Santa Rosa, the largest city in Sonoma County and the county seat, is centered in the Sonoma County Wine Country. Named one of the nation’s Most Livable Communities, Santa Rosa maintains a small-town feel while having a population of over 150,000. Located 55 miles north of San Francisco and 30 miles east of the Pacific Coast, Santa Rosa serves as the dominant center of trade, government, commerce, and medical facilities for Northern California.
Named by Forbes magazine as the Number Two place in the United States in which to do business, Santa Rosa has experienced impressive job growth over the years. Surrounding Santa Rosa is one of the most important wine regions in the world, with close to 200 wineries in the area and seven located in Santa Rosa. First-class hotels and restaurants, museums, and shops offer many opportunities for tourists and residents alike.
The City of Santa Rosa is home to fine schools and educational facilities including the well-respected Santa Rosa Junior College, a two-year liberal arts community college recognized consistently as one of the Top Ten Junior Colleges in the country.
In addition to entertainment venues such as the Wells Fargo Center for the Performing Arts, the Charles M. Schulz Museum, Research Center and Ice Arena, and the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, Santa Rosa is surrounded by wonderful and accessible city parks such as Spring Lake, Howarth Park, and the popular downtown Courthouse Square.
Windsor, Sonoma County’s newest town is located in the heart of Sonoma County and is the “GATEWAY TO THE WINE COUNTRY”. Located less than one hour from the San Francisco Bay Area and minutes from the Pacific Ocean, Redwood Forest, health resorts, the Russian River and world class wineries, Windsor offers a rural atmosphere with city conveniences. Currently, Windsor is Sonoma County’s fastest-growing town.Windsor Details »
Centered around a traditional Spanish-style plaza, Healdsburg is the economic heart of northern Sonoma County. Beautiful 19th Century architecture surrounds The Square where a vibrant and diverse community of upscale hotels, shops and restaurants attracts the well-educated locals and well-heeled tourists. Healdsburg’s charm and close proximity to the Dry Creek and Alexander Valley’s have made it a top Wine Country destination. Older, quiet neighborhoods surround The Plaza, while newer contemporary homes command beautiful hillsides and rural ranches and vineyard estates occupy the valley floor.Healdsburg Details »
One of California’s oldest cities, Petaluma is best known for its historic preserved downtown which showcases Victorian homes and commercial iron-front buildings. Located in the south of Sonoma County along the Petaluma River, Petaluma’s economy is based upon thriving telecommunications, agriculture and tourism industries. The Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park located just outside of town was General Mariano Vallejo’s 19th Century headquarters for his agricultural empire. Petaluma offers a wide array of housing options including the many restored Victorians, charming bungalows and new custom homes in amenity-oriented subdivisions.Petaluma Details »
Rohnert Park is one of the first planned communities in the United States. The city was designed with families in mind, with the focus being on children. Each Rohnert Park neighborhood was designed around a city park and elementary school, and the tree-lined streets are connected by bikeways and walkways. The city is also home to Sonoma State University, which offers 9 credential programs and eight undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. Although the original designers focus was children, the needs of seniors were not left out.Rohnert Park Details »
Sebastopol serves as the hub of Western Sonoma County Wine Country. Sebastopol is the gateway to the breathtaking Sonoma Coastline and Russian River Redwood Corridor.Sebastopol Details »
Northern Sonoma County
The northernmost town along the Highway 101 corridor, Cloverdale lies nestled among rolling hills, open fields and vineyards at the top of Alexander Valley — a well-respected wine growing region in Sonoma County. One of the fastest growing towns in the county, Cloverdale is home to several newer retirement communities, a 70-acre regional park with Russian River frontage and offers easy access to Lake Sonoma.Northern Sonoma County Details »