Located on the banks of the California Delta, Suisun City was established in the 1850s and takes its name from Suisun Bay which itself is named for the Native American tribe known as the Suisunes. The original town was a beehive of activity during the time of the California Gold Rush. By 1870, the Transcontinental Railroad connected to Suisun City, the first stop in Solano County. Shortly after the 1906 earthquake hit, a fire devastated the town and changed it forever.
For the past 25 years, Suisun City has undergone a true renaissance. Restaurants dot the waterfront promenade and new businesses continue to appear there, including an art gallery and hotel. The city is now a popular destination for day trips and overnight getaways, with activities galore for water sports enthusiasts, nature lovers, hikers, bird watchers, and more.
Suisun City has a touch of Cape Cod charm about it. The ethnically diverse population numbers approximately 30,000, including young families, dual-income couples, and 50-something empty nesters. It is a family-centric community, with 35% of the households made up of families with children. There’s plenty to do for residents who make their home here, including outdoor activities, great dining options, and entertainment venues such as the Suisun Harbor Theater and the gallery in the historic Lawler House. Interested in hunting, fishing and hiking? Grizzly Island Wildlife Area offers 88,000 acres of estuarine marshes and flourishing habits to explore. On many weekends, you can also head down to the waterfront to enjoy free concerts, movies, and Sunday jazz.
There’s a variety of housing styles and prices to be found in Suisun City’s diverse neighborhoods, with prices starting from the low 300,000s. There are newly constructed contemporary or Mediterranean-style residences, and homes that date back to the late 1800s. Seventy-five percent of the residents are homeowners and 95% commute by car. The Fairfield and Suisun Transit (FAST) system travels to local destinations, intercity areas and BART making Suisun City the perfect location to travel up to the Sierra Mountains or commute into San Francisco Bay Area.
In 2016, this once small and sleepy delta town was named one of the top 20 hottest-selling real estate markets in the country. Millennials are believed to be fueling the surge, but people also love the renovated harbor, its proximity to San Francisco, and easy access to freeways for commuting to and from work. A few of the popular neighborhoods in Suisun City are:
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