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Creekside's History and Landscaping

Creekside Village
History
Creekside Village was conceived by Fisher Development, Inc. as a stylish senior community to be constructed in the 1980s along Rodgers Creek southwest of Sonoma. On 29 acres adjoining the somewhat older Temelec development, on land once intended as a golf course, some 313 homes were built between 1981 and 1989 on variants of six mostly two-bedroom floor plans, along with a pond, clubhouse, pool, common areas, open spaces and extensive walking paths. For reasons of affordability, each home was sited on a small lot and surrounded by a redwood fence for privacy.
 
From the very beginning, the developer made two far-sighted decisions which still define Creekside’s appearance today. All our homes are distinctive A-frames in style and painted in neutral colors. And all our streets, walking paths and public spaces are adorned with exquisite and diverse landscaping, all maintained by our HOA.
 
To learn more, you may wish to read this nostalgic Creekside history, perhaps written as a sales promotion in the 1990s.
 
 
Landscaping
From its beginning in the early 1980s, Creekside was destined to be a lovely place. For reasons of affordability and privacy, it was conceived with a fence around every house; that left a narrow, clearly defined open area to the sidewalk, an area that could be planted lavishly, without grass, and maintained by the HOA. 
 
Creekside's original landscape design was created for Fisher Development in 1980 by Michael Painter (1935-2018), a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Among his notable projects in the Bay Area are the AT&T Administrative Center, the Genentech Campus, the HP Corporate Headquarters, and the Great Highway/Ocean Beach Reconstruction.    
 
In 1987, Fisher Development began the second phase of Creekside Village, working with the award-winning St. Helena landscape architecture firm, Jonathan Plant & Associates Inc. Plant's many northern California projects, commercial and residential, include the French Laundry, Far Niente Winery, Freemark Abbey, and Stag’s Leap.
 
Early on, there was talk placing an attractive CREEKSIDE VILLAGE sign on Avenida SebastianI as you enter Creekside from Arnold Drive. In 1988 the firm of landscape architect Anthony Guzzardo in San Francisco drew at least two plans but neither was ever built. You can see them here and here.
 

 
Temelec
Many Creeksiders are ardent walkers. They transit Creekside streets, sometimes just the Crocus Drive loop or sometimes directly to a particular destination such as the pond. But they often start in Creekside and do a full circle through the adjacent community of Temelec, the origins of which are described in the same 1990s history linked above.
 
Of particular interest in Temelec is the old Carriage House. This structure, located across the street from 220 Temelec Circle and now adjacent to a large vineyard, was built in 1858 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Walkers often identify it as the Garage or the Stables or the Barn. But historically, this structure is the Temelec Carriage House. In December of 2020, the Sonoma Index-Tribune ran this lovely feature about the Carriage House.