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Echo Ridge Drive: Elegance and Beauty

You know you’ve arrived when you live on Echo Ridge Drive! That would be a fitting slogan for this very pretty, peaceful stretch of land in the prestigious Ridge Road area and basically around the block from Morgan Ranch.

Echo Ridge Drive, whose landmark is a black wrought iron archway that takes you into the Via Vista development and then on to Echo Ridge, is dotted with new, elegant estate style homes, some of which have the good fortune to enjoy gorgeous views of the Sierra. The parcels tend to be a half to a full acre so residents have privacy and room to build luxury level homes. Older homes in the area are being extensively remodeled up to the modern, upscale standards represented in the newer homes.

Despite being just minutes in from Ridge Road, the Echo Ridge community is blissfully quiet. One of the nicest attributes is the mature tree cover in the area. You can actually smell the wonderful pines as you travel through the neighborhood on a warm, Indian summer afternoon. The lush natural landscape gives the residents privacy and year round beauty to appreciate.



Echo Ridge is an upscale, established, desirable neighborhood whose development history goes back to the 1960s, according to Pam Auld, a broker associate in Network Real Estate’s downtown Grass Valley office. Auld has been in the real estate profession for 27 years, 20 of those with Network.




“It’s the classic location, location, location,” says Auld of Echo Ridge. “You can’t beat the address which is Nevada City.” However, Echo Ridge lies about halfway between Nevada City and Grass Valley so residents have the best of both worlds. They can continue on to the charm of Nevada City and its commercial district, or they can avail themselves of the many services in the nearby Sierra College Drive district and a little further away, Brunswick Basin. Sierra College is just minutes away, and residents have the convenience of the many medical offices that are located around Sierra College Drive. Brunswick Basin offers shopping at Albertson’s supermarkets and specialty fun stores such as Wooden Spoon and Taylor Michaels. B&C Hardware in the Albertson’s center is a local favorite.

Another amenity of Echo Ridge is nearby Nevada Union High School, a convenient location for families whose students can walk to school. There is also a private Echo Ridge Elementary School in the community.

Available real estate along Echo Ridge Drive is limited. Pam Auld is marketing an 1,830-square foot, four bedroom, two and a half bath home, on a half acre, listed at $595,000. The home, built in the 1960s, has been almost totally remodeled and features gracious mature landscaping. The backyard has privacy. The house has pipe treated water, septic and PG&E power. There is a two-car attached garage.

Cheryl Rellstab of Keller-Williams Realty is marketing a

2,717-square foot, four bedroom, two bath home, on a little more than a third of an acre, listed at $539,000. The home was built in 1978 and has pipe treated water and septic and PG&E power. The Tahoe style home has impressive wood beamed ceilings, a nifty kitchen with an island and room to sit at the counter, and very pretty views out of the dining area. It also has a spacious living room, a downstairs family room and a large deck from which to view the landscaping that affords privacy for the residents. The house also has natural gas as well as propane and a two-car attached garage.

Keller-Williams is also marketing a 2,651-square foot home on Ridge Road near the high school, listed at $599,000. The four bedroom, three bath home sits on almost two thirds of an acre and was built in 1976. It has a remodeled kitchen with stone tile counters and a Jenn-Air stove, a pretty landscaped yard and deck, and a two car attached garage. The master suite has a jetted tub.

In considering Echo Ridge, buyers have the advantage of a slow real estate market. Inventory, in general, is up and the number of buyers have decreased. It’s a great opportunity to find a home at a competitive price in a good neighborhood, that more than likely will appreciate in value over the long term. Location, location, location!


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