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Top Locations for a Second Home in Sonoma County

Downtown Sonoma, CA

In the heart of Northern California, Sonoma County is full of charming towns and world-renowned vineyards. For those seeking a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life, investing in a second home in Sonoma County offers an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy the region’s beauty. Take it from Healdsburg Luxury Realtor Emily Martin, of Healdsburg Luxury Living and The JetSetting Fashionista and founder of Emily Martin Events, on the top Sonoma County locations for second homebuyers.

Realtor Emily Martin


Known as a food and wine lover’s paradise, Healdsburg tops the list of desirable destinations for a second home in Sonoma County. With its charming downtown plaza, upscale boutiques, and Michelin-starred restaurants, Healdsburg exudes a sophisticated yet laid-back vibe. Additionally, Healdsburg’s proximity to world-class wineries in the Russian River, Dry Creek, and Alexander Valleys makes it a haven for wine enthusiasts.

Speaking of great food, check out some of Emily’s top options for food in the area:

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Downtown Sonoma

The historic town of Sonoma offers a quintessential wine country experience with its tree-lined streets, historic landmarks, and vibrant cultural scene. Second home buyers will appreciate Sonoma’s central location, short drive to San Francisco, making it an ideal base for exploring the region’s wineries, parks, and scenic drives. From elegant estates to quaint cottages, Sonoma offers a diverse range of housing options to suit every taste and budget. See Emily’s recommendations on what to do in the Downtown Sonoma area:

Downtown Sonoma, CA

Downtown Sonoma, CA

Glen Ellen

Tucked away in the Sonoma Valley, Glen Ellen captivates visitors with its rustic charm and natural beauty. Surrounded by rolling hills, vineyards, and oak-studded landscapes, Glen Ellen offers a tranquil escape from the everyday hustle. Second homebuyers will find an array of charming cottages, ranch-style homes, and luxury estates in this idyllic enclave, perfect for those seeking privacy and serenity. Be sure to check out Emily’s Glen Ellen Dining Guide here. Be sure to check out The Glen Ellen Star a favorite of Emily’s. See Emily & Chef/Owner Ari Wasserman below. 

The Glen Ellen Star

Sonoma County Second Home


Known for its eclectic mix of artists, farmers, and foodies, Sebastopol offers a laid-back alternative to traditional wine country living. Second homebuyers will appreciate Sebastopol’s quirky charm, farm-to-table dining scene, and thriving arts community. With its proximity to the coast, redwood forests, and wineries, Sebastopol appeals to those who crave a diverse array of outdoor activities and cultural experiences making it a perfect second home location in Sonoma County. See where to eat and drink below:

Bodega Bay

For those seeking a coastal retreat, Bodega Bay is an irresistible option. Perched on the rugged Sonoma Coast, Bodega Bay offers breathtaking ocean views, pristine beaches, and world-class seafood. Second homebuyers will find an array of beachfront cottages, modern condos, and luxury homes overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Whether you enjoy whale watching, beach combing, or simply soaking in the sunset, Bodega Bay offers an unparalleled coastal lifestyle.

With its diverse landscapes, vibrant communities, and endless recreational opportunities, Sonoma County offers an array of desirable locations for a second home. Whether you prefer the charm of a historic town like Sonoma or the tranquility of a coastal retreat like Bodega Bay, investing in a second home in Sonoma County promises to be a rewarding experience. With careful consideration and the guidance of a knowledgeable real estate agent, you can find your dream retreat in this enchanting corner of Northern California.

Why Choose Emily Martin?

Realtor Emily Martin

Emily has called California home for over a decade and likes to think of herself as a California “native”. Learning at a young age from her mother Linda K. Martin, a top-producing real estate agent for 40+ years, Emily has been immersed in Real Estate all of her life. As a homeowner in her early 20s in Manhattan’s Gramercy Park, followed by San Francisco, and now Healdsburg, Emily understands the intricacies of home ownership in highly sought-after regions such as Manhattan, San Francisco, Sonoma County, Napa Valley, and her beloved hometown of Healdsburg, California. 

Whether you’re buying your dream home, purchasing a second home, selling a cherished property, or investing in the market, I’m here to make your dreams a reality. My extensive luxury experience, attention to customer experience, marketing expertise, hard work ethic, and passion allow me to provide a level of service that is truly distinctive. As we start our journey together, here’s what you can expect: 

Unmatched Luxury Expertise: With a deep-rooted understanding of the luxury market, I bring a wealth of knowledge and insight into luxury goods, sales, and lifestyle. Whether you’re buying or selling, I have the expertise to navigate the world of real estate and the Healdsburg Luxury Homes market.

A Tradition of Excellence: With a family legacy spanning four decades in real estate, excellence is not just a goal, it’s a tradition. I am committed to upholding the impeccable reputation my mother, Linda K. Martin, a top North Shore Chicago agent, has built by delivering nothing short of excellence to my clients. 

Unwavering Dedication & Passion: I am dedicated to your success. From the moment we embark on this journey together, I will provide unwavering support, guidance, and attention to detail, ensuring a seamless and stress-free experience. When asked to describe Emily, the first words that come up with my clients are passionate, energetic, experienced, and dependable. 

Explore the Luxury Lifestyle in Healdsburg’s Wine Country:  Luxury real estate is not just about properties, it’s about a lifestyle. It’s about finding the perfect blend of elegance, sophistication, and comfort that feels like you. It’s the feeling you get when you walk into your dream home.

Contact me today at: or 707-385-9660 to begin your extraordinary real estate experience. Together, we’ll create a story worth telling, a life worth living, and a legacy worth building.


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