8.9 out of 10


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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
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  • Schools 5/5

"Coveted, Majestic & Quaint - Proctor Terrace & McDonald Areas"

How did this get named SOS??? Unless it is for Super Often Sought after area... Typically a hard area for people from "outside" Santa Rosa to understand, but after you are here you get it! This can better be broken down into 2 neighborhoods: The Mcdonald Area with its' historic mansions dating back to the 1870's including the famous Mableton House on McDonald Ave is where local "old money" goes. There are both majestic and casual homes that follow the tree lined streets about, but casual does not mean cheap, expect to pay $600,000-$700,000 for a quaint 1600sqft home with an average yard. Mcdonald avenue (the original main street) is an eye popper for good architecture and excellent stewardship of these prized homes. The larger ones are typically 3000-5000 sqft. with large yards, period details and a local who's who list of occupants. Currently there is a very desirable home on a double lot across the street from the mansion for $1.8 million. It has been lovingly updated but still very true to its' heritage and like most of the substantial homes on the avenue it has a sizable basement as well. The area is also widely known for the extensive/illustrious Halloween celebrations where you will find a "real treat" for the senses each year (if you go, be prepared for crowds, noise, fun and keep your little ones close bye as it can get packed with wall-to-wall people).
The other part of this area (between Bryden & E. Foothill) is commonly referred to as The Proctor Terrace area due to the elementary school by the same name being located here. This school represents well and has so for decades with its' vaunted parental support and true "walk-ability" from around the homes in the area. Within this area there are sub-areas (Grace Tract and Town & Country) which are usually just thought as being under the "greater area name". Pacific Market is gracefully poised within the neighborhood and offers an amazing butcher shop, quaint coffee stand, a "Sandy's" Take-n-bake pizza as well as Carmen's Burger Bar (neighborhood favorite). Homes in the Proctor Terrace Area vary from 1100 sqft. to 3400 sqft. with most being of the 1600-2200 sqft. size. Primarily a neighborhood that evolved with custom built homes in the 50's and early 1960's people love the dependability, serenity & charm. You will find a very high owner occupied ratio as well. Some homes have been (although you may not be able to tell from the street) exceptionally/luxuriously remodeled and yet there are others that are likely candidates for this. We have personally lived in and remodeled 5 homes ourselves in this area.
  • Pride of ownership
  • Historic neighborhood
  • Get the coffee in hand and the dog on the leash and go for a walk here
  • Pricey per/sqft

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