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Welcome to Yosemite

Nestled within Northern California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, Yosemite offers an unsurpassed lifestyle that’s deeply intertwined with the outdoors.
 
Living in Yosemite puts you within one of the world’s great natural havens where you can wake up to sweeping views of lush forests, sprawling meadows, deep valleys, and breathtaking granite cliffs every day. Each season brings its own charm, changing the scenery and creating new recreational opportunities. Meadows are covered with colorful wildflower blooms in spring, while summer welcomes pleasant, sunny days that are perfect for swimming, fishing, and rafting along the Merced River. Fall gives way to unforgettable hiking adventures through a dazzling display of hues, and winter transforms the landscape into a snowy playground that’s ideal for snowshoeing, snowboarding, and skiing.
 
Interested in Yosemite homes for sale? Here, we give you a closer look at the area, including the lifestyle, real estate options, nearby communities, and all of the activities you can enjoy.
 

OVERVIEW OF YOSEMITE

 

Yosemite’s history at a glance

  • Yosemite was inhabited by the Sierra band of Miwok Native Americans at around the 14th century. The Sierra Miwoks cooperated with other Miwok bands, as well as Mono Lake Paiutes who settled in the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada.

  • Conflicts arose between miners and the Native Americans during the 1849 California Gold Rush. In the Mariposa Wars of 1851, the US Army chased Native American tribes out of Yosemite. The battle resulted in more people arriving in the valley to acquire land. Following the battles, Dr. Lafayette Bunnell, a physician, explorer, and author began documenting his explorations of the mountainous region in his book, . Dr. Bunnell is credited for naming the region, “Yosemite.” 

  • In 1864, the Yosemite Land Grant was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln. This made Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias officially part of California. Yosemite’s first appointed guardian was Galen Clark, who held the position for 35 years. 

  • To protect Yosemite’s ecosystem from widespread deforestation due to timber logging operations, conservationist John Muir and Magazine editor Robert Underwood launched a campaign to make Yosemite a national park. They achieved success in 1890 when Congress designated over 1,500 square miles in Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove as Yosemite National Park. The creation of General Grant National Park (now located within Kings Canyon National Park) and Sequoia National Park was also authorized by Congress to preserve the giant sequoia forests located deep within the Sierra Nevada.

  • Upon its creation in 1916, the US National Park Service took control of Yosemite, and Yosemite Valley was officially listed as a California Historic Landmark and a National Historic District.
 

Location

Yosemite could be found along the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains in eastern central California, roughly a hundred miles southeast of Sacramento and 140 miles east of San Francisco. The area covers nearly 1,200 square miles and is flanked on all sides by national forest lands.
 
Yosemite National Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. It is known throughout the world for its spectacular landscape with soaring granite cliffs, crystal clear streams, enchanting waterfalls, giant sequoia groves, and rich biological diversity. 
 

Climate

The region’s elevation and mountainous terrain are key factors that influence Yosemite’s climate. The area experiences warm summers with hot days reaching temperatures of around 90°F. Thunderstorms during the afternoon frequently occur during the summer, especially at higher elevations.
 
Winters in Yosemite are cold and snowy, although the area gets some comfortable sunny and chilly days throughout the season. Daytime temperatures are typically mild in the winter, with temperatures staying below freezing at higher elevations. The area gets a moderately high level of precipitation, which occurs as snowfall during the winter. Yosemite gets an average of 36 inches of precipitation and 65 inches of snowfall annually.
 

Schools

Public schools in Yosemite are administered by the highly-rated Yosemite Unified School District (YUSD) and Mariposa County Unified School District (MCUSD). Some top-performing public schools serving Yosemite include:
 
 

REAL ESTATE IN YOSEMITE, CA

 

Homes for sale in Yosemite, CA

Those seeking their own slice of paradise in Yosemite will be able to choose from a varied selection of properties that can fulfill any type of preference or requirement. Whether you’re looking for a permanent residence, a vacation home, or an ideal investment property, you’ll be able to choose from a wide range of Yosemite homes for sale that are guaranteed to match your real estate goals.
 
Yosemite is the perfect choice for prospective buyers looking forward to a laid-back lifestyle amidst a serene natural setting. Many Yosemite homes for sale are set among soaring pines and cedars and are surrounded by captivating forest and mountain views. The breathtaking location is complemented by a range of first-rate features like high ceilings, elegant spa-like baths, seamless indoor-outdoor floor plans, and primary suites overlooking magnificent views, creating a perfect balance of privacy, livability, and relaxation.
 
