When you think of Sonoma County, you think wine country, beach, and that it is practically next door to San Francisco. What’s not to love? While Sonoma County is undoubtedly a great place to live, it’s essential to look at the facts before buying a home. Below are the top three things to think about before moving into Sonoma County.
1. What’s the Weather like in Sonoma?
California is often associated with warm, sandy beaches, hot summers, and mild, rainy winters. While this is true for parts of California, it’s not all true for Sonoma County.
Winters can get down into the 30s, but it pretty much never snows. Instead, expect closer to 45-50 degrees December through February. While the rain makes it cozy for sweater weather, if you need to build a snowman or plow a driveway, you definitely won’t get it in Sonoma County.
Summers are closer to San Francisco weather than So Cal summers. Instead of hundred-degree beach days, expect most summer days to peak in the low to mid-80s. It’s a comfortable summer with low humidity. But if you’re a desert type, Sonoma isn’t the place for you.
2. Is Sonoma for a City Slicker or Country Living?
While Sonoma County is about a fifty-minute drive from the Golden Gate Bridge, Sonoma county itself is much quieter. If you’re someone who loves nightlife, going out to dinner and clubs all weekend, and looking over the city from a high-rise condo, Sonoma is going to seem a bit boring.
On the other hand, if you like tree-lined lanes with pretty houses, wildlife, and a moderately full social calendar, Sonoma County could be a perfect fit for you. While Sonoma County is a somewhat trendy place to be, it’s called wine country for a reason.
3. Do You Have to Love Wine to Live in Sonoma?
This brings us to our final point. Sonoma County’s social life centers around vineyards and wine tastings. If you don’t like wine or don’t drink it, it will be a lot harder for you to participate in the county’s activities and venues.
If you are an amateur sommelier or just enjoy a good glass of wine, Sonoma is a great place for you! There are plenty of opportunities for wine tastings. A classic day outing includes packing a picnic basket with bread and local cheese, then spending the day visiting wineries. The beautiful Chateau St. Jean, Buena Vista, and the Russian River wineries are all spectacular options.
Is it a match?
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