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Sonoma County

Welcome to Sonoma County

People are drawn to Sonoma for its deeply rooted culture celebrating food and wine, charming communities, natural beauty, and slower pace of life. The county features a rugged, remote coastline of beaches, bays, and jagged cliffs, a lovely river valley winding through old growth redwoods, and fertile rolling hills and inland valleys. The county balances charming, small towns and villages with larger urban centers.

With its warm climate and ample sunshine, Sonoma County has an abundant agricultural industry, with dairies, farms, and ranches raising several crops. Clover Stornetta is known for Dairy, McEvoy Ranch for olive oil, and the Sebastopol area for apples. You cannot think about Sonoma without mentioning its best known crop: the wine grape. The state’s oldest winemakers are in Sonoma, including Buena Vista, which began in the 1850s and is the oldest commercial winery, and Gundlach-Bundschu, the oldest family owned winery. The Sonoma wine region comprises 16 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs or appellations) with more than 400 wineries growing 66 varieties of grape.

In addition to healthy agriculture, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, and Petaluma are experiencing growth in the tech, health care, and tourist industries. The economy is strong, and quality of life is high. Residents have several options for work—and for play.

Whether you’re hiking the bluffs of Gualala, combing the sandy beaches of Bodega Bay, meandering along the shady shore of the Russian River, investigating the eight-acre historic Town Plaza in Sonoma, or climbing the hills in Jack London State Park, outdoor activities of all kinds are available.

Lay of the land

Sonoma County is perched above Marin County and shares a border with Napa County, its wine country neighbor to the east. Two mountain ranges run through the county, the Sonoma and the Mayacamas Mountains. Highway 101 creates a corridor connecting many of the towns and regions. Petaluma anchors the southern, more industrial region, while Santa Rosa fills the center, with Cloverdale rounding out the north. The sleepier city of Sonoma sits in the southeastern area.

Sonoma County covers 1,575 square miles. It is the largest Bay Area county and has a population of 500,292 (according to the U.S. Census’ 2014 estimate), making it the fourth smallest population in the area. Like many of its neighboring counties, a smaller population in a larger area creates an environment full of open space. Santa Rosa, with a population of 171,190 (according to the 2013 U.S. Census estimate), is the largest city in the North Bay, and is the county seat.

Getting around

Sonoma has a series of highways running through the county (1, 12, 101, 121, and 128), although Highway 101 is the main artery. Sonoma County Transit buses move residents within the county. Golden Gate Transit provides bus routes to Marin and San Francisco. The SMART train and pathway project is under construction and will connect Sonoma and Marin County from Cloverdale to Larkspur. Phase 1 is slated for completion in late 2016.

Local highlights

Sonoma County’s award-winning schools serve approximately 71,000 students in 181 public schools among a variety of 40 school districts, from the rural Kashia school district with only 11 students to Santa Rosa City High’s 11,000 students. A variety of Catholic, parochial, secular, and other independent schools offer K-12 instruction in the county as well.

For higher education, Santa Rosa Junior College is the tenth oldest junior college in California. Sonoma State University, part of the California State system, is located outside of Rohnert Park.

The county played a role in early statehood, and with nearly 70 spots listed on the National Register of Historic Places, history enthusiasts have plenty of places to explore, including: General Vallejo’s Estate, Sonoma Plaza, Petaluma’s Historic Commercial District, the Petaluma Adobe, Jack London Ranch, Duncan’s Landing, and Fort Ross.

For sports enthusiasts, Sonoma has its own baseball team, the Sonoma Stompers. The greater Bay Area has plenty of professional teams to root for as well.

Live music options include the larger Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, the Green Music Center at Sonoma State in Rohnert Park, or, for a more intimate setting, the historic Phoenix Theatre in Petaluma.

Sea Ranch and Bodega Bay are popular for family getaways. For therapeutic hot springs, Boyes Hot Springs or Sonoma Mission Inn are popular options. The county is also dotted with wonderful small boutique bed and breakfasts and inns as well as larger full service resorts, too many to name here.

