Copperopolis Town Square in the Central Sierras is growing as the Event and Retail Center of the Copper Valley

Castle & Cooke, purveyor of high-end resort, residential communities and commercial centers, opened Copperopolis Town Square to enhance the commercial industry in Copperopolis. It's a mixed-use, neo-traditional "country town" located in the heart of the emerging Copper Valley two hours east of the Bay Area, and a favorite spot for locals and travelers of California Scenic Highway 4.

The town center is a prominent focal point anchoring the first and subsequent phases of retail and residential development. A territorial-style gazebo, landscaped fountain, park benches, shady oak trees, flag poles, stone masonry walls and old-fashioned gas lamp posts create an inviting, comfortable environment. Visible from the street-focused storefronts of nearly every planned structure, the town center will serve as the official gathering place for special events, holiday festivals and "themed" outings for residents and visitors.

"Copperopolis Town Square is unlike anything ever built in this region and is one of the truly unique master-planned projects in the Western United States," says David Haley, Vice President of Castle & Cooke Calaveras County, Inc. "The completion of the town center is a major milestone and key step in fulfilling our long term vision for the Copper Valley."

Since its ceremonial groundbreaking in front of 1,000 people in April 2006 Copperopolis Town Square has literally risen from the ground up to take shape as the residential and retail center of the region. Several buildings, all cast in the historic patterns, forms and textures of the "Gold Rush" era of the mid and late 1800s. A signature marquee sign to alert and lure drivers and passers by has been placed at the entry to the town on California Highway 4. From the road, the stepped rooflines of the town's buildings paint a quaint and welcoming picture.

Adds Haley, "As one approaches and enters Copperopolis Town Square, it is immediately evident that there's something different and special about this place. The town isn't just a place to stop and grab a few items. This is a place to live, work and play and most importantly - to stay."

A Brand New Town with an Historic "Back Story"

Copperopolis Town Square is a brand new town; a fresh approach to retail and residential development that integrates historical awareness, environmental sensitivity and architectural appreciation into a country town setting. At its core is a neo-traditional urban design philosophy that emphasizes pedestrian-oriented retail and pedestrian-friendly streetscapes, which create a socially interactive user experience. The architecture is reminiscent of the mid and late 1800s, capturing the essence of the Sierra foothills gold country and creating a sense of place that is missing from so many retail centers in the U.S.

The Copperopolis Town Square architectural program calls for 22 buildings with a total of 233,000 square feet combined in one-, two- and three-story buildings. It will feature a wide selection of boutique retail shops and unique businesses not found in other Northern California towns or commercial centers. An eclectic mix of one-of-a-kind stores, fine-dining and convenience restaurants and art galleries will attract visitors from throughout the state. A specialty market, a charming boutique inn and a regional medical center are planned for the next phase and will serve those on extended stays as well as the town's new residents.

Second floor offices and "for sale" residential lofts are available for lease and purchase. On and off-street parking, wide sidewalks with building roof extensions covering most of the store front and landscape planting and rest areas will give the feeling of a true 19th century downtown. Live/work lofts and luxurious flats will also be available for purchase in the future phase within the town's compact footprint. And the Sawmill Lake neighborhood, to be developed along Sawmill Lake by the town's scenic western edge, will feature numerous residential options within walking distance of the town.

Unique to Copperopolis Town Square and paying homage to its historical roots, each building has a "back story" that creates a sense of the town having evolved over a long period of time. An"old firehouse" will become the community bank. The remnant of the "old town hall" will be converted for retail and residential uses. And the "old mercantile" will eventually be the home of a new specialty grocery store. The "old courthouse" will morph into a charming boutique Inn, and an "original school house" will provide the town with medical services. Copperopolis Town Square has emerged as a historically sensitive and unpretentious community center where residents and visitors alike come to work, live, and play.


Located off California State Highway 4, just four miles from the 900-acre, Castle & Cooke-owned Saddle Creek Resort, Copperopolis Town Square is conveniently positioned between the Bay Area to the west and the abundant outdoor and adventure opportunities of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range to the east. It is approximately two hours from San Francisco, 1.5 hours from Sacramento and 45 minutes from Stockton. The historic towns of the "Mother Lode" - Angels Camp, Sonora and Murphys - are just minutes away. For more information about Copperopolis Town Square, including leasing and real estate opportunities, email or call 866.276.4235.

About Castle & Cooke Calaveras, Inc.

Castle & Cooke Calaveras, Inc. is a subsidiary of Castle & Cooke which was founded in 1851. Castle & Cooke is a privately held company owned by Mr. David Murdock. The company's diversified businesses include the development and ownership of real estate, leasing of transportation equipment, manufacture of brick and ownership of public warehouses. The company's real estate developments include master planned communities such as Mililani Town on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, Lake Sherwood in Thousand Oaks, California, and Keene's Point near Orlando, Florida. The company also owns 98% of the island of Lana'i, including two of the world's highest-rated resorts.