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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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    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,520 sqft   lot 4,791 sqft
    Listing provided by , Better Homes and Gardens/BAHAY Co
    MLS 21722711
  2. Photo of 3511 Norwalk Place, Fairfield, CA 94534 (MLS # 21722621)
    5 beds,  3 baths
    2,392 sqft   lot 9,147 sqft
    Listing provided by , 3Tree Realty, Inc
    MLS 21722621
  3. 3 beds,  3 baths
    1,863 sqft   lot 3,049 sqft
    Listing provided by , DeNova Home Sales Inc
    MLS 21722710
  4. Photo of 1079 Portofino Avenue, Vacaville, CA 95687 (MLS # 21722461)
    3 beds,  3 baths
    1,229 sqft   lot 2,613 sqft
    Listing provided by , ReMax 108
    MLS 21722461
  5. Photo of 3163 Puffin Circle, Fairfield, CA 94533 (MLS # 21722688)
    4 beds,  3 baths
    1,717 sqft   lot 3,049 sqft
    Listing provided by , Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific
    MLS 21722688
  6. Photo of 1107 Azuar Avenue, Vallejo, CA 94592 (MLS # 21722490)
    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,208 sqft   lot 2,178 sqft
    Listing provided by , Napa River Realty
    MLS 21722490
  7. Photo of 912 Monticello Court, Vacaville, CA 95688 (MLS # 21722641)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,212 sqft   lot 7,405 sqft
    Listing provided by , McGuire Capital Group Realty
    MLS 21722641
  8. Photo of 724 Whispering Bay Lane, Suisun City, CA 94585 (MLS # 21722565)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,559 sqft   lot 6,969 sqft
    Listing provided by , Maxim Properties
    MLS 21722565
  9. Photo of 342 Dublin Way, Vacaville, CA 95688 (MLS # 21722514)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,464 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    Listing provided by , McGuire Capital Group Realty
    MLS 21722514
  10. Photo of 113 Sage Sparrow Circle, Vacaville, CA 95687 (MLS # 21722604)
    Price Drop
    5 beds,  4 baths
    3,709 sqft   lot 9,147 sqft
    Listing provided by , PERRY REALTY TEAM, INC.
    MLS 21722604
  11. Photo of 648 Harwinton Court, Vacaville, CA 95688 (MLS # 21722527)
    5 beds,  3 baths
    2,400 sqft   lot 8,276 sqft
    Listing provided by , RE/MAX Gold
    MLS 21722527
  12. Photo of 118 Broadmoor Court, Vacaville, CA 95687 (MLS # 21722573)
    4 beds,  2 baths
    1,432 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    Listing provided by , Alamo Creek Properties, Inc
    MLS 21722573
  13. Photo of Vallejo, CA 94590 (MLS # 21722554)
    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,329 sqft   lot 8,712 sqft
    Listing provided by , Mustico Realty
    MLS 21722554
  14. Photo of 2554 Huber Drive, Fairfield, CA 94533 (MLS # 21722466)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,642 sqft   lot 4,791 sqft
    Listing provided by , Keller Williams Realty Elk Grove
    MLS 21722466
  15. 2 beds,  2 baths
    952 sqft  
    Listing provided by , Motley Realty
    MLS 21722272
  16. 4 beds,  4.5 baths
    2,554 sqft   lot 6,499 sqft
    Listing provided by , RE/MAX Gold
    MLS 463099
  17. Photo of 1917 Dawnview Place, Fairfield, CA 94534 (MLS # 21722693)
    4 beds,  2 baths
    1,657 sqft   lot 5,227 sqft
    Listing provided by , RE/MAX Gold-Vallejo
    MLS 21722693
  18. Photo of 512 Silver Ridge Drive, Rio Vista, CA 94571 (MLS # 21722540)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,172 sqft   lot 4,356 sqft
    Listing provided by , Shafer Real Estate
    MLS 21722540
  19. Photo of 701 Brookside Lane, Rio Vista, CA 94571 (MLS # 21722543)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,907 sqft   lot 8,276 sqft
    Listing provided by , Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21722543
  20. Photo of 1013 Portofino Avenue, Vacaville, CA 95687 (MLS # 21722598)
    3 beds,  3 baths
    1,229 sqft   lot 2,178 sqft
    Listing provided by , Stumbaugh Realty Advisors
    MLS 21722598
  21. Photo of 177 Persimmon Circle, Vacaville, CA 95687 (MLS # 21722578)
    3 beds,  3 baths
    1,381 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    Listing provided by , Century 21 Select Real Estate
    MLS 21722578
  22. Photo of 1707 Florida Street, Vallejo, CA 94590 (MLS # 21721812)
    2 beds,  1 bath
    1,036 sqft   lot 5,227 sqft
    Listing provided by , Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific
    MLS 21721812
  23. Photo of 700 Virginia Street, Vallejo, CA 94590 (MLS # 21722502)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,438 sqft   lot 2,613 sqft
    Listing provided by , Napa River Realty - American Canyon
    MLS 21722502
  24. Photo of 1348 Hale Street, Vallejo, CA 94591 (MLS # 21721737)
    3 beds,  3 baths
    1,913 sqft   lot 17,859 sqft
    Listing provided by , RE/MAX Westlake Investments
    MLS 21721737
  25. Photo of 557 Ridgewood Court, Vacaville, CA 95688 (MLS # 21722467)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    2,100 sqft   lot 7,405 sqft
    Listing provided by , Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21722467
  26. Photo of 2740 Owens Street, Fairfield, CA 94534 (MLS # 21722255)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,724 sqft   lot 5,662 sqft
    Listing provided by , Intero Real Estate Services
    MLS 21722255
  27. Photo of 730 Stallion Circle, Fairfield, CA 94533 (MLS # 21722488)
    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,253 sqft   lot 10,018 sqft
    Listing provided by , Century 21 Hilltop
    MLS 21722488
  28. Photo of 2221 Silver Fox Circle, Fairfield, CA 94534 (MLS # 21722444)
    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,551 sqft   lot 7,840 sqft
    Listing provided by , Epic Brokers Inc
    MLS 21722444
  29. Photo of 742 Blue Ridge Lane, Vacaville, CA 95688 (MLS # 21721658)
    Price Drop
    4 beds,  2 baths
    1,536 sqft  
    Listing provided by , Schuster Real Estate
    MLS 21721658
  30. Photo of 738 Georgia Street, Vallejo, CA 94590 (MLS # 21722494)
    4 beds,  5 baths
    2,554 sqft   lot 6,534 sqft
    Listing provided by , RE/MAX Gold
    MLS 21722494
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