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Modern architecture takes on a new twist in Northern California's wine country where design mixes the old with the new. In the Napa Valley, Tuscan villas are designed with contemporary flair; and in Sonoma County, traditional farm buildings often take on a modern interpretation with clean lines, large windows looking out into the surrounding countryside, and unique finishes.
Mid-century sensibilities in the wine country are most commonly represented by single story ranch homes in the suburban regions of Santa Rosa, Petaluma, American Canyon, and Napa. A notable exception is The Sea Ranch, a community along the Sonoma Coast that stands on its own as one of the finest examples of the Third Bay Tradition of architecture with residences designed by influential architects of the time, including Joseph Esherick, William Turnbull, and Charles Moore.
Another modern community of note is Sonoma Mountain Village (SOMO), a 200-acre, solar-powered, zero-waste neighborhood under development in Rohnert Park. Centered around a town square, the homes in Sonoma Mountain Village will be state-of-the-art modern homes in one of the greenest neighborhoods in the world.
Healdsburg is a trendsetter in modern architecture with one-of-a-kind custom homes, designed by leading architects including Swatt - Miers, Lundberg Design, and Dowling Architects who have also designed homes in Occidental and St. Helena. Blu Homes, a leader in prefabricated homes, has built several hip prefabs in Healdsburg, as well as Cloverdale, Sebastopol, Petaluma, Sonoma, and St. Helena.
Modern homes in Napa County have a sophisticated edge, often taking an unexpected approach to traditional design, offering dramatic open spaces that celebrate the local surroundings and soften the lines between indoor and outdoor living. In the Napa Valley, local architects including Gary Tucker Architects, Craig Steely Architecture, Backen-Gillam-Kroeger and LDG Architecture have designed stunning homes set in the vineyards around St. Helena, Oakville, and Rutherford and in hillside communities that surround the valley.
If you are looking for a modern home in the North Bay Area, Napa and Sonoma Counties are a great place to begin the search. From the rugged coastline of Western Sonoma to the hills surrounding the Napa Valley, you are sure to find a modern home that will fit your lifestyle.
To whet your appetite for modern residential architecture in California's Wine Country, we've included a brief list below of modern, mid-century modern or architecturally interesting homes currently for sale in Napa and Sonoma County. To learn more about modern homes in Napa or Sonoma County contact the Wine Country Modern Real Estate team.