Walkaffordable California 2023 - Part 2

Some Central Valley Spots and a Costal City

Median Home Price: $289,000 

Median Rent: $950

Downtown Walkscore: 71

Nestled in the Sacramento Valley, The city of Willows is a peaceful blend of history and modernity. Its walkable downtown showcases both heritage and newer establishments. Tree-lined streets and parks offer shade, complemented by a mild climate with warm summers and cool winters. This balance of charm and contemporary amenities makes Willows a welcoming spot for locals and visitors alike.

Median Home Price: $310,000

Median Rent: $1,500

Downtown Walkscore: 77

Cradled in the far northern corner of the California coast, Crescent City offers a humble blend of maritime and forested influences. The walkable downtown hints at its coastal history, with rustic establishments giving a nod to the past. With its proximity to the ocean, weather can be unpredictable day to day, but tends to lean towards cooler and foggy. Though not bustling, the town maintains a serene ambiance perfect for those valuing tranquility and proximity to nature.

Median Home Price: $370,000

Median Rent: $1,250

Downtown Walkscore: 75

A modest town with a tight-knit community feel. Woodlake’s recent reinvestments to improve their historic downtown appear to have had success. The city center, though not expansive, offers some conveniences and a few hidden gems. With a predominantly agricultural backdrop, it sees hot summers and milder winters. A fitting spot for those who appreciate simplicity and a slower pace, with easy access to both Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

Median Home Price: $380,000

Median Rent: $1,100

Downtown Walkscore: 80

Positioned in the heart of the northern Central Valley, Gridley is a straightforward town with agrarian roots. The walkability of its downtown is commendable and pleasant, offering a balanced mix of local businesses and eateries. Its climate leans warm, with the hot summers shared by most cities in the Sacramento Valley. A good fit for those who appreciate affordability and unassuming charm.

Median Home Price: $304,000

Median Rent: $875

Downtown Walkscore: 78

Perched in Northern California near Mt. Shasta, Yreka exudes a rustic charm. Its historic downtown is easily navigable on foot, with architecture reflecting its Gold Rush past. The town benefits from a cooler climate due to its elevation and can experience brisk winters. Ideal for those drawn to a blend of history and nature.

Median Home Price: $299,000

Median Rent: $1,900

Downtown Walkscore: 75

Known for its olive production, Corning is a simple town with straightforward offerings. The town center, while not particularly vibrant, is functional and walkable. As part of the northern Central Valley, it experiences hot summers and mild winters. Its standout feature is its proximity to olive orchards, making it an interesting spot for those looking for easy access to some of the world’s best olive oil.

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