Many Yosemite residences take full advantage of the area’s scenic surroundings. You’ll be able to find many homes with features like expansive wraparound decks, covered patios, and floor-to-ceiling windows so you can soak in beautiful sunsets and stunning mountain vistas.
 
A home in Yosemite gives you easy access to a plethora of outdoor activities like hiking, camping, biking, rock climbing, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, fishing, and golf. There’s a wealth of recreational opportunities no matter the season, allowing residents to enjoy the ultimate mountain lifestyle in one of the most picturesque areas in the country.
 
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COMMUNITIES IN AND AROUND YOSEMITE, CA

 
You can find a selection of homes located within the gates of Yosemite National Park, and there are several nearby towns and communities, providing more real estate options for buyers interested in buying a home in this sought-after area.
 
Here’s an overview of communities in and around Yosemite National Park.
 

Yosemite West

Yosemite West is a neighborhood of nearly 200 homes and over 100 vacation properties tucked away among towering pines, firs, cedars, and rocky outcrops of Yosemite National Park. 
 
Yosemite West puts residents in a prime location that’s a short drive away from three of Yosemite National Park’s most popular destinations: Glacier Point, Yosemite Valley, and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.
 
A home in Yosemite West offers an unparalleled lifestyle with unforgettable adventures just outside your door. Its proximity allows residents to start their day with a quick morning jog in Yosemite Valley, head back home for lunch, and navigate the trails leading to Glacier Point at dusk to catch the spectacular views of the sunset over Half Dome.
 

Wawona

Wawona is a historic town perched on a 4,000-foot elevation, providing picture-perfect views of sweeping meadows and the Sierra Nevada mountains.
 
Originally a refuge for early travelers making their way to Yosemite Valley, the community offers a plethora of recreational options and first-rate amenities, all within a short drive from the town center. The community is ideally positioned in the southwest section of Yosemite National Park, putting you minutes away from popular destinations like Chilnualna Falls, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and all of the main trailheads leading into the southern Yosemite wilderness.
 

Fish Camp

Located just seven minutes away from Yosemite, Fish Camp is a picturesque hamlet surrounded by the Sierra National Forest. In addition to being an ideal gateway to the attractions in Yosemite National Park, the community is one of Mariposa County’s top recreational hubs, with an array of activities including hiking, sledding, fishing, and tubing. One of Fish Camp’s most popular attractions is Yosemite Trails, which offers guided horseback excursions through dense pine forests, across tranquil streams, and past scenic overlooks highlighted by dazzling mountain scenery.
 

Groveland

Groveland is an idyllic Gold Rush town originally known as Big Oak Flat before it was renamed in 1863. One of the closest towns to Yosemite National Park, the community is home to the Iron Door Saloon, the longest continually operating saloon in California.
 
One of Groveland’s most famous destinations is the Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum, which features a wide array of exhibits and outdoor displays covering the history of southern Tuolumne County.
 

Mariposa

Located at the crossroads of Highways 49 and 140, Mariposa was founded in the mid-1800s when the California Gold Rush drew swarms of people to the region. Walking around Mariposa’s vibrant Main Street transports you to the Old West. The town’s 1854 courthouse is the oldest courthouse that has remained in operation throughout the Rocky Mountains. 
 
There’s a wide range of activities and attractions in Mariposa, a historic mountain town sitting on Yosemite’s doorstep. Old Town is always an exciting place to shop, catch live music performances, and enjoy a hearty meal along with a glass of locally made wine, cider, or craft beer at one of the cafes and restaurants.
 

ACTIVITIES AND DESTINATIONS IN YOSEMITE

 
For nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, living in Yosemite is the ultimate dream. Outdoor adventures abound with streams and lakes perfect for fishing, world-class rock climbing, miles of trails to navigate, and breathtaking sights to behold.
 

Hiking

Whether you’re planning a relaxing day hike with the family or looking to fully immerse yourself in the landscape’s beauty and grandeur with a multi-day backpacking adventure, you’re sure to get what you planned for and more at Yosemite. After all, it is home to a network of hiking trails that are ideal for all ages and skill levels. 
 
Below are some popular hiking trails for you to explore:
 
Bridalveil Fall Trail
 
Out and back, 1.2 miles round trip
 
Bridalveil Fall Trail is a terrific choice if you’re looking for a short and easy hike. The paved trail leads visitors to the base of the 620-foot Bridalveil Fall, often the first waterfall you’ll pass by upon entering Yosemite Valley.
 
