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The City of Sonoma Homes for Sale

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Immerse yourself in the Wine Country lifestyle in the small town of Sonoma, which takes good WINE, good food, the arts,History, and laid-back living and blends it into the ultimate lifestyle.  While searching neighborhoods and Sonoma homes for sale make sure to pick up a map at the Visitors center on the plaza so you can make sure an see the 5 main neighborhoods and regions.

Sonoma is not just the city. The name embraces the 10,000 people inside the two square miles defining the city limits as well as the 25,000 others strung in a skein of unincorporated towns lining the Valley of the Moon along Highway 12 and creeping upland into the adjoining hills and mountains.      I am here to help with Sonoma Homes For sale, Call Anita 707-636-4024.   

Armstrong Estates

   
Armstrong Estates is local builder Steve Ledsen of Ledson Winery paying homage to an earlier time that may never have existed but looks great in the guise of spacious Craftsman homes with wide porches on wide streets with big lots and lots of lawn. Ledson is known as a stickler for detail and the quality of his finished work. His own restored country house sits in sparkling white splendor on three-plus acres in the center of the subdivision, surrounded by magnolias, redwoods, oaks and palms.
The neighborhood is embraced by an air of calm and serenity, the houses embellished with lush landscaping. Homes start somewhere north of $2 million and call to mind a simpler, safer era when kids rode bikes to school and played stickball in the street. 
I am here to help with Sonoma Homes For sale, Call Anita 707-636-4024.    

Historic Overlay Zone

     
Hard up against the western edge of Armstrong Estates is Sonoma’s Historic Overlay Zone, where restrictive zoning seeks to preserve the traditional Sonoma style, whatever recent generations believe it to be. The area is studded with stately heritage trees, deep lots that disappear into acres of backyards, a mix of Mediterranean, Victorian and Craftsman homes with never fewer than three bedrooms each and a prevailing commitment to a lifestyle of leisure and practical comfort.
Most commonly described by one word — Eastside — the historic zone is constantly argued over and the subject of endless planning commission appeals. Don’t even think about cutting down a tree without consulting your neighbors. That second-story addition you’re planning up against the property line? Forget about it.
But if you’re a successful professional — young or old — this is where you’ll probably want to live.  I am here to help with Sonoma Homes For sale. all Anita 707-636-4024

Lovall Valley Road

     
Lovall Valley Road is a specific stretch of asphalt but also a cultural and demographic address. The farther up it you live, the more cash you have to invest in architectural extravagance. California invented the term “ranchette,” which describes an estate of at least two acres, often with a barn and a horse and a pool. Lovall Valley Road is riddled with ranchettes and homes that cross the threshold of 10,000 square feet, separated from each other by acres of vineyards, pastures and white-fenced paddocks and barns. This is where you come to be a country squire.
But if you just want the manor house without the acres to worry about, you’ll probably explore Old Winery Road, which intersects Lovall Valley and is dotted with all manner of manor houses shaded by enormous eucalyptus trees. Old Winery Road leads, as the name suggests, to Buena Vista Winery  the oldest winery in California.             I am here to help with Sonoma Homes For sale. all Anita 707-636-4024

The Springs

     
One hundred eighty degrees in the opposite direction geographically, demographically and architecturally is The Springs, the amalgam of unincorporated Highway 12 towns all with names — Boyes Hot Springs, Fetters Hot Springs, Aqua Caliente — that bespeak the historic spa period when San Franciscans rode the train north to take the region’s healing waters. Funky, ethnic, rundown and now building up, the Springs has what passes for affordable living with a spicy Hispanic flavor.
Taco trucks ply the cheapest and tastiest fast food you can find up and down the highway, while countless cafes Farmers Market and bodegas service the local trade. The sumptuous Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is an island of luxury in a sea of modest bungalows and summer cabins. Property appreciates the higher you climb the flanking hillside, and creative gentrification is happening all over the Springs as investors and second-home buyers snatch up the relative bargains in real estate.  I am here to help with Sonoma Homes For sale. all Anita 707-636-4024

Glen Ellen

     
Finally, there’s sunny, laid-back Glen Ellen, home to Jack London’s fabled Wolf House, his Beauty Ranch and the state park where he’s buried. Glen Ellen also hosts Doobie Brothers manager B.R. Cohn Winery, his award-winning winery and annual for-charity rock concerts, along with countless cult winemakers whose vintages you’ll never taste unless you’re a member of their clubs. They are all nestled in a carpet of vineyards that stretches in every direction, intersected by roads and trails that lead up into mountains on both sides of the valley.      I am here to help with Sonoma Homes For sale, Call Anita 707-636-4024. 
 
