If you're looking for some affordable real estate in the Bay Area, there's a good chance you'll find an excellent place in Santa Rosa. There are plenty of housing options priced around the city's median home value of $540,600, with almost 60% of all listings in the $400-$749k price range. The rest of the real estate market is almost evenly split between more affordable homes in the $200-$399k range and premium properties valued at $750k+.
Renting is also relatively cheaper compared to the rest of the region. Although the median rent cost of $1,600 is on par with other Bay Area cities, you can find a very similar number of rentals in several price ranges, including $1,000-$1,499, $1,500-$1,999, and $2,000+. Since the city has excellent renting and buying options, the number of households living in their own homes is only slightly higher than the number of renters, which is unusual for a suburb.