Visalia, CA is the oldest enduring inland settlement between LA and Stockton. It is the economic center for the San Joaquin Valley. 129,000 residents call Visalia home. Located in Tulare County, Visalia has the amenities of big cities while still achieving the feel of a smaller, neighborly community. This year has shown a positive rebound in Visalia home sales, and the real estate market is steadily gaining steam.
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One of the main draws of Visalia is its proximity to the majestic and tall Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is the nearest city to the famous Sequoia National Park, where the gargantuan Giant Sequoia trees tower over all other living things. This Gateway to the Sequoias has also been called "Where the Valley Meets the Giants". Residents and visitors have access not just to the Sequoia National Park in their backyards but also to Yosemite National Park and Kings Canyon. Active people can find plenty of beautiful and unique natural places to camp, bike, hike, swim, whitewater raft and ride horses, with each season bringing distinct sights and activities.
Because of surrounding mountains, the city boasts picturesque Sierra Nevada views and also is home to a variety of charming communities. It is family-friendly and is known not only for its outdoor opportunities but also for its rich cultural arts community. Educational opportunities abound at the College of the Sequoias, San Joaquin Valley College, and other great learning centers. The average commute for residents is only 21 minutes, which is lower than the national average. Visalia is a prosperous business community and is also recognized as one of the most productive agricultural regions in the United States. It is possible to go on an agricultural tour of the area to see where food is farmed and sample some of the local wine. And since so much food is grown in the area, locally grown food is available at many of the high quality sidewalk cafes and restaurants, as well as at farmers markets. Tasting new types of delicious farm to fork food is an adventure in itself. After eating, residents can shop in one of the many unique shops and galleries, play a round of golf or check out a baseball game at the newly renovated ballpark. Residents of Visalia, CA are able to live in a place with character and a small town feel while still enjoying the full service amenities of large cities.