The primary crop now raised in the quiet Grace neighborhood is children and families, but when the 10-block parcel in northwest Santa Rosa was owned by Irish emigrant Thomas Grace and his family, it was best known for prune plums. Grace’s descendants, some of whom still live nearby, remember playing in the orchards before houses began replacing them in the 1940s. Today most homes reflect the ranch style so popular in post World War II days, filling a narrow swath that stretches from Bryden Lane up the hillside to Woodbrae Lane.
Grace is thought of as a good place to raise a family, with well maintained ranch homes, manicured lawns and strong neighborhood schools. Pacific Market, Safeway and other stores are within walking distance, the McDonald Historic District and the Rural Cemetery are to the west.
WHO LIVES THERE
Median age of the residents in 2010 was 39, with a median annual income of $50,000. Half were families that averaged 2.5 members. More than 85 percent had at least a high school education, and about 58 percent owned their own homes.