Located seven miles north of Sonoma in the heart of picturesque Sonoma Valley, the charming village of Glen Ellen (population: 784 – 2010 Census) sits amidst a patchwork of Sonoma County vineyards and wineries, local dining delights and exquisite natural beauty surrounding it. Tucked between Sonoma Mountain to the west and the Mayacamas Mountains to the east, and bisected by the Sonoma and Calabasas creeks, Glen Ellen epitomizes laid-back wine country living. It offers a variety of homeownership options and styles, ranging from in-town luxury condos and single-family homes, to rustic country bungalows, to rambling hillside vineyard estates.
Wine tasting opportunities abound, along with excellent lodging options in boutique hotels, bed and breakfast inns and vacation rentals throughout the area. Two popular spots are the Glen Ellen Village Market in the center of town where locals and visitors linger, socialize and shop, and nearby Oak Hill Farm’s Red Barn Store where locally-grown organic produce and flowers are offered.
Glen Ellen is also famous as the last home of “Call of the Wild” author, Jack London, who lived there from 1905 until his death in 1916. London’s “Beauty Ranch” is now the 39-acre Jack London State Historic Park, also home to Transcendence Theatre’s “Broadway Under the Stars” performances in the Park’s old winery ruins. Glen Ellen is truly a nature lover’s paradise with its rich topography, Bouverie Preserve, QuarryHill Botanical Garden, hiking trails, regional parks and more.