Downtown Glen Ellen is blessed with a gourmet market  a deli to die for and an exhaustive wine list. Village life centers around the market, the post office and an old-fashioned auto body shop. What a great cozy small town to be a part of.  Do you want to take a peak into real estate here? 
Out on the highway, Little Vineyards has its own recording studio where proprietor Rich Little plays his Chapman Stick. On Jack London Ranch Road just outside the state park is Benziger Family Winery, a biodynamic model of sustainable agriculture with a tram tour through geologic time. The Gaige House is a nationally acclaimed Bed & Breakfast, and the Chauvet Hotel has luxury condominiums for rent that are part of the National Historical Registry.
I am here to help with Sonoma Homes For sale, Call Anita 707-636-4024.   

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Enjoy wine Country!

The Center of town is the Plaza  this is the focal place.   On the east side of the Plaza, in addition to coffee and tasty breads, pastries, coffee cakes, and muffins, the Basque Boulangerie Café offers breakfast all day, with croissant, roll, and panini breakfast sandwiches, as well as waffles.

Sonoma is a great walkable town.  Within the Plaza park you’ll find a monument to the Bear Flag Revolt, one of the first steps leading to California becoming part of the United States, and a bronze statue of town founder Gen. Mariano Vallejo sitting on a park bench. Sonoma State Historic Park consists of multiple locations around the Plaza, including Mission San Francisco Solano, the Sonoma Barracks, and the Toscano Hotel, as well as General Vallejo’s Home just three blocks to the west.  I am here to help with Sonoma Homes For sale, Call Anita 707-636-4024.

If you are looking for  Sonoma Homes For sale. near the walkable neighborhoods close to the plaza just drive or walk and you will fall in love with the tree lined streets and  warm neighborhoods.

And two blocks north of the Plaza, in a former railroad depot, the Sonoma Valley Historical Society’s Depot Park Museum is filled with vivid displays and artifacts illustrating local and California history.

One of the most striking buildings around the Plaza is the majestic and beautifully restored Sebastiani Theater, which opened in April 1934 (admission was 34 cents). Outside, its distinctive marquee and clock tower makes it a Sonoma landmark, and its interior evokes a bygone era, with lush red draperies, soaring ceilings, and impressive chandeliers.

A few steps southeast of the Plaza, the non-profit Arts Guild of Sonoma displays work by its 40+ members, with exhibits changing monthly.   A block south of the Plaza, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art features local, regional, national, and international artists. Past exhibits have included everything from student work in local art classes to furniture masterworks from the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and ceramics by Pablo Picasso.  I am here to help with Sonoma Homes For sale, Call Anita 707-636-4024.

More more more there is more to do!

When friends visit you here there are endless things to do...

Cookbook author Sondra Bernstein’s the girl & the fig restaurant  a  local favorite.   OSO Sonoma offers urban-chic décor and uncommon but delicious small plates,. Southwest of the Plaza Tasca Tasca features Portuguese flair. For more ideas, check our listings of Sonoma County restaurants and click on the City of Sonoma.  I am here to help with Sonoma Homes For sale, Call Anita 707-636-4024.

Local tip: For a basic but delicious lunch, check out the sandwiches, salads, and soup of the day at Scandia Bakery, located five blocks west of the Plaza (and don’t forget desert — fans rave about their princess cake).

    Wine and More

With more than two dozen tasting rooms within easy walking distance, the Sonoma Plaza is the perfect place for wine tasting without driving.    Do you like sparkling wine? Check out Sigh, Sonoma’s only “bubble bar.”

Three Sticks Wines pours their Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Rhône-style blend in the meticulously restored Vallejo-Casteñada adobe, with period-style furniture and details.

I am here to help with Sonoma Homes For sale, Call Anita 707-636-4024.

 

 

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