Groveland Real Estate & History

Groveland real estate and homes are the lesser known jewels in the real estate industry of Tuolumne County.

Pine Mountain Lake, Groveland CA

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Realty has a resident agent working exclusively in Groveland.  In the mid-sixties, developer Boise Cascade began development of a new resort named Pine Mountain Lake, a planned mountain community with over 4000 residential lots and its own golf course, country club, airport, and stables.  Groveland charted a course of steady growth that continues to this day.

Today, area residents are assured that, while their community is steeped in history, its best days are coming as visitors discover this very special Sierra town that’s the primary entryway to Yosemite National Park.

Originally, Groveland and nearby Big Oak Flat were both called Savage’s Diggings. James Savage discovered gold there in late 1848. Savage’s Diggins became Garrotte in 1850, named for the area’s swift and harsh justice from a large Oak tree in what is now Big Oak Flat. Soon Garrotte was a boom town. But by the 1870’s, the easy pickings were gone and Garrotte was transformed from dozens of bars and bordellos to a quiet community catering to cattle ranches and the first of many tourists taking the new Big Oak Flat Road to Yosemite Valley.

In 1875, citizens changed the name of Garrotte to Groveland and soon thereafter, Groveland experienced a second gold rush with the advent of deep shaft mines and milling operations.

The second gold rush was over by 1914 but, by then, a third boom period was about to begin. In 1914, San Francisco had received congressional approval to build the Hetch Hetchy Water Project and Groveland was selected to be the construction headquarters for O’Shaughnessy Dam which provides water to millions of the populous Bay Area.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is very actively involved in real estate in south Tuolumne County.  The primary draw is property near Lake Don Pedro where many homes and ranches for outdoor-lovers dot this rural area.  More than 15 million people have visited Lake Don Pedro since 1971.  With 160 miles of shoreline and nearly 13,000 acre-feet of surface area (at maximum lake level), visitors can enjoy boating, fishing, water sports, swimming, horseback riding and camping.  The small towns of La Grange, Coulterville and Greeley Hill are nearby in Mariposa County.

Groveland Hotel

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