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Feb. 16, 2021

All About Sacramento: A Homebuyer's Guide

Sacramento is a vibrant city with a variety of distinct communities that suit a wide range of lifestyles. Those who are fans of local businesses and restaurants will love downtown and midtown. On the other hand, there are several communities that are perfect for families, such as East Sacramento and Natomas. 

Below is a complete guide to this incredible city, from activities and restaurants to enjoy on the weekend to a complete list of parks and neighborhoods!

Sacramento Lifestyle

Sacramento is full of activities with distinct neighborhoods, quality homes, and plenty of local businesses to enjoy. In addition to these valuable amenities, locals also enjoy access to the river, hiking and biking trails close by, shopping centers, plenty of parks, and so much more.

One of the best perks of living in Sacramento is its access. Located along I-80, 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, Sacramento is only a couple of hours away from Tahoe or San Francisco from its convenient location. You truly get the best of both worlds living in Sacramento. You will find a lovely city with tight-knit communities and easy access to the city, nature, and everything in between in Sacramento.

Weather in Sacramento

Sacramento residents enjoy the mild weather that California is known for throughout most of the year, although the summers are very dry and hot. Temperatures generally average 39°F in the winter and can go from 94°F to 102°F in the summer. 

Neighborhoods in Sacramento 

  • Downtown/Midtown: Sacramento has a thriving downtown and midtown area. This is the place to be if you love restaurants, bars, attractions, parks, and performing arts. Although close together, downtown is more of a bustling metropolitan area while midtown is full of culture and trendy shops, restaurants, and bars.
  • Land Park: One of the most family-friendly areas of Sacramento, Land Park is home to the gorgeous Land Park, the Sacramento Zoo, and Fairytale Town. If you’re looking for quiet streets and lovely homes, consider buying a home in this area.
  • East Sacramento: This area is full of tree-lined streets and plenty of charm. Home to some of the most luxurious homes in Sacramento, known as the Fabulous Forties, this is a great area for those in the market for luxury homes. In addition, residents can enjoy McKinley Park, Sacramento State University, plenty of biking trails, and cute coffee shops and boutiques.
  • Arden/Arcade: If you want to be near sporting events and shopping, Arden Arcade is a great area for you. Notable features in this area include the Cal Expo Fairgrounds, which is home to Papa Murphy’s Park and the Sacramento Republic FB soccer club, and the Arden Fair Mall.
  • Oak Park: With a rich history and excellent food, arts, and cultural events, Oak Park is a neighborhood with farmers markets, coffee bars, public art, and restaurants. 
  • South Sacramento: Wine enthusiasts will appreciate South Sacramento, which is home to Frasinetti Winery — Sacramento’s oldest family-owned and -operated winery. This community also includes the Bing Maloney Golf Course, a variety of restaurants, and international supermarkets.
  • North Sacramento: North Sacramento is a popular area for golfers, you can find a variety of courses throughout the community. In addition, residents can find an art scene along Del Paso Boulevard and the sprawling Gibson Ranch Park.
  • Natomas: This relatively new community is family-friendly and easily accessible off of I-5. You will find plenty of shopping areas, nice outdoor spaces, access to the American River, and a variety of community events.
  • West Sacramento: Although West Sacramento is a part of Yolo County, residents enjoy gorgeous views of Old Sacramento and the skyline downtown. In addition, there are restaurants, bars, breweries, and shopping centers in this area.

Top Restaurants in Sacramento

  • Cafeteria 15L: This eclectic urban restaurant is known for its American comfort food, gorgeous decor, and two spacious outdoor patios.
  • Alaro Craft Brewery: With a strong love for handcrafted beer and a seasonal local menu, Alaro Craft Brewery is an inspiring place to hang out with friends and enjoy their unique dining space.
  • Kru: If you’re on the hunt for the best sushi restaurant in Sacramento, Kru will quickly satisfy your search. Their contemporary Japanese cuisine looks like a work of art when served and is backed by warm and welcoming service staff and chef.
  • Selland’s Market Cafe: If you’re in the mood for delicious food that tastes homemade, we recommend Selland’s Market Cafe. They are open for lunch and dinner, offer a variety of dishes that you order before finding your table and have a gorgeous outdoor patio with twinkling lights.
  • Blue House Korean BBQ: If you like the idea of being involved in the cooking of your dining experience, check out Blue House Korean BBQ. This restaurant perfectly balances authentic Korean cuisine with a modern approach.
  • Tower Cafe: Tower Cafe is a special piece of history in Sacramento. Next to the historic Tower Theater, the cafe was opened in 1990 and is a thriving restaurant that serves one of the best brunches in the area. Be prepared to wait in line on the weekends at this popular local spot!
  • Ella Dining Room & Bar: This nice restaurant is committed to promoting local and sustainable dining and creates dishes for its menu that are fresh, honest, and innovative. You will enjoy high-quality food that is seasonal and regionally sourced at Ella Dining Room & Bar.
  • Iron Horse Tavern: Iron Horse Tavern is the perfect place to take family or friends out for a casual meal with a fun and upbeat atmosphere. Their menu features a host of delicious options, from salads to burgers to pizzas to delicious desserts. 
  • Temple Coffee: At Temple Coffee, you will find a quality-focused coffee shop that specializes in hospitality. They have a number of locations, but all of them have friendly baristas, delicious pastries, and unbelievable coffee.
  • Bacon & Butter: Some days, you just need to enjoy a really good breakfast. When that day comes, check out Bacon & Butter near East Sacramento. They are open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch, Wednesday through Sunday. 

