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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 67 Thomson West , Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21901211)
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    2 beds,  1 bath
    758 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    Listing provided by Diane Litchfield, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/Wine Country Group
    MLS 21901211
  2. Photo of 1266 Mission Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21901001)
    19
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,408 sqft   lot 6,969 sqft
    Listing provided by Norman Brown, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/Wine Country Group
    MLS 21901001
  3. Photo of 234 Pina Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21900717)
    15
    3 beds,  3 baths
    2,015 sqft   lot 6,969 sqft
    Listing provided by Kelly Stober, Compass
    MLS 21900717
  4. 2 beds,  1 bath
    972 sqft   lot 3,484 sqft
    Listing provided by Chris Hamzaeff, Key Home Realty
    MLS 21900767
  5. Photo of 505 Spain West Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21900620)
    18
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,109 sqft   lot 1,306 sqft
    Listing provided by Carol Kellogg, Lyon RE Fair Oaks
    MLS 21900620
  6. Photo of 18012 Stanford Court, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21900612)
    19
    3 beds,  4 baths
    2,204 sqft   lot 2,178 sqft
    Listing provided by Kathleen Leonard, Compass
    MLS 21900612
  7. Photo of 617 First Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21900017)
    19
    3 beds,  3 baths
    2,245 sqft   lot 3,049 sqft
    Listing provided by Maria Lounibos, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21900017
  8. Photo of 18023 Mulberry Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21900028)
    12
    Price Drop
    2 beds,  1 bath
    1,060 sqft  
    Listing provided by Yolanda Adams, RE/MAX Gold
    MLS 21900028
  9. Photo of 673 Central Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21900235)
    17
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,509 sqft   lot 8,276 sqft
    Listing provided by Maria Lounibos, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21900235
  10. Photo of 600 Baines Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21831083)
    50
    3 beds,  1 bath
    1,250 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    Listing provided by Golly McGinty, CENTURY 21 Wine Country
    MLS 21831083
  11. Photo of 17347 Sonoma Hwy Highway, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21900611)
    40
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,570 sqft   lot 4,791 sqft
    Listing provided by Hanan Kim, Windermere Napa Valley Properties
    MLS 21900611
  12. Photo of 16795 Mission Way, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21830901)
    50
    5 beds,  5 baths
    4,080 sqft   lot 1.08 ac
    Listing provided by Rebecca Cusack, Alain Pinel, REALTORS®
    MLS 21830901
  13. Photo of 935 Spain West Street #E, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21830717)
    15
    Price Drop
    3 beds,  3 baths
    1,461 sqft   lot 2,178 sqft
    Listing provided by Carolina Salmonsen, Compass
    MLS 21830717
  14. Photo of 31 Vallejo Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21830651)
    7
    3 beds,  1 bath
    886 sqft   lot 4,791 sqft
    Listing provided by Golly McGinty, CENTURY 21 Wine Country
    MLS 21830651
  15. Photo of 114 Agua Caliente West Road, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21830701)
    11
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,030 sqft   lot 871 sqft
    Listing provided by Tracy Reynes, Terra Firma Global Partners
    MLS 21830701
  16. Photo of 100 Temelec South Circle, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21830563)
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    Price Drop
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,273 sqft   lot 7,840 sqft
    Listing provided by Paul Fernandez, Trinity Realty, Inc
    MLS 21830563
  17. 3 beds,  2 baths
    1,056 sqft   lot 6,534 sqft
    Listing provided by Artur Ambarachyan, National Properties, Inc.
    MLS 21830555
  18. Photo of 302 1st Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21830322)
    15
    8 beds,  8 baths
    4,318 sqft   lot 16,988 sqft
    Listing provided by Ellen Strady, Artisan Sotheby's Int'l Realty
    MLS 21830322
  19. Photo of 1168 Ingram Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21900397)
    38
    3 beds,  4 baths
    3,189 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    Listing provided by Raquel Newman, Vanguard Properties
    MLS 21900397
  20. Photo of 220 Newcomb Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21900345)
    49
    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,448 sqft   lot 14,810 sqft
    Listing provided by Kathleen Ball, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21900345
  21. Photo of 845 Boyes Boulevard, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21829824)
    20
    3 beds,  2 baths
    lot 7,405 sqft
    Listing provided by Matt Sevenau, Compass
    MLS 21829824
  22. Photo of 21955 Schellville Road, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21829130)
    17
    3 beds,  1 bath
    1,290 sqft   lot 7.56 ac
    Listing provided by Michael Beale, Beale Properties
    MLS 21829130
  23. Photo of 327 Napa East Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21828815)
    49
    3 beds,  2 baths
    2,861 sqft   lot 13,503 sqft
    Listing provided by Daniel Casabonne, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21828815
  24. Photo of 2265 Thornsberry Road, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21828884)
    50
    3 beds,  3 baths
    lot 2.21 ac
    Listing provided by Bari Williams, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21828884
  25. Photo of 100 Mary Paige Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (MLS # 21828925)
    28
    2 beds,  1 bath
    1,200 sqft   lot 40.00 ac
    Listing provided by Doug Swanson, Artisan Sotheby's Int'l Realty
    MLS 21828925
  26. Photo of 13543 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (MLS # 21828705)
    25
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,548 sqft   lot 10,890 sqft
    Listing provided by Tracy Reynes, Terra Firma Global Partners
    MLS 21828705
  27. Photo of 2583 Trinity Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (MLS # 21828920)
    21
    1 bed,  1 bath
    520 sqft   lot 4.69 ac
    Listing provided by Maurice Tegelaar, Compass
    MLS 21828920
  28. Photo of 154 Spain West Street #J, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21828220)
    16
    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
  29. Photo of 19255 Bay Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21828404)
    39
    3 beds,  2 baths
    870 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    Listing provided by Lita Gonzalez, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21828404
  30. Photo of 795 Center Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21828171)
    49
    3 beds,  3 baths
    2,215 sqft   lot 6,969 sqft
    Listing provided by Daniel Casabonne, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21828171
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