Welcome to Napa County
Napa has a rich history and is deeply immersed in a culture that celebrates food and wine. The county offers the perfect environment for people who enjoy sophisticated fine dining restaurants, smaller cafes and bistros, superb wine makers, and locally based shopping in a spectacular setting. The residents enjoy a warmer climate and slower pace than the rest of the Bay Area, and are surrounded by a great deal of open space and natural beauty, all the better to enjoy the bounty of the local wineries and farms.
While the Napa Valley has a history in agriculture beyond grape growing, it is now known almost exclusively for wine. The primary wine growing regions are Calistoga, St. Helena, Oakville-Rutherford, Yountville, and Napa. The county has a total of 16 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs). Roughly 700 grape growers and 475 wineries make more than 1,000 different brands of wine. Family owned wineries account for 95 percent of the Valley’s wineries. The wine industry employs 46,000 people in the county. Other major employers include healthcare providers and the varied businesses in hospitality and tourism, including full service spas and hotels, and smaller bed and breakfasts and inns.
Land conservation has garnered a lot of attention in the last several years. The Land Trust of Napa County has worked to preserve land in concert with its residents and businesses, and has protected 50,000 acres since 1976. Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument was formed in 2015, adding an enormous swath of protected open space to the wilderness north of Lake Berryessa and Putah Creek. As a result, Napa will continue its tradition of stewarding the land and protecting it for future generations.
The lay of the land
Napa County is tucked between Sonoma and Solano, and sits directly above San Pablo Bay. Mount Saint Helena, part of the Mayacamas Mountains running through the county, is the second tallest peak in the Bay Area at 4,344 feet. Lake Berryessa stretches along the northeastern region. The city of Napa anchors the wine region, with Highway 29 heading north through the charming towns of Yountville, Oakville, St. Helena, and Calistoga, while Vichy Springs, and Atlas are further east along 121. A few towns are scattered in the interior county, including Pope Valley and Spanish Flat.
At 141,667 residents (according to the U.S. Census’ 2014 estimate), Napa County has by far the smallest population in the Bay Area. Given that it ranks fourth in size (at 748 square miles), the county has a lot of open space. More than half of the people live in the city of Napa (79,068 residents, according to the U.S. Census’ 2013 estimate).
The county has three highways (29, 121 and 128). VINE Transit buses provide public transportation.
The award-winning Napa public school system has 20,252 students in 49 schools over five districts. A variety of Catholic, parochial, secular, and other independent schools also serve the area.
Higher education options include Pacific Union College in Angwin, a four-year college, and Napa Valley College, a two-year community college with campuses in Napa and St. Helena.
For local history buffs, more than 80 buildings and structures are on the National Register of Historic Places in Napa County, including the French Laundry in Yountville, Mount View Hotel in Calistoga, Napa Opera House, and the Culinary Institute at Greystone, which was once the Christian Brothers Winery. The county is steeped in history, and living among sites such as these makes it possible to step back in time.
Many of the smaller towns have thriving art scenes with local galleries and theaters, such as the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater in Yountville.
The city of Napa is the cultural heart of the county and home to the Napa Valley Wine Auction, a big fundraising event for local charities, The Napa Valley Film Festival, and The Oxbow Public Market in Napa, which is a 40,000 square foot marketplace with food vendors, cafes, and organic and produce markets.
The Bottlerock Festival is a relatively new and wildly popular three day event at the Napa Expo with more than 70 musical acts performing among a celebration of music, food, wine, and brew.
Napa County is known for its hot springs, and has a long history of offering therapeutic dips in the water to visitors in search of some pampering. Calistoga Springs, Soda Springs, and Aetna Springs are the best known. Upscale full service spas such as Auberge du Soleil and the Carneros Inn cater to locals and visitors alike.
The Napa Valley Wine Train is a fun option for visitors and residents alike.
For outdoor enthusiasts, the Napa Valley Vine Trail is under development. Once it is completed, residents will have access to a network of bicycling and walking trails.
A state of the art skate park is under construction, and is slated to open in late 2015.
The great outdoors
For the water lovers, Lake Berryessa is well known for water sports as well as hiking, bicycling and picnicking. Pleasure Cove Resort and Marina and Oak Shores Day Use Area are popular lake destinations. The Napa River is a great spot for paddling and canoeing.
Hikers are in luck. Robert Louis Stevenson State Park in Calistoga is one of several parks providing trails for exploring forests and canyons, including a hike to the top of Mt. St. Helena, where sweeping views of the valley are not to be missed.
If you’re looking for more than hiking, consider Skyline Wilderness Park, an 850-acre wilderness area in the southeast, with trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, or Bothe Napa Valley State Park, which has wonderful hiking, camping, and swimming spots among the coastal redwoods. Both spots have picnic facilities too.
