All of the local communities in the Sierra Foothills have a deeply rooted history in the California Gold Rush. For newcomers, that’s why it’s called the “Gold Country” - due to the discovery of gold in California in 1848, all of our local communities were established here when miners and their families flocked here with the hopes of striking it rich. However, they found something more valuable than gold - they found a new place to call home!
Along with offering both historic and rural charm in our towns and homes, the Sierra Foothills communities boast an extensive agricultural industry full of wine, cattle, and timber, where farmers markets flourish. Plus, there is a significant art community in the Gold Country - artists flock here to be inspired by the stunning landscape and art galleries are abundant here. We are rich with experience and opportunities here. All you have to do is look!
Learn more about the wonderful local communities of the Gold Country below.
This is the place Team French calls home! Calaveras County was made famous by American Author Mark Twain, thanks to his short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” To this day, we still celebrate this tradition during the Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee. The homes and properties we offer here range from historic homes to newer builds to country club living, but all provide the opportunity to live, work, and recreate in a rural setting while still being close to a variety of local amenities.
Amador County is our neighbor to the north and it’s known as “The Heart of the Mother Lode.” It’s known for its amazing variety in shopping choices for locals and sprawling wine country called Shenandoah Valley. Wine tasting here is a must! California’s State Capitol, Sacramento, is also within easy driving distance from Amador County - only 45 miles away!
Tuolumne County is our neighbor to the south and offers a great variety between historic districts and modern amenities alike. The county seat is Sonora, and is known as the “Queen of the Sierras.” Be sure to explore historical attractions like Columbia State Park and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. And you can be in Yosemite Valley in less than an hour from here! It’s a must!
As your guide to Gold Country living, we want potential home buyers to have all the resources they need to familiarize themselves with our local communities! Here’s a list of our top recommended websites and newsletters to subscribe to:
- Calaveras County Government: https://calaverasgov.us/
- Tuolumne County Government: https://www.tuolumnecounty.ca.gov/
- Amador County Government: https://www.amadorgov.org/
- CalFire Website for Fire Updates: https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/
- Emergency Alerts from County Office of Emergency Services: https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736729028#/signup
- GoCalaveras: www.gocalaveras.com
- Calaveras Winegrape Alliance: https://www.calaveraswines.org/
- Visit Murphys: https://visitmurphys.com/
For a more comprehensive list of community websites and newsletters, download our guide to local resources and service providers here!