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Community Focus: Benicia named one of the top waterfront communities in the US

For an idyllic waterfront lifestyle that takes you away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Bay Area, beautiful and historic Benicia in Solano County may just be the town for you.

Notable for its small-town charm and affordable cost of living, Benicia ranked 34th among 227 waterfront towns and cities in WalletHub.com’s 2017 list of the “Best Beach Towns to Live In.”

Benicia is a 15.7-square-mile city located along the Carquinez Strait waterfront. This city is roughly 35 miles north of downtown San Francisco. The commute takes 40 to 45 minutes via the I-80 East route in typical traffic conditions, making this city a desirable bedroom suburb for Bay Area professionals.

This city’s unique character goes beyond its immediate appeal as a waterfront town. Benicia also bears historic significance as a former state capital, as well as the home of California’s third capitol building. The Benicia Capitol State Historic Park preserves and showcases this historic structure – the last among California’s former capitol buildings left standing today.

In addition to its rich history, the arts and the creative spirit also figure prominently in the Benicia community. The city is home to hundreds of resident artists and has a fine selection of galleries and studios across town.

Benicia neighborhoods are pleasant, with thriving foliage complementing the breezy waterfront location. In fact, the city is an accredited member of the Tree City USA program.

Benicia real estate and homes for sale

Promising “A Great Day by the Bay” every day, Benicia is considered by its 28,000 residents as a hidden gem among North Bay residential areas.

Home buyers can find a healthy selection of single-family homes in this market, ranging from classic American ranches and cottages that blend well into the waterside locale, to contemporary and custom-styled construction. As well as many historical structures ready to be called home!

Along the waterfront, luxury buyers can find large and elegant estates. A variety of modestly priced condos, townhomes, and apartments are also available.

Acreage is also available for property investors and home builders with specific design and development plans.

Explore the website or call Richard Sarro at 415.680.5042 for more real estate opportunities in Benicia. You can also inquire here.

Community highlights and attractions

Benicia promises a vibrant lifestyle to match its waterside location. Check out some of the highlights that liven up this community throughout the year:

  • Arts Benicia
    Simultaneously a must-visit destination and a local collective, Arts Benicia is the hub of local creative talent. It offers exhibitions, events, and even classes and workshops for aspiring artists.
  • Benicia Peddler’s Fair
    Since 1963, this annual outdoor event has created a venue for local antique collectors and artisans to showcase their wares for resident and visiting dealers and enthusiasts.
  • Benicia State Recreation Area
    The city’s premier park offers an expanse of grassy hillsides, marshlands, rocky beaches, and 2.5 miles of trails for joggers, cyclists, skaters, and even equestrians.
  • First Street Promenade
    Benicia’s main retail area welcomes you to a shopping spree with the best view ever – the city’s dramatic waterfront!
  • The entire Benicia waterfront
    An inspiration for some of the writings of American novelist Jack London, this entire coastline is a main attraction that features several more: along the waterfront are a variety of breathtaking views, the bustling Benicia Marina, as well as three out of more than 20 city parks.
  • Farmer’s Market
    Benicia’s Certified Farmers Market opens the last Thursday of April and runs through October. It is located on First Street and consists of several farmers with a wide array of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and fresh flowers. Sprinkled amongst these vendors are creative arts and crafts vendors selling great collectables.

    • Main Street
      Benicia, the “jewel” of the Bay Area, invites you to visit our historic community, offering small, hometown charm. You’ll enjoy the beautiful waterfront location enhanced by a variety of specialty shops, antique stores, fine restaurants, and a thriving marina. There is something for everyone in Benicia.
    • Art & Wine Festival
      Benicia’s Art of a Community Exhibition showcases the talents of Arts Benicia’s artist members and includes works in a variety of media. Exhibition runs through February 25

  • Explore the single-family homes, condos, townhouse, vacant lots, and land in Benicia. Call Bay Area Realtor Richard Sarro today at 415.680.5042 or contact him here.