There has been a longtime belief that living by a river, or any body of water, has health benefits ranging from lowering blood pressure to improving quality of sleep. If a homebuyer wants to find a house to get close to a running river, Sonoma County is a good place to look.

The Russian River area consists of a string of towns running along the Russian River from Forestville to the Estuary at Jenner. Guerneville is the main town in the Russian River area of west Sonoma County, 15 miles west of Santa Rosa, 70 miles north of San Francisco. Rio Nido is its own community just east of Guerneville and just west of Korbel, and the area’s only public pool is located there.

Forestville is most convenient to the River. The Northwood golf course area is 2 – 3 miles west of Guerneville and, although technically Monte Rio, these homes are as close to Guerneville as they are to central Monte Rio.

Duncans Mills is close to the ocean and Cazadero is redwood forest, with an all-year creek running through it; in general, the most secluded homes will be found here. Jenner is located 15 miles west of Guerneville, where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean, and has a coastal climate with frequent morning fog. Jenner is less than a five minute drive to Goat Rock State Park Beach and 10 miles north of Bodega Bay.

What all these towns have in common is easy access to the Russian River, and usually houses within walking distance.

Click through our gallery above to preview the latest homes listed that are close to the Russian River