Cities Located in Napa County
- American Canyon
- Deer Park
- Pope Valley
- St. Helena
$749,0004 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths1,996 sqft lot 4,591 sqftWalk Score® 7Listing provided by Joe Brasil, Coldwell Banker B of V-NapaMLS 21711940
$4,495,0003 beds, 2 full baths1,828 sqft lot 3.60 acWalk Score® 0Listing provided by Joel Toller, Coldwell Banker BofV ST HelenaMLS 21711113
$779,0004 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths2,004 sqft lot 6,660 sqftWalk Score® 21Listing provided by Carolyn Roberts, Coldwell Banker B of V-NapaMLS 21711886
Open House3 beds, 1 full bath1,072 sqft lot 7,672 sqftWalk Score® 42Listing provided by Lisa Imhoff, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway RealtyMLS 21709612
$799,0003 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths2,353 sqft lot 10,315 sqftWalk Score® 3Listing provided by Brad Seaman, Zephyr Real EstateMLS 21701022
$1,650,0003 beds, 2 full baths1,984 sqft lot 22,216 sqftWalk Score® 28Listing provided by Kurt Bakken, Bradley Real Estate - NapaMLS 21711888
$4,950,0004 beds, 4 full, 2 half baths4,224 sqft lot 4.33 acWalk Score® 0Listing provided by Grace Lucero, Vanguard PropertiesMLS 21711219
$359,0002 beds, 1 full bath848 sqft lot 1,342 sqftWalk Score® 53Listing provided by Betty Martinez, Century 21 ExclusiveMLS 21711585
$4,250,000Open House3 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths2,929 sqft lot 1.34 acWalk Score® 0Listing provided by Henry Schlangen, Terra Firma Global PartnersMLS 21711645
$850,0005 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths2,839 sqft lot 6,338 sqftWalk Score® 80Listing provided by Kelli Marchbanks, Coldwell Banker B of V-NapaMLS 21711499
Open House3 beds, 1 full bath987 sqft lot 6,874 sqftWalk Score® 48Listing provided by Mari Johnson, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/Wine Country GroupMLS 21709879
$835,000Open House4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths2,028 sqft lot 5,127 sqftWalk Score® 7Listing provided by Robert Beckstrom, Pacific Union InternationalMLS 21711599
$765,000Open House3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths2,101 sqft lot 8,111 sqftWalk Score® 20Listing provided by Dotty Hopkins, Keller Williams Napa ValleyMLS 21711733
$589,000Open House2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths1,542 sqft lot 1,063 sqftWalk Score® 9Listing provided by Kelli Marchbanks, Coldwell Banker B of V-NapaMLS 21711442
$497,500Open House2 beds, 1 full bath1,060 sqft lot 6,700 sqftWalk Score® 84Listing provided by Jerry Pujals, Coldwell Banker B of V-NapaMLS 21711527
$1,295,000Open House4 beds, 2 full, 2 half baths3,421 sqft lot 12,227 sqftWalk Score® 3Listing provided by Jerry Pujals, Coldwell Banker B of V-NapaMLS 21711554
$597,500Open House3 beds, 2 full baths1,666 sqft lot 6,316 sqftWalk Score® 39Listing provided by Jerry Pujals, Coldwell Banker B of V-NapaMLS 21711513
$469,0003 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths1,502 sqft lot 4,321 sqftWalk Score® 20Listing provided by Joe Brasil, Coldwell Banker B of V-NapaMLS 21711672
$625,0003 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths1,754 sqft lot 14,649 sqftWalk Score® 0Listing provided by Amber Payne, Terra Firma Global PartnersMLS 21711466
$599,0005 beds, 3 full baths2,822 sqft lot 12,192 sqftWalk Score® 17Listing provided by CINDY KWONG, PRIME REALTY & INVESTMENTSMLS 21711615
$1,650,000Open House2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths1,230 sqft lot 4,273 sqftWalk Score® 65Listing provided by Ryan Nemeyer, Coldwell Banker B of V-NapaMLS 21708750
$595,0003 beds, 2 full baths1,886 sqft lot 1.21 acWalk Score® 23Listing provided by Jeff Veness, Heritage Sothebys International RealtyMLS 21711492
$274,9003 beds, 2 full baths2,004 sqft lot 9,801 sqftWalk Score® 0Listing provided by Stacey Spears, Century 21 M&M and AssociatesMLS 21711572
$1,420,000Open House3 beds, 2 full baths2,058 sqft lot 11,435 sqftWalk Score® 24Listing provided by Vincent Ruggiero, Portofino Realty AdvisorsMLS 21710616
$625,0003 beds, 1 full bath1,064 sqft lot 12,301 sqftWalk Score® 18Listing provided by Connie Johnson, Heritage Sothebys International RealtyMLS 21711502
$495,0003 beds, 2 full baths1,684 sqft lot 10,925 sqftWalk Score® 0Listing provided by CeCe Short, California Outdoor PropertiesMLS 21711485
$2,895,0004 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths3,139 sqft lot 15,642 sqftWalk Score® 2Listing provided by Barry Berkowitz, St. Helena Real EstateMLS 21710831
$628,000Open House3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths2,472 sqft lot 21,094 sqftWalk Score® 0MLS 40782473
$299,0005 beds, 2 full baths1,524 sqft lot 13,538 sqftWalk Score® 0Listing provided by Denise Kilker, Century 21 North Bay AllianceMLS 21711469
$525,0004 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths2,569 sqft lot 17,076 sqftWalk Score® 0Listing provided by Amber Payne, Terra Firma Global PartnersMLS 21711306
Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Copyright 2017 Bay Area Real Estate Information Services, Inc. All Right Reserved.
The data relating to real estate for sale on this website comes in part from the Internet Data Exchange program of the MLSListings™ MLS system. All real estate listings in the MLSListings MLS system are marked with the MLSListings Internet Data Exchange icon (a stylized house inside a circle), and detailed information about them includes the names of the listing brokers and listing agents.
Listing information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. Listings last updated 5/26/17 5:31 AM PDT.
Copyright 2017 MLSListings Inc. All rights reserved.
Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed
Listings on this page identified as belonging to another listing firm are based upon data obtained from the SFAR MLS, which data is copyrighted by the San Francisco Association of REALTORS®, but is not warranted.
This Real Estate IDX is (c) Diverse Solutions 2017.