Across the Yuba River canyon, 14 miles north of Nevada City is the North San Juan ridge. “The Ridge” is a unique rural area of Northern California, and consists of an eclectic community of farmers, writers, artists, musicians, and free spirits. The community began during the California Gold Rush of the 1850s and because of its proximity to the middle fork of the Yuba River, it prospered as a result of hydraulic mining. Real estate in North San Juan features privacy, fertile soil, and homes on acreage. At 2172 ft elevation, The Ridge has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate and residents enjoy easy access to the beautiful Yuba River with its swimming holes and majestic beauty. North San Juan has a distinctive ambiance and is a delightful balance between family homes, privacy, rich history, and natural beauty.