“One of the top ten best small towns to live in.”
Time Magazine

Grass Valley Listings

Active
Residential$167,000

111 Stennett Street

111 Stennett Street
Grass Valley, California 95945

  • 2Beds
  • 1Baths
  • 640Square Feet
Active
Residential$325,000

119 King Court

119 King Court
Grass Valley, California 95945

  • 3Beds
  • 2Baths
  • 1,120Square Feet
Active
Residential$355,000

15889 Names Drive

15889 Names Drive
Grass Valley, California 95949

  • 3Beds
  • 2Baths
  • 1,600Square Feet
Active
Residential$399,000

10657 Partridge Road

10657 Partridge Road
Grass Valley, California 95945

  • 3Beds
  • 2Baths
  • 1,265Square Feet
Pending
Residential$179,000

239 Mill Street

239 Mill Street
Grass Valley, California 95945

  • 2Beds
  • 2Baths
  • 835Square Feet
Active
Residential$362,000

15889 Names Drive

15889 Names Drive
Grass Valley, California 95949

  • 3Beds
  • 2Baths
  • 1,600Square Feet
Sold
Residential$359,000

577 Blight Road

577 Blight Road
Grass Valley, California 95945

  • 4Beds
  • 2Baths
  • 1,500Square Feet
Sold
Residential$337,000

15604 Carrie Drive

15604 Carrie Drive
Grass Valley, California 95949

  • 3Beds
  • 2Baths
  • 1,328Square Feet
Active
Residential$897,000

13076 Somerset Drive

13076 Somerset Drive
Grass Valley, California 95945

  • 3Beds
  • 3Baths
  • 3,600Square Feet
Sold
Residential$327,000

10136 Potlicker Road

10136 Potlicker Road
Grass Valley, California 95949

  • 2Beds
  • 2Baths
  • 1,474Square Feet
Sold
Residential$335,000

17750 Norlene Way

17750 Norlene Way
Grass Valley, California 95949

  • 3Beds
  • 3Baths
  • 1,740Square Feet
Sold
Residential$349,500

133 Saint John Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945

133 Saint Johns Drive
Grass Valley, California 95945

  • 3Beds
  • 2Baths
  • 1,510Square Feet
Sold
Residential$349,900

13747 Campbell Loop, Grass Valley, CA 95945

13747 Campbell Loop
Grass Valley, California 95945

  • 3Beds
  • 2Baths
  • 1,304Square Feet
Sold
Residential$487,000

14199 Metz Ranch Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945

14199 Metz Ranch Road
Grass Valley, California 95712

  • 3Beds
  • 3Baths
  • 2,137Square Feet
Sold
Residential$635,000

1140 Slate Creek Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945

1140 Slate Creek Road
Grass Valley, California 95945

  • 3Beds
  • 3Baths
  • 2,608Square Feet
Sold
Residential$378,000

12399 Polaris Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95949

12399 Polaris Drive
Grass Valley, California 95949

  • 3Beds
  • 2Baths
  • 1,677Square Feet
Sold
Residential$447,000

145 Independence Court, Grass Valley, CA 95945

145 Independence Court
Grass Valley, California 95945

  • 3Beds
  • 2Baths
  • 1,811Square Feet

Time Magazine has called Grass Valley “one of the top ten best small towns to live in.” Downtown Grass Valley is considered by many to be the one of the best preserved historic towns in the United States.

Grass Valley offers a wide variety of choices in real estate, from very rural to historic downtown. In the outlying areas, small farms thrive and closer in visitors find many neighborhoods with single family homes, condominiums, and apartment buildings. Grass Valley Real Estate starts under $100,000 and increases from there. Grass Valley has something for everyone.

GRASS VALLEY BUSINESS COMMUNITY

The Nevada County / Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce membership is over 1,000. In addition, the Grass Valley Downtown Association has created one of the most successful business districts in the Sierra Foothills.

Away from downtown are all the services and supplies the local populace needs for daily life. Lumber companies, hardware stores, feed supplies, supermarkets, printing companies – many of the businesses owned and operated by local residents.

The high tech community in this area supplies the world with cutting edge equipment and parts.

GRASS VALLEY SCHOOLS

Grass Valley Schools are among the top in California, reflecting the low student: teacher ratio and the high teaching standards. There are public high schools, intermediate schools, elementary schools and charter schools as well as two K-8 parochial schools.

GRASS VALLEY RECREATION

Neighborhood parks open to the public for swimming, tennis, baseball, soccer, and family picnicking dot the Grass Valley community. Eight miles northwest of Nevada City on Highway 49, the South Yuba River State Park includes the longest single-span covered bridge in the world and offers swimming and hiking, wildflowers and historic sites. Docent-led history, nature and gold-panning tours are offered at selected times throughout the year.

Empire Mine State Park is the site of the oldest, richest gold mine in California. An estimated 5.8 million ounces of gold were extracted from the mine from the time of its discovery it is now the site of an extraordinary mining museum. The miles of trails are home to hikers, mountain bikers, and horse back riders.

Festivals and events are scheduled throughout the year and the downtown Center for the Arts presents local and international performers.

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is home to the annual County Fair as well as other special events and concerts such as the Draft Horse Classic, the Celtic Festival, and the World Music Festival.

GRASS VALLEY HISTORY

Grass Valley’s history is part of the colorful lore of the California Gold Rush. The first notations about the area are from the late 1840’s when a party of men searching for cattle came upon a “grassy valley”.

Grass Valley’s claim to historic fame is embedded in the vast amounts of gold discovered and extracted from its rich underground mines. In more than 100 years of mining, the mines of Grass Valley made it the richest of all California gold mining towns.

In December, 1848, President James K. Polk declared in a State of the Union address that large quantities of gold had been discovered in California. As word spread about the gold rush, prospectors flooded the foothills. The small settlement began looking like a village. Then in 1850, a settler by the name of George McKnight discovered gold in the quartz rock along Gold Hill and the real boom began.

By 1851, thousands of people were living in the bustling town now known as Grass Valley and in the nearby town of Nevada, (later renamed Nevada City when Nevada became a state). Grass Valley suffered a disastrous fire in 1855, and Nevada City burned in 1863, but the towns quickly rebuilt and continued to grow.

The Empire, Northstar, Pennsylvania, Idaho-Maryland and Brunswick mines became known around the world, attracting hardworking miners and would be millionaires. As the underground mines grew, skilled hard-rock miners from Cornwall and Ireland arrived. They settled into their new hometown of Grass Valley while mine owners and managers lived in nearby Nevada City. Over the next 100 years the mines extracted more than $400 million in gold, making Grass Valley California’s most prosperous mining town. Unfortunately, gold mining declined in the 1950’s and eventually all of the hard-rock mines were closed.

Both Grass Valley and Nevada City are on the national register of historic places and have multiple buildings on the national register. The National Hotel in Nevada City and the Holbrook in Grass Valley are reminders of the grandeur of California gold rush hotels. The Golden Gate Saloon in the Holbrook is known as the oldest continuously operating saloon west of the Mississippi!

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