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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 17355 Gehricke Road, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21711686)
    47
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    5,195 sqft   lot 1.97 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Daniel Casabonne, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21711686
  2. Photo of 18185 Barrett Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21711759)
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    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,215 sqft   lot 5,663 sqft
    Walk Score® 47
    Listing provided by Norman Brown, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/Wine Country Group
    MLS 21711759
  3. Photo of 19310 Solano Court, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21711421)
    22
    Open House
    4 beds,  2 full baths
    1,648 sqft   lot 8,700 sqft
    Walk Score® 40
    Listing provided by Kristin Land, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21711421
  4. Photo of 871 Cordilleras Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21711726)
    27
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,411 sqft   lot 7,919 sqft
    Walk Score® 23
    Listing provided by Christopher Oscar, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/Wine Country Group
    MLS 21711726
  5. Photo of 790 Michael Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21708318)
    40
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,654 sqft   lot 30,601 sqft
    Walk Score® 46
    Listing provided by Michael Hedley, Coldwell Banker B of V
    MLS 21708318
  6. Photo of 100 Zachery Lane, Glen Ellen, CA 95404 (MLS # 21711699)
    28
    2 beds,  4 full baths
    3,598 sqft   lot 13.42 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Bonnie Falconer, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21711699
  7. Photo of 17270 Keaton Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21626470)
    35
    4 beds,  4 full baths
    2,809 sqft   lot 17,772 sqft
    Walk Score® 52
    Listing provided by Daniel Casabonne, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21626470
  8. Photo of 18016 Stanford Court, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21710734)
    26
    Open House
    2 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,002 sqft   lot 1,742 sqft
    Walk Score® 31
    Listing provided by Charleen Price, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21710734
  9. Photo of 18800 Melvin Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21711331)
    42
    Open House
    3 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,105 sqft   lot 7,200 sqft
    Walk Score® 63
    Listing provided by Bari Williams, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21711331
  10. Photo of 125 Mountain Meadow, Glen Ellen, CA 95404 (MLS # 21711317)
    22
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    3,610 sqft   lot 18.48 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Mary Anne Veldkamp, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21711317
  11. Photo of 17555 Sonoma Highway, Boyes Hot Springs, CA 95476 (MLS # 21711139)
    48
    1 bed,  1 full bath
    999 sqft   lot 6,691 sqft
    Walk Score® 72
    Listing provided by Donald Hamilton, Vanguard Properties
    MLS 21711139
  12. Photo of 1400 Cavedale Road, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21710852)
    40
    4 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    3,318 sqft   lot 38.08 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Tina Shone, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21710852
  13. Photo of 263 Newcomb Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21709439)
    19
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,775 sqft   lot 2,701 sqft
    Walk Score® 45
    Listing provided by Vincent Bienek, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21709439
  14. Photo of 960 Lark Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21710780)
    29
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,979 sqft   lot 23,085 sqft
    Walk Score® 24
    Listing provided by Nancy Blankinship, Coldwell Banker B of V
    MLS 21710780
  15. Photo of 21095 Silva Road, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21711078)
    21
    Open House
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    770 sqft   lot 2.00 ac
    Walk Score® 2
    Listing provided by Casey Moll, W Real Estate
    MLS 21711078
  16. Photo of 329 Las Casitas Court, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21708682)
    15
    2 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,158 sqft   lot 871 sqft
    Walk Score® 63
    Listing provided by Robin Kallman, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21708682
  17. Photo of 2376 Thornsberry Road, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21710475)
    22
    Open House
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,680 sqft   lot 4.58 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Maurice Tegelaar, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21710475
  18. Photo of 374 Napa Road, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21709140)
    22
    3 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    2,821 sqft   lot 8,712 sqft
    Walk Score® 33
    Listing provided by Kathleen Leonard, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21709140
  19. Photo of 17420 Keaton Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21710910)
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    Open House
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,477 sqft   lot 13,939 sqft
    Walk Score® 62
    Listing provided by Pamela Banks, HomeSmart Platinum Living
    MLS 21710910
  20. Photo of 918 Jane Court, Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (MLS # 21710839)
    23
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,144 sqft  
    Walk Score® 13
    Listing provided by Maria Lounibos, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21710839
  21. Photo of 938 Horn Avenue, Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (MLS # 21709330)
    38
    4 beds,  4 full baths
    3,231 sqft   lot 20,099 sqft
    Walk Score® 27
    Listing provided by Brad Drury, K B Properties
    MLS 21709330
  22. Photo of 1036 5th Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21710399)
    24
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,114 sqft   lot 9,148 sqft
    Walk Score® 20
    Listing provided by Tina Shone, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21710399
  23. Photo of 18451 1st Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21710428)
    26
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    836 sqft   lot 5,998 sqft
    Walk Score® 71
    Listing provided by Daniel Casabonne, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21710428
  24. Photo of 19076 Robinson Road, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21709707)
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    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,374 sqft   lot 10,890 sqft
    Walk Score® 60
    Listing provided by Elwanda LeMay, Coldwell Banker B of V
    MLS 21709707
  25. Photo of 3745 Grove Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21710106)
    26
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    4,554 sqft   lot 2.27 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Holly Bennett, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21710106
  26. Photo of 708 Lobelia Court, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21709972)
    11
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,250 sqft   lot 5,502 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Corrie Sterbentz, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21709972
  27. Photo of 156 France Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21710255)
    17
    3 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,326 sqft   lot 8,250 sqft
    Walk Score® 85
    Listing provided by Holly Bennett, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21710255
  28. Photo of 759 Eda Court, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21709552)
    23
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,950 sqft   lot 7,000 sqft
    Walk Score® 73
    Listing provided by Jennifer Powers, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21709552
  29. Photo of 555 Boyes Boulevard, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21710333)
    37
    3 beds,  3 full baths
    1,732 sqft   lot 8,999 sqft
    Walk Score® 47
    Listing provided by Erin George, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21710333
  30. Photo of 1281 Felder Road, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21710227)
    40
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    2,083 sqft   lot 25,199 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Daniel Casabonne, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21710227
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