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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 541 Curtin Lane, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21706007)
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    Open House
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,324 sqft   lot 1,281 sqft
    Walk Score® 67
    Listing provided by Rob Orlando, W Real Estate
    MLS 21706007
  2. Photo of 686 Oregon Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21706083)
    18
    Open House
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,328 sqft   lot 4,792 sqft
    Walk Score® 76
    Listing provided by Mary Szykowny, CENTURY 21 Wine Country
    MLS 21706083
  3. Photo of 185 Mountain Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21706090)
    16
    Open House
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    1,092 sqft   lot 6,151 sqft
    Walk Score® 60
    Listing provided by Tina Shone, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21706090
  4. Photo of 920 West Verano Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21706222)
    30
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,580 sqft   lot 15,002 sqft
    Walk Score® 48
    Listing provided by Jennifer Rochlin, CENTURY 21 Wine Country
    MLS 21706222
  5. Photo of 17292 Seventh Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21706311)
    49
    3 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    4,156 sqft   lot 6.89 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Daniel Casabonne, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21706311
  6. Photo of 21057 Peary Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21705964)
    48
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,777 sqft   lot 1.07 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Robert Jones, Terra Firma Global Partners
    MLS 21705964
  7. Photo of 1149 Fryer Creek Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21706201)
    12
    Open House
    2 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,854 sqft   lot 3,655 sqft
    Walk Score® 45
    Listing provided by Molly Powers, Sonoma Valley Real Estate Company
    MLS 21706201
  8. Photo of 186 Padre Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21706268)
    26
    Open House
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,200 sqft   lot 1,307 sqft
    Walk Score® 58
    Listing provided by Teresa Birt, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21706268
  9. Photo of 19319 Spring Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21705223)
    50
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    2,004 sqft   lot 2.38 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Joyce Davison, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21705223
  10. Photo of 18835 Polley Lane, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21705951)
    14
    Open House
    4 beds,  2 full baths
    1,344 sqft   lot 6,534 sqft
    Walk Score® 49
    Listing provided by Kelly Stober, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21705951
  11. Photo of 1684 Ridge Road, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21703763)
    33
    3 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    2,834 sqft   lot 1.50 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Maurice Tegelaar, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21703763
  12. Photo of 2841 Bristol Road, Kenwood, CA 95452 (MLS # 21703768)
    45
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    4,155 sqft   lot 2.45 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Matt Sevenau, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21703768
  13. Photo of 17485 Mallard Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21703769)
    39
    3 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    3,156 sqft   lot 22.29 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Maurice Tegelaar, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21703769
  14. Photo of 460 Eastin Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21704366)
    25
    Open House
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    2,952 sqft   lot 10,890 sqft
    Walk Score® 27
    Listing provided by Jennifer Powers, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21704366
  15. Photo of 1150 Heaven Hill Road, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21705925)
    5
    4 beds,  4 full baths
    3,225 sqft   lot 2.29 ac
    Walk Score® 9
    Listing provided by Tresi Yinger, Better Homes Realty
    MLS 21705925
  16. Photo of 3107 Warm Springs Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (MLS # 21705979)
    42
    3 beds,  3 full baths
    4,276 sqft   lot 20.06 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Christine Krenos, Compass
    MLS 21705979
  17. Photo of 527 5th Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21702918)
    41
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,700 sqft   lot 9,322 sqft
    Walk Score® 53
    Listing provided by Phillip Sullivan, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21702918
  18. Photo of 456 2nd Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21702923)
    45
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,863 sqft   lot 6,251 sqft
    Walk Score® 81
    Listing provided by Phillip Sullivan, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21702923
  19. Photo of 17208 Park Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21705619)
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    Open House
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    1,244 sqft   lot 12,741 sqft
    Walk Score® 42
    Listing provided by Maria Lounibos, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21705619
  20. Photo of 1265 East Macarthur Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21705963)
    10
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,659 sqft   lot 3.64 ac
    Walk Score® 14
    Listing provided by Christine Krenos, Compass
    MLS 21705963
  21. Photo of Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21705854)
    29
    2 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    3,300 sqft   lot 12.34 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Brenda Brooks, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21705854
  22. Photo of 1183 Pearce Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21705527)
    24
    3 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    2,875 sqft   lot 7,179 sqft
    Walk Score® 21
    Listing provided by Shannon Reiter, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21705527
  23. Photo of 18484 Happy Lane, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21705677)
    29
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,419 sqft   lot 1,681 sqft
    Walk Score® 59
    Listing provided by Douglas DelFava, W Real Estate
    MLS 21705677
  24. Photo of Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21705622)
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    Open House
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,532 sqft   lot 5,663 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Tina Shone, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21705622
  25. Photo of 904 Glenwood Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21705663)
    34
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,225 sqft   lot 7,841 sqft
    Walk Score® 15
    Listing provided by Jennifer Carollo, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/Wine Country Group
    MLS 21705663
  26. Photo of 1267 Nash Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21705326)
    16
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,134 sqft   lot 3,446 sqft
    Walk Score® 47
    Listing provided by Kristin Land, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21705326
  27. Photo of 18091 Comstock Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21705669)
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    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,398 sqft   lot 4,792 sqft
    Walk Score® 54
    Listing provided by Michelle Mino, Margarita Mino Realty & Loans
    MLS 21705669
  28. Photo of Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21704907)
    38
    5 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    3,452 sqft   lot 11,326 sqft
    Walk Score® 22
    Listing provided by Carol Sebastiani, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21704907
  29. Photo of Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21704359)
    36
    4 beds,  5 full, 1 half baths
    5,544 sqft   lot 3.02 ac
    Walk Score® 54
    Listing provided by Carol Sebastiani, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21704359
  30. Photo of 19320 Linden Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21705575)
    24
    2 beds,  3 full baths
    2,527 sqft   lot 32,561 sqft
    Walk Score® 37
    Listing provided by William Johnson, William Johnson, Broker
    MLS 21705575
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