7.1 out of 10

Central Napa

38.2976880606671 -122.290226079856
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
Not great for
  • Public Transport
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
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Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"The Heart of Napa"

Central Napa is big enough that you could practically consider it to be three neighborhoods rather than one. For the most part Central Napa is a middle class neighborhood filled with older ranch style homes dating to the 1950’s. This gives the neighborhood somewhat of a rundown feel in spots.

At the same time this feels like the heart of the Napa. There are, for example at least a half dozen holy institutions here, from the Lutheran Church, Catholic parish and Jewish Temple.

There are also a number of schools here, including the very high rated New Technical High School and some private schools as well.

A number of businesses are also located in this neighborhood, including everything from mechanics to a pilates joint.

This is the place to go if you want to eat out in Napa whether you decide to go with super classy (and expensive) French restaurant like La Toque or just for some tacos at Tacos Michocan. There are a number of ethnic food restaurants here from Chinese to sushi to Italian (Oenotri). So you do not have to get out of Napa to find some quality dinner spots.

Napa is not particularly known for its nightlife, but there are some bars here beyond the wine bars that you might expect. You have Henry’s Cocktail Lounge here for example, Stone’s Sports Bar and Silo’s Wine and Jazz Club.

The neighborhood also exhibits a bit of variety on its southern end where homes have docks on the back and where home owners keep their motorboats.

And of course, one cannot leave this neighborhood without mentioning the Wine Train that has its station here. Overall, this is the active heart of Napa. Although catering mainly to tourists, the area does have a number of offerings for locals as well.
Pros
  • Very Good Restaurants
  • Affordable Homes
  • Good Schools
Cons
  • A Bit Rundown in Spots
  • Overly Touristy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish

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