With tree-lined residential streets, community festivals and a low crime rate, Fairfield, California, has retained its small-town values even as more than 100,000 people call the city home. Fairfield, the county seat of Solano County, offers a large inventory of single-family homes, along with condos and townhouses, at a median price that is lower than the statewide average, making the city an attractive choice for homebuyers who want to be near the San Francisco and Sacramento metro areas.
Home to the Jelly Belly factory and an Anheuser-Busch brewery, Fairfield has a strong commercial sector with corporate, medical, manufacturing and pharmaceutical businesses, along with a thriving entrepreneurial scene. Nearby Travis Air Force Base is the largest employer of Fairview residents, and many military families and retired Air Force members have made the city their home. Shopping opportunities abound, with a mix of big-box retailers and specialty stores – not to mention a factory outlet mall about 15 minutes outside of the city limits. Each week from May to October the city holds a farmers’ market. The area offers plenty of dining options to suit any taste. And, for special occasions, the world-class restaurants of Napa are just about 20 miles away.
A popular place to raise kids, nearly half of Fairfield’s families have children younger than 18 living with them. The median age of residents, as of 2013, is about 32 years old, and the average annual income is nearly $77,000. Home to many highly rated public schools, Fairfield and the surrounding area also offer dozens of private education options, with some 4,000 Fairfield students enrolled in private schools. The area has a pleasant Mediterranean climate, with mildly cool winters and warm summers, allowing residents to enjoy the outdoors all year long. Whether you’re a golfer, hiker or a wine aficionado, there is an abundance of ways to recreate in and around Fairfield. The city is home to more than 20 parks, including the 48-acre Cordelia Community Park, which hosts the local Little League fields and a dog park. Fairfield’s two golf courses have been voted No. 1 and 2 in Solano County. The Suisun Valley wine country lies just a few miles out of town. Other popular attractions, such as the Western Railway Museum and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, are a mere 15-minute drive from Fairfield. And San Francisco is just over 50 miles southwest of the city. Take a look at our listings of homes for sale in Fairfield and find a place of your own in this charming community.