Info For Cabin Buyers
Congratulations! You are considering buying a cabin in one of the most beautiful, relaxing locations in our state. I've included some general information about owning a cabin in the mountains below, but please feel free to contact me for more specific information or to arrange to see the various communities and cabins for sale. I love meeting new people and am happy to help you decide which community might be the best fit for you and to help you find the cabin of your dreams!
I live in Sequoia Crest in the summer and Camp Nelson in the winter and so am readily available to show you the mountain communities and the cabins for sale (or that might be for sale under the right conditions) at your convenience. Just call, text, or email me!
Once you have found your cabin, I will help you negotiate your best deal and complete the necessary paperwork and inspections quickly and efficiently. I will communicate with you during the entire buying process to make sure you know what is happening and that everyone involved is on the same page. I work hard to make the buying process as easy and stress-free for you as possible.
After you own your cabin, I can help you with information about local services, mail delivery, or any other questions or needs you might have.
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There are six primary mountain communities, each with their own characteristics, located above the foothill town of Springville.
In addition, the areas of the McIntyre Tract, and Mountainaire/Roger's Camp have cabins but most of the cabins in the McIntyre Tract are on leased land, and the cabins in Mountainaire/Roger's Camp have no electricity and typically utilize generators and/or solar power instead. The road to Mountainaire/Roger's Camp is closed in the winter.
National Monument, Forest, or Park?
The mountain area above Springville is part of the Southern Portion of the Giant Sequoia National Monument established in 2000. This part of the Monument is located within the Sequoia National Forest and is managed by the Western Divide Ranger District. It is accessible via Highway 190 (though Springville) or via County Road M-56 (through California Hot Springs), which then turns into M-50 and the Great Western Divide Highway before reaching Ponderosa at the top of the mountain.
Sequoia National Park is north of the Southern Portion of the Giant Sequoia National Monument. It is accessible via Highway 198 through Three Rivers (not via the Southern Portion of the Giant Sequoia National Monument -- you have to drive back down Highway 190 and take Highway 65 North to Highway 198). Once inside the Sequoia National Park, you can continue north to the Kings Canyon National Park and the Northern Portion of the Giant Sequoia National Monument (Hume Lake Ranger District).
The Giant Sequoia National Monument is named for the native Giant Sequoia tree and contains 38 of the approximate 67 Giant Sequoia Groves in the Sierras. Two famous trees in the Southern Portion of the Giant Sequoia National Monument are the Stagg Tree (in Sequoia Crest) and the President George Bush Tree (by Ponderosa).
View or download a brochure on the Giant Sequoia National Monument
View or download a map of the Sequoia National Forest & Giant Sequoia National Monument
View or download a list of the Giant Sequoia Groves in California
View or download a guide on identifying the trees located in the Giant Sequoia National Monument
View or download a Visitor's Guide to the Sequoia National Forest and the Giant Sequoia National Monument
Utilities & Internet
In general, the cabins on the mountain have electricity (Southern California Edison), community water systems, septic tanks, and propane tanks. Internet and TV service are available in most locations via satellite and/or Spectrum Cable. Cell service on the mountain is very sporadic and should not be counted on, although there are proposals in the works for cell towers in Ponderosa and Camp Nelson. Most cabins can have landline phone service (AT&T) if desired; cabins with Internet service may wish to consider Internet phone service instead.
For trash removal, visitors may want to take their trash home with them; for longer stays or for local residents, the Camp Nelson Transfer Station is located on Highway 190 just before the turn to Sequoia Crest and Alpine Village and is open Sat, Sun, and Mon from May to Sept and Sun and Mon from Oct to April. Visit this page for more info.
Shopping, Dining & Mail Delivery
The closest large grocery stores are in Porterville, though there are general stores at Ponderosa, Pierpoint Springs, and Camp Nelson where you can get groceries and other supplies when needed. Each location also offers a bar & grill; Pierpoint Bar & Grill has a family night on Tuesdays and the Slate Mountain Saloon in Camp Nelson has one on Thursdays. There is also a small market/gas station and a few restaurants in Springville on your way up the mountain. For more information, see the Food & Lodging page.
