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19040 Riverside Drive • Sonoma, CA

Sold | Bedrooms: 3 | Bathrooms: 1.5 | Square Feet: 1,352+/- | Lot Size: 0.14+/- AC


Combining charm, history, and a fantastic location into one amazing property, 19040 Riverside makes a perfect permanent residence or weekend getaway home.

Tucked away in an out-of-the-way location but close to all the best of Wine Country, this turnkey home and property hold a special place in the hearts of Sonoma.  The home was built in 1889 by A.W. Pattiani as part of a push to sell the planned community of El Verano to people of the Bay Area.  Advertised as “summer homes” then building boom was to begin when the construction of two railroad lines finally made it to the Sonoma Valley.

While the efforts to populate El Verano did not take off, the home today stands as a beautiful historical representation of building styles of the day.  The Victorian-era home is graced by a covered front porch, perfect for watching the world go by, although from its vantage point at the end of a largely untraveled road, that could be an exaggeration.

Inside, a gracious foyer leads to a large sitting room with a sunny bay window and highlighted by oak floors and period woodwork like wainscotting and crown molding. Renovated top-to-bottom, the plumbing, electrical, windows, exterior siding and more have all been replaced. The spacious dining room features large windows.  French doors lead to a room with multiple uses.  This flexible space would make an ideal third bedroom, home office, library or den. The large open kitchen has granite counters, country cabinets and stainless appliances. A powder room rounds out the first floor.

The atmospheric second floor features two spacious bedrooms and a shared bath with granite counters and a tub/shower combo.

The home is perfectly located across the street from both Sonoma Creek and Maxwell Park.  The creekside setting gives the property exceptional soil for planting, evident throughout the gorgeous yard.  Find trailing morning glory, an unusual Chilean wine palm, flowering hydrangeas and much more. The backyard features a large patio area, a raised deck with hot tub as well as raised vegetable beds. Rock walls dot the property and a white picket fence is just the perfect accompaniment.

The home also features a half-basement, unusual for the area but perfect for storage.  The adjacent lot is vacant, making the small neighborhood even more intimate.

With all the romance one would expect, historical significance and an exceptional location to boot, 19040 Riverside belongs on your short list.

Geographic info:

  • 5 +/- minutes to the historic Sonoma Plaza
  • 10 +/- minutes to the villages of Glen Ellen and Kenwood
  • Approximately 45 minutes to the Golden Gate Bridge

Property highlights:


  • Charming Victorian-era home
  • Historical significance
  • Quiet country lane
  • Close to the best of Wine Country
  • Creekside setting
  • Bucolic charm

Special details:

  • Updated/renovated
  • Period woodwork
  • New plumbing
  • New electrical
  • New windows
  • New exterior siding
  • Hardwood floors
  • Travertine floors
  • French doors
  • Renovated kitchen and bathrooms


  • Two bedrooms
  • 1.5 bathrooms
  • Large foyer
  • Large living room with bay window
  • Spacious dining room
  • Flexible space: additional bedroom, home office
  • Remodeled kitchen with granite counters
  • Half basement


  • Picket fence
  • Covered front porch
  • Rock walls
  • Beautiful flowers and plants
  • Unusual Chilean wine palm
  • Great creekside soil
  • Back deck with hot tub
  • Large patio area
  • Raised vegetable beds
  • Bucolic country existence