The City of Sebastopol is a small semi-urban community located in California, on the western edge of the Santa Rosa plain. It is 50 miles north of San Francisco, 8 miles west of Santa Rosa, 10 miles from Bodega Bay and about 15 miles from the Russian River. The City, incorporated in 1902, currently has a population of about 7,800 people and serves a trade area population in excess of 50,000 people. The city offers access to U.S. 101, State Highways 12 and 116. Bus service is provided by Sonoma County Transit within the County of Sonoma. Also, local buses provide service to both the San Francisco and Oakland Airports for a fee. Sonoma County Airport, in Santa Rosa, has passenger and freight service.
There is a diversity of housing types in the Sebastopol area, ranging from 100-year old Craftsman bungalows and farmhouses to modern subdivisions, apartments and condominiums. In the countryside surrounding Sebastopol, properties with vineyards, apple orchards, redwoods, streams and other features are not uncommon. Home prices and rental rates tend to be higher than some other areas of Sonoma County. Sebastopol's public schools rank among the highest in the area in terms of student achievement, and also enjoy strong community and parent support.
The City is located in a region that produces the majority of the world supply of Gravenstein apples and more recently has become a significant grape-growing region for high quality wines. Sebastopol is also the gateway to the popular Russian River and coastal recreation areas. Sebastopol has nineteen churches, one public library, one weekly newspaper, one television cable system, multiple parks and playgrounds, and one public swimming pool. There is a Community Center and Art Center, ball parks, public golf course, tennis courts and the Veterans Memorial Building. Nearby resorts, campgrounds and State Parks add to the recreation facilities. There are also service clubs, fraternal and social organizations, trade associations, youth and sports groups. Art, gardening and music clubs are popular throughout West Sonoma County.
Sebastopol continues to be a vibrant, creative community. In addition to being the arts and creative hub of West Sonoma County, Sebastopol is a leader in local efforts to address climate change. The city itself and the community as a whole are leaders in energy and water conservation efforts as well as policy initiatives to address this critical issue. Sebastopol's special qualities and unique geographical setting attract visitors and residents alike, as well as new commercial and industrial businesses, some with global reach. The community continues to work together towards creation of a sustainable local economy.