However, this once sleepy city has blossomed over the recent years and has its own very loyal fan base. I have several clients who will live no where else. The city attracts quite a few tourists and has quite a few constantly returning second homers, but still does retain a small town charm, a more laid back way of living.
The latest population number is around 5,300 with a very diverse ethnic mix. There are quite a few exciting restaurants, some wonderful shops, a year round farmer’s market and even a bit of nightlife. One of Calistoga’s biggest draws are the numerous spas with the revamped Indian Springs, upscale Solage and the soon to be built, super upscale Calistoga Hills Resorts. Calistoga Hills is for sale for a reported $75 million and supposedly has presales on half the private residences to be sold there. One other big draw, Old Faithful Geyser.
One very colorful tale I have always liked is how Calistoga was named. Back in 1850’s and 60″ when the area was bare land, Sam Brannen, a self made millionaire from his involvement with the railroads, bought up a good portion of the area due to his fascination with the hot springs there. He was always enthralled with the hot springs resorts in Saratoga, NY and wanted to do something similar here. Well, one night in a rather inebriated condition, he slurred his words and instead of saying a Saratoga of California, it came out as a Calistoga of Sarifornia. However it was named, it stuck.
Calistoga does have a very unique mix of homes. The most popular are these being on Cedar and Myrtle Streets within walking distance to downtown. There are also many very impressive estate homes, some with spectacular Valley views within a couple of minutes drive to town. The city is something a bit out of the past but has all the modern conveniences one could.
I would love to help you find the perfect Calistoga home and when we do talk, ask me about the Lighted Tractor Parade held here every December.
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