Vallejo, California Information
Vallejo is in Solana County, California in the San Francisco Bay area. It was the state capital in 1852 and then again in 1853. The sulfur springs in the area attracted the early European settlers. It offers a Mediterranean climate with average December and January temperatures ranging from 38° to 57° and average July and August temperatures ranging from 53° to 82°.
Vallejo, California Details
The oldest section of the city is on the west side. The east and west streets in that area are named after United States Navy battleships that are named after states. Words like north, south, and new have been omitted from the street names. The streets are in order of the date the battleships were commissioned. The north and south streets are named after the counties in California. The alleys are named after old car companies. There are three historic districts on the west side: the Saint Vincent’s Hill Historic District, the Old City Historic District, and the Bay Terrace subdivision. The Bay Terrace subdivision was built in 1918 as housing for WW I Mare Island Naval Shipyard workers. It consists of 126 single-family homes, semi-detached two-flat homes, and semi-detached two-family homes. It was originally named Georgetown after the designer, George W. Kelham, who was a student of Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of Golden Gate Park, Central Park, and Boston’s “Emerald Necklace”. The houses were built by the United States Housing Corporation. Most of the subdivision still exists with about two-thirds of it in original condition. The houses were built in Colonial Revival Style to give the subdivision a harmonious look. However, fifteen versions of the six basic plans kept the houses from looking like duplicates.
The east side consists of “manor neighborhoods,” including Steffan Manor, Skyview Terrace, Granada Hills, Somerset Highlands, and Northgate.
On the north side, there are more subdivisions, such as College Hills, College Park, and Country Club Crest, which is referred to as “Crest Side” by local rappers. The Chabot Terrace subdivision, built in the 1940’s, was a wartime government subsidized housing project. The Lofas-Lakeside subdivision was built in the 1950’s by contractor, B. W. Williams and was the first African-American subdivision in the city.
The south side includes the original 1800’s settlement of “Sandy Beach,” which were originally fishing shacks. The Winslow House, built in 1860 by George Greenwood and bought by Isaac Winslow in 1891, is the oldest known house in the city. The Starr Mansion, built in 1869 by Abraham Dubois Starr, is also on the south side and is now serving as a bed and breakfast. Much of the housing on the south side was built in the 1980’s and includes higher-priced housing.
The area was originally inhabited by Native American Patwin tribes such as the Coastal Miwok and the Suisunes. Then all of the California territory came under the control of Spain from 1769 to 1821. After gaining its independence, Mexico gained control of the territory in 1821. The city and surrounding areas were part of the 84,000-acre (340 km) Rancho Suscol Mexican land grant to General Mariano Guadelupe Vallejo by Governor Manuel Micheltorena in 1843. In 1846, Anglo immigrants revolted against Mexican rule of the territory in what was called the Bear Flag Revolt. The General was imprisoned at
Sutter’s Fort, and the territory became part of the United States. The General subsequently supported the annexation and became a leading advocate for California’s statehood. He was then elected to the California Senate, and the city was named after him. Nearby Benicia is named in honor of his wife, Francisca Benicia Carillo de Vallejo.
Population and Real Estate Facts and Figures
The U. S. Census Bureau states that there are 121,253 people and 41,216 households in Vallejo. The city’s population is comprised of 87.4 percent with a high school degrees or higher and 24.5 percent with a Bachelors degree or higher. It has a median household income of $57,028 and a per capita income of $26,087.
In April 2010, 44,443 housing units existed in the city of which 56.4 percent were owner-occupied. From 2011 to 2015, the median value of the owner-occupied housing was $231,700. With a mortgage, the median monthly cost of that housing was $1,837 in the same time period. Without a mortgage, the median monthly cost of that housing was $399 in the same time period. The median gross monthly rent from was $1,216 in that time period.
Places to See and Things to Do in the Vallejo, California
• Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
• San Francisco Bay Ferry
• Empress Theatre
• Mare Island and the Mare Island Naval Shipyard
• McCune Rare Book and Art Collection
• NorCal Pirate Festival
• Dan Foley Park
• Blue Rock Springs Park
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