Escape to the quaint town of Chester and surround yourself with gorgeous mountain views, warm summer days, and chill winter nights. Attractive to many full-time residents, Chester is more affordable than other Lake Almanor communities. Homes for sale range from the low $100,000s to $400,000 range, and the economy is primarily dominated by tourism and lumber manufacturing, with a smaller portion coming from construction. Chester’s population is around 2,000 people, providing for an intimate small-town feel where the locals know one another.
As the retail center to the Lake Almanor region of California, residents and visitors alike enjoy strolling down Main Street for its historic buildings, shopping, and restaurants. It has the only full-sized grocery store in the area, and attracts antique hunters in the pursuit of unique home furnishings, furniture, glass, pottery and collectibles. The town comes alive in the summer months as vacationers flock to Chester for the camping, boating, fishing, hiking, and golfing. Some choose to stay at the historic Bidwell House B&B, a landmark in the town.
Lake Almanor itself has 52 miles of shoreline and is a fun destination for boating and other water activities. If you venture into the surrounding area you will discover opportunities for championship golfing, horseback riding, biking, and kayaking. A popular area attraction is the Lassen National Volcanic Park with its 150 miles of hiking trails, eight campgrounds, and the Kohm Ya-mah-nee Visitor Center. Chester is located about 30 miles from Quincy and an hour-and-a-half from Chico, CA. Whether you are looking for a year-round home or a vacation home, this charming town may just steal your heart.