Nevada County Rotary Clubs Give Back
Rotarians Meet Happy Tree Planters
The five Rotary Clubs in Nevada County joined together to give away free trees in support of Rotary’s Earth Day 2018 objective of planting a tree for every Rotarian. Rotary’s International President, Ian H.S. Risley, challenged every one of more than 52,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide to help protect the environment and curb climate change in a sustainable way by planting a tree for each of more than 2 million Rotarians. One of many ways Nevada County Rotary gives back to our communities.
One of the wonderful reasons we love Nevada County is the plethora of opportunities to give back to our community. More non-profits per capita than any other county in the State of California make this amazing place home. The Rotary Club of Nevada City, The Nevada City 49er Breakfast Rotary Club, The Rotary Club of Grass Valley, The Rotary Club of Grass Valley South, and the Rotary Club of Penn Valley joined forces, as they often do, to make it happen to give back to communities in Nevada City, Grass Valley, Penn Valley and surrounding communities.
Rotary Gives Away 400 Ponderosa Pines in 3 Hours!
Young Ponderosa Pine Trees
An so, on Saturday January 13, Rotary’s Free Tree Giveaway was on! 400 Ponderosa Pines, purchased from CalForest Nurseries were given away to interested folks in or local community. Why Ponderosa Pines? CalForest Nurseries recommends Ponderosa Pines: They are native to the area, are stable and sturdy trees able to withstand high winds, are beautiful trees that help with erosion control and can grow to 50-90 feet high, can live up to 250 years, and water requirements are between 12 and 40 inches a year. We appreciate CalForest Nurseries partnership, making available 400 your trees at an affordable cost. CalForest gives back!
Truly a Nevada County community event, our local newspaper, The Union, assisted with advertising and promotion and offered the drive-through parking lot in Grass Valley for Rotary to stage the giveaway. KNCO Radio in Grass Valley welcomed local Rotarians to discuss the event for an hour of air time. YubaNet helped promote the event on line. Ron Knauss, a longtime Rotarian with the Nevada City Rotary Club and an expert in forestry helped determine best planting timing and assisted with planting and care instructions.
Larry Davis, a member of the Rotary Club of Grass Valley South provided the clubs with invaluable assistance, managing the project and putting together an excellent pamphlet of Tree Planting Instructions: Guidelines for Selecting The Perfect Location, Digging The Hole, Filling The Hole, and Care. Since many tree enthusiasts are enlisting their children in the tree planting effort, the pamphlet is central to educating the young tree farmers as to the importance of planting and caring for our trees.
400 Local Carbon Sequestration & Oxygen Generating Machines To the Rescue!
Tree planters visited us from Nevada City, North San Juan, Grass Valley, South County and Penn Valley among other communities and were asked to regale us with pictures, videos, or written stories of their trees. We eagerly await those stories. Their trees will reduce carbon in the environment and deliver oxygen at the same time. Great job Nevada County.
Happy Rotarians Give Back
Brighten up your holiday season
Looking for something festive to do in Nevada County and Placer County for the holidays?
My favorite time of year is just around the corner. While I start my thoughts of decorating, baking and holiday gatherings, one thing that always comes up is holiday lights. Nevada County and Placer County has some of the best holiday light displays.
Looking to bundle up the kiddos and hit the road to see some lights? Grass Valley and Nevada City offer two of the most charming downtown areas great for shopping. But we also have several areas like Alta Sierra, Morgan Ranch, Cypress Hill and Banner Mountains areas that offers homes adorned with lights and holiday decorations.
Best time to hit the road for a light tour is usually after the 2nd weekend in December. We are attaching a map to help you get started on your light tour. Some homes feature just lights…some have characters and lights…and some offering walking tours as well.
So bundle up and enjoy a tour that is sure to brighten your day and bring joy to all those enjoying the lights with you.
Nevada County Schools Rank High
The high quality of schools in Nevada County, and diversity of selection especially in Elementary Education, of is well known. Below we detail key grades given to our local schools in Nevada City, Grass Valley, Penn Valley, and surrounding communities as ranked by www.niche.com.
