Living in the Sierra Foothills
Long before Huell Howser chased California’s figurative gold on television, the Sierra Foothills staked its claim as California’s real gold country, yielding a fortune in ore and lumber that quite literally helped build the state. By its traditional delineation, the region is composed of the eight Northern California counties parallel to — and across the Central Valley from — the Bay Area. Draw a straight line about a hundred miles east of San Francisco and you’ll hit Calaveras and Tuolumne counties, the heart of the Mother Lode. A bucolic landscape of lush meadows, roaring rivers, and towering forests canvasses a rolling topography, home to a historic and eclectic collection of mining and logging towns. Some corners, with the advent of the “super commuter,” have gained new neighbors in the form of shopping centers, box stores, and other suburban conveniences. The area’s accessibility to Silicon Valley, along with the Fresno-Yosemite area, has made it a popular prospect for full-time and weekend residents alike.