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About Lake County CA
Lake County CA is located in the pastoral California wine country, in the northwest portion of the state. The county is rural, 1,330 square miles in size, with a population of around 65,000. Lake County takes its name from Clear Lake, the oldest lake in North America. Above the lake rests majestic Mt. Konocti, which at 4,305 feet overlooks much of the county.
A few highlights: Beginning in the late 1800’s, the healing hot springs of Lake County have been the foundation of a number of resorts, such as the highly acclaimed Harbin Hot Springs in Middletown. Lake County is nationally recognized as having the best air quality in California, and the third best in the nation. The Geysers, the largest geothermal field complex in the world, is principally located in the mountains between the cities of Middletown and Cobb.
Only a half hour from the neighboring world-renowned growing region of the Napa Valley, Lake County is an ultra-premium wine-grape growing region, whose number of award-winning wineries—many with Tasting Rooms—continues to grow.
Pear and walnut orchards abound. Numerous small, independent farms play an important role in Lake County’s economy. Yet rural Lake County offers shopping, dining, healthcare and education, and all the modern services and amenities.
About Lower Lake CA
Lower Lake CA is located in the southern part of Lake County CA, near the south-most shores of Clear Lake. The city covers 2.7 square miles, with a population of approximately 1,300.
Lower Lake features a quaint downtown area, neighborhoods with character, multi-acre wooded parcels, productive farmland, flowing streams, rugged hills and valleys, the shores of Clear Lake itself—and spectacular views!
Lower Lake was founded in 1858. The Lower Lake Stone Jail, claimed to be the smallest jail in the United States, was built in 1876. The Schoolhouse Museum, built in 1877 and restored in 1993, features Native American artifacts and objects from Lake County’s early pioneer life.
The Konocti Unified School District has its seat in Lower Lake. The town is only a couple miles from excellent healthcare. Its proximity to Clear Lake, historical small town lifestyle, and natural beauty make Lower Lake an attractive community to consider.
About Lakeport CA
Lakeport CA is a cozy and friendly community. The city covers 3.2 square miles, and has approximately 4,700 residents.
Lakeport was first settled by the Native American Pomo people several thousand years ago. The first business in modern Lakeport was established in 1855. As the county seat, Lakeport provides many legal, administrative, and clerical jobs.
Lakeport sits at the shoreline of an enchanting section of western Clear Lake, well-maintained with lawns, gazebos, docks—and magical views of the lake, in a backdrop of rolling hills, and massive Mt. Konocti farther south. During the summer months, Library Park in Lakeport hosts a variety of bands including jazz, blues, country, and pop—all free.
Lakeport maintains elementary, middle and high schools. The downtown business district has many small, privately owned shops of all kinds, in the setting of an historical, small town village. Lakeport is a community where people gather for both business and for fun!
About Middletown CA
Middletown CA is located in southern Lake County CA. The city is 1.8 square miles in size, with a population of approximately 1,350. The first house was built in 1870, and the town began in 1871.
You may prefer a simple and secluded circumstance, a home in the heart of town, or a large estate with provisions for horses, chickens and livestock. These are all available in Middletown.
Middletown maintains its own school system. The town enjoys a modest tourist trade based primarily on Harbin Hot Springs, and the Twin Pine Casino located on the local Rancheria. The Geysers, the largest complex of geothermal power plants in the world, is located in the mountains above Middletown. And there is a flourishing wine trade, complete with Tasting Rooms.
Middletown offers the comfortable feel of small town America—life in the country while still close to the city.
About Cobb CA
Oak trees, pine and other conifers blanket the mountainous region of Cobb CA with great natural beauty. Cobb itself is five square miles in size, with a population of approximately 1,800. The area was first settled in 1853. Here are some highlights:
- Cobb Mountain Elementary typically has Lake County’s highest Academic Performance Index (API) score. And the school is consistently among California’s best in facilitating regular physical activity among its students.
- Cobb has two beautiful 9-hole golf courses, Rob Roy and Adams Springs. The Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest has almost 4,000 acres for hiking, mountain biking, hunting and other activities.
- Cobb has several Inns for stay, and Bed and Breakfast establishments.
- The Geysers, the largest complex of geothermal power plants in the world, is located in the mountains just south of Cobb.
Cobb is a small, beautiful, mountain community—relatively secluded, yet still close enough to the cities for easy access to urban amenities.
About Kelseyville CA
Kelseyville CA was first settled in the 1840s; the first post office opened in 1858. The city covers 2.9 square miles, and has approximately 3,400 residents.
Kelseyville borders the west-shore of Clear Lake. Enjoy swimming, boating, water skiing, fishing, and bird watching—in the setting of rolling hills, overlooked by majestic Mt. Konocti just south along the lake. Absorb the beautiful Lake County sunsets.
Kelseyville maintains its own school district. There are several long-established hardware, construction, and agricultural supply stores—all institutions of Lake County commerce. The charming downtown strip is like a movie set of the late 1800’s.
Kelseyville is known for its ultra-premium vineyards and award-winning wineries, complete with Tasting Rooms. The area is also home to numerous pear and walnut orchards. Enjoy the Farmers Market every Saturday morning.
Quaint neighborhoods; rich, productive farmland; stately homes on large tracts of land bordering Clear Lake—it’s all in Kelseyville.
About Hidden Valley Lake
Hidden Valley Lake CA, in southern Lake County, CA, covers 9.9 square miles, with over 3,300 homes and lots, and a population of approximately 7,500.
This is a secure gated community, in beautiful country, with access to all the modern conveniences and services, including quality schools and healthcare, shopping and dining. Residents can keep their jobs and commute 25 to 100 miles to Calistoga, Santa Rosa, Napa, or San Francisco.
Recreational opportunities in Hidden Valley Lake include its 102-acre lake, with swimming, small boating, and fishing; a semi-private 18-hole championship golf course; and many clubs, committees and social activities.
Lake County is recognized as having the best air quality in California, and the third best in the nation. The Geysers, the largest geothermal field complex in the world, is a half hour from Hidden Valley Lake. Vineyards and wineries, pear and walnut orchards are plentiful.
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