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Solano County

Welcome to Solano County

Solano County occupies a unique spot in the Bay Area counties. It bridges the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley, presiding over the junction of Suisun Bay and the Sacramento Delta. The county provides residents with the best of both worlds, opening up all of the recreational options the Delta offers, as well as the amenities, employment, and recreational opportunities in the greater Bay Area.

Solano County is growing quickly. It has more room for growth than the other counties. Residents are drawn to ample, affordable housing. The people who live here enjoy a vibrant county with warm weather, rolling hills, and the bounty that comes with the climate. Seasonal farmer’s markets sell local produce. The dining scene is becoming more ethnic and sophisticated, as locals want more variety. The county offers a wonderful blend of old and new. Rio Vista maintains the slower vibe of a river town. Benicia creates a sense of history, with its Victorian architecture, and brief former role as the capitol of the state. Suisun has a redeveloped waterfront with a public marina and promenade. Meanwhile, rapidly growing areas such as Vacaville and Fairfield create new opportunities and traditions.

Locals have the option of commuting to other Bay Area centers of industry and office parks, or they can take advantage of local industries. Agriculture is a main industry here, with more than 80 different crops and animals grown and raised. The county is one of the leading producers in the state for Sudan grass hay, sheep, and lamb.

The lay of the land

Solano County sits to the east of Napa County across Suisun Bay from Contra Costa County. It is also bordered by Yolo, Sacramento, and Contra Costa Counties.
The county covers 909 square miles and is the third largest Bay Area County with the third smallest population, with 431,131 residents (according to the U.S. Census’ 2014 estimate). Fairfield is the county seat. Vallejo is the largest city in Solano County, while Rio Vista is the smallest.

Getting around

Solano County has a network of smaller highways and major freeways running through it (80, 680, 12, and 160). Public Transportation options include SolTrans and FAST Transit buses. Vallejo does have a ferry line connecting it to the San Francisco Ferry Building.

Local highlights

The Solano County Office of Education oversees seven school districts serving 68,000 students in 100 schools. A variety of private Catholic, parochial, and independent schools also serve the area.

For higher education, Solano Community College has four campuses: Fairfield, Travis Air Force Base, Vallejo, and Vacaville. The California Maritime Academy in Vallejo has a long history in the area and was the first maritime school in the West. It is now part of the state school system, filling a special niche within the system.

The county has several museums that reflect a community once dominated by the Navy and the Air Force as well as Vallejo and Benicia’s roles in the early days of the gold rush. The Travis Air Museum, Benicia Historical Museum, and Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum give history buffs a chance to glimpse what life was like in a different time.

Other museums worth visiting include the Western Railway Museum between Rio Vista and Suisun City, which highlights the history of the railways in the west and offers rides in restored trains and streetcars, and the Rio Vista Museum, which looks at the history of life on the Sacramento River halfway between the Capitol and San Francisco.

Mare Island was once a bustling shipyard, which served the needs of the U.S. Navy for 142 years before closing in 1996. The island is in a transitional phase, with development possibilities being discussed while restoration efforts are currently underway.

More than 25 spots are listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Solano County, including Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Other places of note include the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park in Benicia, the Bird and Dinkelspiel Store in Birds Landing, Vallejo City Hall in Vallejo, and the USCGC Storis, a light icebreaker and cutter that served in the Coast Guard for more than 60 years.

Shiloh Wind Power Plant in the Montezuma Hills captures the winds that come off the bay and head toward the Delta, some of the strongest in the area.

For creative and performing arts Solano has a thriving art scene represented by several local theatres. The Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre is the largest in the area, followed by the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts. Performers include the Vallejo Symphony, Vallejo Musical Theatre, and Solano Winds Community Concert Band. Pepperbelly’s Comedy & Variety Theatre in Fairfield is another option.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is a theme park in Vallejo. It has roller coasters, water rides, and animal attractions, and is a popular destination for families.
The Jelly Belly Factory in Vacaville is a working factory that’s open to the public, giving tours and selling jelly beans, including the popular “belly flops” by the bag.

