Sonoma Homes for Sale and Real Estate
Sonoma was once known as a small farm town, but has evolved into one of the world’s finest grape-growing regions, visitor destinations and a great place to work and live. An hour away from San Francisco, Sonoma blends a friendly small-town charm with the entrepreneurial culture of the North Bay. Sonoma is well known for the Sonoma Plaza and rich colonial-era history. The Plaza is filled with art galleries, restaurants, and local, friendly boutique shops. The town is nestled between scenic hills and an agricultural valley that year round exuberates endless beauty, being the yellow and oranges of fall or the lush green of spring.
Sonoma is home to many world-known wineries such as long standing Sebastiani with roots dating back to 1904, Sonoma Cutrer famous for its award winning wines and Chardonnay and Croquet tournaments, Chateau St. Jean, Kunde Family Winery and many more….Sonoma maintains its quant farm style feel, while seeing an influx of the tech workforce filtering in from the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley.
Properties here tend to include large swathes of land, hosting livestock and vineyards. Prospective buyers look to Sonoma to escape the crowded neighboring Bay area. According to Zillow, the median home value in Sonoma is $673,800. Home values here have gone up 9.0% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise another 0.9% within the next year.
Sonoma leads in viticulture and is known for its historic San Francisco de Solano Mission. This quant town boasts a vibrant restaurant scene which caters to wine lovers.
If the look and feel of Sonoma isn’t enough, there is also the wine, local produce, artisan cheeses and fresh bread that will steal your heart.
Outdoor activities, wine tasting, picnics and agriculture.
Around the Area
Sonoma is in the center of California’s wine industry and is a part of the Sonoma Valley AVA Appellation. It is also the home of the Sonoma International Film Festival. The population of the town of Sonoma was 10,648 according to the 2010 census.
The City of Sonoma was incorporated on September 3, 1883, and has a rich, Spanish history. Sonoma was originally called El Pueblo de Sonoma. Today, the plaza is surrounded by many historical buildings, including the Mission San Francisco Solano, Captain Salvador Vallejo's Casa Grande, the Presidio of Sonoma, the Blue Wing Inn, the Sebastiani Theatre, and the Toscano Hotel.
City Hall, in the center of Sonoma, was built with four identical sides. This was intentional so as to not give preference to merchants on any one side of the plaza. The plaza is a National Historic Landmark and still serves as the town's focal point, hosting many community festivals and drawing tourists all year round.
Sonoma uses a Council–Manager form of government, wherein a council sets policy and hires staff to implement it. The city council has five members, elected to four-year terms. The city council selects one of its members to serve as mayor. David Cook has been Mayor of Sonoma since 2014.
From the West, Sonoma is accessible from Highway 12. San Francisco visitors can connect to Sonoma using Highway 121.
Schools in Sonoma are a part of the Sonoma Valley Unified School District. There are five elementary schools: Dunbar Elementary, El Verano Elementary, Flowery Elementary, Prestweood Elementary and Sassarini Elementary School. There are two charter schools including Sonoma Charter School and Woodland Star Charter School. Sonoma has two middle schools, Adele Harrison Middle School and Altimira Middle School. The two high schools are Sonoma Valley High and Creekside High School.