Elementary Schools in Nevada City, Grass Valley & Penn Valley.
Clear Creek Elementary School, Public, Grass Valley – K-8 Overall Grade A, 149 students, 19:1 Student/Teacher ratio.
Nevada City Charter School, Public Charter, Nevada City – K-8 Overall Grade B+, 55 students, 21:1 Student/Teacher ratio.
Alta Sierra Elementary School, Public, Grass Valley – K-5 Overall Grade B+, 289 students, 21:1 StudentTeacher ratio.
Cottage Hill Elementary School, Public, Grass Valley – K-5 Overall Grade B+, 474 students, 22:1 Student/Teacher ratio.
Deer Creek Elementary School, Public, Nevada City – K-4 Overall Grade B, 410 students, 21:1 Student/Teacher ratio.
Yuba River Charter School, Public Charter, Nevada City – K-8 Overall Grade B, 292 schools, 24:1 Student/Teacher ratio.
Ready Springs Elementary School, Public, Penn Valley – K-8 Overall Grade B, 212 students, 24:1 Student/Teacher ratio.
Grass Valley Charter School, Grass Valley, Public – K-8 Overall Grade B, 511 Students, 23:1 Student/Teacher ratio.
Nevada City School Of the Arts, Public, Nevada City – K-8 Overall Grade B, 390 students, 23:1 Student/Teacher ratio.
Bell Hill Academy, Public, Grass Valley – K-4 Overall Grade B, 201 students, 22:1 Student/Teacher ratio.
Sierra Montessori Academy, Public, Grass Valley, K-8 Overall Grade B, 100 students, 16:1 Student/Teacher ratio.
Chicago Park Elementary School, Public, Grass Valley, K-8, Overall Grade B, 121 students, 22:1 Student/Teacher ratio.
Twin Ridges Home Study Charter School, Public Charter, K-8,Nevada City, Overall Grade B, 118 students, 26:1 Student/Teacher ratio.
Forest Charter School, Public Charter, Nevada City, K-12, Overall Grade B-, 720 students, 19:1 students, 19:1 Student/Teacher ratio.
Margaret G. Scotten Elementary School, Grass VAlley, Public, K-4, Overall Grade C+, 500 students, 22:1 Student/Teacher ratio.
Union Hill Elementary School, Grass Valley, Public, K-6, Overall Grade C+, 486 students, 26:1 Studnent/Teacher ratio.
Chicago Park Elementary School, Public, Grass Valley, K-8, Overall Grade C, 52 students, 22:1 Student/Teacher ratio.
Grizzly Hill, Nevada City, Public, K-8 Overall Grade C, 91 students, 22:1 Student/Teacher ratio.
Union Hill Home Charter School, Grass Valley, K-8 Overall Grade B, 16 students, 7:1 Student/Teacher ratio.
Williams Ranch Elementary School, Public, Penn Valley, K-3 Overall Grade B, 218 students, 22:1 Student Teacher ratio.
Nevada Union High School, Public, Grass Valley, 9-12 Overall Grade B-.
William & Marian Ghiddotti High School, Grass Valley, Public Alternative, Overall Grade A+. Ghiddotti High is a college prep high school component of Nevada Union High, considered by many to be one of the best High Schools in the state of California.
Bear River High School, Public, Grass Valley Overall Grade B.
Niche.com has a wealth of information. Visit the site to view expanded grading categories and methodology the site uses to evaluate schools and assign grades. What is cool about this site is that it connects with Realtor.com to allow you to view houses in each vicinity and to gather neighborhood data.
Johnson & Geare’s Sierra Lifestyle team has personal experience with many of the local schools here and is happy to share experience and impressions with you. Please contact us with any questions.
Low Inventory Plagues The Market
Inventory levels of existing homes continue to act as brakes on the Real Estate Market. If you are a buyer looking for a home, you are likely abundantly aware of that reality. You are not alone. Shortages of existing homes are common in most markets in the United States. In fact, in 4 of the past 5 months, sales of existing homes dropped. August saw increases in the Northeast and Midwest, offset by decreases in the south and West.
