Oakhurst

Despite its proximity to pristine wilderness, Oakhurst is a well-connected hub in Central California.
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Welcome to Oakhurst


If you’re looking for a home where you can connect with nature, embrace a sense of community, and enjoy a slower pace of life, then Oakhurst, California is the perfect place for you. Here’s everything you need to know about this hidden gem in California’s Gold Country: 

OVERVIEW OF OAKHURST, CA


Oakhurst, CA is an outdoor enthusiast’s gateway to adventure. Located in the southern part of Madera County, the town is nestled along the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the banks of Fresno River, only 14 miles away from the wonders of Yosemite National Park.

Despite its proximity to pristine wilderness, Oakhurst is a well-connected hub in Central California. It sits at the intersection of State Highways 41 and 49, which provide a direct route to major cities like Fresno and Sacramento. The town is also bordered by charming communities like Ahwahnee, Coarsegold, and Bass Lake, making it a sought-after destination for those seeking tranquil environs and a family-friendly atmosphere.

Oakhurst’s history at a glance

  • Native American legacy.

    Before the influx of settlers in the 1850s, the Mi Wok, Mono, and Chukchansi nations laid the foundations of a robust cultural heritage for California Native Americans in Oakhurst. In 1851, a group of Native Americans, displaced from Yosemite by Captain Burney’s Company, escaped and later established a rancheria below the old Ahwahnee Sanatorium. They erected a roundhouse for ceremonial purposes more than a decade later, a testament to their enduring connection with the land. Despite facing destruction, the roundhouse was tenaciously rebuilt in 1904.

  • Gold rush ventures and the birth of Fresno Flats.

    In the early 1850s, the possibility of gold drew Texan miners to the Coarsegold River, marking the beginnings of the Gold Rush era. Coarsegold, a neighboring community, witnessed a staggering amount of gold extracted during this period worth $90,000, or $3.6 million in today’s money. Oakhurst – initially known as Fresno Flats – carved its niche not in mining but in supplying vital resources to the burgeoning mines and lumber companies in the vicinity.

  • Lumber and granite.

    The year 1886 saw the construction of Sugar Pine Lumber Co.’s 63-mile-long flume – a vital link for transporting lumber to Madera – which stretched from the High Sierra to the valley. This famous flume remained operational until 1932. Oakhurst also gained prominence for its granite production, which contributed to the reconstruction of San Francisco after the devastating earthquake in 1906.

  • Yosemite's Grizzly Emblem.

    The roots of Oakhurst are intertwined with the iconic California flag, which proudly displays a bear as its symbol. The name "Yosemite" – derived from the Native American word “Llzumati” – translates to Grizzly Bear, encapsulating the rich history and symbiotic relationship between the land and its inhabitants.

(source:Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce)

Getting around

Navigating in and around Oakhurst by car is a breeze due to the town’s compact size and strategic location. Oakhurst’s central hub sits at the intersection of Highway 41 and Highway 49, stretching from lower Crane Valley Road to the Goldside subdivision on Highway 49 and from Deadwood summit to the Bass Lake turnoff (Highway 41 at Road 222). These main thoroughfares lead to places like Yosemite National Park, Fresno, and Mariposa. You’ll also find that most dining establishments, attractions, and businesses are concentrated along Highway 41.

While cars are the primary mode of transportation, Oakhurst offers several alternatives. There is a free trolley that operates Friday to Sunday during the summer season, as well as on special events and holiday weekends. Eco-conscious travelers can rent a bike from Pedal Forward or Yosemite Valley Bikes. The YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System)bus, which has stops in Oakhurst, offers routes to various points inside Yosemite National Park.

Climate

Residents experience the full spectrum of seasons in Oakhurst. 

Spring is an ideal time to explore the outdoors, with temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the low 70s. Nearby hiking trails come to life with fresh blooms and vibrant foliage, providing hikers with gorgeous paths around town and within Yosemite National Park.

Summer is the peak season for outdoor adventures in Oakhurst. From rock climbing to camping, an array of activities draws visitors to the region. Bass Lake, just outside of Oakhurst, transforms into a summer hub, offering opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking, sunbathing, and picnicking. 

Autumn paints the Sierra Nevada in a breathtaking array of colors, making it the best time for scenic drives along the area’s winding roads. Oakhurst's Fall Festival adds to the season’s charm, providing a delightful mix of activities, including live music, food vendors, carnival rides, and a pumpkin patch.

Winter transforms Oakhurst into a serene, snow-covered wonderland, offering a tranquil escape from the usual holiday hustle and bustle. Moreover, Oakhurst's proximity to Badger Pass Ski Area provides access to downhill skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports and activities.

Schools

Oakhurst is served by theYosemite Unified School District (YUSD) and the Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary School District, with 9 public schools and 1 private school available within and near town. 

The YUSD is highly regarded for its academic performance, student support, and overall quality of education. Its schools maintain relatively small class sizes, ensuring that students receive personalized attention and instruction. 

