If you’re moving to Napa say hello to vino, tourists, and gorgeous views every which way. Bustling with 5 million tourists a year, Napa is somehow able to maintain a small town feel. There are 300 wineries in the Napa Valley and so many more apartments awaiting your arrival. Let the searching (and the drinking) begin!
In many cases your deposit can be more than your rent, if not double. Yikes! Apartments range in price, but your search can be as laid back as the atmosphere in Napa and with the right amount of searching, you’ll be sipping Chardonnay in your new pad before you know it.
Downtown includes the Oxbow and Old Town neighborhoods. You will find a mix of housing styles in the downtown area: a studio in an old historic building, upscale apartments, and one bedroom rentals in old Victorian houses are all possibilities here. The Oxbow neighborhood is a pocket of downtown that’s on the verge of being the next hot spot. Oxbow Public Market, packed full of restaurants, wine shops, and gourmet specialty foods is the epicenter of the Oxbow neighborhood. You’ll know you’re in Old Town when you see streets lined with massive red woods.
North has a little less old school character than downtown. Four pockets of shopping centers can be found here, from older strip malls to brand new shopping centers.
Rolling hills and flowing wine are one reason why Napa is known as the Italy of the United States. There’s even a section of East Napa known as Little Italy.
Thankfully Napa’s flood project means this area will have far less Venice-style canals running through them during the rainy winter months. These days there are a combination of older rental properties and Queen-Anne style homes along side industrial and commercial properties. Outside of Little Italy, poolside views of Atlas Peak and the Sonoma-Napa Mountains will make you glad you chose to call East Napa home.
Spooning the Westwood Hills Park, you will find premium shopping outlets, older homes as well as apartment complexes (circa WWII) in the Westwood neighborhood.
South Napa has the master-planned community of apartments and homes in Sheveland Ranch, giving you the best of both worlds. In extreme South Napa you’ll find apartments within an arm’s stretch of yacht clubs and scenic views of the river.
Located west of St. Helena Highway, there's Browns Valley. Subdivisions are sprawling out like grape vines as we speak. Beautifully manicured yards with multiple-stall garages fill this valley. Browns Valley can be your go-to for a well maintained community.
Now that you've got the know-how on nabbing a great home in Napa, you better get studying—you may have more to learn about tasting notes, scores, and wine drinking etiquette than you think.