Felta and Felta Ridge Rd.

The next time you are taking a drive along the winery filled Westside Rd in the Russian River valley, keep your eye out for Felta Road. The turn into this small side street will take you into what is one of the most quietly beautiful neighborhoods in Healdsburg. Felta Road heads west from Westside Road just a few miles outside Healdsburg. The first portion of Felta leads past an early one room school house and the current Westside School, one of the best public schools in Sonoma County. The homes here primarily occupy shady hillsides while the valley floor is given to meadows or grapes.

Mill Creek near Felta Road
Mill Creek Steelhead Habitat
Farther up the road, several lucky properties border the magnificent Mill Creek as it cascades down waterfalls towards an eventual meeting with the Russian River. You’ll come to the end of the public road at a barn/mill building that was erected by the Heald brothers in the mid 1800’s.

The public Felta Rd then gives way to both an unpaved spur of Felta road and what is now called Felta Ridge Road, a paved, private road that hosts some of the the most exclusive real estate in Healdsburg. Owners here have built luxury homes with spare-no-expense quality. There is one home on the lower end of Felta Ridge Road for less than $4 million, but homes on the rest of the street (if they go on the market) are probably going to sell for substantially more. This is definitely luxury wine country living at its most exclusive.

When you head back down Felta Road you have a chance to visit De La Montanya winery, a family owned and operated winery producing award winning wines in several varietals. Their tasting room is open from 11 to 4:30 daily.