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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. 4 beds,  3 baths
    1,909 sqft   lot 11,325 sqft
    Listing provided by Chris Strange, Compass
    MLS 21905736
  2. 3 beds,  3 baths
    1,809 sqft   lot 4,791 sqft
    Listing provided by Luke Godfrey, Stumbaugh Realty Advisors
    MLS 21905716
  3. 4 beds,  3 baths
    2,569 sqft   lot 10,454 sqft
    Listing provided by Lauren Kraus, Coldwell Banker
    MLS 21905707
  4. 3 beds,  2 baths
    1,300 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    Listing provided by Tracy Persons, RE/MAX Gold
    MLS 21905667
  5. 4 beds,  3 baths
    2,261 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    Listing provided by Ellen Politz, Terra Firma Global Partners
    MLS 21905681
  6. 4 beds,  3 baths
    1,959 sqft   lot 4,791 sqft
    Listing provided by Patrick Saumure, The New Home Company
    MLS 21905644
  7. 6 beds,  4 baths
    2,842 sqft   lot 5,662 sqft
    Listing provided by Jim Smith, Realty One Group FOX
    MLS 21905645
  8. 5 beds,  3 baths
    2,472 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    Listing provided by Pat Molinar-Jeffers, RE/MAX Gold-Vallejo
    MLS 21905623
  9. 4 beds,  3 baths
    1,763 sqft   lot 6,969 sqft
    Listing provided by Keli Ude, eXp Realty of California, Inc
    MLS 21905628
  10. 3 beds,  2 baths
    1,352 sqft   lot 6,969 sqft
    Listing provided by Michelle Stanley, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21905669
  11. 4 beds,  3 baths
    2,429 sqft   lot 6,969 sqft
    Listing provided by Patrick Saumure, The New Home Company
    MLS 21905012
  12. 5 beds,  5 baths
    3,053 sqft   lot 4,356 sqft
    Listing provided by Robin Stucker, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21905621
  13. 2 beds,  1 bath
    820 sqft   lot 5,662 sqft
    Listing provided by ELLEN LYNCH, BHG RE RELIANCE PARTNERS
    MLS 21905633
  14. 3 beds,  3 baths
    1,507 sqft   lot 5,227 sqft
    Listing provided by Sheri Hamada, Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific
    MLS 21905562
  15. 2 beds,  1 bath
    762 sqft   lot 6,969 sqft
    Listing provided by Brock Ford, Century 21 Schutjer Realty, Inc
    MLS 21905585
  16. 5 beds,  5 baths
    4,325 sqft   lot 10,454 sqft
    Listing provided by Steven Wiley, Bay Area Real Estate Group
    MLS 21905389
  17. 2 beds,  2 baths
    1,462 sqft   lot 4,356 sqft
    Listing provided by Cheryl Wood, Wood Real Estate
    MLS 21905588
  18. 3 beds,  2 baths
    1,218 sqft   lot 5,662 sqft
    MLS 40857126
  19. 3 beds,  2 baths
    1,056 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    Listing provided by Shirley Barklow, Century 21 MM
    MLS 21905380
  20. 3 beds,  2 baths
    1,018 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    Listing provided by Brandon Yager, Yager Realty of California
    MLS 21905573
  21. 3 beds,  2 baths
    1,218 sqft   lot 5,662 sqft
    Listing provided by ERICA MARR, COMMUNITY REALTY & INVESTMENTS
    MLS 21905572
  22. 3 beds,  2 baths
    1,593 sqft   lot 4,791 sqft
    Listing provided by Thomas Rapisarda, Rapisarda Real Estate
    MLS 21905524
  23. 3 beds,  2 baths
    1,768 sqft   lot 9,626 sqft
    MLS 40857081
  24. 3 beds,  2 baths
    1,768 sqft   lot 9,583 sqft
    Listing provided by Renee Jordan, Jordan Real Estate Group - RE/MAX Gold
    MLS 482346
  25. 4 beds,  3 baths
    2,548 sqft   lot 5,662 sqft
    Listing provided by Debbie King, KB Home
    MLS 21905544
  26. 4 beds,  3 baths
    2,273 sqft   lot 5,662 sqft
    Listing provided by Debbie King, KB Home
    MLS 21905537
  27. 3 beds,  2 baths
    1,768 sqft   lot 9,583 sqft
    Listing provided by Renee Jordan, Jordan Real Estate Group - RE/MAX Gold
    MLS 21905423
  28. 4 beds,  3 baths
    2,058 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    Listing provided by Debbie King, KB Home
    MLS 21905525
  29. 3 beds,  2 baths
    1,630 sqft   lot 5,227 sqft
    Listing provided by Sally Royce, Exp Realty of California Inc
    MLS 21905448
  30. 2 beds,  1 bath
    1,205 sqft   lot 6,534 sqft
    Listing provided by Joe Brasil, Coldwell Banker B of V-Napa
    MLS 21905491
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