Moreover, the district offers a diverse range of educational programs to meet the needs of all students, including traditional classroom instruction, blended learning models, and special education services. Some of its top-ranking schools include:

Beyond high school, the State Center Community College District provides accessible higher education programs to the counties of Fresno, Madera, Kings, and Tular.

OAKHURST HOMES FOR SALE


Single-family detached homes take up80.87%of the Oakhurst housing market, making it the perfect haven for those seeking a classic suburban lifestyle. Moreover, 77.67% of homes are owner-occupied, which speaks volumes about the strong sense of stability, permanence, and community within the area. Most homes feature 3 or 4 bedrooms, providing ample space for growing families or for those seeking a cozy retreat.

Oakhurst homes for sale come in a diverse range of architectural styles, ranging from Craftsman and American Foursquare homes to Mediterranean Revival- and Queen Anne cottage-inspired houses. Most of the properties were built between 1970 and 1999, with some going back as far as the 1940s. This is perfect if you’re a homebuyer who values homes with character and history.

What sets Oakhurst apart isn't just the array of housing options, but also the lucrative investment potential embedded in its real estate market. Over the past decade, Oakhurst homes have experienced an impressive appreciation rate of 95.71%, ranking the town in the top 30% nationwide. This translates to a remarkable annual average appreciation rate of 6.95%, making your home purchase a solid financial and personal investment.

When it comes to home amenities, Oakhurst homes for sale cater to the most discerning tastes.Features like granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, gas fireplaces, hardwood floors, and walk-in closets are standard. Some homes elevate the living experience with upscale additions like home theaters, wine cellars, outdoor kitchens, swimming pools, guest houses, saunas, steam rooms, home offices, and solar panels.

LIVING IN OAKHURST, CA

Ready to start your search for Oakhurst homes for sale? Here’s what you can expect as a resident and homeowner in this beautiful town:

Explore the great outdoors


From serene lakeshores to majestic forests, Oakhurst is a nature lover's paradise. Here are some must-visit places for new residents who want to wander through the breathtaking landscapes that surround this charming town.

  • Bass Lake

    Just 11 minutes away from Oakhurst, Bass Lake offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Its crystal-clear waters, which reflect the striking mountain peaks of Sierra Nevada, provide a range of water-based activities. You can kayak along the serene waters, practice your wakeboarding and waterskiing skills, or simply relax on the sandy shores and soak up the sun's warmth.

    Bass Lake is also a bucket list destination for avid anglers. Aside from its gorgeous landscapes, the pristine lake is home to a variety of fish species,  including rainbow trout, largemouth bass, and Kokanee salmon.

  • Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park

    You only need to venture 5 miles northwest of Oakhurst to discover this nature park’s winding trails, breathtaking viewpoints, and tranquil lakes. Here, hikers and horseback riders can find solace among the towering oak trees, while wildlife enthusiasts and nature photographers can delight in the unique rock formations and diverse flora and fauna that call this park home.

  • Yosemite National Park

    One of Oakhurst’s biggest draws is its proximity to Yosemite National Park, a natural wonderland with awe-inspiring beauty that has captivated visitors for centuries.

    Whether you prefer hiking along its pristine trails or climbing its challenging rock formations, Yosemite National Park offers an abundance of experiences that will leave you breathless. You can explore the verdant meadows adorned with wildflowers, embark on a scenic drive through Tunnel View to witness iconic cliffs like El Capitan and Half Dome, or venture into the heart of the park for a glimpse of Mariposa Grove's ancient sequoias.

  • Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad

    Step back in time aboard the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, a historic narrow-gauge railroad that weaves through the heart of the Sierra National Forest and takes passengers on a journey through lush forests, charming meadows, and babbling creeks.

    Whether you're a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply seeking a unique and leisurely outing, this Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad promises a nostalgic experience filled with stunning vistas and the soothing ambiance of a bygone era.

Wine and dine



From craft breweries and gastropubs to charming wineries and farm-to-table restaurants, no place understands the importance of matching each dish with the perfect bottle of wine than Oakhurst. Here are the places that do it right every time:

  • South Gate Brewing Company

    Serving the Oakhurst community for over a decade, South Gate Brewing Company is a beloved local establishment that has become a haven for beer enthusiasts and casual diners alike. Their ever-changing selection of handcrafted beers, ranging from crisp lagers to bold IPAs and rich stouts, is sure to satisfy even the most discerning palate. Complement your pint with an array of gastropub favorites, including juicy steaks, savory wood-fired pizzas, and hearty burgers.

  • Idle Hour Winery and Kitchen

    Idle Hour Winery and Kitchen seamlessly blends the art of winemaking with culinary excellence. Their impressive selection of single-varietal, single vineyard-designated wines showcases the distinct flavors of the Sierra Nevada region. Pairing your wine with a delectable meal from their Californian- and Mediterranean-inspired menu is highly encouraged.

