Scroll through and explore all the Sonoma County communities or dive right in to the one that interests you most! Bodega Bay | Cazadero | Cloverdale | Cotati | Glen Ellen | Guerneville | Healdsburg | Jenner | Kenwood | Monte Rio | Occidental | Penngrove | Petaluma | Rohnert Park | Santa Rosa | Sebastopol | Sonoma | Windsor
Bodega Bay | Jenner
Bodega Bay is an inlet of the Pacific Ocean located along State Route 1, on the coast. It is approximately 5 miles across and is located approximately 40 miles northwest of San Francisco and 20 miles west of Santa Rosa. The bay straddles the boundary between Sonoma County to the north and Marin County to the south. The bay is a marine habitat used for navigation, recreation, and commercial and sport fishing including shellfish harvesting. Bodega Bay is the site of the first Russian structures built in California.
Jenner is a small coastal town located on the Pacific coast near the mouth of the Russian River. State Route 1 runs through the town and State Route 116 runs nearby, along the Russian River. Jenner offers fine River and Ocean view dining, great vacation rentals, romantic lodging and unique gift shops. Jenner is a short drive from spectacular cliffs and accessible beaches including Goat Rock State Park.
Cazadero | Monte Rio
Located 10 miles from the Pacific ocean, Cazadero is the area that comes from the confluence of Austin Creek and the Russian River along California State Route 116 with a population of about 500 people, two churches, a general store, a post office, a hardware store, an auto repair garage, private office space, and the Cazadero Volunteer Fire Department. Featuring Flowers, Hirsch and Wild Hog Vineyards, Cazadero is in the Sonoma Coast AVA of the wine country. Situated slightly north of the town, is Fort Ross, an old fort established by the Russian trappers in the 19th century.
Monte Rio is situated within the most beautiful valley along the Russian River. Ancient Redwoods yield to the spring and summer sun and the warm, smooth waters of the river, originally named “Slavianka” or “Little Russian Girl” upon its discovery by Russian trappers in the early 1800’s. In the winter it takes on a magical aura of misty fog over the crisp, clean nature of the forest, the smell of wood burning fireplaces and the warm snuggling place to hibernate or explore the less traveled roads to wineries and restaurant haunts. In the evening, enjoy dining at one of the area’s many restaurants, then take in a show at the local movie house, live theater performance at Pegasus Hall or a concert at Monte Rio’s famous outdoor theater.
A small town of just over 6,000 in Northern Sonoma County real estate, Cloverdale sits between Lake Sonoma to the west and the Mayacamas Mountains to the east. Cloverdale real estate enjoys the warmest climate in the county and a school district in the top 5% of the state. With both the fire and police departments lauded for their exceptional response time, Cloverdale is also one of the safest places to live in Northern California.
Situated slightly north of Sonoma is Glen Ellen, a rural area in Sonoma real estate with around 1,000 residents, known primarily as the location of Jack London’s Wolf House. Glen Ellen real estate enjoys a town with a number of small bed and breakfasts along with the natural beauty of the Sonoma Valley Regional Park and the Sonoma Creek flowing through the town.
Located along the gorgeous Russian River Valley, Guerneville real estate has long served as an escape from the fast-paced urban world. Guerneville is the heart of the Russian River Resort area. It is home to Korbel Winery, Armstrong Grove (one of the largest stands of redwoods in the world), along with a number of lodging, dining, shopping, entertainment options, and other fine wineries. The historic Guerneville Bridge overlooks the Russian River and ends in the town square, site of a weekly farmer’s market. Popular Johnson’s Beach is the host of the annual Jazz & Blues Festival. Guerneville places an emphasis on the continual learning of its residents.
The quaint hamlet of Healdsburg, located at the gateway of Sonoma County’s diverse wine growing region, is just 75 miles north of San Francisco. Healdsburg is a vibrant and friendly community with world-wide recognition as a popular destination for visitors looking to experience the American Tuscany. It is a welcome retreat, catering to its visitors and residents with first class hotels, spas, restaurants and boutiques. Many Victorian and Craftsman style homes reflect the towns rich 150 year old heritage. In the surrounding valleys and redwood forests, one can enjoy tranquil walks, bike riding, and water sports. During the summer months, the locals enjoy mid-week concerts, gallery walks, and local farmers markets offering produce and specialty items on the town square. Its residents are attracted to the small town atmosphere, combined with a gentrified sophistication, and the natural beauty of this wine country region.
Wine enthusiasts and nature lovers alike will find a great base of operations in the town of Kenwood (pop. 1,028), located north of Sonoma and Glen Ellen in the picturesque Sonoma Valley. A fantastic place to live and visit, Kenwood offers incredible views of the surrounding Mayacamas mountain range and home to incredible parks such as Annadel State Park, Hood Mountain Regional Park and Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Kenwood also boast some of the oldest and best wineries in Sonoma County including Kunde and Landmark. Enjoy in-town wine-tasting of world-renowned wineries, extra virgin olive oil vintages at charmingly rustic Figone’s Olive Oil store and shop for hand-made folk art, artisan wine racks, and more at Swede’s Feeds.
Founded in 1876, Occidental was a stop on the North Pacific Coast Railroad connecting Cazadero to the Sausalito ferry. With a population of over 1,300, Occidental lies just away from the Russian River in the surrounding hills. Occidental is unique for its high concentration of visionaries and famous artists during recent history, and was the hub of community-centered social movements in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Today, the main street is home to antiques shops, art galleries and the famous Negri’s and Union Hotel restaurants that draw visitors from all over.
