The home of the Gold Rush, Placerville saw tremendous growth in the mid 1800’s, first as Dry Diggins and more famously as Old Hangtown. At the peak of the Gold Rush, Hangtown was the 3rd largest city in California, and is a registered California Historical Landmark.
Placerville offers residents the best in country living, and is known for its natural beauty and multitude of outdoor activities, including whitewater rafting on the American River, camping and boating on nearby Jenkinson Lake, destinations such as Ice House and Union Valley Reservoirs, and off-roading on the world famous Rubicon Trail.
Placerville is home to the famous artist Thomas Kinkade, “the Painter of Light,” and many local Victorian houses in town were the subjects of his famous paintings. The area offers a wide variety of housing, from historic homes to spacious ranch homes, to condominiums and estates with acreage.
Apple Hill, famous for its many fall season festivities, is home to over 50 apple and fruit farms, wineries, bakeries and Christmas Tree farms. Visitors enjoy the family activities, great food, you-pick farms, wine tasting and more. Popular destinations include High Hill Ranch, Abel’s Acres and Boa Vista Orchards.
The area features award winning wineries including Boeger, Lava Cap and David Girard Vineyards, as well as a diverse selection of micro-breweries and restaurants. A family friendly community, residents enjoy great schools, sporting activities, farmers markets, as well as the annual county fair.
Placerville is home to the Placerville Speedway, which hosts auto racing events throughout the spring and summer, and is recognized as one of the most exciting dirt tracks in the country.
Located in the heart of the Sierra foothills, Placerville is less than one hour from Sacramento and just one hour from Lake Tahoe, where visitors enjoy world class ski resorts. Placerville is a great place to call home.