Hills, vineyards, towering redwood groves, and majestic oaks surround the city of Cotati's unique, downtown hexagonal square. La Plaza Park and its bandstand hosts a Kids' Day Annual Parade and Festival, a summertime farmers' market, and the Cotati Jazz Festival. Cotati's local flavor can perhaps best be experienced at the quirky Cotati Accordion Festival, which attracts thousands of aficionados of the instrument to La Plaza Park for a weekend of all things accordion.
To maintain its small-town feel, Cotati residents – which total nearly 8,000 - voted in the 1990s to curtail growth by forbidding any annexation of land beyond a fixed urban boundary line. That ensures Cotati will remain a quiet residential community though it has also added to the surge in home values where the median home currently goes for $600,000 with a starting out expectation of $400,000. You will occasionally see homes for sale in Cotati’s outlying areas with prices climbing into to $1-2 million range, provided they have some acreage.