Existing home sales fell in August 1.7% to 5.35 million nationwide, the lowest levels in nearly a year. Demand among buyers remains high, fueled by employment gains, rising incomes and low mortgage rates…great news for those selling their house! Low inventories put upward pressure on prices. Hurricane Harvey in Houston, and Irma in Florida will contribute to lower levels of deals closed in those area this year and likely into 2018.
Total housing inventory at the end of August dropped 2.1% to 1.88 million existing homes available for sale nationwide, 6.5% lower than a year ago. All-cash transactions were 20% of the market with 15% of those individual investors.
What’s Up In Nevada County Real Estate?
Third quarter Nevada County Real Estate sales are up 11.4%. Number of homes for sale average 420 per month. Number of homes sold average 135 per month. Average price per square foot in Nevada County is about $220 per square foot. Average days on market has been running at about 40 days. Average sales prices are in the mid $400,000s. Average prices FOR SALE are in the mid $600,000s.
Nevada County Real Estate And You
What does this mean for Sellers and Buyers in Nevada City, Grass Valley, Penn Valley, Alta Sierra and South County? If you are a seller with a well-priced home in good condition, you are likely to be doing a happy dance within two months of listing your property. If you are a buyer, do your due diligence and be ready to pull the trigger on an offer when that just-right house hits the market. Have a professional, well educated real-estate agent on your side to negotiate and advocate for your interests. And… welcome to the best places in the world to live…in Nevada City, Grass Valley, Alta Sierra, Penn Valley and surrounding communities.
Source: Realtor Magazine & Nevada County Association Of Realtors Statistics
Nevada County real estate sales are still hot, even in the “off” season!
Autumn in Nevada County is pretty spectacular. From the gorgeous fall colors, to the many fun events, we have an awful lot to offer! Buyers know this, and are still looking to purchase homes during this time of year.
There are some things you can do to spice up your home for Fall showings. Who doesn’t like a warm and inviting home on a chilly day? Set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature. Coming into a warm home on a blustery day feels SO good. Your potential buyers will equate this to your home being comforting and welcoming. A nice and inviting food scent such as fresh cookies or apple pie can create a nice homey environment too. You don’t need to bake, there are plenty of “warmer” products on the market to help out with this.
Curb appeal is so important during Fall because the trees are shedding their leaves. Those glorious colors end up on our lawns and can make an exterior appear messy and unkempt. Be sure to bag up those leaves and tidy them away. Buyers don’t want a lot of maintenance and piles of leaves on the front lawn reminds them of having to rake them up each year.
Make sure that all windows and doors have weather stripping or are tightly fit. Cold breezes blowing through the home during a showing can be a deal killer! Drafty homes mean high heating and cooling bills. Make sure everything is nice and sealed up so this doesn’t happen to you.
With the Fall season, we see shorter days, and less light. Make sure all of your lights are turned on and at their highest setting. This includes side table lamps. Most buyers want a light and bright home. Make sure you show them that even in the darker seasons, your home is light, bright and inviting!
Early frost or snow? Be sure to have the driveway and front stoop cleared for easy access. The last thing you want to happen is to have someone slip and fall while viewing your home! Also be sure to have a nice mat for people to wipe their feet on. You want to keep those carpets and floors to stay sparkling so make it as easy as possible and offer a nice space for cleaning off shoes.
Try to look around your home with an eye for clutter. Holiday ornaments, personal photos and items, and any additional clutter should be tidied away. You want potential buyers to focus on how their possessions can fit in your home, and not be distracted by yours. This is very, very important. Give them an “open canvas” so they can see themselves and their friends and family in the space.
All of this will go a long way towards helping you sell your home in the Fall and Winter months. If you are looking to list your homes in Alta Sierra, or the surrounding communities, please contact us. We would love to help you achieve your real estate goals!
THE CULTURE IN THEM THAR HILLS!
California Arts Council announced Monday July 10 that Nevada City and Grass Valley have been designated a combined State Cultural District. We are one of only 14 areas in the State of California to have been awarded such recognition. The California Cultural Districts Program celebrates the state’s artistic and cultural assets and diversity.
