Each spring sees the return of the Bok Kai Parade and Festival to Marysville, California--which some say is the oldest continuous parade in California (take that, Hollywood Christmas Parade!). Bok Kai is a Chinese god of the North and said to be the god of water.
Originally part of the massive land area controlled by John Sutter that stretched all the way down to what is now Sacramento to the south, the city of Marysville was founded on all of the promise of California's heady gold rush days. The town's history predates California's admission to the Union. The town takes its name from Mary Murphy Covillaud, wife of an early founding rancher and survivor of the fabled Donner Party. Its founders envisioned it as the "New York of the Pacific" thanks to its role as a hub of banking and travel related to the gold rush. Alas, the gold ran out eventually and mining caused a few nasty cycles of floods.
Along the Feather River
Today, Marysville is a small but vibrant city about 40 miles north of Sacramento in the Sacramento Valley. Residents enjoy a Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters, and hot (very, very hot) summers. The city is an easy drive not just to the state capital, but also into the hills and historic Grass Valley, or down the still-being completed Route 65 into Roseville, a major shopping destination. It's immediate neighbor, Yuba City, provides somewhat of a twin-cities effect as the two are treated generally as one region.
Rural and sprawling, Marysville has most of the amenities you'd want in a city, but on a smaller scale. For whatever you can't get here, the greater Sacramento area will provide whatever you need. The economy is driven largely by construction, production, transportation, and retail, and the region has an eye to attracting additional economic development in the coming decade.
Another major player in town: Beale AFB, which provides jobs and a steady stream of comings and goings thanks to Air Force personnel, their families and the businesses there to serve them.
Finding a Neighborhood
There are a few general neighborhoods or areas in Marysville to consider. Give yourself a month or so to do your research, choose your desired area, and complete the rental process. As ever, make sure you have your credit history, references, proof of income and all the necessary documents in order to make yourself the most attractive renter around.
Marysville City Center: Marysville City Center is very much an area in development. You can read the city's heritage, from its gold rush days to today, in the architecture that lines the downtown streets. It's not a huge attraction yet, but all of the bones are there and this city seems poised on the edge of revival. You'll find studio, 1 or 2 bedroom apartments for rent in this neck of the woods.
Loma Rica: Loma Rica is an area that's relatively rural and features mainly medium sized detached homes with some great rental home options for prospective residents. It's an established community, though you'll find some newer builds as well.
Smartsville: The Smartsville area hugs Beale AFB. It is airy and rural and widespread. You'll only need to live closely to your neighbors if you want to. Houses for rent should be in good supply here.
Linda: If you want a suburban environment, check out Linda, which is great for rental homes and a more traditional neighborhood feel.
Living in Marysville
For those with a need for speed, check out racing at the Marysville Raceway Park (tagline "We do dirt track racing right!" and who wants to argue that fact?) with races run year-round.
Outdoor living is also popular--fish on the Feather River, or the Yuba River, or both, in a single day. Enjoy River Front Park or Ellis Lake Park for a leisurely paddle or dip of the toe. People in Marysville love their natural assets and you'll enjoy spending long summer evenings listening to the many river birds singing into the night.