Other local highlights for family fun include the following: auto racing at Sonoma Raceway; trains, a petting zoo, and carnival rides at Train Town in Sonoma; wild animals and tent camping at Safari West in Santa Rosa; and ice skating at Snoopy’s Home Ice, named for local Charles Schulz, the creator of Peanuts.

The great outdoors

Balloon rides over the Sonoma Valley are popular in nice weather for the early risers.

The Russian River offers opportunities for paddle boarding, canoeing, and tubing along the slow moving river under the redwood trees.

If you’re an avid hiker or runner, trails abound in Sonoma. Gentle hiking is available at Sonoma Valley Park in Glen Ellen, Gualala Point in Sea Ranch, and Riverfront Park in Healdsburg. For more of a challenge, check out historic Jack London State Park in Glen Ellen, Helen Putnam Park in Petaluma, Shiloh Ranch Park in Windsor, and Hood Mountain Park in Santa Rosa.

Mountain bikers are welcome to ride on trails in some of the parks mentioned above, as well as in Spring Lake Park, Annadel State Park, Helen Putnam Park, and Shiloh Ranch.

Several options are out there for campers, from Doran Beach and Westside Park in Bodega Bay and Gualala Point in Sea Ranch, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park in Kenwood, Schoolhouse Canyon Park in Guerneville, and Spring Lake Park in Santa Rosa.

Cities Located in Sonoma County

  •  Annapolis
  •  Bodega
  •  Bodega Bay
  •  Camp Meeker
  •  Cazadero
  •  Cloverdale
  •  Cotati
  •  Duncans Mills
  •  Forestville
  •  Geyserville
  •  Glen Ellen
  •  Graton
  •  Guerneville
  •  Healdsburg
  •  Jenner
  •  Kenwood
  •  Monte Rio
  •  Occidental
  •  Penngrove
  •  Petaluma
  •  Rohnert Park
  •  Santa Rosa
  •  Sebastopol
  •  Sonoma
  •  Stewarts Point
  •  The Sea Ranch
  •  Valley Ford
  •  Villa Grande
  •  Windsor

