Many things are considered when purchasing a home – price, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, neighborhood, area schools, and so on – but as you may have heard, the mantra in real estate is “location, location, location,” which is really great, because no matter where you choose to live in Solano County, there’s no shortage of great places to go and lots of things to do. So whether you’re looking at Fairfield homes for sale or homes for rent in Vacaville, keep reading!
Here’s some brief information about some of the more popular things to do in each of Solano County’s seven cities:
Benicia Benicia is a waterfront town in southern Solano County bordered by Suisun Bay and the Carquinez Strait. The downtown area is vibrant, with activities for the whole family occurring most every weekend. The city served as the state capitol for a little over a year in the 1850s and the capitol building still stands. Other attractions include the Benicia Arsenal that was built around 1860, and the Camel Barns, where the U.S. Army experimented with using camels in the Southwest U.S. as pack animals. Many of these buildings now house professional services and artists from many disciplines. Benicia also offer convenient freeway access for Bay Area commuters on I- 680 and I-780. Temperatures tend to be a little cooler in Benicia compared to the rest of the county (except Vallejo) due to its waterside location.
Dixon Dixon is located in the Northeast part of the county and is located off of I-80. For many years, Dixon was considered an agricultural community as farming was (and is) an important part of the community. Over the past couple of decades, though, Dixon has seen substantial growth in housing and business, with companies as diverse as Gymboree and Campbell Soup locating facilities there. Local attractions include the Dixon May Fair and Cool Patch Pumpkins, the world record holder for the largest corn maze. Located on the Central Valley side of Solano County, it has some of the warmer summer temperatures in the county, with average temperatures in the 90s for a couple of months a year. Check out Dixon homes on our website as well as Fairfield homes for sale and homes for rent Vacaville.
Fairfield Fairfield is the county seat of Solano County and is also its second largest city. Located along I-80, Fairfield is located almost exactly halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento, making it a popular location for commuters to both the Bay Area and Sacramento. There’s lots to do here, including touring the world-famous Jelly Belly factory or Anheuser Busch brewery, enjoying the Tomato Festival, hiking Rockville Hills Regional Park, shopping at Solano Town Centeror visiting the air museum at Travis AFB. It’s why people look for Fairfield homes for sale. For the kids, Scandia Family Fun Center has miniature golf, laser tag, and other amusements. Golfers can enjoy two public golf courses within city limits. They’ll also enjoy the Civic Center with its ponds and fountains and lots of ducks! Fairfield homes for sale are always popular and so are homes for rent in Vacaville not too far from Fairfield.
Rio Vista Located on the Eastern edge of Solano County, Rio Vista lines the Sacramento River as it flows into the delta. Solano County’s smallest city is popular with boaters and fishermen who access the many tributaries and delta from here. Campers can enjoy year-round use of Sandy Beach Park, which features campsites and a boat launch. The Rio Vista Bridge, officially named Helen Madere Bridge is a drawbridge spanning the Sacramento River and is raised and lowered up to 200 times a month for large ships travelling between Sacramento and the Pacific Ocean.
Suisun City Generally just called Suisun (sue-soon) by locals, it features a revitalized downtown waterfront with lots of year-round activities for all ages, including Christmas on the Waterfront (featuring a sailing Santa), Fourth of July fireworks, and many other festivals and gatherings. Prefer open spaces and peaceful settings? Check out the Suisun Marsh, the largest brackish-water marsh on the West coast. Just down the road is the Western Rail Museum, where attendees can take train rides and learn about vintage railways and equipment. Suisun is known for the cooling westerly breezes that occur most summer evenings, bring respite from the heat for its residents. Suisun, in fact, means “west wind” in the language of the Patwin Indians who used to populate the area.
Vacaville With a name like “cow-town” (“vaca” means cow in Spanish), you’d expect to see a small town in a rural setting, but that’s not the case. Vacaville has numerous attractions and activities for almost everyone. People constantly look for homes for rent Vacaville or for sale. Kids can enjoy the carousel and train rides at the Nut Tree, shoppers can peruse hundreds of stores at the Premium Factory Outlets or nearby shopping centers anchored by major retailers, or shop in the vibrant downtown area. Vacaville has lots of City-sponsored activities, including Merriment on Main (Christmas tree lighting), Creek Walk (summer festival), and Fourth of July fireworks. Like Dixon, Vacaville is located on the Central valley side of the county and typically experiences warmer weather than cities to the west. Find homes for rent Vacaville and the nearby Fairfield homes for sale.
Vallejo Solano County’s largest city is home to a Six Flags Discovery Kingdom amusement park, Solano County Fair, and three public golf courses, including the Mare Island Golf Club, built in 1892 and the oldest course west of the Mississippi. Vallejo is the western-most city in Solano County, making it popular with Bay Area commuters. Daily ferry service is available for travel to San Francisco along the beautiful waterfront, including seasonal service to AT&T Park for Giants games. The Al Zampa Bridge connecting Solano county with Contra Costa County features a bike and walking path over the Carquinez Strait. Vallejo has perhaps the mildest summer and winter weather of all the Solano County cities due to its location on the San Pablo Bay. View Vallejo homes on our website and homes for rent Vacaville and Fairfield homes for sale.
Like we said, no matter where you choose to live in the area, there’s a lot to do, and as full-service Realtors, Community Real Estate can help you find the right home for you in Solano County. Browse our homes for rent Vacaville, Fairfield homes for sale, Vallejo homes, and more!