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American Canyon is a small city in southeastern Napa County, 11 miles south of the city of Napa and adjacent to the Solano County city of Vallejo. Once known as Napa Junction, American Canyon has grown from a small railroad stop with a cement plant and company housing to the flourishing, family-friendly city that it is today.
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In 2008 Fortune Magazine named American Canyon as number 11 on its list of 100 Best Places to Live and Launch a Business. Surrounded by open spaces with hiking and equestrian trails, American Canyon is a thoughtfully developed city, complete with neighborhood parks and playgrounds, an aquatic center, a community center that offers programs for residents from tots to seniors, sports fields, and a skate board park. Commuters will appreciate the easy highway/freeway access to towns and cities throughout the Bay Area and beyond - and San Francisco is only a short ferry ride away from the Vallejo Ferry Terminal (located 6 miles from American Canyon), which offers regular Baylink ferry service between San Francisco and Vallejo.
The majority of homes in American Canyon are detached single-family residences. The first subdivision, called McKnight Acres, was built in the 1950s on large parcels and consisted of individually designed Mid-century homes. Another subdivision, built by a developer, soon followed. Since then, development has continued and American Canyon is a city of neighborhoods with homes ranging from brand-new homes in modern subdivisions to vintage Mid-century ranches.
Real estate in Napa's wine country tends to be expensive, but American Canyon real estate is surprisingly affordable by Bay Area standards. If you are looking for a home in a thriving community that offers reasonably priced real estate, family amenities, and convenient access to other northern California locations take a look at homes for sale in American Canyon, CA.
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American Canyon is a fairly new city and wasn’t even incorporated until 1992. Conveniently located around 35 miles northeast of San Francisco, American Canyon lies right at the southern tip of Napa County, just north of Vallejo and the Carquinez Strait. Today, only about 20,000 people call the city of American Canyon home, and despite population projections only reaching around 24,000 by 2030, strong residential growth over the years still resulted in the development and construction of a local high school back in 2010, which included state-of-the-art athletic facilities and even a fabulous 400-seat Performing Arts Center. Outside of its distinct laid-back vibe, American Canyon is also known for having a sprawling network of protected green spaces essentially surround the city, which includes the Napa River and a 500-acre wetlands preserve to the west of town, the 640-acre Jack and Bernice Newell Wilderness Preserve to the east of town, and the scenic foothills and vineyards of the Sulphur Springs Mountains to the northeast of town.
With so much open space and a number of protected nature preserves scattered throughout the area, most homes for sale in American Canyon lie close to the city center. And because American Canyon lives much like any typical small town, most of the local real estate landscape consists of established neighborhoods that feature a nice mix of detached single-family homes of all shapes and sizes. Smaller entry-level homes in American Canyon usually start somewhere in or around the mid-$400,000s, while many of the city’s most expensive properties tend to top out near $800,000.
Most nearby amenities and attractions lie outside of town, although there are a few small public parks found within American Canyon’s boundaries. Located just north of town is the Chardonnay Golf Club and Fagan Marsh State Marine Park, and wedged in between also lies the Napa County Airport.