I have a client with a very nice duplex near the Plaza and I can send you information on that if you are interested.
You can also go to the following link to get detailed information:
I will be updating for the month of February by Monday, so check back or give me your email address and I will update you.
Here you can see how Sonoma performs historically:
And, here, more details of recent sales (again, will be updated over the weekend):
Is the Boyes Springs area safe? How much would a 3BR/2Ba/1 car gar, 1400 sq ft SFR rent for? Is it easy to find renters these days?
I am not sure that you are going to be happy with a vacation home that you can purchase for $280K in Sonoma. If you could increase your price to the mid-high $300K's, you might be able to find a much more suitable property that would demand good rent and be a decent place to vacation to on weekends.
At the price range you are looking to buy in, I feel that you would be able to get more value for a home in Sonoma than in Napa. Rentals in Somoma are booming these days and rents are at a high, so from an investment standpoint buying your income property now great. As far as your needs for a future vacation home, you have to ask yourself what your wants and needs are for the future. I think that there is no better place to live than in Sonoma - lots of great shopping, restaurants, arts, culture and a close drive out to the coast for some great ocean air. Good luck with your decision and please let me know if I can help in any way!