Laurie, Smart move to rent for a while before deciding WHERE you wish to settle down in Sonoma County. Bodega Harbor is gorgeous and if you are a golfer get the "South Course" as it has direct acess to the golf course and the beaches below. But the "coast" is not for everyone. You may get tired of the weather, the fog or gloomy days. I love it out there. I'm a cool weather person and having the bonus of readily available Clam Chowder spots is my idea of a perfect culinary heaven--not to mention crab season.
Best Clam Chowder--probably the Spud Point Chowder spot. I'm not a big fan of "stand the spoon up" clam chowders. Give me flavor, clam juice, cream and chunks of bacon,potato and of course clams! A nice alternative to the usual "deep-fried" eateries out at Bodega Bay is the Terrapin Creek Restaurant. Well done lunch and dinner entrees on the light, california cuisine side. Andrew the chef is superb.
We've got a house coming soon in Bodega Harbor just down from one of George Capone's great leases. Right on number ONE Fairway with superb views of the Ocean, Bodega Head and Bay.