Madera, which means “wood” in Spanish, used to be a timber market but later shifted to a thriving agricultural economy.
Search Homes

Welcome to Madera

Madera, being quite a bit smaller than Fresno, still has many great amenities to offer.

Madera is a short 20-minute drive North of Fresno. Madera, which means “wood” in Spanish, used to be a timber market but later shifted to a thriving agricultural economy. However, gold is what put Madera on the map with mining starting in 1849. Today it produces everything from almonds to grapes, which contributes to their profitable wine production. The Madera Wine Trail attracts visitors from all over the world and many of the local family-owned wineries have won awards and international recognition. Madera, being quite a bit smaller than Fresno, still has many great amenities to offer.


With a unique blend of desirable residential areas, lush green spaces, and vibrant commercial developments, Madera is a fantastic place to call home. Its laid-back environment beckons to everyone who wants to set down roots. Madera homes for sale are some of the most coveted properties in the area, offering great value for money when it comes to location, community, living space, and amenities.


Located over 23 miles north of Fresno, Madera lies in California's geographic center and oldest wine country. Nestled in the fertile San Joaquin Valley, the city is surrounded by swaths of farmland, bountiful orchards, and century-old vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see. As one of the most picturesque areas in California, it offers a tranquil environment amidst breathtaking scenery.

Madera homes for sale are highly coveted for the city's proximity to Highway 99, which connects it to cities like Merced to the north and Fresno to the south. Yosemite National Park is just a drive away, providing access to hiking trails, camp sites, and other outdoor attractions.

Speaking of outdoor recreation, the city's strategic location within California makes it a fantastic jump-off point to diverse landscapes, from the nature trails of the magnificent Sierra Nevada Mountains to gorgeous beaches along the Pacific Coast.

As the seat of Madera County, the city is ideal for commuters who work in nearby cities. In addition to Fresno and Merced, the area is within driving distance of Paso Robles, which is approximately 131 miles away, and San Jose, which is about 127 miles from Madera.

What Madera is Known For

Madera is best known for its award-winning wineries, Madera is a historic wine region with stunning vineyards. The area has been cultivating grapes and producing fine wine since at least the 1800s. Settlers from France, Italy, and Armenia brought old world winemaking traditions and techniques to the small farms and homesteads of Madera.

Only a few of its oldest vineyards remained intact after the Prohibition era of the 1920s. However, a number of small and family-owned wineries have opened in recent years, putting Madera on the map as a wine tasting destination.

Some of these wineries are located roughly midway between Fresno and Madera. A number of these establishments are just a few miles of one another, making its wine trail a popular spot for weekend getaways.

Local wineries and wineries are known for producing fantastic port and dessert wine. Its grapes are sought after for their high sugar content — the result of the area's unique microclimate, which is a designated American Viticultural Area.

Madera is also a gateway to Yosemite National Park, which offers countless opportunities for hiking, cycling, camping, climbing, and more. It is a hiker's paradise with giant sequoia trees and cascading waterfalls.

Basic Facts

  • Madera spans about 14 to 16 square miles

  • The city has an elevation of 282 feet

  • The population is 67,944 as of 2021

  • Madera has a warm and typically low humidity climate

  • July is usually the warmest month while December is the coolest

Brief History

Platted by the California Lumber Company in 1876 and incorporated in 1907, Madera gets its name from the Spanish word for wood or lumber. Before emerging as a wine trail, the city was a key player in the lumber industry and was home of the longest lumber flume in the world. Yosemite Avenue, the main thoroughfare, was paved in 1912.


Madera is a master-planned city with a myriad of fantastic neighborhoods and communities to suit each taste. Most communities have tree-lined streets and gorgeous homes with plenty of space.

Some of the communities on the edges of the city are primarily residential and have little development. These are closer to rural landscapes and are some of the most peaceful and quiet neighborhoods in the area, making them an excellent choice for buyers who enjoy being outdoors and being surrounded by nature.

Neighborhoods towards the city center tend to be closer to shops, restaurants, schools, and other amenities. This area is also home to several parks and playgrounds, and provides easy access to the Golden State Highway.

The median listing price was $484,400, up 8.3% year-over-year in October 2023, according to data from On average, homes in Madera sold for approximately the asking price, which is indicative of a sale-to-list price ratio of 100.01%.

Property Types and Architectural Styles

Madera offers primarily single-family homes and vacant residential lots. Madera homes for sale are available in a wide range of layouts and architectural styles to suit each taste. Buyers can choose from single-level Ranch-style properties and two-story Mediterranean and Contemporary-style homes with manicured lawns and driveways.

Features and Amenities

Some of the largest properties in Madera feature high ceilings and oversized windows that allow for plenty of natural light. It is common for these homes to have outdoor pools and spacious kitchens with natural stone countertops, stainless steel appliances, and additional storage. Some homes also have flex spaces that can be converted into private offices, exercise rooms, or guest rooms.


Madera offers a high quality of life with good schools, first-rate amenities, scenic surroundings and a variety of outdoor activities. Here's what to expect when moving to the city.


The city is served by the Madera Unified School District, which is known for its reputable schools and highly trained staff. The district provides education and other related services to over 20,000 students. Click here for a list of elementary and high schools in and around Madera.

Shopping and Dining

  • Residents have convenient access to major retailers, trendy boutiques, and casual dining restaurants at Bethard Square Shopping CenterThe Commons at Madera Fair, and Madera Marketplace.

  • When it comes to wining and dining, Madera is known for its historic adobe tasting rooms and wineries serving award-winning port, chardonnay, malbec, zinfandel, and tempranillo as well as small plates and bites.

