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June 4, 2020

All About El Dorado Hills: A Homebuyer's Guide

Are you thinking about moving to El Dorado Hills? A small, unincorporated, census-designated area with a rural feel and welcoming community, this area has gorgeous homes and a wide selection of parks. Check out our comprehensive guide to El Dorado Hills below:

El Dorado Hills Lifestyle

If you’re considering El Dorado Hills as your next place of residence, you won’t be disappointed! El Dorado Hills is richly steeped in rolling hills but is only 25 miles from downtown Sacramento. It’s an attractive place for families and retirees to settle in.

Although one of the wealthiest and most prestigious areas in the Sacramento region, you will find an engaged and friendly community. There are plenty of highly-rated schools and skiing, the ocean, wineries, and state parks are close by. Not to mention the breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevadas and the Sacramento valley! El Dorado Hills has everything you want in an area to call home. 

Weather in El Dorado Hills

If you prefer to live in a warmer climate, El Dorado Hills is a great option for you. The summers are hot, dry, and mostly clear, while the winters are cold, rainy, and mostly cloudy. You can expect temperatures in the summer to average 94°F and in the winter to average 39°F. 

Communities in El Dorado Hills

  • Blackstone at El Dorado: Blackstone is a 990-acre master-planned community developed in the green spaces and natural surroundings of the El Dorado foothills. Like many of the other luxury home communities in the foothills, Blackstone is known for its breathtaking views of Sacramento and the valley below. The amenities of Blackstone are amazing. A huge, beautiful clubhouse will offer a fitness facility, spa, locker rooms, massage facility, playroom for children, a kitchen, and a living room/gathering room area. Outdoor fun will be found with 2 adult pools and a kiddie pool, playground, courtyard gazebos, and even an outdoor fireplace for cool-weather gatherings.

  • Bridlewood Canyon: Bridlewood Canyon is a gated community of luxury estate homes built in the late 90's, sitting on the edge of a private lake in the foothills. Although HOA fees for the community are low, the amenities are impressive, with the use of the lake, a clubhouse, tennis courts, a large pool, and lots of trails and green areas. Homes are mostly 3 or 4 bedrooms and prices run around $400,000 to $500,000 on average. A few homes are located directly on the lake and are priced considerably higher, with amazing pools and backyard entertainment areas. 

  • Four Seasons 55+: Four Seasons at El Dorado Hills is a new gated retirement community consisting of 460 upscale single-family homes, ranging in size from two to four bedrooms, with 2 car garages. Ten-floor plans are offered for ranch homes of just under 1400 sq ft to just over 3240 sq ft. and prices range from around $450,000 to $600,000. The main attraction for these elegant 55-plus homes is the huge clubhouse known as "The Lodge" where residents can gather to enjoy a huge fireplace, computer center, big screen tv, and good company. An unusual extra at Four Seasons is the community garden for those who love to grow fresh vegetables and work with the soil. 

  • Francisco OaksFrancisco Oaks is a beautiful gated community with 67 custom homes built in the mid-2000s. They have traditionally Californian architectural styles with all the modern upgrades, including beautifully landscaped lots, large backyards with pools, spas, and entertainment areas, fireplaces, multi-car garages, and views of hills or lakes. Residents have an active Homeowners Association which is professionally managed. Many homes are 5-6 bedroom palaces with landscaped pools, home theaters, and every other luxury. Prices range from around $700,000 to over a million, and around $150,000 for a lot when one is available.

  • Lake Forest Village: Lake Forest Village is a master-planned development in the northwest corner of El Dorado Hills, which is made of several distinctive luxury home communities with their own HOA's and amenities. The Village is situated to make the most of lakefront property and views of Folsom Lake and the valley. Residents of Lake Forest enjoy Lake Forest Park with tennis courts, playgrounds, volleyball and bocce ball courts, nature trails, community barbeque area, and dog walking area. Lake Forest homes are comprised of the following gated communities:
    • Lake Forest Summit: These homes offer breathtaking views of Folsom Lake, the Sacramento Valley, and green areas near the lakefront. These palatial homes are all large, from 3500 sq ft to over 7000 sq ft, and prices ranging from just under a million to more than $3 million for the lakefront properties. 
    • Lake Forest Waterford: Encompasses 393 single-family homes and is professionally managed by Merit management services. Most homes have been meticulously maintained and upgraded to feature all the new luxury amenities. The lots are oversized and prices range around the $700,000's.
    • Winterhaven: These homes were built on hilly terrain and have elaborate yards, pools, and backyard entertainment areas. Prices range around $750,000.
    • Marina Woods: These newer homes were built around 1996. Although they are smaller, they still are part of a luxury community and are known for many trees and walking areas. Prices range under $600,000. 
    • Green Valley Hills: Built in the early 1990s, these smaller luxury homes are also on hilly terrain with tropical landscaping and no HOA. Prices of Green Valley Hills homes range from the low $500,000's to $600,000.

  • Ridgeview Village: Originally developed in the 1970s, Ridgeview Village was planned to be a community of large estate-type homes with luxury amenities and views of Folsom Lake and the El Dorado foothills from every home. There is no HOA for Ridgeview Village and some lots are still available to build on as well. These homes range from 4 to 6 bedrooms and anywhere from 2400 to about 4000 square feet in size. Prices are dependent on the size and type of home and run from the low $600,000's to over a million.
  • Serrano: Serrano is one of the most amazing master-planned communities in El Dorado Hills. At the heart of the community is the Serrano Country Club and Golf Course, one of the most prestigious facilities in the state. With over 1000 acres of open space, greens, and parks, the residents of Serrano live happily surrounded by peaceful, natural surroundings, and wildlife. Homes can be found as low as $350k for some of the older, more modest homes. Other home prices range just under $1 million, from $800k in the Pinnacles at Serrano community to the $700k's in Fiori at Serrano. Floor plans are varied with two and three-story models from 2700 to 4200 sq ft.

  • Sterlingshire: Sterlingshire is a beautiful community of upscale homes built in the rolling foothills of the Sierra Nevada, offering views of Lake Folsom and the valley below. It has a community park and lots of green space with walking trails and natural landscaping. Homes are custom built with oversized lots with luxury amenities such as private pools and outdoor entertaining areas. Prices for these beautiful luxury homes for sale in Sterlingshire are just under a million dollars, and there are not many for sale. Homes are usually 5-6 bedrooms and around 6000 sq ft in size. The HOA sponsors neighborhood events and has low fees.

  • The Promontory: The Promontory is a master-planned multi-use community developed in 2002, and placed in the Sierra foothills, with amazing views of Folsom Lake, Sacramento, and the coastal range. The development has its own park, complete with tennis courts, walking trails, nature observatory areas, and a water park. There are multiple neighborhoods within the Promontory, from mature and established communities to brand new gated developments from several prominent builders. 

School District in El Dorado Hills 

El Dorado Hills has many highly rated schools, including Oak Ridge High School, Oak Meadow Elementary School, Rolling Hills Middle School, Silva Valley Elementary School, Jackson Elementary School, Marina Village Middle School, William Brooks Elementary School, Lakeview Elementary School, and Charter Montessori Valley View Campus. 

Top Restaurants in El Dorado Hills

  • C. Knight’s Steakhouse: If you’re looking for a great steakhouse and an unforgettable dining experience, check out C. Knight’s Steakhouse.  

  • El Favorito Taqueria: El Favorito Taqueria has a wide array of Mexican dishes on their menu, from tacos to aguas frescas.  

  • Fortune Garden Chinese Restaurant: Check out this award-winning Chinese restaurant in El Dorado Hills! We’re sure that the food will speak for itself. 

  • Milestone: If you want to support a business that truly loves to serve, check out Milestone. As a small local business, they hope that their service helps strengthen the bonds between everyone.   
  • 36 Handles Public House: Enjoy 36 beers on tap with your friends and family at 36 Handles Public House. 

  • Thai Paradise: Thai food is a delicious option for dining out or eating in. They are open for lunch and dinner seven days a week! 

  • Sienna Modern American: Owned by a pair of entrepreneurial spirits, Sienna Modern American hopes to bring the wine country to the suburbs. Their menu is unbelievable! 

  • Boulevard 41: Looking for a casual eatery to enjoy on a Friday night? Boulevard 41 is a great option. They have fireside dining, patio seating, and a full menu of custom pizzas, appetizers, and desserts.

  • Aji: Aji is striving to provide traditional Japanese food with a unique flair. You can expect to find delicious food options and fantastic customer service. 

  • Bamiyan Afghan Restaurant: This delicious Afghan restaurant has great home-style cooking and is open Monday through Saturday.

Top Activities in El Dorado Hills

  • Folsom Lake: Folsom Lake is a wonderful place to enjoy the great outdoors. You can engage in water sports like kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, or tubing. 

  • Dry Diggings Distillery: Check out the first licencees distillery in the Sacramento and Sierra Foothills! They have been distilling whiskey, vodka, and other spirits since the end of Prohibition! 

  • El Dorado County Historical Museum: Learn about some of the history of El Dorado Hills at the local museum!
  • Farmers Market: There’s nothing better than fresh produce or flowers on a Saturday morning! El Dorado Hills has its own seasonal farmers market.