Rock On Nevada City & Grass Valley
Blues Master Robert Cray Rocks Grass Valley
Nevada City and Grass Valley are recognized by the Arts Council as a “well defined geographic area with high concentrations of cultural resources and activities”. Nevada County is the only county in the State of California to have two Cultural Districts and are among only four rural districts recognized by the program. No surprise at all to denizens of the area who live in Nevada City, Grass Valley, Penn Valley, Auburn and surrounding communities and take advantage of the manifold opportunities to enjoy and participate in arts, music, storytelling and many other cultural offerings that take place year round here.
Best Of Both Worlds, Small Town Living Amidst The Trees…& Arts
We know it…and so shall people not only in the State of California, but nationally and internationally as the rich cultural gifts of the area are showered in the bright lights of the Arts Council’s promotional and advertising activities. We have celebrated many of our areas arts entities in this space, such as the vital Center For The Arts, Music in the Mountains, Miner’s Foundry, KVMR Radio, and the annual Open Studios art trail. There are 53 arts organizations, 33 galleries, studios and museums, 19 live music venues, and 49 places of historical interest in Grass Valley and Nevada City. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival takes place every year in Nevada City and Grass Valley and is considered to be the most important environmental film festival in the country today.
The Sierra Lifestyle At Its Best
Julie Baker, Executive Director of the Center Of The Arts says, “We live in a rural community with remarkable sophistication and a passion for the arts!” The Center will host the 21st Annual California WorldFest this weekend at the Nevada County Fairgrounds (itself a cultural gem here). When queried by clients thinking of moving to Nevada County as to where or not we have culture this is the answer. We sure ain’t just of bunch of rednecks, and if you weren’t a believer before, this ought to get you religion!
At California Worldfest!
The designation of Grass Valley and Nevada City as a California Cultural District is well deserved. We love the Sierra Lifestyle here and the opportunity to participate in making it better,,,and better. Come party with us!
Summer…my favorite time of the year for fresh fruit and vegetables! And Nevada County offers a huge selection of farmers markets to choose from. Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley and other
surroundings area host farmers markets where we can gather great fruit, vegetables and other food items to enjoy. Farm to table at it’s purest and best.
Farmers from around California come to sell their farm fresh items. Here is Nevada County we are blessed to have farmers markets available to us on several different days of the week, and a variety of locations make it convenient. From South Nevada County to Penn Valley the farmers market are sprinkled through out the week in various locations.
My favorite is Thursday Night Market in Downtown Grass Valley. This event takes place On Thursdays evening 5:30pm to 9pm in Historic downtown Grass Valley. Similar to other events downtown Grass Valley throughout the year, Mill Street is closed to traffic and all sorts of vendors set up booths selling everything from fresh fruits to homemade bath soap and more. They are also offer street concerts for your listening enjoyment. Thursday Night Market takes the usual farmers market to a whole new level, supported by Grass Valley’s Downtown Association.
So take a peek below at all your choices. I encourage you to check out the various markets. We are so lucky to have in our back yard so many talented, hard-working local farmers committed to bringing fresh-picked food to out tables!
Local Nevada County Farmers Markets
Nevada County Horseman (Nevada County Certified Growers Market)
May 2 – September 26, 2017
Tuesdays, 9:00am – 1:00 pm
10600 Bubbling Wells Road, Grass Valley
Western Gateway Park (Nevada County Certified Growers Market)
May 4 – November 16, 2017
Thursdays, 9:00am – 1:00 pm
18560 Penn Valley Drive, Penn Valley
Thursday Night Market
June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27 & August 3, 2017
5:30pm – 9:00pm
Downtown Grass Valley
Historic North Star House (Nevada County Certified Growers Market)
Saturdays, April 15 – November 18, 2017
8:00am – 12:30 pm
12075 Auburn Road, Grass Valley
Downtown Nevada City Summer Farmers Market
Saturdays, June 3rd – November 18th 2017
Hours 8:30am – 1:00pm
Contact information for farmer’s markets
Foothill Farmers Market Association
Lake of the PInes Farmers Market
Nevada City Farmers Market
Nevada County Certified Growers Market