The discovery of gold in California during the mid-1800s led to major settlement in the region that surrounds Grass Valley. Two of the most productive mines in California, the Empire and North Star gold mines, employed hundreds of workers who built quality homes and developed the downtown area. Many of the buildings from the 1860s still remain to this day, and add to the aesthetic charm of the downtown area. Several city parks featuring walking trails, playgrounds and picnic areas are ideal for family outings. Mountain biking and horseback riding in the nearby mountain areas are a favorite for members of the community, and the many streams and nearby lakes are ideal for boating and fishing. Don’t forget about the several public golf courses offer a beautifully scenic round. Grass Valley offers a wide variety of choices in real estate, including homes with acreage, historic properties, newer single family residences, senior living facilities, and condominiums, and apartments. An active lifestyle and pristine natural beauty await homebuyers seeking desirable Grass Valley properties.
To celebrate the Cornish heritage, annual festivals in the spring and during the Christmas season are held downtown. Throughout the summer, there is an abundance of outdoor music concerts, arts and craft fairs and local theater productions. These events really encompass Grass Valley and the family-oriented mentality.