  • Apple Hill: A special treat in the fall and winter, Apple Hill is a family-friendly collection of apple orchards and farms. You can get homemade apple pies, donuts, cider, and so many other delicious treats. You can cut down your own Christmas tree in the winter as well. Apple Hill can also be enjoyed year-round at its wineries! 

  • Wine Tasting: The Napa Valley isn’t the only wine country in California. There are plenty of wineries around the El Dorado Hills area to be enjoyed!  

  • El Dorado Hills Town Center: This local shopping center has plenty of restaurants, a movie theater, local shops, a bookstore, and more! 

  • Movies: Head on over to Regal Cinemas in the El Dorado Hills Town Center to enjoy a night at the movies. 

  • Shopping: Aside from the El Dorado Hills Town Center, there are incredible shopping centers to enjoy in the surrounding cities of Folsom, Roseville, and Sacramento.  

Parks in El Dorado Hills

  • Allan Lindsay Park: Named about the founder of El Dorado Hills, this park is 5 acres and contains two baseball fields, two soccer fields, and a shaded picnic area.

  • Art Weisberg Park: This park is across the street from Jackson Elementary and contains a lawn area, picnic tables, barbeques, horseshoe pits, a drinking fountain, native oak trees, natural open spaces, and short walking trails. 

  • Bass Lake (Sellwood) Field: This 3-acre park has a 300-foot baseball field with a competition/regulation soccer field overlay and can only be used by permit.  

  • Creekside Greens Park: This small neighborhood park contains a lawn area, children’s play structure, picnic tables, and barbeques. Adults will appreciate the beautiful wetland preserve that is adjoined to the park.

  • El Dorado Hills Community Park & Pool: This huge community park is in the heart of El Dorado Hills. It features a play area for kids, barbeques, a sports field, swimming pool, picnic tables, baseball courts, natural areas, soccer fields, a basketball court, and a skateboard park. 

  • Fairchild Park: This peaceful neighborhood park has natural turf, a child’s playground, walking paths, large oak trees, and picnic tables. Part of this park is dedicated as a permanent preserve for a set of historic Indian Grinding Rocks.

  • Governors Park: This neighborhood park is small but beautiful! There are two large duck ponds where you can sit and enjoy the wildlife. 

  • Governors Park West: This simple neighborhood park is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a sunny weekend. 
  • Kalithea Park: This park is the place to enjoy beautiful views of Folsom Lake and Sacramento. There is plenty more to enjoy here, including a natural turf sports field, a kid’s playground, picnic tables, barbeque pits, and walking paths. 

  • Lake Forest Park: Located on a slope, this park has unique design elements. Half of it is a natural area with native oak trees. The other half includes a playground, group picnic area, sand volleyball, bocce ball, two tennis courts, nature trails, and an outdoor classroom. 

  • Laurel Oaks Park: This lovely neighborhood park is frequently used by young families in the area. It includes a playground, picnic tables, a basketball hoop, and a natural turf field. 

  • Murray Homestead Park: Looking for a great, kid-friendly park? This is the one for you! You can enjoy the large natural grass area, a kid’s play structure, picnic tables, and a barbeque pit.

  • New York Creek Nature Trail: This special park has gorgeous walking trails under the oak trees along New York Creek. It’s the perfect place to get some exercise and enjoy wildlife. 

  • Oak Knoll Park: This park, located in the heart of Bass Lake, features a clubhouse, playground, volleyball court, picnic tables, and plenty of gorgeous oak trees. 

  • Overlook Park: This small neighborhood park has a playground, lawn area, picnic tables, barbeque, and large oak trees. 

  • Parkview Heights Park: This small and quiet neighborhood park contains a grassy lawn area, playground, picnic tables, barbeques, horseshoe pits, basketball hoops, and native oak trees. 

  • Peter Bertelsen Memorial Park: This is one of the largest and oldest village parks! It has plenty to offer, including a lighted baseball field, playground, water spray ground, covered picnic area, barbeques, and horseshoe pits.  

  • Promontory Community Park: This large community park features playgrounds, a water spray ground, picnic areas, barbeque areas, two lighted bocce ball courts, two lighted tennis courts, a lighted artificial turf field, lighted softball fields, and a lawn area.

  • Ridgeview Park: This lovely park is full of oak trees and is high up in Ridgeview Village. Along with plenty of natural lands, you will also find a lawn area, picnic tables, and plenty of shade!

  • Ridgeview Unit 7 Park: This small park is simple, yet beautiful. You will find a lawn area, playground for kids, picnic table, and plenty of oak trees. 

  • William C. “Bill” McCabe Park: This small neighborhood park features a playground, a large grassy area, and a picnic area under large oak trees.

  • Stephen Harris Park: This village park has plenty of amenities and underwent a major renovation in 2007. You can find four tennis courts, a tennis practice wall, two basketball hoops, a soccer field, walking and jogging paths, an exercise course, a playground, picnic tables, and barbecue pits.

  • Skate Park: The Skate Park in El Dorado Hills is the perfect place to enjoy your love of skating. It opens at 8 am — and they even offer skate lessons for beginners!  

  • Village Green Park: This park is located at the entrance of the Serrano home development. It features a lawn area, native oak trees, a large pond, stream and waterfalls, picnic tables, walking paths, and a kid’s playground. 

  • Waterford Park: This small neighborhood park has a large lawn area, playground, and is full of native oak trees.

  • Wild Oaks Park: This lovely park preserves native oak trees, pine trees, and native grasses. It has plenty of walking trails and benches to spend time enjoying the outdoors. 

  • Windsor Park: This newer neighborhood park features grassy areas, barbeques, picnic tables, benches, and a basketball half-court.  

  • Bowmen’s Archery Range: A very unique park for the area, Bowmen’s Archery Range is open to the public and preserves the natural beauty and habitat of the undeveloped foothills.


April 29, 2020

All About Granite Bay: A Homebuyer's Guide

Granite Bay is a suburb of Sacramento teeming with natural spaces and preserved wildlife. If you’re ready to invest in a luxury home with highly rated school districts and access to plenty of amenities, Granite Bay is a great fit for you.

Find out everything you want to know about Granite Bay in this comprehensive guide! Let’s get started:

Granite Bay Lifestyle

Granite Bay offers a rural feel with luxurious amenities. There are plenty of restaurants, coffee shops, parks, and natural areas for residents to explore. Not to mention, this area is home to some of the Sacramento area’s most exclusive homes!

Many of the homes in this area consist of exclusive, gated communities with elite, upscale homes, large estates, and horse ranches, built around the Granite Bay Golf and Country Club. Its name comes from a bay in Folsom Lake on the east side of town. It’s also on a granodiorite rock dating back to the Cretaceous Age! With a high quality of life, wonderful location, award-winning schools, outstanding recreational options, a variety of churches, and a low crime rate, this is a very desirable place to raise a family and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. 

Weather in Granite Bay

You’ll find pleasant weather throughout the year in Granite Bay. Generally, the weather lands in the ’70-’80s with hot summers and cooler, wet, and partly cloudy winters. You can expect a range from 39°F to 94°F in this area of California.

Communities in Granite Bay 

  • Ashley Woods: The homes in Ashley Woods are moderately priced, spacious, 1-2 story residences with large landscaped lots, trees, and private pools. Many of these homes back to a beautiful open space with a creek running along the boundaries. The average price of homes in this area is under a million, ranging from $500,000-$800,000. If you’re looking to be near Granite Bay High School, it is within walking distance of these homes and conveniently close to the elementary schools.

  • Eastridge: Near the Ashley Woods and Hillsborough neighborhoods, Eastridge is a non-gated community comprising contemporary two-story homes with luxury interiors. Prices range from $400,000-$600,000 with plenty of upgrades throughout the home.

  • Douglas Ranch: Douglas Ranch is a luxury development on extra-large lots or acreage, just off Douglas Blvd and near all the best amenities that Granite Bay and Roseville have to offer. These homes have streets and yards that are immaculately landscaped with mature trees and tropical foliage. Most homes are 4+ bedroom estates with 3-4 car garages, multiple fireplaces, private pools, and lavish backyard entertainment areas. Prices run around $1 million to $1.3 million. The Homeowner's Association is active and professionally managed, yet their fees are low.

  • Folsom Lake Estates: Parts of Granite Bay border Folsom Lake and the community of Folsom Lake Estates is located within walking distance of all the recreation it offers. It is also popular for beautiful homes, landscaped yards, excellent schools, and hilltop views. Homes tend to be 4 or more bedrooms on large landscaped lots with luxuries such as private pools, backyard kitchens, and multiple car garages. There are lavish million dollar estate homes and occasional fixer-uppers in the $600,000-700,000 range.

  • Granite Bay Hills: Granite Bay Hills is a luxury gated community across the street from Folsom Lake Estates and next door to Wedgewood. This community has an agreement for Granite Bay Golf Club privileges. It’s a friendly community with an active HOA hosting year-round get-togethers and events. Homes are large with 4-5 bedrooms or more and many amenities such as theater rooms, outdoor fireplaces and kitchens, amazing private pools and decks for entertaining. Prices range from the $900,000's to over $2 million.

