburban life.

While the neighborhood has its requisite housing subdivisions and streets dotted with retail stores, a drive out Browns Valley Road will take you past 100-year-old farmhouses and weathered barns that refuse to be ignored. The land was once cow pastures and orchards, and the old and new now peacefully coexist.

This tony neighborhood is home to Connolly Ranch, a 12-acre educational site on Browns Valley Road that showcases chickens, geese, goats, cows, and donkeys. Down the road is the John E. Brown house, built before the turn of the last century and once home to the area’s eponymous settler.

Opposite Woodlawn Drive is a little-noticed stone marker declaring that in 1911 the “public-spirited citizens” of the area were “the first people in California to vote a direct tax upon themselves for building a macadamized road” — at the time a modern improvement on dusty dirt streets. (Can you believe it? Folks proud of taxing themselves for a civic improvement!)

Today, Browns Valley Road remains the neighborhood’s lifeline, not least because it offers easy access to another local institution, Browns Valley Market. The grocery opened 32 years ago and remains popular and crowded. Adjacent to it is another favorite, Browns Valley Yogurt & Espresso Bar.

Browns Valley Elementary School helps draw young families to the area. The school earned an overall state Academic Performance Index score of 838 out of 1,000 in 2012.

Homes in the neighborhood range from townhouses selling for $220,000 to custom-built estates that fetch $3 million and higher.
  • Relaxed
  • Rural Feel
helis The commemorative marker for the macadamized road has now been moved to Century Oaks Park. More visible to the passer-by walking into the park from Browns Valley Road. No more townhouses in the $200's. You are lucky if you can find one in the low $400's. Nice area to live.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5

"Country living in a cute neighborhood"

Browns Valley is a great neighborhood. Most of my clients put this on their neighborhood wishlist.

When you are in browns valley you are a far from downtown and the hustle and bustle of the community. This area is based on the foothills of the western side of the valley (we share this mountain with sonoma, but you wouldn't be able to walk to sonoma:) The mountains are so green and beautiful in the fall and spring, during the summer it is great for hiking!
There are some of the best pre-schools and elementary schools in this area, you can walk your kids to schools or coffee!

There are great parks here, a fun farm for kids and the annual pumpkin patch!! I love this area :)

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