Anyone live near or in Alturas California?

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Kenneth in NC, Jan 4, 2005.

  1. Kenneth in NC

    Kenneth in NC Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2002
    Can someone tell me the climate and tax situation in Alturas Calif?
    I received a property bulletin from out that way and the prices seemed reasonable. SO what is the catch?

    Thanks for your help.

    Kenneth in NC
  2. Ozarkquilter46

    Ozarkquilter46 Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2002
    South Central, Mo
    It is not far from Reno Nv. mostly desert kind of land. My late husbands family was from there. It is very cold in the winter. Alot of snow! Hot in the summer. My Grandmother-in-Law bought land at Cal-Pines-Resort. Old times in the music business and old time actors use to go up there to do there hunting. But it has died off. Very small town and No work unless you own your own business almost. All his family has moved away from there over the years. The last time I was there was to burry my husband. He was military and I had the military escort with me and also the military chaplan ( who was a black man) It is a very old fashioned town. I had know that but to what extent I didn't know till we went to check into a hotel and they wouldn't allow the the chaplan to check in. Well I hit the roof!!! And was not going to stay there but the only other place to stay was a really run down seedy place that would take him. He refused to let me check in there and told me he had been through that kind of thing his entire life not to worry about it. Well I burryed my husband the next morning left and never went back there again. These were people I knew for 10 years and never would have guessed they were like that! If your looking for the same kind of land and snowy winters try Burns Or. you can still get like 300 acres for 30,000 there. A little more remote but alot cheeper. Oh as for taxes we had 4 lots there with a old run down house and the taxes were 1,500 a year. and that was 15 year ago. I sold it for pennies on the dollar but when it was bought there was a growing town. When I sold it, it was a dieing town. The one thing that is beautiful is there are alot of hot springs there. So hot they have killed animals that have fallen in. The lions club even cook there eggs in big baskets there for the easter egg hunt LOL But in the winter the steam raising up from it are amazing!

  3. Lt. Wombat

    Lt. Wombat Well-Known Member

    Jul 3, 2003
    My father was a Highway Patrolman in Alturas for 20 years. Lot’s of methamphetamine, bikers and illegal aliens. It was a cops paradise or so he said!

    Taxes for his 10 acres, 2900sf home and 30x50 pole barn were $3k a year. Water is a hit or miss proposition as the area is volcanic and/or desert.
    There must be something worth while there as he stayed until retirement but then he just about ran away after that.
  4. mightybooboo

    mightybooboo Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2004
    So Cal Mtns