  • Hidden Lakes: Hidden Lakes is a mature community of 199 custom homes with large, landscaped lots and an active homeowner's association that promotes neighborhood pride. One thing the development is known for is the mature trees, live oaks, and blue oaks, as well as two lakes, a park, and green space with winding trails to walk and explore nature. Homes are large, usually 4, 5 bedrooms or more, with backyard pools and entertaining areas. Prices average around $1.5 million, offering a lot of house for the price.

  • Hillsborough: Hillsborough is a popular neighborhood situated off Sierra College Blvd. on Hillsborough Drive, between Eureka Road and Roseville Parkway. Prices range from the $400'000's to $1 million. Hillsborough has the Granite Bay address but is in the city of Roseville. The benefit of this is having Roseville utilities which are an added savings. Hillsborough Park is in the vicinity of the neighboring homes and is busy on weekends with local sports and activities.

  • Los Lagos:  If you’re looking for a home like no other, with the utmost security and privacy, there is no equivalent to the homes in Los Lagos. The often overused "luxury homes" is sometimes even an understatement when you see some of the Los Lagos Estates for sale in Granite Bay's community. When lower-end homes start just below a million and go up to around $12,000,000, they are no longer just houses — many of these properties are mansions in the truest sense of the word.

  • Shelborne: Shelborne is one of Granite Bay's more exclusive communities with 87 beautiful homes, blooming foliage, and large landscaped lots that draw you outside. Located off Auburn Folsom Drive, the entrance to the community has a guard-house and many homes have security cameras for extra privacy. Homes are usually priced at over a million dollars. The homes are often elaborate two-story estates with multiple fireplaces, formal dining areas, 5 or 6 bedrooms, and decorative bay windows. An active Homeowners Association sponsors events like barbecues and children's activities.

  • Silverwood: Silverwood is a gated luxury home community that is divided into sections of North, East, and West Silverwood. While all homes are upscale million-dollar homes, the estates in North Silverwood are particularly spectacular, offering true mansions on huge acres and breathtaking landscaped lots with private pools, spas, outdoor cooking, and dining facilities. These homes are usually priced around $2 million.

  • Treelake Village: Treelake is considered "the heart" of Granite Bay and is made up of several neighborhoods. The Woods is a neighborhood that offers homes with large lots (approx 1/2 acre and higher). The luxury neighborhood of Wexford is also in this community. It is one of two gated and guarded neighborhoods in Granite Bay and perhaps the most popular family-oriented neighborhood. Homes for sale in Treelake Village typically have prices ranging from the $500,000's to $900,000's.

  • Wedgewood: One of the most luxurious gated communities in Granite Bay is the distinguished upscale neighborhood of Wedgewood. Homes are often custom-built sprawling mansions with fireplaces, formal dining rooms, outdoor pools, and kitchens. Homes range from just under a million to over $2 million. This close-knit community is on the shore of picturesque Folsom Lake.

  • Wexford Estate: Wexford Estates is a gated community of 145 custom-built manor homes with a 24-hour guarded gate. Wexford is the essence of luxury. Besides the extraordinary 18-hole championship golf course at the Granite Bay Golf Club, Wexford boasts many other amenities, including a clubhouse on the banks of its own small private lake, a basketball court, and two tennis courts.

School District in Granite Bay  

Granite Bay has some of the highest-rated schools in the area, including Willma Cavitt Junior High School, Greenhills Elementary School, Granite Bay High School, and Ridgeview Elementary School. 

Top Restaurants in Granite Bay

  • Hawks Restaurant: A local favorite, Hawks Restaurant offers modern American cuisine in an upscale setting. They even make their own charcuterie!

  • Farmhaus: Farmhaus is an extraordinary dining experience. It’s the perfect date night spot with delicious food and a lovely outdoor seating area.

  • Oakwater American Bistro: Looking to experience farm-to-fork dining? The Sacramento area is the perfect place for that! Oakwater American Bistro is a farm-to-fork experience in Granite Bay with an elegant and rustic setting.

  • El Rey Mexican Cuisine: This local restaurant serves authentic Mexican cuisine that is beautifully prepared and served.

  • Vaiano Trattoria: Escape with the traditional flavors of Tuscany and dine at Vaiano Trattoria. Their dishes are simple and made to order with fresh ingredients. 

  • Dominick’s: Owners Dominick and Raquel Bellizzi brought their dream of creating an upscale New York Italian Delicatessen in Granite Bay to live through Dominick’s. You can expect the finest and freshest food from this Italian eatery.

  • Hazumi Sushi Bar: Sushi is always a great choice, especially from Hazumi Sushi Bar. They have a large menu with plenty of options to choose from.

  • Asian Blossom: In the mood for Chinese or Vietnamese takeout? Asian Blossom is the best choice in Granite bay. Customers rave about every item on their menu, so you can’t go wrong with Asian Blossom!

  • Genie’s Afghan Restaurant: This family-run restaurant serves authentic Afghan cuisine that genuinely tastes like a home-cooked meal. The owners are friendly, genuine, and love recommending their favorite dishes to customers!

  • Bernardo’s Mexican Restaurant: If you’re looking for quick and friendly service with decent prices and delicious food, try Bernardo’s Mexican Restaurant. They have some of the best Mexican food in the area and have been operating for over 40 years. 

Top Activities in Granite Bay 

  • Lake Folsom: One of Granite Bay’s best sources of outdoor adventures, right in your backyard! You can head over to Folsom lake for swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, and enjoying the natural surroundings and wildlife.

  • Beals Point: If you’re a fan of camping, check out Beals Point. They have overnight campgrounds, the American River bicycle trail, and a snack bar where you can rent beach equipment for water play.

  • Granite Bay Main Beach: Believe it or not, the beach is closer than you think in Granite Bay! Granite Bay Main Beach is the perfect spot for local weekend fun. 

  • Bayside Adventure Sports: A local nonprofit run by pastors of Bayside Church, you can enjoy camping trips, various classes, fly fishing trips, Israel adventure trips, Machu Picchu trips, road cycle Oregon tours, dirt bike trips, Yosemite Half Dome trips, and more!

  • Library: The Granite Bay Library is a great spot for free entertainment for your little ones and a chance to escape everyday life and enjoy a good book.

  • Granite Bay Golf Club: This gorgeous golf club is a wonderful way to spend a free afternoon. They also have three casual dining options and a membership!

  • Quarry Ponds Town Center: Looking to shop until you drop? Grab your friends and spend a weekend at the Quarry Ponds Town Center. Start by getting pampered at Blake Charles Salon and end the day with dinner at Hawks.

  • Westfield Galleria: Take a short drive to Roseville for some serious shopping. The Galleria has a huge selection of stores, food options, and is just across from the upscale shopping center called Fountains at Roseville. 

Parks in Granite Bay 

  • Granite Bay Park: This lovely neighborhood park has a playground, baseball diamond, soccer field, and trail access! It’s a great place to have some family fun on the weekend. It’s also right next to the Creative Arts & Music Center, where you can take a variety of classes.

  • Douglas Ranch Park: This small neighborhood park has an area with picnic tables, a soccer field, an open grassy area, restrooms, and a small playground!

  • Granite Bay Community Park: If you’re looking for a larger park to play ball, host a birthday party, or celebrate with friends and family, check out Granite Bay Community Park. This park has two soccer fields, two baseball fields, a small playground, picnic area with BBQs, walking trails, and the Walk of Honor Memorial. This area honors the sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces!

  • Miner’s Ravine Nature Reserve: If you’re itching for a beautiful nature escape, this is the place in Granite Bay to visit. You’ll find two self-guided half-mile trails, a creek, interpretive signs, and historical sites at this reserve.

  • Ronald L. Feist Park: This park has everything you’d want in a park! This park has two playgrounds, three baseball fields, three soccer fields, six tennis courts, a concession stand that’s open during scheduled games, a batting cage, picnic area, BBQ’s, plenty of open space, and a dog park!

  • Treelake Village Park: This beautiful park has a baseball field, soccer field, tennis/basketball court, picnic tables, two small playgrounds, and gazebos to hang out under! 


April 6, 2020

All About Rocklin: A Homebuyer's Guide

Thinking about making the move to Rocklin? A suburban town that has plenty to offer its residents, anyone can find a home in this wonderful area. If you still need some convincing, check out our complete guide to Rocklin below.

Rocklin Lifestyle

If you’re considering Rocklin as your next place of residence, you won’t be disappointed! Rocklin is the best of suburban living burgeoning with restaurants, coffee shops, and parks to enjoy. You’ll find that many families and young professionals live in this area, thanks to all that this town has to offer.  

There are many shops and places to visit, so you won’t find a shortage of activities to engage in. It’s a great place to raise a family with their highly-rated public schools and kid-friendly activities throughout the area. You’ll find gorgeous views of greenery woven throughout the city and plenty of walking trails where you can decompress and enjoy nature. They are also home to the highly-rated community college, Sierra College. 

Weather in Rocklin

One of the best parts about living in California is the agreeable weather. Rocklin certainly does not disappoint in this area! It has temperate weather throughout the year with hot summers and chilly winters. The temperatures range from 39°F to 95°F but are rarely under 32°F or higher than 103°F.

