Neighborhood Profile – Lake Wildwood in Penn Valley, CA

Lake Wildwood is a gated community in the scenic Sierra Nevada Foothills of Northern California. Nearly 3,000 private homes are located in a lush wooded setting on a large and beautiful lake. The amenities include:

  • Private lake for boating, swimming, fishing, wakeboarding and water-skiing
  • 18-hole golf course designed by William F. “Billy” Bell
  • Excellent restaurant and lounge with full-service bar
  • 24-hour security staff
  • Lighted tennis courts
  • Pool with lap lane, snack bar and new locker rooms
  • Clubhouse with meeting rooms, deck, banquet facilities and wireless Internet
  • Parks with beaches, picnic areas and 2 pavilions
  • Community Center featuring beautiful meeting rooms, kitchen and wireless Internet
  • A wide variety of clubs and classes, including art, exercise, and adult education
  • Live concerts and other events

We are located just an hour from the Lake Tahoe area. Lake Tahoe offers many casinos and an exciting night life with renowned entertainers year-round. In addition, during the winter, Tahoe’s ski resorts are second to none. During summer, this lake has wonderful sandy beaches, as well as bike trails, parasailing, camping and white water rafting. This great vacation area is known for many interesting shops and restaurants. It’s always a great day trip, or more! The wine country is only a two-hour drive. You can spend a weekend or an afternoon going from winery to winery tasting wines. Napa and Sonoma have many health spas and four star restaurants to enhance your visit.

San Francisco is also a short drive away. This world class city with its unique skyline and waterways always offers an exciting visit. Ride the cable cars, take a ferry, and visit Chinatown for a great day in the city.

 The historic tourist destination towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City are minutes away, with many interesting shops, restaurants, inns, and local wineries offering daily tours and tastings. This area is also popular for its large and varied performing and visual arts community, along with many opportunities to visit some of California’s most beautiful state parks, hiking trails, and local lakes. Bicycling is a popular pastime and our county hosts both the Tour of Nevada City and Amgen bike races.

We are in the heart of the historic Gold Country, where the great California gold rush began in 1849. Many interesting sites remain from that time, such as Bridgeport State Park and Empire Mine State Park. Much of downtown Grass Valley and Nevada City has been preserved as historic landmarks from that time.

Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park and Redwood National Park (on the coast) are not far away and are well worth the trip.

We are about one hour from Sacramento International Airport and two hours from San Francisco International and the other Bay Area Airports.

The area provides excellent health care facilities. Grass Valley offers Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and Auburn offers Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital.

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Lake Wildwood  Photo Gallery


Nevada County has nine elementary/middle school districts feeding into the high schools, which provide secondary education to 3,700 students with a variety of schools and programs. We are proud of our exemplary schools, which have received state and national recognition.

Nevada Joint Union High School District

The mission of the Nevada Joint Union High School District is to provide every student with the educational opportunities that will empower them to reach their full potential and prepare them for work and lifelong learning. 

The Nevada Joint Union High School District is located in northern California about sixty (60) miles northeast of Sacramento. The district is ideally located in Grass Valley, in the Sierra Nevada foothills, a small community with a rich history of the Gold Rush. To the north is Lake Tahoe (a two-hour drive) and to the south is Sacramento (a one-hour drive) and San Francisco (a three-hour drive) providing a wide variety of winter and summer sports, recreational and cultural activities.

 Nevada City

Elementary Schools

Deer Creek Elementary School

Eco Ridge SDA School

Gold Run Elementary School

Greenwood Christian School

Grizzly Hill School

Nevada City Elementary School

Elementary/Intermediate Charter Schools

John Muir Charter School

Nevada City Charter School

Nevada City School of Arts

Nevada County Special Education Consortium

Twin Ridge Home Study Charter School

Yuba River Charter School

Intermediate Schools

Seven Hills Intermediate School

High School

Nevada Union Joint High School


Butte County

     From the Sacramento Valley to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, Butte County  is noted for its scenic beauty and the diversity of its natural land formations.   Picture an ancient winding river lined with stately oaks and other lush greenery… flowing through a wide valley… a valley permeated with some of the darkest, most fertile soil in the world.  To the west, imagine hundreds of acres of walnuts and pink-blossomed almonds… to the east, towering pines and evergreens… and connecting them… infinite patterns of rice fields, strawberries, orange groves, apple orchards, kiwis, and every farm crop imaginable.
The Feather River, a youngster compared to the Sacramento River, provides a spectacular canyon, as well as abundant water to keep Lake Oroville a wonderful place for all kinds of recreational activities.  Loafer Creek, Lime Saddle, the Fore Bay, and Oroville Dam, itself, attract appreciative visitors from all over the state, country and world.

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Just six miles outside of Grass Valley, Penn Valley is a world unto itself. The tight-knit community embraces the outdoors and wildlife. Visitors will see horses, llamas, deer, and wild turkey going about their daily business just as retirees and school children make their way to the local coffee shop and Gateway Park. Plan your visit around popular events like the Penn Valley Rodeo and Parade, Smokin’ Oaks BBQ, colorful Daffodil 10K Run, and living history days. The Pilot Peak Winery sits above Penn Valley and rivals most area tasting rooms with its terraces and patios overlooking incredibly scenic grounds and vineyards.

The nearby Bridgeport is home to one of the longest single-span wooden bridges in the U.S. and accesses one of the most inviting swimming and hiking areas on the South Yuba River. Bird and wild flower walks, living history days and gold-panning demonstrations are held seasonally.

A stop at Caleb’s Creamery is a must. The family-run shop is a throwback to simpler times, serving old-fashioned ice cream and organic, fair-trade coffee. Other notable eateries include The Tack Room Restaurant and Bar (serving classic steaks and grilled seafood), Daybreak Café for delicious omelets, Pleasant Valley Grill, Tuscany Gardens, and Northridge of Penn Valley.

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Penn Valley Photo Gallery


Nevada County has nine elementary/middle school districts feeding into the high schools, which provide secondary education to 3,700 students with a variety of schools and programs. We are proud of our exemplary schools, which have received state and national recognition.

Grass Valley School District


Elementary Schools

Bell Hill

Chicago Park


Margaret Scotten School

Mount Saint Marys

Union Hill

Elementary/Intermediate Charter Schools

Forest Charter School

Grass Valley Charter School

Union Hill Charter School

Intermediate Schools

Lyman Gilmore

High Schools

Nevada Union Joint High School

Alternative High Schools

Earle Jamieson

Sierra Foothill High School

Sierra Mountain High School

Silver Springs High School


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