Sierra Foothill Properties info
Here are Northen California Foothill homes for sale.
Helpful Country Living insights.
See Horse Ranches for sale in the foothills.
What are Gold Country Living issues?
Country living at its best.
Tons of hiking, biking, horseback riding trails just walk out your driveway.
Gold Country Home for sale with amazing view
Sierra Foothill homes are very special and need an expert real estate broker.
What makes up the Sierra Foothills of Northern California?
The Sierra Foothills of Northern California are made up of many towns, cities and communities. The Sierra Foothills is sometime known as the gold county. These homes feature friendly, small-town feel along with rural ambiance. There are historic houses and ranches and new custom built homes with all the most modern designs.
What types of views are there in the foothills?
The streams, rivers, and lakes, of the Sierra Nevada foothills offer some of the most picturesque real estate in all of California. The views of mountain vistas, forested land and local landscape are like works of art that change every day.
What is a country lifestyle?
Enjoy Country lifestyle? Are you an animal lover? Do you want larger storage area like a barn, shop, or work shed? Need storage area for boats, RV, or race cars? These foothill move in ready homes or land to build your forever home are for you.
Do you like hiking, mountain biking, skiing, star gazing, gardening, small scale farming, boating, fishing and other outdoor activities? Live where you can do these activities every day. Coffee Real Estate has many move in ready homes and land to build your ideal home to choose from.
VIEWS VIEWS VIEWS! Enjoy some of the most breath-taking views in the gold country. Panoramic views captured from all angles of the property creating a true natural paradise. The Master Bed has a private deck overlooking foothills.
The large living room with vaulted ceiling opens out to the deck that balances indoor and outdoor living. The kitchen with island can efficiency craft any foody desire. The upstairs bedrooms create privacy with a picturesque vista. The craftsmen style home combines outdoor living with comfy living atmosphere.
Enjoy country living on this quiet country court. The 2-acre foothill property enhances outdoor living with gardens, fruit trees, vistas and possible horse property. The outbuildings give plenty of room for projects, wood working, art studio and many other possibilities.
Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! Home is minutes away from the best recreation. Easy access to mountain biking, hiking, skiing, kayaking, and OHV trails. The best of country living and convenience, the home is just minutes from I 80.
Imagine living in home where fantastic vista views of the foothills are an everyday experience. It’s time to retreat to your very own picturesque country home of your dreams. Now is the time. Enjoy this home for yourself.
Can a foothill home be wonderful for people and animals together?
Yes, it can. Don’t miss this very Private & Beautiful single level 4/2 home on 1.2 acres in a desirable area of Colfax. Enjoy the beautiful sunsets EVERY NIGHT. The ranchette is fully fenced with a remote opener privacy gate. Deer fenced orchard, places for horses and other animals and a 4-car 24’x 36′ detached Garage/Shop make this a dream country home. Granite counters, wood stove, large bedrooms, mud and laundry room, attic fan, cathedral ceiling and more enhance the living space.
How can a home make you a better person?
I once heard “Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character”. When we moved to the country, we knew animals would be a big part of our family. Little did I know how big a part they would play.
Not all homes are places for animals but the home in Colfax, California was built with animals in mind, I think. First, the 1.2-acre property is fully fenced. That is a big help when giving the animals the freedom to explore the property. The remote gate opener is a major benefit for keeping the dogs and other animals on the property and great when it rains.
Our family had the standard dogs, cats, and fish but when we moved to the country it opened up a whole new animal experience. Our family became involved in the local 4-H. We had a neighbor who raised pigs. He sold us a pig to raise for 4-H. Who knew pigs could be so much fun to raise?
We have raised pigs, chickens, goats, sheep, ducks, turkeys, a cow, rabbits, and a horse. Taking care of the animals all added to our family. Dealing with the hardships and death of the animals also taught our family many valuable lessons. We became better people because of the love we gave the animals and the love received from them. The animals made us laugh and cry. They listened to us and we heard them. They needed us and we benefited from them.
The modest home in the Sierra foothills in the town of Colfax offered us many rewards. But the animals who shared that property with us changed us for the better. We hope the new owner will have as wonderful a time there as we did.
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Casual and cozy is a good way to describe a country style home. Country decor evokes a feeling of nostalgia. Country is warm wood tones that creates a back to nature home feel.
* Disclaimer: Lot Size and Square Footage obtained from tax assessor records through sources deemed reliable but cannot be guaranteed as to its accuracy. Any information of special interest should be obtained through independent verification. Information has not been verified by agent.
Country Living in California
Country living is many things to many people. Country living can be living in the country. Country can be decorating choice. It can be a life style or an image. Country living can be self-sufficient living, gardening, horses or animals of all types. Country living can mean big families, multi-generational families, unique family groups and living out your golden years in a peaceful surrounding.
Horse ranches are one of the most popular type of ranches. There are many things to consider when buying a property for you and your horses. The elements of a good horse property vary based on the goals of the property owner. The basic elements of a horse ranch are barn, pasture, paddocks, training area, fencing, feed and hay storage areas and, of course, a place for people to live. All of these features can be highly specialized or very rudimentary just depending on the needs and budget of the property owner.
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What is the gold country?
History can define us. Northern California foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains are known as Gold Country because of its history. The gold rush was so important to the area it is known as The Gold Country. When you find a lot of gold it is called hitting the mother lode. That is why The Gold Country is also known as Mother Lode Country.
The Heart of the Gold Country is Amador, Placer, El Dorado and Nevada counties. The California Gold Rush had a dramatic impact in this area. When gold was first discovered in 1848, many people came from all over the world to find gold. That rich culture is still in the people of the Gold Country.