Communities in Rocklin

  • Parkview Rocklin: This community by D.R. Horton has 115 one- and two-story "Built for Better Living" home designs, (energy-efficient, comfortable, and durable), ranging from around 2000 sq ft to 3000 sq ft. Homes are Spanish, Craftsman, and Italian style architecture, built among rolling hills with panoramic views. The community is near some of the finest schools, shopping complexes, and freeway access. Prices average from the low to high $400,000's.

  • Springfield at Whitney Oaks (Active Adult 55+): Of all the gated developments within Whitney Oaks, Springfield at Whitney Oaks is the finest group of award-winning active adult neighborhoods for the 55+ seniors. Many homes have incredible views of the mountains or the Sacramento skyline. A private pool, lighted tennis courts, bocce ball court, and 2 clubhouses offer a place to gather for special events as well as an excellent fitness center with weight training, aerobic classes, and swimming events. Homes come in many designs with sizes varying from 1200 to 3400 sq ft. All homes have either a 2 or 3 car garage. Prices of homes for sale in Springfield at Whitney Oaks range from $300-$400,000, depending on the floor plan and size.

  • Stanford RanchThe largest master-planned multi-use subdivision in the area, Stanford Ranch consists of almost 3450 acres of Rocklin's valley, bordered by steep outcroppings and wooded areas on three sides with Pleasant Grove Creek running through it. Most homes are 3-4 bedroom, custom-built, 1 and 2 story family residences, priced in the $300-400,000 range. Neighborhoods include The Springs, San Marin, The Estates, and Hillcrest. Built into the plan are areas of parks, open space, and plans for schools to service the residents. The development flows into Roseville's commercial district as well, with shopping, dining and offers endless possibilities for entertainment.

  • Whitney Oaks: Whitney Oaks is a large, beautiful, and master-planned community surrounding the Whitney Oaks Golf Club. Built in the 2000s, prices range from the mid $300,000's in neighborhoods like Sunset, all the way to about $1.5 million in the Clubhouse community. You'll find everything from 3 to 5 bedroom upscale homes with private pools to luxurious mansions with bathhouses, saunas, formal dining rooms, and elaborate outdoor spas, cooking and entertainment facilities. There are parks, walking and biking trails, recreation centers, playgrounds, and the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area nearby. The Homeowner's Association is professionally managed and hands-on to proactively protect the natural setting and beauty of the community.

    The villages within Whitney Oaks include:
    • Springfield Active Adult
    • The Enclave
    • Clubview
    • The Shires
    • The Reserve
    • Granite Ridge
    • Granite Park
    • Rock Ridge
    • The Seasons
    • Silver Peak
    • Sunset @ Whitney Oaks

  • Whitney RanchA family-oriented, outdoor-loving community, Whitney Ranch offers 3 beautiful parks and five miles of walking trails, sports fields, playgrounds, and a pool/waterpark in the summer months. All homes are upscale, energy-efficient, and beautifully landscaped. Prices range around $600-700,000. Neighborhoods include elegant Wisteria estate homes, and the beautiful condos at Vicara at Whitney Ranch, with more to come. Condos are under $200,000 in most cases. It's close to great schools, shopping, employment, and all kinds of entertainment. One of the best amenities offered is the 10,000 square foot Ranch House; a clubhouse, cabana, gathering place, and banquet hall. They offer fitness classes, free WIFI, a kitchen, lounge, fireplace, and big screen tv for entertainment at its finest. 

School Districts in Rocklin 

There are many highly rated schools throughout the city of Rocklin, including Valley View Elementary School, Western Sierra Collegiate Academy, Granite Oaks Middle School, Rocklin Academy, Whitney High School, Sierra Elementary School, Rocklin High School, Twin Oaks Elementary School, and Spring View Middle School. 

Top Restaurants in Rocklin

  • Via Roma Pizzeria Con Cucina: If you’re looking for the kind of place where the owner greets you with a hug and glass of wine, Via Roma is perfect for you. With delicious Italian food and an incredibly welcoming atmosphere, you’ll enjoy any time spent dining here.

  • Kathrin’s Biergarten: This family-run Biergarten offers micro-brewed beers, authentic German-style home-cooked meals, and carries the spirit of “Gemuetlichkeit” - a German word used to express the state or feeling of good cheer, friendliness, and warmth.

  • Eureka!: This burger joint has locations all across the country, but they carry a welcoming and fun spirit wherever they go.

  • Koja Kitchen: This Korean-Japanese fusion restaurant offers a unique and special menu item, the “koja.” A fusion style sandwich that is created using freshly made crispy garlic rice buns.

  • Wally’s Cafe: If you’re in the mood for authentic Greek cuisine, Wally’s Cafe is the place for you. They offer quality consistent food and are thankful for all of their clients. 

  • The Chef’s Table: Enjoy a delicious dinner at The Chef’s Table. They use carefully handcrafted local ingredients that are beautifully prepared in an entertaining environment.

  • Pho Cali: Pho Cali serves heartwarming and authentic Vietnamese soup in the Rocklin area. It’s perfect for a rainy day or chilly fall evening. 

  • Mezcalito Oaxacan Cuisine: If you’re in the mood for a delicious mole sauce, check out Mezcalito Oaxacan Cuisine. They treat everyone like family at this local Oaxacan restaurant.

  • Granite Rock Grill: This is the best diner in the area! Serving huge portions of traditional American breakfast and lunch foods, you’ll want to come back here again and again.

  • Ramen 101: In the mood for ramen? Check out Ramen 101! Customers rave about the smell of delicious broths when you walk in the restaurant and quick service. 

Top Activities in Rocklin

  • Studio Movie Grill: If you love dining out and watching movies, combine the two at Studio Movie Grill! You can order food or snacks from your seat while watching your movie of choice!

  • Quarry Park Adventures: Quarry Park Adventures is a one-of-a-kind experience! Built into and around what was once the largest working granite quarries in California, they offer a variety of adventure activities for the entire family. Activities include an aerial adventure, rock climbing, free fall, a kid's cove, paddle boats, rappel, via Ferrata, and zip lines.

  • Whitney Oaks Golf Club: One of Northern California’s most spectacular golf destinations, this challenging 6,800-yard course brings water or wetlands into play on every hole.

  • Coffee Shops: Coffee shops are great places to work remotely, meet a friend to catch up, or take the kids to get out of the house.

    Here are our top recommendations in Rocklin:
    • Pause Coffee
    • Edwin’s Coffee
    • The Human Bean
    • Destiny Cafe
    • Peet’s Coffee 

  • Parks galore: Rocklin has a park for every style and need. Just check out the extensive list below! It’s definitely one of the best activities you can do to get outside and enjoy nature.

  • Beat the Room: Have you ever tried an escape room? You can in Rocklin! It’s a great activity for a large group or family fun night.

  • Library: Public libraries are such a great resource! The Rocklin Branch Library has a gorgeous fountain and plenty of space for reading and research.

  • Walking trails: A great way to stay active and inspired, there are plenty of walking trails throughout Rocklin to enjoy.

  • Shopping: Not only are there plenty of wonderful shopping choices in Rocklin itself, but there is also The Fountains and The Galleria in Roseville. These are just a short drive away and have the best shopping options in the area. 

Parks in Rocklin

Rocklin has an impressive amount of parks. Check out the list of each park with its features below: 

  • Johnson-Springview Park: located in central Rocklin with baseball and softball fields, pickleball, football field, tennis courts, 18-hole disc golf course, and restrooms.

  • Kathy Lund Park: located in northwest Rocklin with soccer fields, seasonal water playground, five youth softball fields, restroom and concession building, and open turf.

  • Margaret Azevedo Park: located in the Whitney Ranch area of northwest Rocklin with soccer fields, a regulation-size baseball and softball field, playgrounds, restrooms, and off-street parking.

  • Twin Oaks Park: hosts many sports organizations and has lighted sports fields for baseball and softball, basketball courts, tennis courts, soccer fields, and restrooms. 

  • Whitney Park: fields for soccer, baseball, and softball, water sprayground, playgrounds, picnic areas, and restrooms.

  • Bolton Park: two playgrounds, half-court basketball court, open turn, covered picnic areas. 

  • Boulder Ridge Park: located at one of the highest points in Rocklin with views of the Sierras, Mt. Diablo, the Sutter Buttes, and downtown Sacramento with a basketball court, small covered picnic area, and playgrounds.
  • Breen Park: large school-aged playground, preschool-aged playground, and two open-turf fields, and over 75 oak trees. 

  • Brigham & Hawes Park: views of the Sutter Buttes, two playgrounds, two half-court basketball courts, and covered picnic areas.

  • Christine Anderson Park: a neighborhood park with a play structure, covered picnic tables, barbecues, and a butterfly garden. 

  • Clarke Dominguez Park: playground, picnic tables, benches, walking pathways, and two half-court basketball courts. 

  • Clover Valley Park: a neighborhood park with a historic granite bridge, large play area for kids, picnic tables, and barbecues.

  • Corral-Alva Park: playground, covered picnic area, pathways, and open turf.

  • Deer Creek Park: a neighborhood park that is a passive nature area. 

  • Gayaldo Park: located in the Yankee Hills subdivision with 2-acres, a covered picnic area, playground, pathways, and open turf area. 

  • Joe Hernandez Park: great for evening strolls with gorgeous views, playgrounds, small covered picnic area, benches, pathways, and a basketball court.

