The Birthplace of California’s Wine Industry
As the economic hub of Sonoma Valley and former county seat of Sonoma County, this community has perhaps the richest history of any California Wine Country town.
This area offers a park-like town square, a plethora of charming cafes and gourmet restaurants, stylish boutiques, galleries, luxurious Sonoma real estate, and much more. It is, in fact, the birthplace of California’s wine industry. Most of its 10,000 residents swear they’ll never leave and its visitors swear they’ll one day own at least a vacation home here. With its temperate climate, easy access to San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean, the richness of its cultural scene and recreational opportunities, and easygoing lifestyle of relaxed sophistication it’s easy to see why.
The town plaza, a National Historic Landmark hosting its early 20th century and still functional town hall, is surrounded by historical buildings as well as casual to gourmet-style restaurants, galleries, spas and shops. Sonoma homes for sale range from modest cottages to luxurious, breathtaking estates.
Sonoma’s International Film Festival
Widely acknowledged as a top 10 festival destination, Sonoma’s International Film Festival has graced Sonoma for 20+ straight years. It takes place in early spring each year and features more than 90+ specially selected films from documentaries, independent films, cinema, and short films. All the screenings are within walking distance and are located on the historic Sonoma Plaza.
When attending the festival, you can expect to find world-class cuisine, great wines from local vintners, and many delicacies which are created by the local artisans. And of course, celebrities are known to frequent this Festival.
Sonoma Valley Museum of Modern Art
Just one-half block south of the Sonoma Plaza, this hip and dynamic museum features a 2500-volume art library, exhibitions, and public spaces for workshops and events year-round. With a large membership consisting of more than 1000 households in the area, it is the largest visual arts organization in the San Francisco North Bay Region. Come here to see their selection of modern and contemporary art.
This Wine Marketplace features boutique wineries with wine tastings, live music, and fabulous shopping. From art-inspired gardens featuring international and local landscape architects, to the regular events which are held here frequently — it is place to eat, sip, and explore.
Is Sonoma Real Estate Right For You?
Sonoma contains a storied history which makes itself evident at every twist and turn. As a premier wine producing area, and with an abundance of activities going on throughout the year, it is a popular destination that attracts people from all over the world. Whether you are searching for a secluded home off the beaten path or an immaculate vineyard estate — Sonoma has everything you need and more. Is it time to consider buying Sonoma real estate?