Bonny Doon

A Tranquil Retreat in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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Welcome to Bonny Doon


Discover Bonny Doon, CA


Welcome to Bonny Doon, CA—a picturesque, unincorporated community nestled in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Known for its stunning natural beauty, expansive vineyards, and peaceful atmosphere, Bonny Doon offers a unique rural living experience just minutes from the vibrant coastal city of Santa Cruz. If you’re seeking a serene retreat with a strong sense of community and easy access to outdoor adventures, Bonny Doon is the perfect destination.


Prime Location and Scenic Beauty


Bonny Doon is conveniently located approximately 10 miles northwest of Santa Cruz, providing residents with the tranquility of mountain living while remaining close to the amenities and attractions of the coast. The community is surrounded by lush forests, rolling hills, and expansive vineyards, offering breathtaking views and a serene environment.


Outdoor Recreation and Natural Attractions


Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to love in Bonny Doon. The area is home to several parks and nature reserves, including the Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve and the nearby Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. These natural attractions offer miles of hiking and biking trails, opportunities for wildlife viewing, and stunning landscapes to explore.


Bonny Doon is also known for its vibrant wine culture. The region's unique microclimate and fertile soil make it ideal for viticulture, and residents can enjoy wine tasting at local vineyards and wineries, such as Bonny Doon Vineyard and Beauregard Vineyards.


Vibrant Community and Local Charm


Despite its rural setting, Bonny Doon boasts a tight-knit and active community. Residents often come together for local events, farmers' markets, and community gatherings, fostering a strong sense of belonging. The Bonny Doon Union Elementary School District serves the area, providing excellent educational opportunities for families.


Bonny Doon’s local charm is further enhanced by its proximity to Santa Cruz, where residents can enjoy a wider range of dining, shopping, and entertainment options. From quaint cafes and artisanal shops to lively festivals and cultural events, there’s always something to do just a short drive away.

Real Estate in Bonny Doon, CA

The real estate market in Bonny Doon offers a variety of housing options, from rustic cabins and charming cottages to expansive estates with panoramic views. Homebuyers are drawn to the area for its peaceful environment, natural beauty, and the opportunity to own larger parcels of land. Whether you’re looking for a weekend retreat or a permanent residence, Bonny Doon provides a unique blend of rural charm and modern comforts.


Ideal for Nature Lovers and Wine Enthusiasts


Bonny Doon is an ideal location for those who appreciate the great outdoors and the art of winemaking. The community's serene environment, coupled with its proximity to vineyards and natural attractions, makes it a perfect place for nature lovers and wine enthusiasts alike. Additionally, the area's close-knit community and excellent schools make it an attractive option for families.


Experience the Best of Bonny Doon, CA


Bonny Doon, CA, is a hidden gem in the Santa Cruz Mountains, offering a peaceful and picturesque living experience. With its stunning natural beauty, vibrant community, and proximity to coastal amenities, Bonny Doon is the perfect place to call home. Discover why so many are choosing Bonny Doon for its exceptional quality of life and unique rural charm.


For more information on real estate opportunities and community events in Bonny Doon, CA, contact our local experts who are ready to help you find your dream home in this tranquil mountain retreat.


Overview for Bonny Doon, CA

2,881 people live in Bonny Doon, where the median age is 51.5 and the average individual income is $56,675. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Bonny Doon, CA

There's plenty to do around Bonny Doon, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Foxy's Toffee, Outback Trading Company, and Summit backpacking Adventures.

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Dining 4.77 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.55 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.11 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.71 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
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Active 4.85 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Bonny Doon, CA

Bonny Doon has 1,027 households, with an average household size of 2.77. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Bonny Doon do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 2,881 people call Bonny Doon home. The population density is 173.94 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Bonny Doon, CA

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