You set a certain budget for your house hunt — and you can’t go a penny over it. But what if you want to expand your search a wee bit beyond a specific neighborhood? We decided to play the comparison game by exploring what you can buy for a certain dollar value in various California neighborhoods in a series called “Cali Comparables.” We’re crisscrossing the Golden State to give you an idea of how far your dollar goes in certain areas.

This week, we’re focusing our sights on beautiful and breathtaking Sonoma County, just a short drive north from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge in California and nestled in the heart of California’s world-class wine country. Just how far will $3.5 million take us on our search for a piece of wine country paradise? We take a look at three superb, but different properties.

 

10355 Westside Road | Healdsburg, CA 95448 | $3,400,000

This magnificent Healdsburg estate is for true wine lovers, a chance to live on 23 pristine acres with extraordinary views. Set behind a gated entry, there is a secluded main residence and cottage set apart for maximum privacy. The main residence boasts a grand room with an impressive barrel ceiling, as well as a chef’s kitchen, expansive master suite, spa with steam shower, library and pool. Offering the promise of a retreat lifestyle with farm-to-table possibilities, the estate artfully blends natural beauty with a hobby vineyard, small orchard and enclosed vegetable garden. It’s the perfect property for entertaining and relaxing with family and friends.

200 Bottasso Court | Santa Rosa, CA 95404 | $3,589,000

Blue Moon Vineyard, as this gated vineyard estate in Bennett Valley is called, sits on a quiet 21 acres with 10 acres planted to Pinot Noir.  Stunning views envelope the property. The guest home is built over the three-car garage and overlooks the vineyards and four-acre pond. Plans were drawn for a 4,500 square-foot residence and the foundation is in place. The unique round barn sits adjacent to the two fenced pastures and could be used for livestock or entertaining. The water tower houses a cozy studio — perfect for an artist, yogi or Silicon Valley professional who just wants a quiet getaway.

 

456 2nd Street East | Sonoma, CA 95476 | $3,100,000

This bespoke luxury residence in the heart of Sonoma Plaza is the answer for the urban wine lover who wants to be in the heart of California viticulture but wants a walkable lifestyle.  Unparalleled workmanship defines the two-bedroom, two-bath home, as seen in details such as pecan floors, three stone gas fireplaces, floor to coffered ceiling windows, expansive 10.5-foot ceilings, three walk-in closets, an open-concept gourmet kitchen with top appliances and honed granite counters with custom cabinets. Designed and built in 2011, the residence also features the convenience of a home office and the privacy of an opulent master bed and bath suite. But the absolute best part about this prime property is that it’s just one block east of the Plaza.

 

Click here for other homes currently for sale in Sonoma County in the $3,100,000 to $3,700,000 range.

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