  • Mansion Oaks Park: designed within the oak trees with two playgrounds, open-turf field, pathways, and one of the original granite bridges that went through the Whitney property. 

  • Monte Verde Park: a neighborhood park with a preschool-aged playground, small turf field, picnic tables, and benches. 

  • Monument Park: a neighborhood park with plenty of oak trees, small covered picnic area, picnic tables, barbecues, benches, a playground, and pathways that wind through the park and over a wooden bridge.

  • Night Ridge Park: neighborhood park with barbecue areas, picnic tables, turf field, basketball court, drinking fountains, school-aged playgrounds, and preschool-aged playgrounds.

  • Pebble Creek Park: a park tucked within a neighborhood adjacent to Cobblestone Elementary School with a playground, picnic tables, large oak trees, barbecue areas, and plenty of open space. 

  • Pernu Park: neighborhood park with a basketball court, swings, and covered picnic area. 

  • Peter Hill Heritage Park: located in historic downtown with the roundhouse monument, reconstructed “old firehouse”, old St. Mary’s Church, and a public fruit tree orchard. 

  • Pleasant Valley Creek Park: nestled along a seasonal creek full of heritage oak trees with a basketball court, youth playgrounds, picnic tables, barbecues, and a small open turf field. 

  • Quarry Park: the best park for community events, concerts, quiet nature walks, and play! This park has an amphitheater, playgrounds, trails, open space, and wildlife.

  • Ruhkala Park: neighborhood park with a large turf field, picnic tables, preschool-aged playground, school-aged playground, barbecues, pathways, sand volleyball court, and a basketball court.

  • Sasaki Park: half-court basketball court is the feature of this small neighborhood park. 

  • Sierra Meadows Park: basketball court, open turf field, playground, barbecue areas, and benches. 

  • Sonora Park: located next to Rock Creek Elementary School with a preschool-aged playground, school-aged playground, small covered picnic area, half-court basketball court, and a large turf field. 
  • Sunset East Park: a neighborhood park that is next to Antelope Creek with a half-court basketball court, play area, picnic tables, and barbecues. 

  • Sunset Whitney Recreation Area: the city of Rocklin is working on transforming 184 acres into gorgeous parkland for community gatherings and nature appreciation. Currently, the West Trails section of the park is open with a variety of walking paths. 

  • Vista Grande Park: a neighborhood park that is multi-functional with a half-court basketball court, multi-level play areas, picnic tables, a small turf field, barbecue areas, and benches.

  • Wesley Park: two playgrounds, an open turf field, two half-court basketball courts, a small covered picnic area, and plenty of pathways.

  • Wickman Park: neighborhood park with a play structure, turf field, walking path, benches, and a covered picnic area. 

  • Willard Park: a brand new park with a rubberized play surface, ramped access, musical and sensory features, a sandbox, little free library, hard-top seating BBQ area, grassy play areas, and more for children of all abilities. 

  • Woodside Park: neighborhood park with a basketball court, two play areas, picnic tables, barbecues, and decomposed granite pathways winding through a grove of oak trees.




Posted in Buyers, City Guides, Rocklin
March 24, 2020

All About Lincoln: A Homebuyer's Guide

Lincoln is a charming small town with a bustling community. If you’re searching for a home in the Sacramento area, this may be the quiet town with plenty of activity that you’ve been looking for. Below is a complete guide to Lincoln so you can explore all that it has to offer. 

Lincoln Lifestyle

Located in Placer County, Lincoln is a city in the Sacramento region with a rural feel and plenty of parks. Thanks to these amicable features, you will find that many families and retirees reside in this area. There has been a significant amount of development in this city since 2002, including new office buildings, shopping centers, housing developments, and custom home properties.

You’ll find a home that maintains its small-town character in Lincoln. However, they also have the energy of a developing town as well! They have an Art & Culture Foundation, an active Volunteer Center, a new library, a private country club, championship golf courses, and a regional airport. Along with many cities in the area, Lincoln has incredible access to a variety of terrains. From the city to the beach, you can enjoy all that California has to offer in the Lincoln area. 

Weather in Lincoln

Lincoln is full of sunny days and mild winters. July and August are the warmest months, with average temperatures averaging around 95 degrees. Spring and Fall daytime averages are in the 80s, perfect for most outdoor activities. The winter months are the coolest, with an average temperature of 47 degrees.

Communities in Lincoln

  • Twelve Bridges: Twelve Bridges is a master-planned community centered around the elegant Catta Verdera Country Club and golf course. Many of the homes in Twelve Bridges have no HOA fees and building is limited to keep 50% open natural space! If you want to feel like you're away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, we recommend touring the lovely homes in Twelve Bridges.

  • Verdera at 12 Bridges: Do you dream of a home in the country, far from the noise and pollution of the city, surrounded by green spaces and mountain vistas but close enough for weekend getaways or a night of fun? Let us introduce you to the exclusive community of Verdera at Twelve Bridges in Lincoln. These large estate homes and building sites blend in with the natural beauty of the land and feature miles of nature trails winding throughout the communities.

  • Catta Verdera Community: Catta Verdera real estate is surrounded by the beautiful Sierra foothills, only eight miles off Interstate 80, about 40 minutes away from Sacramento, and halfway between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. The elegant, mostly Mediterranean style homes in the gated community of Catta Verdera sit on lots of ⅓ to more than an acre with 24-hour security.

  • Cabrillo at Verdera: Home construction in this community is by Standard Pacific Homes featuring 1-2 story luxury homes in Spanish Colonial, Monterey, French Country, and Italian Villa Styles. 2,928 to 4,227 sq ft floor plans offer 3-7 bedrooms, gourmet kitchens, and master baths with spa-like treatments.  They also offer incredible outdoor entertainment/kitchen spaces with fireplaces, have options for wine cellars, home offices, pet suites, and more. Cabrillo is within walking distance of the spectacular exclusive Catta Verdera Country Club and Golf Course which is the center of social activity in Verdera communities.

  • Monte Azul at Verdera: The large upscale homes in Monte Azul is on one-acre lots and come in a variety of styles. They are 3-6 bedroom floor plans and feature multi-car garages, incredible pools, outdoor living spaces with stunning views, gourmet kitchens, formal dining rooms, wet bars, wine rooms, salons, home theaters, libraries, and verandas.

  • Lincoln Crossing: Lavish homes at Lincoln Crossing range in size from 3 to 6 bedrooms and were started in the mid-2000s. This community is gated, family-friendly, and master-planned. Residents share the Lincoln Crossing Clubhouse, which features a banquet room, game room, 2 large pools, and a full gym. The clubhouse is used for community activities like dances and yard sales.

    Some of the Lincoln Crossing subdivisions include:

    • Sorrento: a large gated community within the community, offering a private park and playground.
    • Vivaldi at Sorrento: a neighborhood of new homes from Meritage Homes, 3-4 bedrooms are priced from $390,000 to $437,000
    • Bellini at Sorrento: new 3-4 bedroom homes from Meritage in eight-floor plans. Priced from the mid $300k's to around $500k
    • Escalla at Sorrento: a neighborhood of new 1 and 2 story homes from Pulte with 3-4 bedrooms in four-floor plans, starting at $374,990
    • Lincoln Crossing Village: contemporary 4-5 bedroom homes built in the early 2000s with large landscaped yards. Priced from $300,000 to $500,000
    • Courtyards at Lincoln Crossing: mostly two-story, 3 bedroom homes with landscaped streets and yards. The average price of a home here is $263,000
    • Equinox and Meridian at Lincoln Crossing: two neighborhoods of 255 homes that are close to the park, pools, and clubhouse

  • Sun City Lincoln Hills 55+: Del Webb's Sun City in Lincoln was built in late 1999 and 2000, and is the largest Adult 55+ community in the state of California! Sun City has the most amazing amenities, activities, and upgrades for convenience and pleasure. Orchard Creek Lodge is the center of recreation for Sun City residents with a fitness center, indoor walking facility, 2 outdoor pools, an indoor pool, a ballroom, and a theater with a stage. The slightly smaller Kilaga Springs lodge has a spa, indoor pool, aerobics room, and a second exercise room. Eleven parks with 19 walking trails wander all through the community. Two 18-hole Championship Golf courses are located in Sun City. Activity Directors are always on hand to arrange for day trips, tours, and shopping or sight-seeing adventures. There are also clubs for every interest under the sun, from card games to gardening to sports. Lastly, 2 on-site restaurants complete the package, with Meridians Restaurant for fine dining, and Kilaga Springs Cafe for casual snacks and sandwiches.

School District in Lincoln 

Lincoln has plenty of highly rated schools to choose from, including Twelve Bridges Elementary School, Twelve Bridges Middle School, Lincoln Crossing Elementary School, Creekside Oaks Elementary School, and Lincoln High School. In addition to these schools, all of the schools in Lincoln are rated as average or higher.

Top Restaurants in Lincoln

  • Awful Annie’s: This restaurant is a family favorite if you’re in the mood for a hearty breakfast or lunch. Their menu consists of omelets, scrambles, sweet breakfast options, sandwiches, burgers, and so much more!

