The dream of making a fortune off of silver ore originally brought people to Alpine County; barren silver mines ultimately drove people away. In 1868 11,000 people lived in Alpine, today, the number is closer to 1,000. During the 1920’s, the county population dropped to 200. Following the mining boom, the local economy was driven by a combination of logging, ranching and farming. The popularity of the Kirkwood and Bear Valley ski resorts is largely responsible for resuscitating the population of the county.
Alpine County is the smallest county in the U.S. state of California by population. Located in the Sierra Nevada, between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park, the county was named for its uncanny resemblance to the Swiss Alps. There are no incorporated cities in the county; the CDP Markleeville occupies the county seat. Defined by the OED, Alpine Village, Bear Valley, Kirkwood, Markleeville, Mesa Vista, Woodfords make up the county. The county is small enough that adjacent Douglas County, in Nevada, provides its public transportation.
A majority republican leaning county, the county has gone democrat in the past, most notably, Barack Obama in 2008, John Kerry in 2004 and Franklin Roosevelt in 1936. Because of the infinitesimal population density, the county vote is conducted wholly by mail; the only other county in the state to mimic this is Sierra County.
Approximately 123 veterans live in Alpine County. The VA outpatient clinic in nearby Gardenville Nevada provides the closest outpatient, VA medical care, in the Carson Valley Outpatient Clinic.
The median household income is $71,405 while the median household price is $517,500. There are about 123 veterans living in Alpine County. If you’ve had an honorable discharge, you could qualify for the CalVet Home Loan.
Veteran homeowners in Alpine County potentially benefit from property tax exemptions made available by the state of California. The veterans’ exemption amounts to up to $4,000 while the disability exemption could be for much more. For the exact exemption amount, contact the Alpine County office of the assessor.
Military members interested in applying for a VA loan are encouraged to contact VA Home Loan Centers Today.
Maximum VA Appraisal Fees Allowable In Alpine County:
- Single Family: $450
- Condominium: $450
- Manufactured Housing ( including modular): $450
- Duplex $500
- Triplex $600
- Fourplex $600
- Repair Certification $100
- California VA Loan Information: https://www.vahomeloancenters.org/california-va-home-loan-limits/
- VA Loan Information by State: https://www.vahomeloancenters.org/va-loan-limit-maximum-va-loan-amount/