Real Estate in Ukiah

County  Mendocino County
Area Population   31,435

The Ukiah Valley is an alluring place to live, raise a family, work, operate a business or just visit. Aside from great weather, the valley sits strategically on the Highway 101 corridor and serves as a business and transportation hub.

  • Skilled workforce, reasonable cost of living, and mild seasonal climate.
  • Award winning public and charter schools, Mendocino College, and Sonoma State University extensions provide excellent local educational opportunities.
  • Community-oriented people and year-round social, sporting, and cultural activities.
  • Inviting outdoors, nearby lakes, rivers, mountains, and wildlife create boundless recreational activities.
  • Ranked, in 1996, the #1 best small town in which to live in California and the sixth best place to live in the United States.

Ukiah is the county seat and Mendocino County’s most urban area, with a population of just over 15,000. The city’s influence in adjacent and nearby areas expands that number to about 40,000 people directly using Ukiah’s services. The name Ukiah is a European interpretation of Yokayo, a Pomoan term for “Deep Valley.”

The Yokayo or Ukiah Valley is nestled in coastal ranges which seem to buffer the valley from extreme weather conditions. The long warm summer is cooled by a nightly coastal breeze and Indian Summer brings occasional warm days through December.

While the valley has distinct seasons, they are mild and shared valley-wide, from Hopland and Talmage in the south to Calpella and Redwood Valley in the north, making agriculture the heartbeat of the land.

Lake Mendocino, just minutes northeast of Ukiah, is a 1,800-acre surface area lake. The lake provides campgrounds, day-use facilities, beaches, boating, skiing, fishing, and multiple hiking trails. The Pomo Cultural Center sits above the day-use areas.

Homes for sale in Ukiah typically range from affordable starter homes to authentic Victorians to custom-built homes with all of the current amenities, as well as a smattering of vineyard estates in outlying areas.

Talmage lies to the southeast of Ukiah and east of Highway 101, joining with Hopland by way of Old River Road. Talmage is a sprawling rural community and home to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. The town of Talmage is lined with older affordable homes, while the outlying area features larger properties, vineyards, and quiet country living.

Calpella is a tranquil rural community that joins Ukiah with Redwood Valley on the east side of Highway 101. Calpella encompasses the western side of Lake Mendocino and provides a quick access to the lake’s day-use areas and Pomo Cultural Center from Highway 101 and Ukiah. Real estate in Calpella is a blend of single family homes on country-size parcels and rolling hills of grape vines with an occasional home perched on a hilltop.

Ukiah Elevation: 639′
Talmage Elevation: 627′
Calpella Elevation: 682′
Climate: Month Average High Average Low Average Rain
January 56° 37° 7.96″
February 60° 40° 7.05″
March 64° 41° 5.92″
April 69° 43° 2.17″
May 76° 47° 1.20″
June 83° 52° 0.28″
July 91° 55° 0.05″
August 90° 55° 0.14″
September 86° 52° 0.67″
October 76° 46° 2.07″
November 62° 40° 5.40″
December 56° 36° 5.97″

Ukiah Travel Distances:

Eureka: 160 miles
Ft. Bragg: 60 miles
Lakeport: 32 miles
Los Angeles: 520 miles
Sacramento: 148 miles
San Francisco: 113 miles
Santa Rosa: 62 miles
Wilits: 25 miles
Williams: 79 miles

Following the establishment of Mendocino County when California attained statehood in 1850, Samuel Lowry became known as Ukiah’s first settler when he constructed a log cabin at a corner of Perkins and Main Streets in 1856.  From there a town began to develop with the addition of a post office and hotel two years later.  Harrison Standley built the hotel, as well as served as Ukiah’s first Postmaster.

Mendocino County was governed by Sonoma County until 1859 when it became self-governed and Ukiah was named as the county seat.  Construction of a courthouse in Ukiah and publication of a local newspaper (Mendocino Herald) followed in 1860.  The City of Ukiah was incorporated in 1876.

Rails brought the first steam train to Ukiah in 1889, creating Ukiah’s first real estate boom with bare parcels rising five-fold from $30.00 to $150.00.  Commercial trade, businesses, and professionals quickly followed and Ukiah moved into the twentieth century as a viable and growing part of California.

The lumber boom of the 1940s and demand for Redwood brought new life to Mendocino County and to Ukiah, as it’s commercial and governmental center.

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