  • Rum Thai Bistro: An authentic, family-owned Thai restaurant is hard to come by in this area, so Rum Thai Bistro is a real treat! They are open Monday-Saturday from 11 am - 9 pm.

  • HomeSpun Yogurt: This sweet small-town yogurt shop is the perfect treat for a family night out. Customers rave about their cleanliness, reasonable pricing, and endless topping options to choose from.

  • Double Barrel Smokehouse: In the mood for Texas barbeque? Lucky for you, the city of Lincoln can oblige. Double Barrel Smokehouse has delicious chicken, ribs, pork, make-to-order mac and cheese, and fried okra, among many other mouthwatering choices.

  • Old Town Pizza: Old Town Pizza is the best of the best! A popular pizza joint that originally opened in Auburn in 1999, they expanded to open their second location in Lincoln in 2004.

  • Express Gyro: This is a great restaurant if you’re in the mood for a quick bite to eat. They serve traditional Greek fare and are open 7 days a week!

  • Los Gallos Taqueria: Satisfy your taco craving at Los Gallos Taqueria. They have a special for each day of the week, so you can enjoy their affordable food whenever you want to visit.

  • Zakuro Sushi: Enjoy fresh sushi rolls or a delicious Bento Box at Zakuro Sushi. They also have an array of appetizers and comforting soups as well. 

  • Buonarroti Ristorante: The chef and founder bring family recipes to this traditional Italian restaurant. You’ll experience the taste, aromas, and passion of Italy when you dine in at Buonarroti Ristorante.

  • Fourk Kitchen: If you’re looking for a fine dining restaurant in Lincoln, consider Fourk Kitchen. They call themselves a restaurant concept created to change the way people think about a four-course dining experience. They are open four nights a week with only 24 seats in their restaurant. The cost is always $44 per person for food with set courses that change monthly. 

Top Activities in Lincoln

  • Historic Downtown Lincoln: The city of Lincoln has a charming downtown area, complete with dining, shopping, arts, entertainment, and home to many services and organizations. You can also visit the Lincoln Area Archives Museum to learn more about the history of Lincoln.

  • Art in Public Places Murals: Indicative of the engaging town that Lincoln is, they have an incredible program called Art in Public Places. In an effort to enhance the economic vitality, charm, and visibility of Lincoln’s historic downtown, they are adding murals in the downtown business district that are historic in nature and are enjoyable to look at. You can find a map of where to find these murals on the city’s website. 

  • Community Events: The community of Lincoln hosts many events throughout the year to be enjoyed by locals and residents. You can see a quick summary of them below:
    • The Holy Ghost Festival: In the spring, a week-long celebration of Lincoln’s Portuguese heritage is held. This features a parade, a carnival that includes traditional customs and foods, and the crowning of a queen.
    • Easter Egg Hunt: The Lincoln Lions Club hosts this kid-friendly event each year near Easter.
    • Tour de Lincoln: The Saturday before Mother’s Day, you can cheer on bikers in the Tour de Lincoln, hosted by The Lincoln Rotary Club Foundation.
    • Fourth of July Parade: Like many cities across America, Lincoln has its own fireworks celebration and parade for the Fourth of July.
    • Lincoln Showcase: If you love supporting local wineries and restaurants, check out the Lincoln Showcase hosted by The Lincoln Chamber in late September.
    • Downtown Christmas Parade: Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year in Lincoln with their annual Christmas parade downtown, complete with a tree lighting ceremony in the plaza.
    • Farmers Market: If you’re a fan of fresh produce and community fun, check out the downtown farmer’s market every Thursday evening in the summer months!
    • Annual Crab Feeds: You can attend two annual crab feeds in Lincoln, hosted by The Lion’s Club. One is in February and the other in November.
    • Golf Tournaments: Are you a golfing fan? Attend the May’s Cup Golf Tournament at one of the local golf courses each year in September. The best part is that the proceeds go to help fund local youth programs!
    • Lincoln Theatre Company: Lincoln has its own theatre company downtown. Part of their mission is to provide educational opportunities for both children and adults focused on the performing arts and to provide quality entertainment through community-based theatrical productions. Attending their shows is a great way to support your community as well as enjoy a night out.
    • Baseball Games: If you’re a baseball fan, there are plenty of local games you can attend in Lincoln. Check out the William Jessup University Athletics and the Lincoln Potters Baseball Club schedules to catch their next games. 

Parks in Lincoln

Interested in living near parks? Lincoln has more than 15 to choose from, outlined below: 

  • Aitken Ranch Park: A great park for kids, you’ll find a play structure, cement area, and beautiful landscaping with walking trails.

  • Auburn Ravine Park: If you’re looking for a dog-friendly park with plenty of nature and walking trails, Auburn Ravine Park is perfect. They have an off-leash dog park and 10 acres that include a multi-use trail system.

  • Brown Park: This small, kid-friendly park consists of a play structure, fairly large grassy area, and a picnic area with a barbeque.

  • Coyote Pond Park: This is the park for nature lovers. A massive, 24.5-acre park that is teeming with wildlife, has a large and beautiful pond, play structure, picnic area, and trail system.

  • Foskett Regional Park: You’ll find that this park is designed for sports. It features a four-diamond lighted softball complex, four fields, lighted soccer complex, concessions stand, a pedestrian and bike path, several picnic areas, and three different children’s play areas.

  • Joiner Park: A smaller sports-focused park, Joiner Park includes two football/soccer fields, a baseball diamond, two playgrounds, and a wetland preserve area that spans over 4 acres.

  • Machado Park: This small park has two play structures, a covered table, and plenty of grass for running around and playing.

  • Markham Park: This small neighborhood park has a picnic area, a small play structure, a walking trail, and a nature interpretive facility.

  • McBean Park: Another large park in Lincoln, McBean Park features a swimming pool, senior baseball field, Little League baseball field, skatepark, a special “Leathers” playground, basketball courts, horseshoe courts, football/baseball stadium, picnic areas, and open fields.

  • Nathan Dubin Park: This newer park was completed in 2017 with the unique “woodlands to wetlands” theme. It has two unique play structures for kids, soccer field, shaded picnic areas, horseshoe pits, and a trail with exercise equipment.

  • Palo Verde Park: This simple little park has the basics: a playground, a picnic area, and an open grass area.

  • Pete Demas Park: This pocket park has a small grassy area and picnic benches, perfect for a lunch break outside or a short evening walk.

  • Peter Singer Park: This lovely park is 5 acres and has baseball fields, soccer field, play structure, picnic tables, and restrooms.

  • Robert "Chief" Jimenez Park: This park is still in the process of being built, but it currently includes 4 tennis courts, 2 basketball courts, and restrooms. You can expect two more ballfields, a long field, snack bar, picnic and playground areas, and additional parking at this park.

  • Scheiber Park: This neighborhood park has lush green grass, large trees, two playgrounds, swings, and shaded structures.

  • Sheffield Park: This small park has two playgrounds, swings, and shaded structures.

  • Twelve Bridges Park: This park is located in the Twelve Bridges community and includes a baseball field, soccer field, and children's play structure.

  • Wilson Park: Next to Twelve Bridges Middle School, Wilson Park has softball fields and a children’s playground.





Posted in Buyers, City Guides, Lincoln
March 9, 2020

All About Loomis: A Homebuyer’s Guide

If you’re thinking about buying a home in Loomis, you’ve come to the right place! A small, family-oriented town with rural charm and large residential lots, Loomis is the ideal place for those who want their home to act as an escape into peace and quiet while still maintaining a close distance to the rest of the world. 

Below is a complete guide to the charming city, from activities to do on the weekend to the best restaurants to enjoy!  

Loomis Lifestyle

Loomis offers an alternative to the tract home lifestyle with its unique homes and plenty of land to go around. Most of the town consists of small ranches, animal farms, and horse farms. Creeks can be found throughout the residential areas that provide beautiful walking, biking, and horseback riding trails. 

One of the best perks to living in Loomis is its access. Located along I-80 in Placer County, you’re just a short drive away from shopping, hiking, and road trip destinations. If you’re in the mood for the city or want to take a trip to the snow, Loomis is only a 2-hour drive to Tahoe or San Francisco from its convenient location. It’s also only 10 minutes away from Folsom Lake! You truly get the best of both worlds living in Loomis. You’ll find a small-town, tight-knit community to call home with easy access to the city, country, and everything in between. 

Weather in Loomis

The weather in Loomis is characterized by cool, wet winters and hot, dry summers. Typical of most cities in the northern Central Valley, Loomis has hot summers with no rainfall and plenty of sunshine. Winters are cool and bring rain. Average daily high temperatures range from 53°F in winter months to 94°F in summer months. Don’t expect snowfall in Loomis, as it’s almost non-existent here. 

Communities in Loomis 

  • Monte Claire Estates: This upscale community features elaborate custom Tuscan-style homes on large lots. Many homes have as many as 5 bedrooms and are more than 6000 sq. ft., with an average price of about $2,000,000. New home plans must be approved by Monte Claire Estates Architectural Review Committee to preserve the ambiance of the neighborhood. The Monte Claire Estates HOA maintains the entry and common areas. The neighborhood enjoys a rural atmosphere, but by no means is it out in the middle of nowhere!