Tenaya Lake Trail
 
Loop, 2.5 miles round trip
 
This easily accessible lake trail is great for families who want to spend a relaxing day outdoors. You can enjoy a leisurely hike on the scenic loop and take a break on the sandy beach to soak in the gorgeous views. 
 
If you’re feeling adventurous, Tenaya Lake offers access to the Clouds Rest Trail, which features some of the most breathtaking panoramic views of Yosemite.
 
Glacier Point Trail
 
Out and back, 1 mile round trip
 
While there are several challenging trails leading up to Glacier Point, those who prefer a minimal hike can simply drive up to the Glacier Point Trailhead to enjoy the majestic views. The viewpoint is one of the best spots in Yosemite to watch the sunset, so try to get there right before dusk.
 
Mariposa Grove Trail
 
Loop, 7 miles
 
The Mariposa Grove trail loop is a moderately difficult hike leading to Wawona Point, which features stunning views of Wawona Valley. The trail meanders through Yosemite’s largest grove of sequoias, which includes the majestic Grizzly Giant, the tallest and oldest tree in Yosemite National Park. It is estimated to be more than 2,700 years old.
 
If you want to head straight to the sequoia grove, you can take the much shorter two-mile Grizzly Giant Loop. 
 

Rock climbing

As one of the world’s top climbing destinations, Yosemite is a climber’s paradise that offers an endless variety of experiences, from uninterrupted crack climbs through Merced River Canyon, knob and slab climbing on the granite domes of Tuolumne Meadows, to multi-day climbing excursions on the big walls of Yosemite Valley.
 
Whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced climber, the Yosemite Mountaineering School and Guide Service is the perfect place to start. As the only authorized climbing guides in Yosemite and with every team member a certified Wilderness EMT or Wilderness First Responder, they’ll get you safely to the park’s highest peaks. In addition to rock-climbing lessons, the school also offers guided overnight backpacking trips, group hikes, cross-country ski lessons, and overnight Glacier Point ski hut trips in the winter.
 

Rafting

If you’re looking for an unforgettable river rafting experience, Yosemite’s Merced River takes visitors on an exhilarating adventure through vast wilderness and awe-inspiring landscapes.
 
The rafting season in Yosemite varies year to year and is affected by factors such as water depth, temperature, and seasonal snowmelt. The season typically starts from mid-July to the end of August on good snowpack years.
 
There are two main river rafting destinations in Yosemite. Yosemite Valley is great for beginners looking for a smooth ride while the section of Merced River outside the park is more challenging, with runs classified as Level 2 to 4 depending on current water conditions and the time of year. During peak snowmelt, the river waters run high and fast, attracting adventurers seeking pulse-pounding Class IV river runs.
 

Winter activities

In the winter, Yosemite National Park transforms into a snowy paradise filled with incredible activities and adventures for all ages. 
 
Badger Pass Ski Area features well-groomed cross-country ski trails, a challenging terrain park for experienced skiers and snowboarders, and a snow tubing area. Curry Village Ice Skating Rink is a favorite destination for families looking for a fun-filled day of ice skating with incredible views of Half Dome. Snowshoeing in Mariposa Grove is always a magical experience during winter when the landscape is covered in fresh snow.
 

Golf

Avid players and golf enthusiasts living in Yosemite are always minutes away from world-class golf courses with meticulously maintained fairways and greens surrounded by breathtaking vistas.
 
Among the most renowned golf courses in Yosemite is Wawona Golf Course, a 9-hole par 35 resort golf course designed by Walter Fovargue. Open since 1918, the golf course blends seamlessly with the pristine natural surroundings and offers an exceptional playing experience for golfers of all skill levels with its challenging layout and dynamic terrain. Different tee positions are available per side for golfers who wish to play a par 70, 18-hole format. 
 
Other top-rated golf courses near Yosemite include:
 
 

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Overview for Yosemite, CA

5,388 people live in Yosemite, where the median age is 43.7 and the average individual income is $37,782. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Around Yosemite, CA

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

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Harvest Garden Cafe, and Skp Park Sierra.

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Dining 2.29 miles 22 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Active 3.23 miles 10 reviews 4.7/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Yosemite, CA

Yosemite has 1,865 households, with an average household size of 2.89. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Yosemite do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 5,388 people call Yosemite home. The population density is 257.77 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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