Sonoma County is one of the world’s most captivating places to live. Thirty miles north of San Francisco, the county is already well known for its 13 world-class wines, vineyard landscapes, and natural living. We are also home to an expanding art and culture scene and world-class cycling.
Our Mediterranean climate produces four charmingly distinct, yet mild seasons – a boon for outdoor-recreation lovers and yielding an environment in which the latest, international culinary and organic growing trends are born. The county comprises nine cities, and numerous small towns and villages. Santa Rosa, the county seat and the largest city between San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, is an emerging green and urban community. Dwelling lifestyles encompass city-loft, weekend cottage, elegant luxury estate, agricultural spreads, and neighborhoods from traditional to the alternative – for starters.
With just over 1500 square miles, our large county contains thousands of acres of parks and protected open space, a 76-mile dramatic Pacific coastline, ancient redwood forests, geysers, the Russian River, Lake Sonoma, and far-ranging farmlands. Simultaneously, close-knit communities centered on our youth and schools thrive. Sonoma County will soon launch the “SMART” train rail service. Our county is committed to a green transit-oriented future, with pedestrian and bike-friendly cities and stunning open space in between.