Originally Posted by Den Mathias
Does Mountain Ranch have parcels with utilities such as electricity, water and gas? I would assume the homes are all on septic tanks?
Do you have much snow?
I'm going to generalize about foothill communities in general rather than sing the praises of my hometown.
Most foothill "cities" lie at anywhere from 750' elevation to about 2500' elevation. If they have a population of 3000 folks or more, they are likely to have a domestic water supply and sewage treatment facilities. Smaller than that number, they tend to be more like villages, with larger parcels (5 acres +) around than their well heeled cousins.
The smaller communities are more likely to have wells and septic systems and electricity and use propane for heating/hot water. Get further away from the villages and you may run into places where solar electric power with propane fired back-up generators are predominant.
Some folks regard towns like Auburn, Placerville, Jackson, Sonora, Mariposa as small towns. I think any place that has a traffic signal is a big city, more than 5 traffic lights is urban!
Winter snow is common above 3000', sticks above 4000' for days or weeks, and occurs above 1500' on fairly rare occasions, usually melting within hours. I live at 2200'. We had 3 snow events last winter for a grand accumulation of about 1 inch for the first 2 storms and then one squall that dumped 6 inches in a half an hour. It was gone by the next day except places where the snow was in the shade.