Nevada City

Nevada City  isn’t in Nevada, and it isn’t a city.  It’s in California, and it’s a small town.  But if you are looking for that perfect, picturesque, old-timey, hip, western, gold-rushy sort of town noted for adorable Victorian homes, the arts, good restaurants, and mild climate (are you with me so far?), then you just can’t beat Nevada City.

Nevada City is about a half hour north of Auburn and about 3 miles north of it’s sister town, Grass Valley.  Some folks like Grass Valley better, some prefer Nevada City.  Since all the kids from both towns go to the same high school, Nevada Union, there isn’t much of a rivalry between the two towns.  It’s more like . . . well . . . sisters.  Someday soon I’ll write a blog pointing out the similarities and differences, but for now let’s stick to Nevada City.

What will you see in downtown Nevada City besides the many Victorian homes?  Botiques, art galleries, and stores galore will keep any shopper happy for days.  Award-winning restaurants, live theatre, wineries, nightspots, and the state’s oldest continuously-operating  inn, the National Hotel are there for your entertainment and enjoyment.

Nevada City offers events and celebrations year-round, from the annual Victorian Christmas to the weekly farmer’s markets and fairs.  The world-famous Amgen Bicycle Tour of California starts here.

From Nevada City you can continue up Highway 49 and get really far back into the vast remote areas of northern California, or you can take pretty Highway 20 east for about 45 minutes and pop out on to Interstate 80 at Blue Canyon.  Just a few more minutes on the freeway and you hit  the first of many world-class ski resorts at Tahoe Donner.

Home prices in Nevada City tend to be higher than in Grass Valley and other areas of the Golden Hills.   Does this tell you that people really, really like to live in Nevada City?


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