Historically A farming community known for its Gravenstein apple orchards and more recently the grapevines of highly sought Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards, Sebastopol is a small, family-oriented city of older homes. Horses graze just a few blocks from Main Street, and cars brake for chickens brazenly crossing the road. The city’s natural beauty and its proximity to the rugged Sonoma coastline and Russian River corridor are just some of the reasons Sebastopol is popular with Sonoma County homebuyers.
With about 9,000 residents, the city has remained much more rural than central with most housing options typically boasting a land component. Many will refer to the West County when thinking of this city with that greater population tipping the scales at 50,000 inhabitants when including the Russian River, Forestville, Graton and Occidental communities.
Close to the Sebastopol business district, 100-year-old Craftsman bungalows predominate. In the countryside, buyers can find simple ranch style houses as well as architecturally significant properties with vineyards, apple orchards, redwoods, and streams. Homes for sale in Sebastopol will typically start at the $500,000 point though routinely sell closer to $1 million with some of its finest residences with acreage being delivered in the $2-10 million range.
To promote the sustainable farming and locavore movement, Sonoma County Farm Trails - an agritourism and farm marketing group - offers tours of farms, ranches, and vineyards around Sebastopol.