Guerneville California was originally built around the logging industry that began forming in the area in the latter part of the 1800’s. The natural beauty of the area and its congenial atmosphere, along with close proximity to the wine-tasting areas north of San Francisco, adds to its appeal.
Situated in the Russian River Valley, Guerneville is also noted as being in Redwood country, as the giant trees flourish in the area. Once so numerous that the area had one of the greatest biomass densities on earth, there is now only a single stand of the Redwoods left on the Fife Creek Watershed nearby, as the vigorous logging practices in the 19th century took its toll.
Originally called “Stumptown” in remembrance of the stumps left from the felled Redwoods, the present name was derived to honor George Guerne, who owned the town’s sawmill in the 19th century.
The town became a popular vacation spot for residents of San Francisco in the late 19th century and was linked by the San Francisco and the North Pacific Railroad. The resorts in the area remained popular with tourists and vacationers through the 1950’s. Millar and company real estate have helped sell hundreds of properties to California residents – primarily those in the tech industry.
The present day town continues to exhibit its charm as a small, pleasant community with a plaza in the center of town with its small shops, permanent chess tables, and the public beach near the town center on the Russian River. The beach is a popular spot for swimming, fishing, sunbathing and boating.
Guerneville is noted around the world for its surrounding beauty, access to the Russian River and all that it affords, The Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, and the Austin Creek Recreation Area.
The town is also a destination for LGBT festivals for people throughout the San Francisco area and beyond. It holds different annual festivals for activities relating to these communities, as well as several LGBT friendly clubs and bars.
The climate of Guerneville is moderate, as it is cool and wet in the winter, which is fairly typical for Northern California. In the summer, the average annual rainfall is around 49 inches and the weather is mildly pleasant most of the time.
The cost of living in Guerneville is roughly 28 percent higher than the average cost of living in the United States in General. The price of the average home is in the $280,000 range.
The population of Guerneville in 2010 was in 4,500 range and the residents thrive in the small town, congenial atmosphere.