The great outdoors

San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge and Grizzly Island Wildlife Area have opportunities for bird watching and investigating marsh, mudflats and wetlands.

Benicia State Recreation area looks out at the water facing south, and is an ideal spot for bicycling, running, and walking.

Lynch Canyon Open Space is a joint operation between the county and the Solano Land Trust, and has hiking trails and picnic spots among the hilly grasslands.

Sandy Beach Park in Rio Vista is a camping and boating park along the shore of the Sacramento, and offers nice views for a picnic.

Lake Solano Park is in the northernmost part of the county, and is a nice spot for camping, kayaking, and fly fishing. It sits east of Putah Creek State Wildlife Area and Lake Berryessa.

Cities Located in Solano County

  •  American Canyon
  •  Benicia
  •  Birds Landing
  •  Dixon
  •  Elmira
  •  Fairfield
  •  Isleton
  •  Rio Vista
  •  Suisun City
  •  Vacaville
  •  Vallejo
  •  Walnut Grove
  •  Winters

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  1. Photo of 500 Evelyn Circle, Vallejo, CA 94589 (MLS # 21803653)
    3 beds,  3 baths
    1,522 sqft   lot 9,147 sqft
    Listing provided by , HomeCoin.com
    MLS 21803653
  2. 3 beds,  3 baths
    1,592 sqft   lot 5,662 sqft
    Listing provided by , Century 21 M&M and Associates
    MLS 21803652
  3. Photo of 150 Rodeo Court, Vallejo, CA 94589 (MLS # 21803645)
    3 beds,  3 baths
    1,500 sqft   lot 5,227 sqft
    Listing provided by , RE/MAX Gold
    MLS 21803645
  4. Photo of 230 Magnolia Drive, Rio Vista, CA 94571 (MLS # 21803647)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,864 sqft   lot 5,227 sqft
    Listing provided by , The Kelly Company
    MLS 21803647
  5. Photo of 131 Santana Drive, Vacaville, CA 95687 (MLS # 21803634)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,080 sqft   lot 5,662 sqft
    Listing provided by , Carrington Real Estate Services (CA)
    MLS 21803634
  6. Photo of 1003 Westwind Way, Suisun City, CA 94585 (MLS # 21803631)
    4 beds,  2 baths
    1,532 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    Listing provided by , Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21803631
  7. Photo of 503 La Jolla Street, Vallejo, CA 94591 (MLS # 21803628)
    3 beds,  1 bath
    966 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    Listing provided by , RE/MAX Gold
    MLS 21803628
  8. Photo of 1040 Florida St, VALLEJO, CA 94590 (MLS # 40810817)
    2 beds,  1 bath
    1,536 sqft   lot 6,534 sqft
    MLS 40810817
  9. Photo of 317 Elder Street, Vacaville, CA 95688 (MLS # 21803572)
    3 beds,  1 bath
    938 sqft   lot 4,791 sqft
    Listing provided by , Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21803572
  10. Photo of 844 Capitol Street, Vallejo, CA 94590 (MLS # 21803597)
    2 beds,  1 bath
    1,274 sqft   lot 3,049 sqft
    Listing provided by , Mark Miller Real Estate
    MLS 21803597
  11. Photo of 6743 Bucktown Lane, Vacaville, CA 95688 (MLS # 21803094)
    4 beds,  3 baths
    3,602 sqft   lot 15.82 ac
    Listing provided by , Intero Real Estate Services
    MLS 21803094
  12. Photo of 1520 Sutter Street, Vallejo, CA 94590 (MLS # 21803529)
    2 beds,  1 bath
    962 sqft   lot 3,049 sqft
    Listing provided by , RE/MAX Gold
    MLS 21803529
  13. Photo of 2786 Peppertree Drive, Fairfield, CA 94533 (MLS # 21803561)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,400 sqft   lot 7,405 sqft
