Grass Valley Vacation Homes

Folks are finding the Grass Valley area in Nevada County, California to be the ideal place to have a vacation home.   It's just a few hours from San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, or Reno, & only about an hour from Sacramento or the Ski Resorts. 

Right now there are hundreds of homes available in the Nevada County area that are for sale.  Perhaps one of these homes could make a great vacation home for you?   Lots of folks buy a home up here as an investment - with an eye on eventual retirement in the Nevada County area.   

Picking a real estate office, and agent, that knows the area is essential to your getting the best deal out there.

Nevada County Realty knows Nevada County, and are skilled at aggressively representing their buyers.  With Nevada County Realty you can preview hundreds of homes online, and sign up for instant notifications. 


Explore Historic Nevada City

Water Skiing at Lake Wildwood

Mountain Biking the Country Roads


Snow Skiing - Less Than 1 Hour Away

Get Your Custom List -  If you are searching for an organized way to preview Grass Valley properties online, then you owe it to yourself to fill out the custom list form.   Great features:  preview listings that fit your requirements on your own private website, save listings you like, track listings, and get notified fast when new listings come on the market.  Customer Service is available if you need us to do any research, or if you want to see any property. 


Kayaking the Many Lakes

Hike to Breathtaking Waterfalls




Geography - Grass Valley is located at 39°13'9?N, 121°3'30?W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.6 km˛ (4.1 mi˛). Grass Valley is at the intersection of Hwy 49 and Hwy 20 (in California). Public transportation is limited to the city limits.

Demographics -    The 2010 United States Census reported that Grass Valley had a population of 12,860. The population density was 2,711.3 people per square mile (1,046.8/km˛). The racial makeup of Grass Valley was 11,493 (89.4%) White, 208 (1.6%) Native American, 188 (1.5%) Asian, 46 (0.4%) African American, 9 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 419 (3.3%) from other races, and 497 (3.9%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1,341 persons (10.4%).

The Census reported that 12,401 people (96.4% of the population) lived in households, 118 (0.9%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 341 (2.7%) were institutionalized.

There were 6,077 households, out of which 1,544 (25.4%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 1,665 (27.4%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 980 (16.1%) had a female householder with no husband present, 316 (5.2%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 466 (7.7%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 33 (0.5%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 2,605 households (42.9%) were made up of individuals and 1,415 (23.3%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.04. There were 2,961 families (48.7% of all households); the average family size was 2.78.

The population was spread out with 2,625 people (20.4%) under the age of 18, 1,146 people (8.9%) aged 18 to 24, 2,882 people (22.4%) aged 25 to 44, 3,183 people (24.8%) aged 45 to 64, and 3,024 people (23.5%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.2 years. For every 100 females there were 78.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.5 males.

There were 6,637 housing units at an average density of 1,399.3 per square mile (540.3/km˛), of which 2,391 (39.3%) were owner-occupied, and 3,686 (60.7%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 4.0%; the rental vacancy rate was 6.7%. 4,663 people (36.3% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 7,738 people (60.2%) lived in rental housing units.

History - Grass Valley dates from the California Gold Rush, as does nearby Nevada City. It is the location of the Empire Mine, one of the richest mines in California. Many of those who came to settle in Grass Valley were tin miners from Cornwall. They were attracted to the California gold fields because the same skills needed for deep tin mining were needed for hard rock (deep) gold mining. Many of them specialized in pumping the water out of very deep mining shafts. This coincided with a glut in Cornish tin mining. Grass Valley still holds on to its Cornish heritage, with events such as its annual Cornish Christmas celebration. Pasties are a local favorite dish with a few restaurants in town specializing in recipes handed down from the original 
immigrant generation.



Economy - The combined communities of Grass Valley and Nevada County have a fairly diversified economy. The gold rush days left a historical legacy and today tourism, and the related services sector are considered to comprise of the bulk of the local economy.[15] Many of those who don't commute to the Sacramento Valley, work locally in retail, wholesale, trade, engineering, manufacturing, construction and other businesses, as well in various levels of local and state government. There are a significant amount of high tech electronic companies in the area.

Another significant sector of the local economy is the agriculture industry as the soil in Nevada County is considered to be quite fertile. Around the time the areas were being settled during the Gold Rush farmers planted orchards, vegetables and other produce as ranchers brought in cattle, sheep, and other livestock. While the percentage of land dedicated to agriculture has significantly decreased over the last few decades, agriculture continues to be an important aspect of the area’s economy including local produce and organic agricultural products. During the past decade Nevada County has become known for its growing wine industry.[15]

Major employers in Grass Valley include grocers Raley's, Safeway and Briarpatch Community Market as well as Nevada Union High School, Nevada Irrigation District, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and other various faith related entities.[16]

The Grass Valley Group is a research and development company founded in the city in 1958.[17]

Nevada County Realty can provide you with a list of homes that are currently available in Grass Valley, Nevada City, Alta Sierra, Lake Wildwood, and all other areas of Nevada County for you to preview online. We offer outstanding buyer broker services.  Our office is a member of the Nevada County Association of Realtors, and we are members of the MLS.  MLS is an abbreviation for Multiple Listing Service.   We are also members of Placer County MLS, which is a county just south of Nevada County




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470 S. Auburn Street  Suite E,  Grass Valley, CA    95945

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