Penn Valley, California

Penn Valley CA Real Estate, Penn Valley area and Community Information

Penn Valley, California, is a community of about 1,700 people in the Sierra Nevada foothills, east of Yuba City and west of Grass Valley. This Nevada County community enjoyed prominence during the days of the California Gold Rush.


The Maidu migrated to the area from the Sacramento Valley in the 1830s. White settlers arrived right after gold was discovered in the area in 1848. It is believed that they named the community that they established "Penn Valley" to pay homage to Madame Penn. Penn operated a 320-acre farm where Grub Creek and Squirrel Creek met. Penn Valley grew as a stopping point along a freight wagon route used to convey supplies from Sacramento to miners operating just to the east. As gold fever subsided, many prospectors stayed to farm the land. In the latter part of the 19th century, dairy cattle were raised in growing numbers in the area. Today, Butter Maker's Cottage is a remnant of a once-thriving creamery.

Parks and Recreation

Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley offers a remarkable array of activities on its 87 acres. It is considered the crown jewel of the community. The amphitheater hosts a variety of concerts and other performances throughout the year. Other facilities include four lighted baseball fields, six bocce courts, a basketball court, tennis/pickleball courts, handball courts and horseshoe pits. There's also a creek for swimmers and a number of trails for hikers and nature lovers. An off-leash dog park has now also been established at Western Gateway Park. Disc golfers that live in Penn Valley CA homes will enjoy the challenging and highly regarded disc golf layout.

Attractions and Activities

The Pilot Peak Vineyard and Winery offers a highly rated wine tasting experience. The owners are described as very friendly, and the views from the wine tasting area are said to be excellent.


Those that invest in Penn Valley real estate have the Penn Valley Rodeo to look forward to in May of each year. The competitions draw spectators from throughout Nevada County and beyond. The rodeo parade kicks off the three days' worth festivities.

A prospective Penn Valley home buyer will find a wide range of Penn Valley real estate to consider. Nice country estates on 20 acres of land or more will be among the homes for sale in Penn Valley. The real estate in Penn Valley also includes newer Penn Valley properties cut dramatically into hillsides or framed by towering trees. Look to the expertise of Kurt Congdon to learn about the best values in available Penn Valley homes for sale. Kurt Congdon can easily match your special needs and desires with residential Penn Valley CA real estate.
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