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It’s not by chance that Petaluma has been able to retain its wholesome, small-town atmosphere. The city set in place a thoughtful plan of time-controlled growth management back in the 1970s that has helped protect the city’s charming character and green spaces. This kind of vision has resulted in downtown Petaluma’s Historic Commercial District, which is on the list of the National Register of Historic Places. This vibrant, classic downtown is just over a mile from Aspect.
History and creativity live side by side in downtown Petaluma. You’ll find block after block of unexpected delights. Architectural gems (many buildings pre-date the 1906 earthquake), house boutiques, antique stores, galleries, wineries, cafés and bistros. The renovated art deco Hotel Petaluma is now a tasting room for local products: wine, craft brews, cheese, olives and olive oil, charcuterie and chocolate. Historic theaters serve as great concert and performing arts venues. The streets provide an engaging backdrop for frequent events: antique fairs, the annual Eggs and Butter Days, brewing competitions and more. This downtown is so picturesque; it’s often selected as a film location. (Fun Fact: Petaluma High School appeared in both American Graffiti and Peggy Sue Got Married.)
Fans of the great outdoors will flourish at Aspect. Sailing or kayaking on the Petaluma River, hiking or mountain biking in nearby Helen Putnam Regional Park, watching for Great Herons or Snowy Egrets on the wetland trails at Shollenberger Park, strolling back through time at the Petaluma Adobe State Park, or climbing the rocky trails of Sonoma Mountain—it’s all close to home at Aspect.