  • Cambridge Estates: This is a beautiful gated community located north of King Road. The 184-acre site features large, rural home sites ranging from 2.3 to nearly 6.98 acres for homes that are larger than 2,600 square feet.

  • Clos Du Lac: If you have been dreaming of a home in wine country, Clos Du Lac can make your dreams come true! In French, Clos du Lac means “Walled Vineyard by the Lake." The 88 homes within this gated community are adjacent to picturesque vineyards and olive groves. These luxury homes and homesites are large and range in size from ½ acre to 23 acres, and are priced from $800,000 to over $1 million. A professional vineyard management company tends to common areas and homeowner grapevines. The homeowners’ responsibility only involves watering per instructions and a small monthly fee added to HOA dues.

  • Sierra de MontserratSierra de Montserrat is a unique community in the town of Loomis. The 322-acre subdivision has only 62 homesites from Westwood Homes builders. Surrounded by vineyards and hills with oak groves and granite, the views are spectacular. These home sites are at least 4.5 acres in size, with average prices around $1.5 to $2,000,000. Homesites are available in the range of $300,000 to $500,000. Westwood Homes offer architecture with the hilly luxurious character of Italy, Spain, and France.

  • St. Francis WoodsThe gated luxury community of St. Francis Woods in Loomis features some amazing 5+ bedroom homes in sizes of over 7,000 square feet on lots an acre or more. Priced from the upper $800,000's to over 2 million, these large spacious estates offer every upgrade you can imagine and would expect from a home of this caliber. Homes for sale in St. Francis Woods are a one of a kind Loomis real estate offering.

  • Sterling PointeSterling Pointe is an equestrian dream community. Located in the Sierra foothills, this picturesque neighborhood sits amid tree groves and vineyards, within walking distance of Folsom Lake. The Sterling Pointe Staging Area Equestrian Facility is the focal point of this area. Nearly 5 acres and owned by the county, it offers a water trough for horses, drinking fountains for riders, a dog water trough, bathroom, and picnic tables. Besides equestrian endeavors, there are walking and biking trails meandering throughout the community, including vineyards and wooded areas. 

School Districts in Loomis

Loomis is home to many highly rated schools, including H. Clarke Powers Elementary School, Franklin Elementary School, Del Oro High School, Loomis Basin Charter School, Placer Elementary School, and Loomis Elementary School. 

Top Restaurants in Loomis

  • High Hand Cafe: This cafe is located in the beautiful High Hand Nursery, so customers enjoy lush plants and serenity while dining. Their bright and casual atmosphere is enjoyed alongside their menu of handmade and farm-fresh local ingredients.

  • Taylor’s: This locally-owned burger joint is on a mission to bring back the essence and style of an old fashioned burger and shake shop. Fun fact: they have over 300 milkshake options to choose from!

  • The Ugly Mug Cafe: A humble breakfast diner with a full menu, plenty of coffee, and the friendliness that comes with a small-town joint. This is the perfect place to come for a weekend breakfast with family or friends.   

  • The Green Elephant: If you’re in the mood for delicious Burmese food, we recommend The Green Elephant. They are open for lunch and dinner, and although they tend to stay busy, it’s well worth the wait.

  • Gander Taphouse: If you like supporting family run and operated establishments, check out Gander Taphouse. Born from a vision to start a family-friendly gathering place with craft beers, wine, and delicious food, you’ll find just that! They also have yard games, TV’s, shuffleboard, and more.

  • Flower Farm Cafe: This pet-friendly cafe located on the farm is the perfect place for a midday meal that can be enjoyed under the shade of their gorgeous willow trees. Their menu features fruits and vegetables grown right on the farm, pastries, sandwiches, omelets, and more.

  • Loomis Basin Brewery: Loomis Basin Brewing Company is the culmination of a father and son’s dream to share the love of making a good “brew” since 2010. The founders of this establishment are experts in the brewing process, so check out this place when you’re in the mood for a cold one.

  • Messy’s Tacos and Treats: Do breakfast burritos, Mexican street corn bites, tacos, and churros with ice cream sound like your kind of food? If so, check out Messy’s Tacos and Treats.

  • Il Pizzaiolo Wood-fired Pizza: At Il Pizzaiolo, you’ll find fast, casual, affordable pizza. The founder, Pete, went to Italy with his family to learn the craft of pizza making from the originators, so you can expect that this pizza is the real deal.

  • Divine Desserts By Aguirre: Whether you need a cake, mini French pastries, pastries, or more, head on over to the little yellow house at the corner of Doc Barnes Drive and South Walnut Street. This is the go-to place to discover delicious European-style pastries in Loomis!   

Top Activities in Loomis

  • Wine tasting: Loomis is surrounded by gorgeous wineries to be enjoyed by its residents. One of those wineries is Casque Wines. Their tasting patio is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy an afternoon with friends. They are also bicycle and pet-friendly!  

  • Art Galleries: Along with its restaurant, High Hand Nursery is home to an art gallery as well! It features 30 local artists from the Sierra Foothills, Placer County, and the greater Sacramento area. They feature a wide range of media and refresh their gallery bi-monthly, so you can go enjoy it again and again.

  • Gardens & Nurseries: Head over to some of the beautiful gardens and nurseries in Loomis during the springtime. Horton Iris Garden is open in April and May, where you can see about 1,200 varieties of irises in bloom! High Hand Nursery is open year-round and features a nursery full of quality plants.
  • Walking Trails: Get active and explore the many walking trails surrounding Loomis. Head to several of the local parks to find some trails or head to Roseville where you can find several long walking trails.

  • Hiking: If you want to take it up a notch, head up to Auburn and find some gorgeous hiking trails. Surrounded by rivers and endless trees, you can even hike to several waterfalls!

  • Shopping: Don't worry, you can still fulfill your shopping fix while living in Loomis as well. There are plenty of stores in Rocklin, which is only a 5-minute drive from Loomis. The Fountains and The Galleria malls are also in Roseville, which is only a 10-minute drive from Loomis!

  • Day Trips: There are plenty of drive-worthy destinations surrounding Loomis. Take a day trip to Tahoe for snow in the winter or lakes in the summer! San Francisco has plenty of food, activities, and cultures for you to explore for a day. You won't have to drive far to find a beach either, so you can enjoy any type of climate you're in the mood for.

  • Library: Local libraries are a great activity to occupy children or to enjoy some TV-free time reading. Check out the Loomis Library, conveniently located on Library Dr off of Horshoe Bar Rd.

  • Festivals: From the first Thursday in May through the last Thursday in August, you and your family can enjoy the free Downtown Loomis Thursday Night Family Fest at the Loomis Train Depot Plaza. It boasts of live music, dance performances, a classic car show, and over 100 vendors! There’s entertainment for all ages, from bouncy houses for your little ones for beer and wine gardens for the adults. The fun doesn’t end in summer, however! The Eggplant Festival is held annually every October, another free event hosted by the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce. This event has booths from local wineries, gourmet cuisine, and arts and crafts exhibits. A perfect excuse for a girl's night out or date night!   

Parks in Loomis

One of the best parts about living in a nature-heavy area like Loomis is the array of parks to choose from. Below is a list of parks you can explore while living in or near Loomis: 

  • Loomis Basin Community Park: This park has three baseball fields, horseshoe pits, two children’s playgrounds, bicycle trails, and an equestrian arena.
  • Sterling Pointe Park: This park has an equestrian staging area, picnic areas, and a baseball field.

  • Franklin School Community Park: This park has multi-use turf fields and plenty of shady trees.

  • Griffith Quarry Park: This park is two miles north of downtown Loomis in Penryn and has trails, picnic areas, and a county museum. 





Posted in Buyers, City Guides, Loomis
Oct. 29, 2019

Top 10 Tips for Staging to Sell Your Home

Preparing your home for sale is vital in our competitive real estate market. The preparation of your home for sale will not only showcase the value of your home but can also increase its value to potential buyers.

Follow our top 10 tips for staging your home to sell below:

1. Put yourself in the buyer's shoes

Walk around your home and put yourself in the buyer's shoes. What do they see? How will they feel about your home? Is it attractive, open, and clean? Does it smell good? Start by fixing these things at once. A buyer will notice these elements immediately. 

2. Create a welcoming front porch area

Nothing says "welcome home" like an attractive entrance! Whether you have a large front porch or tiny stoop, spruce it up with a decorated doormat, potted plant, and attractive porch furniture. During the time that buyers will be checking out your home, keep the porch light on in the evenings. If you want to go the extra mile, create a path to the front door with solar lights!  

3. Get rid of all clutter 

Clutter builds up around a house that you live in, there's no way around it. Especially when you're packing to move and trying to sell your home at the same time. Clear away all cupboards, floors, closets, and surfaces to create an appealing look for potential buyers. This may require borrowing space in a relative's garage or utilizing offsite storage space. 

4. Don't get attached to "your style" 

If you find yourself getting discouraged while staging your home because it doesn't feel like your style, don't be alarmed. It's perfectly fine if it's not your style! We recommend reigning in any unique styles for the sake of appealing to the masses. Keep it clean, simple, and neutral. This is the best way to appeal to potential buyers.  

5. Opt for neutral colors 

Building on our last tip, opt for neutral colors when staging your home. Now's not the time to play around with bright yellow or lime green. There is variety within the neutral palette, however. Rich colors like mocha, olive green, and charcoal grey can create a classy backdrop and refine your home's decor. 

