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  • Bodega Bay




Inside Perspective


The quaint, coastal Sonoma County town of Bodega Bay offers both residents and visitors a relaxed lifestyle and quick access to some of Northern California's most spectacular natural scenery along Highway 1. The community of just over 1,000 residents is located roughly 30 miles west of Petaluma and 70 miles north of San Francisco.

Bodega Bay has mostly small businesses including a few restaurants, market, a surf shop, and a kite store but no large retailers, which helps the community maintain its old school, small town flavor. Opportunities for outdoor recreation abound in the town, whether it's boating in Bodega Bay itself, enjoying the amazing clam chowder (don’t miss the Manhattan Style served up at Spud Point Crab Co) or hiking the rugged coastline of the breathtaking Sonoma Coast State Park or Doran Beach.

Bodega Bay is also relatively close to the Russian River, which empties into the Pacific Ocean about 10 miles north near the tiny community of Jenner. One of Bodega’s treasures is the links style 18-holegolf course at Bodega Harbor, one of Northern California's most scenic seaside golf courses. Bodega Bay earned its place in cinematic history in 1963 when director Alfred Hitchcock chose the town as the primary setting for his thriller The Birds. Landmarks from the film still stand to this day most notably the former Potter Schoolhouse a few miles east of the town.

Homes in Bodega Bay on the fabled Sonoma Coast range from smaller, older cottages near the community's center to expansive, newer properties surrounding the golf course. Prices in this submarket can start at $400,000 and slide all the way up to $2 million with the median requiring about $925,000 from your pocketbook.