Founded in 1836, Petaluma is one of the oldest cities in California, only 32 miles north of San Francisco. One of the few cities spared the 1906 earthquake devastation, its Victorian homes, commercial buildings and Historic Riverfront are some of the most well-preserved, historic areas on the west coast. Petaluma’s Victorian Downtown, on the National Register of Historic Places, is where the Petaluma River converges with shops and restaurants. The Great Petaluma Mill’s towering 2ft thick stone walls stand guard over the west bank, and now features modern restaurants. Home to 600+ businesses, 65 historical properties, the Butter & Egg Days Parade, Holiday LIghted Boat Parade, and the American Graffiti Vintage Car Show, Petaluma offers many colorful family events to escape the everyday hustle and bustle of life.
Penngrove is a town of 2,600 situated between Petaluma and Cotati, at the foot of 2,463ft high Sonoma Mountain with forests of oaks and bay laurels. Located near Petaluma Creek and San Pablo Bay, Penngrove is the site of a historic grove called Penn’s Grove, formerly a station of the Northern Pacific Railroad. At the turn of the 19th century it was the second largest egg and poultry region in the country. Due to the Sonoma Mountain’s ancient volcanism, Penngrove is rich with obsidian and petrified wood. Its soil is unique, composed mainly of clay-like adobe, which has been used for centuries as building material. A prime example of adobe architecture is nearby Rancho Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park.
Rohnert Park | Cotati
As one of the first planned cities in America, Rohnert Park is thoughtfully designed to maximize the comfort and happiness of its roughly 42,000 citizens. ocated 50 miles north of San Francisco, neighborhoods cater to families, with large Rohnert Park homes along tree-lined streets and each individual community built around a park and elementary school. Rohnert Park is also home to the beautiful campus of Sonoma State University and the progressive Sonoma Mountain Village, a new 200 acre solar-powered, zero-waste community.
Famed for its unique, arresting hexagonal downtown plaza, Cotati is a small, forward-thinking town at the center of Sonoma County real estate, with about 7,500 residents. Cotati real estate enjoys the benefits of a small community, with family friendly events such as Cotati Earth Day and the annual Accordion and Jazz festivals. Cotati is located in the Sonoma Coast AVA and features E & J Gallo Winery’s 400-acre Two Rock Vineyard. A gap in the coastal ridges near Petaluma often allows coastal fog to reach Cotati in the summer, giving it a marine climate that is noticeably cooler than the “coastal” climate of nearby Santa Rosa. With an emphasis on green properties, Cotati is recognized as a very clean environmentally friendly town in which to live.
Only 55 miles north of San Francisco, with over 172,000 residents, Santa Rosa serves as the county’s cultural and economic hub as the county seat and largest city in Sonoma County. Surrounding Old Railroad Square and Old Courthouse Square, is a charming, thriving downtown, lined with restaurants, shops, craft breweries and art galleries that will delight all comers. With a thriving arts and performing arts scene, Santa Rosa is home to the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Sonoma County Museum, the Santa Rosa Symphony and the 6th Street Playhouse. Santa Rosa real estate enjoys a relatively cosmopolitan environment, with many of the quaint smaller towns of Sonoma County just a sort ride away. Santa Rosa is home to numerous vineyards with world-class wines, popular golf courses, and beautiful surroundings. Young and old alike will delight in the Charles M. Schulz Museum, which chronicles the history of the “Peanuts” gang.
Located midway between Santa Rosa and Bodega Bay, Sebastopol population of 7,500 nestle on the western edge of the Santa Rosa plain. Sebastopol has a rich history as an apple and plum growing region. Today, while orchards are predominated by vineyards, the town still celebrates its roots with the annual Apple Blossom Festival and Gravenstein Apple Fair. Home to world-famous horticulturist Luther Burbank, Sebastopol is a thriving area with quaint small town charm where new hip and stylish The Barlow hosts 4 blocks of the best wine makers, breweries, coffee houses, bakeries, food producers, artisans and music venues. Sebastopol is also recognized as being one of the most politically progressive towns in Northern California.
Located between Petaluma and Napa, and only 40 miles north of San Francisco, Sonoma real estate is centered in a town rich in history surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty that maximizes residents’ quality of life. With a population of over 33,000, Sonoma maintains the tight-knit feel of a small community, with a charming downtown. Surrounding the Plaza, a National Historic Landmark, are approximately thirty restaurants including Italian, Irish, Mexican, Portuguese, Basque, Mediterranean, Himalayan, and French. In 1846, the California Republic declared its independence from Mexico, with Sonoma named the capital of this short-lived sovereign state. Consequently, Sonoma is known as the birthplace of California. Sonoma is also considered the birthplace of wine-making in California, dating back to the original vineyards of Mission San Francisco Solano, then improvements made by Agoston Haraszthy, the father of California viticulture.
Situated just 10 miles north of Santa Rosa, with a population of over 27,000, Windsor is a family-oriented community with an exceptional quality of life. The Town of Windsor offers a wide variety of services and recreational opportunities, golfing, well-planned business areas, and a historical downtown. Family-friendly Windsor has 22 local & regional parks, a skate park, a soccer park, golf courses offering an enviable variety of team, cultural and recreational activities. From delicious specialty cuisine to contemporary gift shops and antique stores, you can find it in the Town of Windsor’s shopping centers and plazas, or its historic downtown. WIndsor also features nearby Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County airport offering convenient commuter flights.