Living in the Gold Country is popular with families, those who enjoy the outdoors, history lovers and antique shoppers. The Sierra foothills offer a rich life full of hiking, skiing, biking, fishing, river activities and many lakes to enjoy.
Real estate options in the Gold Country include horse ranches, homes with amazing views, properties to raise all types of animals and even condos. Many new wineries are being established as well as new homes being built with the latest in energy efficiency and fire protection. Also, the price range of homes in the Gold Country is from very affordable homes to world class estates.
What are some of the cities in the gold country in the foothills of northern California?
Placer County has the towns of Auburn, Colfax, Foresthill, Meadow Vista, and Newcastle.
The Gold Country Nevada County towns are Grass Valley, Nevada City, French Corral, Smartsville, Timbuctoo, Rough and Ready, Relief Hill, and Washington.
El Dorado County cities are Cameron Park, Camino, Coloma, Diamond Springs, El Dorado, El Dorado Hills, Georgetown, Placerville, Pleasant Valley, Pollock Pines, Rescue and Shingle Springs.
Amador county towns are Amador city, Butte City, Drytown, Fiddletown, Ione, Jackson, Sutter Creek and Plymouth.
What is country living?
Country living does not have to be a country mile from your nearest neighbor. The sierra foothills have homes in every style of living. You can live in a town house or 20 acre house ranch. There are neighborhoods like suburbs or one acre parcels. You can be on city water or have well water. You can be minutes away from highway 80 or 50 or take 20 minutes to get to town. How you want to live can be found with the right real estate team. We at Coffee Real Estate live in the Sierra Foothills and can help you find some beautiful and affordable homes in the foothills.
How does fire insurance impact the affordability of Sierra foothill living?
The current fire insurance situation in the California foothills has created a major problem for home owners. Part of the problem is inconsistency. In some areas you can get homeowner insurance just like anywhere else in the state. In other areas the only way is through the California Fair Access to Insurance Requirements (“FAIR”) Plan.
How the fire insurance situation impacts the affordability of Sierra foothill living is that it impacts directly one of the lender’s key components to the amount of money a borrower qualifies. The debt to income ratio or DTI is a key factor in the total loan a person qualifies to borrow. Part of the DTI is the mortgage payment which is comprised of the principal, interest, taxes, and insurance.
As the fire or homeowner insurance payment goes up, the home buyer will qualify for less. Here are some sample numbers to illustrate the problem of affordability. If the standard homeowner’s insurance policy costs $1200 per year, that is $100 per month. But if a foothill property has a fire insurance cost of $3600 per year, that is $300 per month.
Every mortgage loan is different. So, this illustrates the impact of insurance on the DTI. The monthly
Insurance payment of $100 equals about $30,000 of loan amount. Then the additional $200 for a foothill property in this illustration, means the borrower would qualify for $60,000 less of a loan amount ($3600 fire insurance versus standard $1200).
These numbers are why the current situation of fire insurance in the foothills makes it less affordable. But there could be an answer for you. If you work with a quality Mortgage Broker, they could increase your DTI limit or come up with other creative solutions to give you the same buying power.
Things to Consider When Buying a Home with a Well
What are the 2 most important things to consider when buying a home with a well?
1. Output - gallons per minute or gpm is the first thing many people think about when they buy a property with a well.
2. Quality of water – Water is extremely important to humans. The quality of the water coming out of the well is the most important consideration when testing a well.
Water is one of the most important things to life. Not having enough water can be very frustrating. Drinking bad water is dangerous. Buying a property in the California foothills many times includes owning a well for your water source.
What is the gallon per minute of a well?
The output of the well test is measure in a couple of ways. The gallon per minute or gpm is one of the key gauges for the production of the well.
For many people, moving to the gold country is the first time they will have well water as the main water source for the home. Abundant pure water is taken for grant by most people who live in a metropolitan area. City water is disparaged as tasting bad but for the most part it is safe to drink.
Water from underground aquifers are assumed to be good to drink. And expected to give plenty of water for a life time. Both assumptions are false.
Both the quantity and quality of water can be tested. If you are moving to the foothills the one set of tests that should never be waived or not done is testing the well for output and quality of water.
What is a good gallon per minute of a well production?
Understanding the local acceptable gpm is key to valuing the well. Each area in the California foothills have a local expectation of gpm. Sometimes this is good news, other times the area has only lower producing wells.
4 ways to help a lower producing well?
- Drill it deeper
- Add a storage tank
- Find another source of water
One other well production number can help especially if the well is producing on the low end of acceptability is the stand or static water number. Basically, the water storage capacity is the number of gallons of water that are in the well pipe. Ask for the depth of the well when getting the well tested and have them give you the number of storage gallon.
Here is how that works when you know the level of the water and pump depth, you’ll be able to determine the water storage capacity. A traditional 6-inch diameter drilled well can store 1.5 gallons of water per foot. It is just simple math after knowing the correct information. Drilling the well deeper should give it more storage in the well. This is known as static capacity.
Another way to add storage is to add a storage tank. With very low producing wells, this is only way to get enough water.
Hydrofracking is done by injecting high-pressure water via the drilled well into the rock formations surrounding it. The purpose of hydrofracturing is to widen fractures in the bedrock and spread them further. This will increase the network of water bearing fissures supplying water to the well.
Adding other sources of water can be very helpful. Even if the water is not potable it can take pressure off the well for other water needs like gardening. Public water for non-drinking purpose may be available. It is always a good choice to take advantage of these resources. These water sources in the foothills are called NID, ditch water, country water, channel, and other local names. Many times, they are acquired by the miner’s inch. You can also get a fraction of the miner’s inch for example, a half inch.