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Living a Biking Lifestyle in Mammoth Lakes, California

Mammoth Lakes, California makes an interesting community for people who enjoy outdoor activities like skiing, hiking, biking, and camping. The area is in extreme eastern California in the center (north/south) of the state. Its location in the Sierra Nevada guarantees amazing snowstorms and cooler summers than most of the state. Mammoth Lakes had just over 7,000 residents in the 2000 census. It is located in Mono County. Fresno is 81 miles away.

The new owner of Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort, Starwood Capital Group, makes a claim that with 1.5 million skier visits per year it is the second most frequented resort in the U.S. In addition to skiing there is golf, snowmobiling, tennis, biking (road or mountain), and every conceivable outdoor adventure. The Village at Mammoth is the community nearest the ski resort.

A major 1980 earthquake had a negative effect on real estate values. In recent years with the development and popularity of the Mammoth Ski Resort, along with the promise of a much improved airport, there has been rapid growth and construction.

Where to Retire in Mammoth Lakes and Home Prices

There are a few developments and condos here that cater to active adults in retirement, but it seems like many more will come as active adult Californians move out from crowded cities and suburbs.
A major earthquake occurred here in 1980 which had a negative effect on real estate values. In recent years with the development and popularity of the Mammoth Ski Resort, along with the promise of a much improved airport, there has been rapid growth and construction. Prices have gone up dramatically. According to Zillow.com the median sales price in  mid 2012 was $307,000 and steadily rising each year, whereas by late 2018 the median home value had risen to $659,000, up 14.5 % since just a year earlier in late 2017.

What is special about Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. Adjacent to the Mojave Desert. Great outdoor activities in the Sierra Nevada. The Owens Valley, a scenic area. Access to the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Devil's Postpile National Monument

What is not special about Mammoth Lakes

Crowds on the weekends. LOTS of snow in winter. The area is quite isolated. In mid 2012 the city of Mammoth Lakes filed for bankruptcy stemming from a lawsuit from its largest creditor.

Climate and Physical Environment

Mammoth Lakes is at the edge of the Long Valley Caldera in the Sierra Nevada. The area is geologically active, with hot springs and rhyolite domes. Mammoth Mountain Ski Area dominates the landscape. The Mojave Desert is a short distance away. There are lakes, a soda springs, and an obsidian dome.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

A lot of the culture revolves around outdoor activities and art.

Crime

Crime in Mammoth Lakes is just over the national average.

Medical facilities

Mammoth Hospital is here.

Transportation

Mammoth Yosemite Airport is 11 miles away. Fresno Yosemite International is 79 miles. The area is so mountainous that you approach the area from the east and on the edge of the mountains.

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