  • Ducey's on the Lake

    Located at The Pines Resort, Ducey's on the Lake offers a breathtaking waterfront dining experience. Their delectable farm-to-table California cuisine, prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients, is sure to tantalize your taste buds. From savory seafood dishes to mouthwatering steaks and pasta creations, Ducey's menu caters to every occasion, whether it’s scenic brunches, romantic dinners, or special celebrations.

  • Oakhurst Spirits

    Immerse yourself in the world of artisanal spirits at Oakhurst Spirits, where copper pot stills and time-honored techniques are used to craft small-batch vodkas, gins, whiskeys, and liqueurs. Visit their tasting room to sample the distinct flavors of the Sierra Nevada region and learn about their distilling process. Additionally, their art gallery hosts rotating exhibits with works from local artists, which adds a touch of culture to your visit.

History, culture, and community

 

With Oakhurst's rich history and diverse culture, it's no surprise that it is home to a vibrant arts scene and several highly anticipated events. From exploring expertly preserved buildings from the 1900s to embracing the changing of seasons with delicious food and lively entertainment, here are some of the places and events that make living in Oakhurst truly worthwhile:

  • Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park

    Catch a glimpse into the lives of Oakhurst’s early settlers at the Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park. This living museum is a community-built and -run historic site, recreating 19th-century life along the Sierra Nevada mountains for both residents and visitors.

    Stroll through the village and admire the collection of preserved historic buildings, each filled with artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of Oakhurst's past, from its one-room schoolhouse to the general store that sustained the town’s gold rush residents.

    Established in 1975 by the Sierra Historic Sites Association, Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park stands as a testament to the dedication and passion of volunteers who have preserved and shared Oakhurst's history for generations. 

  • Yosemite Gateway Art Center

    The Yosemite Gateway Art Center is a hub for local artists and art enthusiasts alike. It houses five unique art galleries: the Stellar Gallery, Stavast Studio Gallery, Williams Gallery Wes, Gallery 5, and The Art Center Gallery.

    The center's history is deeply rooted in the community. In 1990, Timberline Gallery, the oldest cooperative art gallery in Madera County, served as the cornerstone for the development of Gallery Row, a haven for art lovers and a catalyst for creativity. Today, the Yosemite Gateway Art Center continues to foster the arts, providing a platform for local artists to showcase their talent and connect with art enthusiasts within the region and from all around the world.

  • ARTober

    Each October, Oakhurst celebrates its annual month-long celebration of art and creativity. This community-wide event offers residents and visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the town's diverse art scene, explore the creative process, and connect with local and international artists.

    ARTober offers a variety of engaging activities for all ages. Families can participate in the FIND Art the Bear scavenger hunt, where chainsaw-carved bears are hidden throughout Oakhurst. Art enthusiasts can embark on the Sierra Art Trails Open Studio Tour, a self-guided journey through the studios of over 70 local artists. And if you’re a live music lover, don't miss the Music by the River concerts, where melodies fill the air at Queen's Inn by the River.

  • The Golden Chain Theatre

    Experience the magic of storytelling at The Golden Chain Theatre, a community theater that has been bringing captivating performances to Oakhurst for over 50 years. Founded in 1967, the theater has evolved from a small troupe performing in the Oakhurst Community Center to a thriving cultural institution that produces a variety of high-quality productions.

    Today, residents enjoy a diverse range of shows, from classic plays and musicals to contemporary works and original productions. Whether you prefer laughing along with comedies or tapping your feet to musicals, there is a show at The Golden Chain Theatre just for you.

  • Oakhurst Fall Festival

    Fully appreciate the vibrant colors of fall at this lively celebration filled with family-friendly activities, live music, and delicious food. Held annually at the Oakhurst Community Park, the festival draws crowds from all over the country seeking a taste of autumn cheer in Central California. 

    It’s difficult to run out of things to do as you wander through the festival grounds, which is filled with craft vendors, food booths, and live music performances. The whole family can also participate in pumpkin carving competitions, pie-eating contests, and other kid-friendly activities.

DISCOVER OAKHURST HOMES FOR SALE TODAY


Your journey to finding the perfect home in Oakhurst begins here. Our top-notch real estate team, led by Jack and Sherri DuBeau, can provide you with a comprehensive range of services that extend far beyond closing. 

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned property investor, we’re here to serve as your local community expert and real estate advisor, guiding you through every step of the process. 

Schedule a consultation with us today by calling 559.694.1036 or by sending us an email. We'd love to hear from you!

Overview for Oakhurst, CA

7,889 people live in Oakhurst, where the median age is 50.8 and the average individual income is $36,375. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Around Oakhurst, CA

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

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Demographics and Employment Data for Oakhurst, CA

Oakhurst has 3,283 households, with an average household size of 2.38. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Oakhurst do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 7,889 people call Oakhurst home. The population density is 67.36 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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