    Listing provided by , Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21803561
  14. Photo of 268 Bald Eagle Drive, Vacaville, CA 95688 (MLS # 21803589)
    5 beds,  3 baths
    2,225 sqft   lot 6,534 sqft
    Listing provided by , KW Vaca Valley
    MLS 21803589
  15. Photo of 167 Jennifer Lane, Vacaville, CA 95687 (MLS # 21803602)
    4 beds,  2 baths
    1,470 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    Listing provided by , Help-U-Sell Capital City
    MLS 21803602
  16. Photo of 7266 Pleasants Valley Road, Vacaville, CA 95688 (MLS # 21803612)
    4 beds,  2 baths
    2,142 sqft   lot 5.47 ac
    Listing provided by , eXp Realty of California, Inc
    MLS 21803612
  17. Photo of 376 Shadow Creek Drive, Rio Vista, CA 94571 (MLS # 21803606)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,673 sqft   lot 6,534 sqft
    Listing provided by , Shafer Real Estate
    MLS 21803606
  18. Photo of 2198 Cedarbrook Drive, Fairfield, CA 94534 (MLS # 21803598)
    3 beds,  1 bath
    1,040 sqft  
    Listing provided by , Vogelpohl Real Estate Consulting and Sales
    MLS 21803598
  19. Photo of 630 Wilmington Lane, Rio Vista, CA 94571 (MLS # 21803588)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,364 sqft   lot 6,534 sqft
    Listing provided by , Shafer Real Estate
    MLS 21803588
  20. Photo of 251 Darley Drive, Vallejo, CA 94591 (MLS # 21803268)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,757 sqft   lot 6,969 sqft
    Listing provided by , BHHS Drysdale Properties
    MLS 21803268
  21. Photo of 5333 Bayridge Court, Fairfield, CA 94534 (MLS # 21803580)
    4 beds,  5 baths
    3,913 sqft   lot 41,382 sqft
    Listing provided by , SIRealty Inc.
    MLS 21803580
  22. Photo of 100 Gardiner Way, Rio Vista, CA 94571 (MLS # 21803478)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,429 sqft   lot 9,583 sqft
    Listing provided by , Maxim Properties
    MLS 21803478
  23. Photo of 107 Lexington Drive, Vallejo, CA 94591 (MLS # 21803531)
    3 beds,  3 baths
    2,023 sqft   lot 6,969 sqft
    Listing provided by , Century 21 Schutjer Realty, Inc
    MLS 21803531
  24. Photo of 648 Hawk Drive, Vacaville, CA 95687 (MLS # 21803567)
    3 beds,  3 baths
    1,657 sqft   lot 7,405 sqft
    Listing provided by , Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21803567
  25. Photo of 133 Marble Street, Vallejo, CA 94589 (MLS # 21803556)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,966 sqft   lot 5,662 sqft
    Listing provided by , RE/MAX Gold-Vallejo
    MLS 21803556
  26. Photo of 550 Yellowstone Drive, Vacaville, CA 95687 (MLS # 21803533)
    3 beds,  3 baths
    1,820 sqft   lot 7,840 sqft
    Listing provided by , Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21803533
  27. Photo of 3024 Papin Place, Vacaville, CA 95687 (MLS # 21803532)
    4 beds,  3 baths
    3,562 sqft   lot 8,712 sqft
    Listing provided by , Team 1 Realty
    MLS 21803532
  28. Photo of 719 I West Street, Benicia, CA 94510 (MLS # 21803516)
    3 beds,  3 baths
    2,016 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    Listing provided by , Hughes Realty - The Eco Broker
    MLS 21803516
  29. Photo of 1040 Florida Street, Vallejo, CA 94590 (MLS # 21803600)
    2 beds,  1 bath
    1,536 sqft   lot 6,534 sqft
    Listing provided by , Realty ONE Group BMC Assoc
    MLS 21803600
  30. 5 beds,  3 baths
    2,301 sqft   lot 6,534 sqft
    Listing provided by , David Realty
    MLS 21803524
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