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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 18440 Lucas Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21702263)
    9
    3 beds,  1 full bath
    864 sqft   lot 4,356 sqft
    Walk Score® 47
    Listing provided by Maria Lounibos, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21702263
  2. Photo of 19388 Linden Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21703347)
    47
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,210 sqft   lot 1.69 ac
    Walk Score® 32
    Listing provided by Daniel Casabonne, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21703347
  3. Photo of 316 Arbor Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21703129)
    21
    Open House
    3 beds,  1 full bath
    1,440 sqft   lot 5,998 sqft
    Walk Score® 51
    Listing provided by Christopher Oscar, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/Wine Country Group
    MLS 21703129
  4. Photo of 969 Via Roble Road, Kenwood, CA 95452 (MLS # 21703225)
    24
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,824 sqft   lot 6.28 ac
    Walk Score® 1
    Listing provided by Holly Bennett, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21703225
  5. Photo of 3444 Warm Springs Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (MLS # 21702139)
    16
    Open House
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    2,332 sqft   lot 5.59 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Therese Nugent, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21702139
  6. Photo of 9777 Via Cantera Road, Kenwood, CA 95452 (MLS # 21702134)
    39
    2 beds,  2 full, 2 half baths
    3,143 sqft   lot 4.81 ac
    Walk Score® 3
    Listing provided by Maurice Tegelaar, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21702134
  7. Photo of 19170 Robinson Road, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21703087)
    12
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,128 sqft   lot 11,692 sqft
    Walk Score® 68
    Listing provided by Maria Lounibos, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21703087
  8. Photo of 18488 Happy Lane, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21703180)
    21
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,398 sqft   lot 1,742 sqft
    Walk Score® 40
    Listing provided by John Reid, Coldwell Banker
    MLS 21703180
  9. Photo of 947 Elm Court, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21702971)
    16
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,652 sqft   lot 6,599 sqft
    Walk Score® 48
    Listing provided by Maria Lounibos, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21702971
  10. Photo of 19167 Robinson Road, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21624607)
    8
    2 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,242 sqft   lot 1,372 sqft
    Walk Score® 71
    Listing provided by Francesca Strong, Drake Realty
    MLS 21624607
  11. Photo of 225 2nd Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21703028)
    16
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,014 sqft   lot 1,059 sqft
    Walk Score® 58
    Listing provided by Theresa Crisler, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21703028
  12. Photo of 18200 Robin Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21700030)
    50
    Open House
    5 beds,  4 full baths
    3,746 sqft   lot 24,302 sqft
    Walk Score® 19
    Listing provided by Joyce Davison, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21700030
  13. Photo of Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21702410)
    35
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,376 sqft   lot 8,712 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Herbert Heil, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/Wine Country Group
    MLS 21702410
  14. Photo of 851 Towne Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21701757)
    31
    Open House
    4 beds,  2 full baths
    1,816 sqft   lot 8,555 sqft
    Walk Score® 24
    Listing provided by Joyce Davison, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21701757
  15. Photo of 19099 Baytree Lane, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21626212)
    46
    4 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    5,000 sqft   lot 3.02 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Kathryn Talty, Vanguard Properties
    MLS 21626212
  16. Photo of 889 Ernest Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21702260)
    18
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,473 sqft   lot 9,374 sqft
    Walk Score® 61
    Listing provided by Matt Sevenau, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21702260
  17. Photo of 134 Avenida Barbera None, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21702719)
    37
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,472 sqft   lot 5,502 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Erin George, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21702719
  18. Photo of 437 Bernice Lane, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21702656)
    12
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    919 sqft   lot 1,024 sqft
    Walk Score® 80
    Listing provided by Abe Cyphers, Coldwell Banker B of V
    MLS 21702656
  19. Photo of 847 West Spain Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21702567)
    19
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,412 sqft   lot 1,307 sqft
    Walk Score® 75
    Listing provided by Nickolas Simone, BHHS Drysdale Properties
    MLS 21702567
  20. Photo of 148 South Temelec Circle, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21702568)
    11
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,932 sqft   lot 5,097 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Golly McGinty, CENTURY 21 Wine Country
    MLS 21702568
  21. Photo of 543 Avenue Del Oro None, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21702295)
    13
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,906 sqft   lot 9,239 sqft
    Walk Score® 34
    Listing provided by Holly Bennett, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21702295
  22. Photo of 401 San Lorenzo Court, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21702525)
    24
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    2,993 sqft   lot 9,148 sqft
    Walk Score® 32
    Listing provided by Amy Sawday Kramer, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21702525
  23. Photo of 920 Country Meadow Lane, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21702461)
    20
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    1,971 sqft   lot 5,750 sqft
    Walk Score® 35
    Listing provided by Jennifer Powers, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21702461
  24. Photo of 545 West Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21702346)
    12
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,505 sqft   lot 7,405 sqft
    Walk Score® 83
    Listing provided by Laurie Levin, Century 21 Alliance
    MLS 21702346
  25. Photo of 410 El Dorado Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21702224)
    19
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,406 sqft   lot 6,970 sqft
    Walk Score® 62
    Listing provided by Regina Clyde, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21702224
  26. Photo of 5211 Grove Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21702384)
    27
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    2,256 sqft   lot 16.13 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Leo Merle, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/Wine Country Group
    MLS 21702384
  27. Photo of 12805 Henno Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (MLS # 21702370)
    34
    3 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    2,907 sqft   lot 2.87 ac
    Walk Score® 4
    Listing provided by Victoria VanHorn, Twin Oaks Real Estate INC
    MLS 21702370
  28. Photo of 619 1st Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21700531)
    21
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,948 sqft   lot 3,920 sqft
    Walk Score® 85
    Listing provided by Kendra Martin, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/Wine Country Group
    MLS 21700531
  29. Photo of 16800 Estrella Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21701906)
    37
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,550 sqft   lot 14,501 sqft
    Walk Score® 3
    Listing provided by Brenda Brooks, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21701906
  30. Photo of 18089 Las Lomas Road, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21702223)
    16
    Price Drop
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    849 sqft   lot 4,792 sqft
    Walk Score® 71
    Listing provided by Maria Lounibos, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21702223
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