Sonoma County was founded in 1850,and if you’re a history buff, you’ll have noticed that a lot of the older buildings are still in use – and a lot of the homes are still being lived in.
From Queen Anne Victorians to Barn-Style abodes, this entire area has stories to tell through architecture. Before I start getting too nerdy, I’ll get right to it: If you love Sonoma County’s rich history, you could own a piece of it when searching for your next home.
Here are 7 homes currently on the market that are looking for new owners to carry on with stories of their own;
300 W 8th St, Santa Rosa – Built in 1900 – $699,000
4 beds, 2 baths, 1,912 square feet.
This is a classic Victorian with an updated interior. Showing that it’s moving on with the times, it’s located near one of the new SMART train stations; a good find for someone who commutes.
Though the kitchen is updated, it holds onto its original Victorian charm with the white tile backsplash and cupboards.
This bathtub is well restored in the original Victorian style. I love historic homes, but I also enjoy baths with jets and a lot more room. However, for anyone who’ s a true stickler for details, this is just perfect.
4190 Lambert Bridge Rd, Healdsburg – Built in 1900 – $3,295,000
3 beds, 2 baths, 2,467 square feet.
This home is described as a farmhouse, and is located on just under an acre of land.
The tall windows are found throughout the entire downstairs, creating an open, inviting feel.
The arch of the ceilings in the upstairs rooms reflect the gabled roof, making it feel close and cozy.
1553 13th St, Santa Rosa – Built in 1900 – $679,000
3 beds, 2 baths, 1,700 square feet.
This is a vintage Craftsman in the McDonald district of Santa Rosa, which is also the area that has some of the best Christmas displays (at least in my opinion…).
While this house looks smaller from the front, when looking at the side you can see that it’s tactually quite large.
The backyard is roomy enough for entertaining family and friends, one of the ways the best stories get written.
7060 Bodega Ave, Petaluma – Built in 1870 – $407,500
2,572 square feet
This converted barn was built in 1870, and is now zoned residential. It’s a historical landmark, which comes with its own sets of restrictions, but if someone wants a true piece of history, here it is.
The interior was once used as a dance hall, and it does have a small kitchen and bathroom as well. This is one of the ‘rougher’ fixer-uppers I found, but for someone with time and the ability to take on a big project, it could be wonderful.
21403 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville – Built in 1900 – $949,000
3 beds, 2 baths, 2,080 square feet.
Another vintage farmhouse; the allure of this property is the land it’s surrounded by. Sitting on 1.5 acres, it’s zoned R14.8 which means 4.8 dwellings per acre are allowed. A homebuyer could build a newer home (or, homes) on the land while restoring the original one.
The acreage around the house includes this small orchard.
From an angle, you can see how 2,080 square feet fits inside it.
743 Johnson St, Healdsburg – Built in 1900 – $1,200,000
5 beds, 3.5 baths, 3,117 square feet.
A large, family-style home, this Queen Anne Victorian has been meticulously restored.
Though it’s a historic home, I have to say I approve of the upgrades: granite countertops, new appliances, and fresh flooring fit right in.
Yet another example of a restored Victorian bathroom, except this one has a decidedly updated tub – jets included.
540 Peru Rd, Sonoma – Built in 1900 – $1,950,000
5 beds, 2 baths, 2,400 square feet.
At 2,400 square feet, this is the roomiest house on the list – I’m not including the barn in that assertion since it’s not a traditional home – and could be a good find for a homebuyer with a large family.
As can be seen in this picture, the floors are redone and the walls are solid, but there will need to be extensive updating.
Reflecting its agricultural past, this home sits on 7.69 acres and has a stream running through it.