Glen Ellen is a pretty little town located 7.5 miles north of downtown Sonoma. With a population of around 800 people you get the idea that it won’t take you long to get from one end of town to the other. As you come to expect from towns in the Sonoma Valley, Glen Ellen has definitely put its stamp on the wine industry with some amazing award winning wineries.
It’s the call of the wild, well not really but Jack London did live and write here in the early 1900’s, his former estate is now a state park bearing his name. Glen Ellen got its start in 1859 when Charles V. Stuart established a 1,000 acre vineyard and named it Glen Ellen after his wife. The little town that grew up around the vineyard also took on the name Glen Ellen…what a cute story.
What you are going to find is a really wide variety of properties in Glen Ellen. You will have several small neighborhoods of traditional bungalows on smaller lots that are pretty modest. These will typically have a price range of $350,000-$600,000. You will also find a large number of rural homes on larger lots, typically an acre or less. These homes will be in the range of $500,000-$1.5 million. From there you will have your wine country dream estate properties that will typically have acreage, vineyards and pretty much feel like heaven. These properties will start around $1.5 million and go to $5 million++
Restaurants and Shopping:
For a little town of 800 people the restaurant choices that are available just happen to be off the chart amazing. The restaurants of Glen Ellen are just plain crazy good, I would live here just so could walk to dinner every night. As far as grocers go, the Glen Ellen Market is like a mini Whole Foods on steroids, ok…all natural organic steroids.
Family and Fitness:
There are a number of state and county parks really close by that offer great hiking, trail running and mountain biking. The Jack London State Park is located just above town and is a great place to picnic and explore the old stone ruins of Jack London’s dream home “the Wolf House” that bunted down just before he was set to move in.
Dunbar Elementary, Altimira Middle School and Sonoma Valley High.
Major street boundaries:
Sonoma Highway 12 to the north and east, Madrone Road to the south and Sonoma Mountain is a natural boundary to the west.