Calistoga is the northernmost town in Napa Valley. It is located 8.5 miles north of St. Helena in between Highway 29 and the famous Silverado Trail. If you keep going north from Calistoga, you eventually run into Alexander Valley and Healdsburg.
As the weather in the Napa Valley gets more extreme as you go further north, Calistoga typically sees the hottest days in the summer and the coldest nights in the winter throughout the valley. Calistoga was a famous healing ground to the Wappo Indigenous people during the 18th century and today boasts a number of spas and natural hot springs that tourists and locals flock to. The town (2.6sq miles) of 5,300 people is a couples retreat heaven and is one of the most peaceful places to live in the Valley. Fast food franchises have been legally banned in Calistoga which is a testament to how important preserving the history and values are to the town. When you first get into Calistoga on Highway 29, the first establishment you see is Busters Southern BBQ- a local staple. Calistoga is also home to Chateau Montelena, the winery famous for winning the 1976 blind tasting in France which ultimately led to elevating Napa Valley onto the world stage of wine producing.
People are drawn to Calistoga for its almost mountain-town feel. It has a variety of real estate options, including modern subdivisions to charming craftsman cottages. The median home value at the end of 2016 was $608,000, with+6.01% 12mo appreciation.
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