SONOMA COUNTY PROPERTIES PUBLISHED AS A “LOCAL EINSTEIN”. Ron L. Welsh and Sonoma County Properties have been acknowledged as an expert in all matters real estate in Sonoma County. While they cover the entire county, the base of their operations is Sebastopol, Santa Rosa and Healdsburg.

What to know before Buying or Selling a home in Sonoma County!

We were selected from a pool of thousands of candidates to contribute to this in depth look at the “ins and outs” of buying or selling Sonoma County Real Estate. The book just became available this week and has been very well received.

Knowledge is power and in a transaction as important as a real estate investment, a resource like Local Einsteins could be invaluable!   – Ron L. Welsh

Here is my introduction to the Graton / Forestville chapter of the book;

Just discovering this small portion of Sonoma County’s “Wine County” is delightful; choosing to live here is remarkable. [Read more…]


Graton is my town; one of my favorite small towns here in Sonoma County and another reason that we love living in Sonoma County. This tiny, one block long town sits in the middle of a beautiful valley, bordered by Sebastopol on the south, Occidental on the west, Forestville to the north and Santa Rosa to the east. Just discovering this small portion of Sonoma County’s “Wine County” is delightful; choosing to live here is remarkable. The climate is temperate, the rolling hills and valleys are covered with oaks, vineyard, orchards and gardens. The back roads that wind through the area are immensely enjoyable.

Graton-Main Street looking West; Circa 1915

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Graton's Parks-via Lesa Tanner

From time to time we will invite a guest writer to contribute to our blog. Someone like ourselves, who loves living here and finds inspiration everyday from our beautiful place in the world. Introducing Lesa Tanner; she is the author of the book Images of America: Graton, a compilation of over 200 historical photographs with captions that spans Graton’s founding to its 100th birthday. As a lifelong Graton resident, she also writes the column, Hometown Graton, published the second Thursday of each month in Sonoma West Times and News.

Lisa tells us the story of Graton’s history with preserving park land for all who pass through. The portion of the article about the “Shoot the Chute” is from an oral history left by my maternal Grandfather, Jack Robertson.

My "Gaddy" Jack Robertson, and my mother as a little girl in front of Handy's Service Station-Graton

Lesa says:

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Graton Day-Via Sonoma Properties

click on the picture to see the official Graton Day Flier

This upcoming Saturday the 24th is our annual Graton Day!. Held this year on Bowen Street, festivities will begin with a parade (including one for pets) at 3 p.m., then live music, food, vendors, a raffle, kids’ activities, a pie contest, and more.    [Read more…]