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A gem in the rough

Tucked away near Nevada County’s Rood Administrative Center lies nearly 122 acres poised for residential development early next year.

Subdivision streets are in place, and trees have been removed on 30 lots in preparation for eventual home construction.

Compared to large-scale proposals such as Loma Rica Ranch and Northstar calling for several hundred homes each, the Indian Trails project is tiny. It received approval more than two years ago with little controversy.

“This is going to be a gem here,” said Dick Law, owner of Paul Law Realty, the chief real estate firm selling lots on the site off Highway 49 and Indian Flat Road. Ten of the 30 lots have been sold so far, he said.

“We wanted to ensure that it had a trail through it and architectural review of the project,” said Laurie Oberholtzer, who offered some input as a Nevada City Planning Commission member when the project was considered. The land is on county property, but because of its proximity to Nevada City, the city had oversight of the project.

“I’m happy with how it turned out,” Oberholtzer said. “It’s water under the bridge.”

Nevada City plans to build a 2-mile trail from the development, starting at Cement Hill Road and ending at Old Downieville Highway, north and northwest of downtown. The trail could be finished by late 2008.

The development preserves 50 acres for open space and is surrounded by trees.

In three to four years, home construction should be 80 percent complete, Law said.

The minimum home lot is set at an acre and a half, and the homes are projected to sell to middle- and upper-income residents, Law said.


To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail gmoberly@the union.com or call 477-4234.

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