Sonora Real Estate & History

Real estate in Sonora CA, the County Seat, is still very affordable for California real estate standards.

The housing opportunities are varied, from luxury homes to subdivisions and plots to modest rental investment properties.  Sonora CA is located just 3 miles from Jamestown on Highway 49 in the Central California Gold Country. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Realty has two real estate offices located in Sonora CA, with two additional real estate offices in Twain Harte and Lake Don Pedro.

Sonora, California

At an elevation of 1825 feet, Sonora CA is a colorful, bustling little city and is the market center for a large tri-county area. An air of progressive commercialism has been superimposed on this one-time rowdy mining camp.  Commercial real estate investment opportunities in Sonora CA are plentiful and  property choices are many.

With our state of the art Sonora Regional Medical Center, a modern expansive school system, a Community College, various adult senior services, sports venues and a Law and Justice Center, all the security and conveniences are available to those looking for their dream home or ranch.  These modern amenities mixed with our historic past creates an environment of wholesome country living at reasonable real estate prices.

Sonora CA was born with the California Gold Rush and was often referred to as the Queen of the Southern Mines, and has been a center for business and county government since 1851. Sonora is one of the Mother Lode’s most vibrant towns, preserving its history while serving as the commercial hub for residents in Tuolumne County. Many of Sonora’s streets and landmark buildings are recognizable in early-day pictures.

Sonora CA has a population of around 5,000 full-time residents, but an additional 12,000 to 20,000 people, including vacationers, shoppers, downtown workers and part-time residents flock to downtown streets for shopping, restaurants, entertainment and business. The Sonora area’s known history starts with the Native American Me-Wuk Indian Tribe whose members prospered in the area until the California Gold Rush.  Today’s Washington Street is believed to follow a Me-Wuk trail.

Many relics from its flamboyant past remain, including a large collection of city Victorian homes, many of which are now bed and breakfasts. Sonora  CA is also the junction of Highways 49 and 108. The focal point of downtown is the St. James Episcopal Church built in 1860 and said to be the second oldest Episcopal church of frame construction in California. Many of Sonora CA businesses are housed in buildings over 100 years old.

The Red Church, Downtown Sonora

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