Leisure and Outdoor Recreation


    Follow the wine trail, which brings you to some of the finest winemakers and picturesque vineyards in the region. From Birdstone Winery and Papagni Wine, to Westbrook Wine Farm and Idle Hour Winery & Kitchen, the Madera Wine Trail offers a wide range of gastronomic experiences. San Joaquin Winery has food trucks, craft vendors, live music, and other activities for guests to enjoy.


    This is one of the largest community parks in the area featuring an amphitheater, pavilion, walking paths, bike tracks, and sports fields. It is a dog-friendly park that hosts seasonal events and concerts that bring the community together.


    This top-rated course offers 18 holes of world-class golf and some of the most competitive green fee rates in the region. Located west of Highway 99, the municipal course also provides access to a well-stocked pro shop and on-site dining at the Clubhouse Restaurant.


    This pet-friendly park features green spaces and separate fenced-off areas for small and large dog breeds.


    This park features a socially inclusive playground located at the former site of the Swimming Pool Park.


    The park spans over 1,200 square miles with deep valleys, granite cliffs, waterfalls, and giant sequoia trees. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the park was first protected in 1864 and features various outdoor attractions like Bridalveil Fall, Half Dome, and Tunnel View.


    Nestled in scenic Yosemite Valley, the village features a collection of shops, restaurants, and lodging options for guests. Highlights include the Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum.

The City of Madera Parks & Community Services Department organizes a wide range of activities and programs for residents to enjoy.

Festivals and Events


    This four-day event takes place in September each year and attracts over 55,000 guests. The festivities include live music, family-friendly entertainment, craft vendors, and sumptuous food and drinks.


    This annual festival celebrates Madera's agricultural roots, particularly its long and rich history of pomegranate and fruit nut production. The festival features a day of live music, wholesome entertainment, culinary surprises, and over 100 exhibitors and vendors.


    This cultural event features traditional Oaxacan dances, live music, and delicious food.



    This established neighborhood offers an array of real estate options ranging from single-family homes to apartments. Its proximity to schools, parks, and other amenities makes it a popular choice for buyers.


    This area features an excellent mix of residential and commercial developments, including a number of historic buildings that give the community a distinctive charm and character. It is a pedestrian-friendly area with shops, restaurants, and entertainment options.


    Another established neighborhood, West Madera offers a mix of older homes and newer properties. It provides access to an array of amenities, including schools, parks, and shopping centers.


    This vibrant community provides access to top-notch schools, well-maintained parks, and bustling shopping centers, making it a popular choice among buyers. With impeccably maintained properties and a strong sense of community, it is a desirable area for real estate.


    This community has a more rural environment with oversized lots and a host of older and newer properties. Madera Acres is sought for its ample outdoor space, privacy, and tranquil environment.


    Similar to Madera Acres, Madera Ranchos has a bucolic landscape and laid-back environment with expansive lots and spacious homes that appeal to many outdoor enthusiasts. The abundance of open space, peaceful atmosphere, and sense of community makes it one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the area.


    Located in the southeastern section of the city, Parkwood is an established neighborhood offering a diverse array of housing options. From single-family homes to townhomes, buyers will find a property that suits their preferences. It also provides access to several parks and recreational facilities.


    This newer community offers an excellent selection of Contemporary-style homes with eco-friendly and energy-efficient features. The neighborhood values sustainability and has its own community farm along with several parks and walking trails.


    Located in the northeastern portion of the city, Rolling Hills is another newer residential development offering an array of Modern-style homes with meticulous landscaping. It has a laid-back suburban environment with convenient access to an array of shopping and dining options.


    This picturesque neighborhood features tree-lined streets and a combination of older homes and newer properties. The area is a tight-knit community that is highly coveted for its gorgeous parks and reputable schools.


Get access to the finest Madera homes for sale when you work with Jack & Sherri DuBeau. Our real estate experts will help you achieve your real estate goals in this gorgeous city in scenic wine country!

Feel free to contact us at 559.694.1063 or send a message here. You can also send your inquiries or leave us a message here. We can't wait to hear about your plans in Madera!

Overview for Madera, CA

66,173 people live in Madera, where the median age is 29.2 and the average individual income is $20,445. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

29.2 years

Median Age


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Average individual Income

Around Madera, CA

There's plenty to do around Madera, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

Walking Score
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including La Primavera Tacos, Chavita's Cafe, and Carniceria Y Taqueria Don Chuy.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 1.35 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.3 miles 14 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining · $ 2.16 miles 7 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining · $$ 0.67 miles 7 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining 1.03 miles 7 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining 2.2 miles 23 reviews 4.8/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Madera, CA

Madera has 17,371 households, with an average household size of 3.76. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Madera do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 66,173 people call Madera home. The population density is 4,016.68 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Median Age

48.8 / 51.2%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group


0-9 Years


10-17 Years


18-24 Years


25-64 Years


65-74 Years


75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree

Total Households


Average Household Size


Average individual Income

Households with Children

With Children:

Without Children:

Marital Status


Blue vs White Collar Workers

Blue Collar:

White Collar:

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Madera, CA

All ()
Primary Schools ()
Middle Schools ()
High Schools ()
Mixed Schools ()
The following schools are within or nearby Madera. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
School rating

Let's Work Together

One cannot be trustworthy without being transparent, Jack and Sherri are open books. They don’t look at the transaction as just closing a sale; it is ensuring the client is happy with their experience. They look to have friendships with their clients for a lifetime!

Follow Me on Instagram