Sonora Homes and Land for Sale

Tuolumne County Seat and home to the Mother Lode Round Up!

Queen of the Southern Mines –

In the gorgeous Sierra Nevada Foothills, in the heart of California’s  “Gold Country” lies Sonora, California.  Sonora was named after the miners from Sonora Mexico who settled in the area 1848. Known as the “Queen of the Southern Mines”, this darling town still holds on to its historic charm with many of its existing buildings dating back to the 1800’s. Most of the city streets are still adorned with brick or stone buildings, decorative iron fences, rock walls and historic monuments.
Sonora was incorporated in 1851, and what started out as merely a mining camp took on the identity of a town and while gold mining was the driving force of the City it quickly evolved into the commercial, government and cultural center for the region. The area that drew the gold seekers of yesteryear is still being discovered today as Sonora remains the center of commerce for the region.

Sonora is an easy drive from the San Francisco Bay Area or the Central Valley. State Highways 108 and 49 pass through the City, which, incidentally, is just seventy miles north of Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sonora

Centrally located to the Bay Area, Central Valley, major airports, Yosemite National Park, snow skiing, water recreation, hiking, fishing, camping, wine tasting and more.

The great thing about Sonora that attracts property buyers is that while the older part of town is relatively small, there are so many other outlying areas and communities. Communities such as Columbia, Jamestown and Soulsbyville, all within 4 or 5 miles, or less from town. While many antique stores and boutiques can be found up and down the main street, the outer areas have been developed offering residents more variety of shopping and services.  Sitting at an elevation of just under 2000 feet, Sonora is the perfect climate with definitely four distinct seasons. Above the fog and below the snow!

Entertainment and Recreation

Fun Year Round

For entertainment and recreation all year long, Sonora and its surrounding communities are a haven of activities and fun.

From mid-May to mid-October, downtown is host to a Farmers Market every Saturday morning. Stroll around and shop local produce, art, pastries, flowers all while being entertained by some of Sonora’s finest musicians.

Home to museums, art galleries and live theater, The City also plays host to numerous festivals and special events throughout the year, such as the Mother Lode Roundup held each year on Mother’s Day weekend. For well over 50 years, the City has hosted the second largest parade in California and PRCA Rodeo drawing contestants from all over the nation.

Just outside the City limits are year-round outdoor recreational opportunities at resorts, campgrounds, lakes, golf courses and high country waterways.

Seven miles up the road in Tuoulumne is Black Oak Casino. Try your luck at the slots or cards, enjoy dining or a cocktail at one of the nine bars and restaurants or go bowling at the casino’s the state of the art family friendly bowling alley.

Of course, like any small town, Friday Night Lights are always a community favorite. Come out and support Wildcat football under the crisp fall night sky. It doesn’t get any better!



Barbara L. Barendregt, Broker/Owner


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