Along Highway 49 Nevada County cities like Nevada City and Grass Valley beckon with their quaint shops, historic museums, craft fairs, art galleries and diverse eateries and breweries all set against the Wild West, early Americana architecture. These cities and the surrounding verdant landscape, rich with the smell of tall pines, rambling rivers and deep blue lakes, showcase a Sierra lifestyle of mountain biking, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing.
An artistic thread runs through the Nevada County communities as artisans have always flocked to the area for its serenity and peacefulness. Gold discoveries are still strong in Nevada County and the rich history of the Gold Rush is evident in the many museums and parks throughout the county. Homeowners and those looking for second homes have brought a second “gold rush” of sorts to the Highway 49 corridor. Country estates inspired by log home or Tahoe lodge architecture are hidden in the forested landscape. Others with a higher elevation, boast spectacular tree top views! Charming bungalow styles nestled in the Sugar pines and Douglas Firs, abound for those whose desire is to downsize.
Communities like Lake Wildwood, Penn Valley, Chicago Park, Lake of the Pines, Alta Sierra and Cedar Ridge are popular areas for those looking for homes close to amenities and recreation. Positioned on the western slope of the Sierra Nevadas, Nevada County residents enjoy four seasons and a life that dreams are made of!