6. Set up your dining room 

Although a clean dining room is good for potential buyers to see, setting up the dining room is even better. A large table can look uninviting, so decorating the table like you're about to have a dinner party can increase interest and appeal. Line it up with a series of smaller vessels and a nice collection of dishware.  

7. Showcase your closets 

It may be tempting to stuff your closets full of boxes or unwanted items, but simply stuffing them full and shutting the doors may come back to haunt you. It's more than likely that visitors at your open houses will want to take a peek inside of your closets. If they open the doors to see a mound of unorganized mess, it will not bid well on the impression of their home. Aim to keep 20-30% of open space in each of your closets to give an impression of spaciousness. 

8. Take advantage of the extra rooms 

No matter how you've used your spare rooms personally, take a step back and think about the most useful purpose for your extra rooms. Each room should have a clear purpose, ideally with an appealing purpose to potential buyers. Some ideas for your spare rooms are offices, guest rooms, another kid's room, etc.

Buy cheap furniture or borrow some from a friend to make the purpose of the room especially clear. This will likely have a big payoff when the offers start rolling in! 

9. Show people how they can use the "awkward" spaces 

Do you have a nook under the staircase or an alcove in your home? Take the time to decorate this space in a unique way. Set up a small workspace, install built-in shelving, or create a comfy reading nook. This will transform the space from "wasted" to a desirable selling point. 

10. Don't forget to stage the outdoor areas of your home 

The outdoor spaces of your home should be treated with as much care as the indoor spaces when you're getting ready to sell. Create small dining areas, spruce up your garden, clean your pool or fire pit, and keep the grass groomed. It's equally important to decorate for the season that you're selling in. Play up the cozy vibes in autumn and winter, or go for playful vibes in the summer and spring.  

Posted in Sellers
Oct. 24, 2019

About Folsom: Homes For Sale & Lifestyle

Folsom Lake in Folsom CAWith a rich history that began with the 49'ers and the California Gold Rush, the first railroad in the West, and the first transmission of long distance electricity, Folsom is a technological town with an eye on the future. Find out more about Folsom Homes for Sale from the Pursuing Homes real estate team.

While attracting high-tech firms from small to international giants like Intel, Folsom has remained family-friendly, boasting neighborhoods with easily accessible cultural, shopping, dining choices and excellent schools. Scenic neighborhoods of new homes in Folsom are mingled with a beautifully maintained Historical District, The city plan requires at least 5 acres of park for each 1,000 residents and city co-sponsored activities for the whole family.


Although Folsom has the feel of a small town it also provides all the conveniences of a metropolitan area. There are abundant shopping and cultural facilities either in Folsom or only minutes away. A new hospital has brought with it an ever-growing body of professional specialists, including doctors, lawyers, and financial consultants.

Homes for Sale in Folsom CABroadstone Mall is the premiere shopping destination featuring restaurants from casual (Chick-fil-a and Stone Cold Creamery) to ethnic (India House and Thai Paradise) to national brand stores like Famous Footwear, Marshalls, bath & Body Works, Petsmart, and more.

Many who work in Sacramento, only 23 miles away, choose to live in Folsom, away from the congestion of the bigger city and commute to work. However, residents are finding increasing numbers of job opportunities with the technological companies that have made Folsom their home.

Horseback in the American River, Folsom CAThe city is just minutes from 5 airports, 4 major freeways, bus lines, an inland seaport, and freight and rail lines. The Folsom Recreation Area boasts 18,000 acres of park to fish, picnic, camp, hike, water ski, ride horseback, swim, boat and enjoy nature.  The biggest attraction, Folsom Lake, covers 2/3 of the park with 120 miles of shoreline and is open year round. A smaller lake popular for those who like to kayak and canoe is also nearby. Lake Natoma runs along the American River, one of the cleanest rivers in America, between Folsom Dam and Nimbus Dam. The river offers excellent fresh-water fishing.

Amazing Home in FolsomFolsom's name is well known, of course, because of the 109-year-old Folsom State Prison, and Johnny Cash. Visitors can view and photograph East Gate, the well-known movie backdrop and parts of the tall stone walls. There is a little museum and gift shop close by that is open to the public.

All in all, Folsom is the perfect place for anyone who wants a great lifestyle. Home prices run from around $200,000 to the millions, with the majority in the mid range (view the Folsom communities: American River CanyonBroadstoneEmpire Ranch VillageHillcrest Empire RanchWillow Creek Estates, and Briggs Ranch).If you want to live the good life, we can find your dream home in Folsom. Call us for more information on Folsom Homes for Sale or to tour this city or any other nearby towns.

Posted in Folsom
Oct. 23, 2019

5 Easy Tips to Help Improve Your Chances of a Quick Sale

Are you looking to sell your house in the coming year? If so, now is the time to get your house in order to sell. Although it will be more work upfront, it should pay off in the end — oftentimes with a literal increase in the value of your home and a quicker sale!

Follow these 5 easy tips to help improve your chances of a quick sale below: 

1. Take care of repairs

When buyers see something that needs repair while touring their potential new home, it makes them feel anxious. They wonder how much extra work owning your home will be for them. Take care of any obvious repairs before putting your home on the market to avoid this potential deterrent. 

2. Remove clutter from the property

Removing clutter will make your home look larger. You may even want to remove a few items of furniture to help with this too. Take a step back and think about each room and the story it tells.

Make sure the purpose of each room is clear, even if it's not how you previously used the room. It can be confusing when bedrooms are made out as offices, as the buyer may not be able to picture that room as a bedroom. Each room should have a story to tell and be set up in the most beneficial way for potential buyers.  

3. Focus on small changes over major renovations

​A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest ways to spruce the place up, not to mention an affordable alternative. Re-doing your kitchen, adding an extra bathroom, or landscaping your backyard can be major money wasters if you plan to sell your home in the coming year.  

4. Invest in the first area people will see 

In the event that you only have enough time and money to invest in one area of the house, you should invest it in the first area or room that someone sees when they walk through the front door. Whether it's a large hallway, family room, or living room, you should pay special attention to the setup of this area. Remember, first impressions are everything. Make sure this area is always clean and clutter-free. The first impression may be the only impression left on a buyer!

5. Take care of any bad odors

Bad odors can instantly turn off a buyer — especially things like cigarette smoke, mold, or pet odors. Science has proven that smells and scents can evoke strong emotions. For example, the best part of a new car is that new car smell!

Think about what emotions you want the smells of your home to evoke. Utilize spray and plug-in air fresheners. A good smell can hide a bad one quite easily. However, it’s important not to overpower the senses by aromas that are too strong. A buyer may think you are trying to hide something, or an overabundance of fragrance may be offputting. 

Posted in Sellers
Oct. 14, 2019

Avoid These Mistakes When Choosing a Listing Agent

Whether you're interested in selling your home now or later, it's important to educate yourself so that when the time comes, you're much more prepared and informed in your decision making. That's why we wanted to share the biggest mistakes to avoid as a homeowner when choosing a real estate agent.

Many people make the mistake of choosing their agent solely based on the agent's recommended list price.  

This is a tactic some agents use to just get your listing. They may give you an inflated price and tell you what they think you want to hear, just to get you to list with them.

Instead, focus your reasons for choosing an agent on the following 2 factors:

1. Who has the most aggressive marketing plan of action to get your home exposed to the maximum number of buyers out there? 

2. Who has the best contract negotiation skills to ensure you're getting as much money in your pocket as possible?  

Now, of course, the list price of your home does matter. However, your real estate agent should share things with you like the price of recent homes sold, currently pending and active comparable's to your property in order to make a realistic recommended list price.

That doesn't mean you have to list at the recommended price. It's your home, you are the boss, and your agent should be on your side. But you should be able to expect upfront answers and honest recommendations from your listing agent. They should share what they feel is the true market value of your home. 

Posted in Sellers
Oct. 5, 2019

The Ultimate Secrets to Successfully Selling Your Home

When the time comes to sell your home, you may find yourself overwhelmed with a number of selling strategies, techniques, and even more questions. Should you repaint? Should you remodel? What are the most important things to focus on? 

While all of these things are considered to help you sell your home faster, they may distract you from some of the simplest, but proven methods favored by real estate professionals.

Here are the two ultimate secrets to selling a home:

Secret #1: always keep your home ready to show

You never know when your next buyer is going to walk through the door. You don't get a second chance to make a great first impression! That's why you need to be sure your home is "show-ready" at all times.

You'll need to accommodate potential buyer's schedules and try to be available whenever they want to come see the place. Don't leave dishes in the sink, keep the floors clean, keep the bathrooms sparkling, and make sure there are no dishes in the dishwasher.

Secret #2: curb appeal can make all the difference

Buyers will judge your home before they walk through the front door. It's important to make people feel welcome and safe as they approach the house.

Don't worry about completely repainting the exterior of your home. However, clean and spruce up your home's exterior with new brightly colored flowers and plants. Keep sidewalks clear and make sure that your lawn is cut on a regular basis. Entryways are important, so you will want to add a welcoming touch by adding a sitting bench or fresh flowers.

Focus on these two things to see more success in selling your home! 

Posted in Sellers