North Bay Real Estate
North Bay is an area that is compromised of 10 main areas including Cotati, Glen Ellen, Healdsburg, Kenwood, Penngrove, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol & Sonoma.
The farming community, once home to the Coast Miwok Indians, has a hexagonal plaza, established by New England doctor Thomas Stokes Page. 1968 saw the birth of the counter culture’s influence on Cotati as nationally and internationally recognized musicians flocked to Sonoma County. Today, Cotati still offers one of the county’s most vibrant nightlife scenes. Friday and Saturday nights downtown are lively as music fills the streets and the cafes and restaurants are filled with both long-time locals and students from nearby Sonoma State University.
The city is also home to the Cotati Jazz Festival each June, the Cotati Philharmonic, the annual Kid’s Day Parade and the internationally renowned Cotati Accordion Festival in late August. The population of Cotati is 7,319.
Glen Ellen is located about 6 miles northwest of the city of Sonoma and is known primarily for Jack London’s Wolf House. Glen Ellen boasts a number of small bed and breakfasts, restaurants, wineries, the Sonoma Valley Regional Park and the Sonoma Creek which flows right through it. The population of Glen Ellen is 883.
The quaint hamlet of Healdsburg sits at the junction of three prime winegrowing regions – the Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander valleys, just 75 miles north of San Francisco. Healdsburg is a vibrant and friendly community with luxury hotels, four-star dining, spas and boutique shops. 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. The population of Healdburg is 11,000.
Located north of the towns of Sonoma and Glen Ellen and south of Santa Rosa, Kenwood is a small unincorporated town located in the Valley of the Moon. One of the most scenic towns in Sonoma County, Kenwood boasts a multitude of vineyards and wineries which dot the surrounding hills including Kunde and Landmark. It also offers incredible views of the surrounding Mayacamas mountain range and incredible parks such as Annadel State Park, Hood Mountain Regional Park and Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. The population of Kenwood is 784.
Pioneering families began farming in what was then known as Penn’s Grove in the mid-1800s and many descendants of original settlers today still call Penngrove home. Longtime residents are fiercely proud of Penngrove’s community identity which revolves around the Penngrove Community Church, the 4-H Club, the Penngrove Social Fireman and its Women’s Auxiliary. In 1946, “The Farmer’s Daughter” was filmed in Penngrove and won an Academy Award for its star Loretta Young.
Today the unincorporated town of Penngrove boasts million dollar homes as well as ranch land which is still used for horses, cattle, sheep, some organic farming and grapes. With it’s rolling hills, horse pastures, large plots of land and close proximity to Marin, San Francisco and other parts of Sonoma County, historic Penngrove offers the requisite country cachet without the inconvenience of more distant country vistas. The population of Penngrove is 2,522.
Located 35 minutes north of San Francisco, Petaluma’s architectural heritage dates from the late 1800s when the city served as a supply center for the gold camps, and later a river town which shipped goods throughout the region. By the 1920s, the chicken boom of the early century transferred Petaluma into a charming farm town and the World’s Egg Basket which produced hundreds of poultry farms, thousands of chicken houses and millions of eggs.
Today, Petaluma’s historical downtown district with brick and iron-front buildings, antique shops and covered sidewalks is considered among the finest examples of Victorian style architecture in the United States. Miraculously untouched by the 1906 earthquake, a substantial stock of quaint Victorian homes, mansions, and commercial buildings remain as well as ranch estates and recently developed residential areas.
Downtown Petaluma is on the National Register of historic Places and was the location of numerous films such as “American Graffiti,” “Peggy Sue Got Married,” “Basic Instinct,” “Howard the Duck,” and “Phenomenon.” Travel & Leisure Magazine named Petaluma one of the “Nation’s Top Ten Getaways Near a Major City”. The population of Petaluma is 57,941.
Santa Rosa mushroomed, after Alfred Hitchcock filmed “Shadow of a Doubt” there. During the early boom years, a new city took shape to the south of Santa Rosa.
There is nothing old and established about Rohnert Park which encompasses a land area of approximately 6.4 square miles. It is a modern, flat suburb with Sonoma State University in its environs. Thoughtfully designed for families, it is one of the first planned communities in the United States although it never sprouted a downtown. Instead, you’ll find bikeways and walkways that connect its tree-lined boulevards and attractive neighborhoods. In fact, Rohnert Park has more public and private recreational facilities and opportunities per capita than any other city in the North Bay. The master plan, the first in the United States, divided the city into neighborhood sections of 200-250 homes centered around a park and an elementary school. The population of Rohnert Park is 40,971.
Just past Fourth Street and Highway 12 is Santa Rosa’s most well-established area, the Northeast. Here home seekers find everything from Victorians to townhouses, from California bungalows near Santa Rosa Junior College to large new homes in the Fountaingrove area, which has commanding views of the Santa Rosa plain.
Just a few blocks west and to the north is the “JC Area” so dubbed because of its proximity to Santa Rosa Junior College. Here is a delightful mix of homes built at various times since before 1900, with styles from Victorians to mission-style bungalows to vintage cottages. Homebuyers take advantage of features not found in more recent construction, like wrap-around porches, built-in china cabinets and detached garages that make perfect guest quarters, studios and workshops.
In the lushly wooded hills above the landmark Flamingo Hotel are Santa Rosa’s original view homes, well hidden in the trees. North along Rincon Ridge is the Fountaingrove area, which once was part of the famed Fountaingrove commune and later a ranch and winery. The Northeast also includes Rincon Valley. Once dominated by small ranches and orchards, Rincon Valley now offers townhouses, older ranches with larger lots, 1960s and ’70s single-level homes, and newer multi-story developments along Highway 12 toward Sonoma. Santa Rosa has a population of 167,815.
history as an apple growing region, and although apples have all but been completely supplanted by wine grapes, the town still celebrates its roots with the annual Apple Blossom Festival and Gravenstein Apple Fair. While exuding quaint small town charm, Sebastopol is also recognized as being one of the most politically progressive towns in Northern California with an international consciousness and a sophisticated country feeling.
Downtown Sebastopol is a charming destination with many unique shops featuring crafts, health food, clothing, books, New Age stores and art galleries. The population of Sebastopol is 7,379.
Located between Petaluma and Napa, and only about 40 miles north of San Francisco, Sonoma real estate is perfectly situated to maximize residents’ quality of life. Although world-renowned as a wine mecca, Sonoma maintains the tight-knit feel of a small community, with a charming downtown. Sonoma is a historically significant city complete with a historic town plaza, a remnant of the town’s Mexican colonial past. 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, a town rich in history surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. It is also the home of the nationally recognized Sonoma International Film Festival. The population of Sonoma is 10,648.