A farming community known for its apple orchards planted in Gravensteins and now grapevines, Sebastopol is a small family-oriented town of orderly older homes. Horses graze just a few blocks from Main Street, and cars brake for chickens brazenly crossing the road. The natural beauty, proximity to the rugged Sonoma coastline and Russian River redwood corridor are just some of the reasons to buy a home in Sebastopol. To promote Sebastopol living, a series of walking tours lead by the mayor take residents through local gardens, art galleries, downtown neighborhoods, and the Laguna Wetlands Preserve.
Close to the Sebastopol business district, 100-year old Craftsman bungalows predominate. In the countryside, custom homes on properties with vineyards, apple orchards, redwoods, and streams are available. To promote the sustainable farming and locavore movement, Sonoma County Farm Trails, an agrotourism and farm-marketing group offers tours of farms, ranches, and vineyards around Sebastopol.
Schools in Sebastopol have achievement scores that consistently rank in the top 20th percentile of California public schools.