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  1. Photo of 21955 Schellville Road, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21829130)
    3 beds,  1 bath
    1,290 sqft   lot 7.56 ac
    Listing provided by Michael Beale, Beale Properties
    MLS 21829130
  2. Photo of Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21829268)
    4 beds,  5 baths
    4,122 sqft   lot 24,393 sqft
    Listing provided by Carol Sebastiani, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21829268
  3. Photo of 19026 Willow Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21829145)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,112 sqft   lot 7,405 sqft
    Listing provided by Amanda Cream, Keller Williams Realty
    MLS 21829145
  4. Photo of 907 Princeton Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21829251)
    3 beds,  3 baths
    1,844 sqft   lot 2,613 sqft
    Listing provided by Kathleen Leonard, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21829251
  5. Photo of 327 Napa East Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21828815)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    2,861 sqft   lot 13,503 sqft
    Listing provided by Daniel Casabonne, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21828815
  6. Photo of 333 Napa East Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21828799)
    1 bed,  2 baths
    1,472 sqft   lot 6,534 sqft
    Listing provided by Daniel Casabonne, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21828799
  7. Photo of 2265 Thornsberry Road, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21828884)
    3 beds,  3 baths
    lot 2.21 ac
    Listing provided by Bari Williams, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21828884
  8. Photo of 100 Mary Paige Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (MLS # 21828925)
    2 beds,  1 bath
    1,200 sqft   lot 40.00 ac
    Listing provided by Doug Swanson, Artisan Sotheby's Int'l Realty
    MLS 21828925
  9. Photo of 13543 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (MLS # 21828705)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,548 sqft   lot 10,890 sqft
    Listing provided by Tracy Reynes, Terra Firma Global Partners
    MLS 21828705
  10. Photo of 2583 Trinity Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (MLS # 21828920)
    1 bed,  1 bath
    520 sqft   lot 4.69 ac
    Listing provided by Maurice Tegelaar, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21828920
  11. Photo of 154 Spain West Street #J, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21828220)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,372 sqft   lot 3,484 sqft
    Listing provided by Erick Rothfeld, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/Wine Country Group
    MLS 21828220
  12. Photo of 439 4th Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21828545)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,180 sqft   lot 3,920 sqft
    Listing provided by Cathy Wade Shepard, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21828545
  13. Photo of 17359 Buena Vista Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21828619)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,205 sqft   lot 7,405 sqft
    Listing provided by Corrie Sterbentz, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21828619
  14. Photo of 771 Fano Lane, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21829277)
    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,306 sqft   lot 7,840 sqft
    Listing provided by Nicole Moktan, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/Wine Country Group
    MLS 21829277
  15. Photo of 19255 Bay Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21828404)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    870 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    Listing provided by Lita Gonzalez, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21828404
  16. Photo of 795 Center Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21828171)
    Price Drop
    3 beds,  3 baths
    2,215 sqft   lot 6,969 sqft
    Listing provided by Daniel Casabonne, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21828171
  17. Photo of 866 Donner Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21828163)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,836 sqft   lot 9,583 sqft
    Listing provided by Kathleen Leonard, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21828163
  18. Photo of 2028 Sea Way, Bodega Bay, CA 94923 (MLS # 477404)
    4 beds,  4 baths
    2,845 sqft   lot 16,904 sqft
    Listing provided by Maria Marchetti, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 477404
  19. Photo of 15430 Woodside Court, Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (MLS # 21827653)
    6 beds,  5 baths
    2,975 sqft   lot 43,560 sqft
    Listing provided by Jeffrey Lokey, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21827653
  20. Photo of 1150 Heaven Hill Road, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21828738)
    3 beds,  4 baths
    3,225 sqft   lot 2.29 ac
    Listing provided by Avram Goldman, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21828738
  21. Photo of 18851 Beatrice Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21827505)
    Price Drop
    3 beds,  3 baths
    1,554 sqft   lot 1,306 sqft
    Listing provided by Maria Lounibos, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21827505
  22. Photo of 144 Temelec South Circle, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21827318)
    3 beds,  3 baths
    1,932 sqft   lot 5,662 sqft
    Listing provided by Brenda Brooks, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21827318
  23. Photo of 266 Mountain Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21827597)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,173 sqft   lot 3,484 sqft
    Listing provided by Bianca Banash, Coldwell Banker B of V
    MLS 21827597
  24. Photo of 19167 Robinson Road #F, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21827323)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,332 sqft   lot 1,742 sqft
    Listing provided by Nancy Blankinship, Coldwell Banker B of V
    MLS 21827323
  25. Photo of 114 Malet Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21828508)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,210 sqft   lot 21,780 sqft
    Listing provided by Sheila Deignan, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/Wine Country Group
    MLS 21828508
  26. Photo of 188 Agua Caliente West Road, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21827175)
    2 beds,  1 bath
    886 sqft  
    Listing provided by Bob Walker, GM Green Real Estate, Inc.
    MLS 21827175
  27. Photo of 225 2nd Street #22, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21827288)
    Price Drop
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,014 sqft   lot 871 sqft
    Listing provided by Matt Sevenau, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21827288
  28. Photo of 20707 Meadow Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21827100)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,208 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    Listing provided by Norman Brown, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/Wine Country Group
    MLS 21827100
  29. Photo of 802 Towne Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21827254)
    Price Drop
    4 beds,  3 baths
    1,800 sqft   lot 7,405 sqft
    Listing provided by Matt Sevenau, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21827254
  30. Photo of 918 Jane Court, Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (MLS # 21827508)
    3 beds,  3 baths
    2,114 sqft   lot 8,276 sqft
    Listing provided by Aaron Kopelman, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/Wine Country Group
    MLS 21827508
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