The closest big hardware stores are also in Porterville, along with a variety of retail stores including Aldi, Kohls, Target, Smart N Final, and Walmart. The closest Costco is in Visalia. There are also small hardware stores in Camp Nelson and Springville.
USPS, FedEx, and UPS deliver on the mountain so online shopping is popular and ordering non perishables through Amazon, Target, or Walmart can help save you a trip down the mountain! Each community has a mailbox area for that community.
Highway 190 and the main roads within the primary subdivisions are county maintained and plowed in the winter. For areas that are not plowed or for private driveways, private snow plowing service is available for most locations. The road to Mountainaire/Roger's Camp is closed in the winter. During the winter, it is advisable to carry cables or chains, since they are often required on the roads above Springville.
The closest emergency rooms are in Visalia (Kaweah Delta, a Level III Trauma Center) and Porterville (Sierra View). There is a Family Health Care Network walk-in clinic in Springville (by the library and Sequoia Dawn Apartments) that is open weekdays during normal business hours only; there are also clinics, doctor offices, and dentist offices in some of the smaller foothill towns, such as Exeter. In an emergency, Camp Nelson Emergency Services can provide medical care and ambulance transportation. Call 911 first. The Camp Nelson Fire Station can be reached directly at 559-542-2511.
Most lots in the subdivisions are about the same size (usually about 1/3 to 1/2 acre) though there are some areas (such as along Highway 190 and in Upper Alpine) with larger lots (5 to 10 acres, for example). Many lots are owned by neighboring cabin owners for additional privacy but there are usually lots available for new construction if you prefer to build your own cabin. You can perform a custom MLS search for lots/land for sale using either the 93625 ZIP code or the community of your choice and selecting Lots/Land as the Property Type. As always, feel free to contact me for more information about lots for sale in the various communities.
With the recent tree mortality due to the drought and bark beetle, the fire risk for cabins on the mountain has increased. However, the recent fires (such as the Pier Fire in 2017, which burned over 36,000 acres, and the Castle Fire in 2020, which burned cabins in Sequoia Crest, Alpine Village, and Cedar Slope), have cleared out areas on the mountain that have not burned in more than a century, resulting in the area likely being safer than it was before the fires. In addition, community Fire Safe Councils are continually developing plans to help protect the communities, such as the recent grant that cleared the area below Sequoia Crest, ultimately saving it during the Pier Fire. It is important to know that we are in a Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone in State Responsibility Area (SRA) and Cal Fire requires that all cabin owners maintain a defensible space around their cabins and does inspections every summer.
View or download a Homeowner's Fire Safety Checklist
With the recent wildfires and tree mortality, some insurance companies no longer insure cabins on the mountain. However, fire insurance is available through the California Fair Plan. Your best option is to first check with your insurance agent to see if you can be covered up here, and then speak with agents in the local area for other options if you need them. I'm happy to refer you to a local insurance agent for more information about your options for cabin insurance.
Debbie was friendly, knowledgeable, and always responded quickly! She helped us find the perfect home!
Kim and Sue
Deborah Morley assisted us in selling our mountain home. She approached us with a positive attitude and never pressured us in any way throughout the sale's process. She represented both the buyer and seller yet never showed prejudice during the price negotiations. Our primary residence is many hours from Camp Nelson. Debbie invested her time in insuring the property was well documented and prepared for showing.
The closing went smooth as did the transition of ownership. Debbie did a good job communicating with and between both parties.
We are happy with Deborah Morley's professionalism and recommend her services.
Debbie was wonderful to work with! My husband and I were always in the know with what was going on with our property. She was extremely professional and kind. She was on top of it at all times! If we are ever in the need to sell our buy we would use her again!
Honesty and integrity from start to the close of escrow. My wife and I couldn’t have asked for a better realtor to work with. Debbie works for her clients and it shows.
Marty and Gail
Deborah was extremely helpful throughout the process of our property purchase. She provided information in a timely fashion and kept us updated until the final closing. We feel that she is a very knowledgeable and capable real estate agent who sincerely works in the best interest of her clients.