Top Activities in Sacramento

  • Visit the Capitol: As the capital of California, many visitors are drawn to the city to visit the grand Capitol building. Surrounded by gorgeous gardens and open to the public for touring, this is a great activity to do when you first move to the area.
  • The Sacramento Zoo: An ideal activity for young families and animal lovers alike is to visit the small Sacramento Zoo! The perfect size for an afternoon outing, it is also right across from Fairytale Town, a small theme park for kids featuring a fairytale theme.
  • Local Restaurants: Although we provide a nice list of dining options above, it is worth mentioning that Sacramento is full of local and unique restaurants to try. We recommend making a list based on your food preferences and making your way down the list!
  • Old Sacramento: Step back in time in Old Sacramento, the riverfront historic district with Gold Rush-era buildings, cobblestone streets, and horse-drawn carriages. A variety of waterfront restaurants and activities make this a popular spot as well!
  • Visit the Theatre: Broadway lovers will find an abundance of theatre choices in Sacramento. One of them is Broadway at Music Circus which features a stage in the center of the room with the seats surrounding it in a circle.
  • Golfing: One way to enjoy the lovely weather in Sacramento for the majority of the year is to take advantage of golf courses. You will find several options in the city itself, as well as a host of top-rated courses in the great Sacramento area.
  • Shopping: Sacramento has so many nice shopping centers for residents to enjoy. Some of the most popular ones include DOCO, the Arden Fair Mall, The Ice Blocks, and more.
  • Hiking, Biking, and Camping: There are plenty of ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Sacramento and the surrounding areas. Check out the various walking and biking trails throughout the city itself, or take a quick drive to Folsom or Auburn for some gorgeous hiking options. If you’re in the mood for adventure, Tahoe is only 2 hours away, where your outdoor adventure choices are endless.
  • Explore Gold Country: Take advantage of living within Gold Country and plan out a time for sightseeing! Some Gold Country-specific spots we recommend are Old Sacramento and the railroad museum, bike the Johnny Cash Trail, and Placerville’s historic Main Street.
  • Visit A Museum: You will not run out of museum options in Sacramento! Some of the most popular ones to visit are the Crocker Art Museum, the California State Railroad Museum, the California State Capitol Museum, and Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. 

Parks in Sacramento

If you’re a fan of parks, Sacramento is the place for you. The city of Sacramento has over 200 parks! Below is a list of the top 15 parks to get started: 

  • The American River Parkway: Although not a traditional park, this bike trail is a great place to unwind, enjoy some nature, and get your exercise in!
  • Capitol Park: Directly surrounding the Capitol building, this popular park is beautiful, has plenty of lawn areas for hanging out and is full of lush gardens. The World Peace Rose Garden is especially beautiful!
  • Sac State Arboretum: This living collection of trees and plants is located in Sacramento State, but is open to the public. Check it out when you want a relaxing activity to do on the weekend.
  • William Land Regional Park: One of the most charming parks in Sacramento is William Land Regional Park. This sprawling park has plenty of space and includes several duck ponds, a golf course, a baseball field, walking trails, and is filled with gorgeous trees.
  • William McKinley Park: This small park located in between Midtown and East Sacramento features a large pond with a walking trail around it. Other features include a playground, a small rose garden, and a huge field that many people enjoy in the warmer months.
  • Fremont Park: A smaller park in the middle of midtown, Fremont Park is often home to outdoor events and festivals. It’s also a great picnic spot and is near a host of delicious restaurants and coffee shops to enjoy.
  • East Portal Park: This lovely park has large redwood trees and has sprawling grassy fields for hanging out. It also includes bocce ball courts, a small clubhouse, picnic and play areas, and a softball field.
  • Granite Regional Park: If you’re looking for a park with a wide variety of activities, this is the park for you. You will find several large picnic areas that are great for outdoor parties, a dog park, a skate park, a horseshoe pit, soccer fields, and a wetlands area.
  • Curtis Park: This large park is located in an up-and-coming neighborhood in Sacramento and features an adventure play area, a walking/jogging trail, and several different areas for sports such as basketball, soccer, baseball, and tennis.
  • Discovery Park: Take a walk, run, or bike ride along the American River and take a break at Discovery Park, which features ball fields, picnic spots, and fishing and boat launches.
  • Tahoe Park: This 17-acre park has a soccer field, softball field, swimming pool, horseshoes, a variety of picnic areas, and more!
  • Gibson Ranch: Gibson Ranch is not your average park. It is a whopping 355 acres and has an equestrian center, is available as a venue for weddings and events, fishing, walking and biking trails, a dog park, playgrounds, and open spaces for enjoying nature.
  • Sacramento River Parkway: Another park alongside the river is the Sacramento River Parkway. It’s a great option to get in some exercise while enjoying the view! 
  • North Natomas Community Park: This family-friendly park is located in Natomas and features children’s playgrounds, a variety of sports fields, picnic areas, and bicycle trails.
  • South Natomas Community Park: Another large park in Natomas, the South Natomas Community Park features a library, recreation center, playground, several sports fields, an orchard, and a picnic area.


Posted in Buyers, City Guides
Sept. 3, 2020

55+ Communities Near Placer County

55+ communities are designed to house individuals and families aged 55 and over. If you are considering a home purchase in one of these special communities, you’re in luck! The greater Sacramento area has many options to consider. 

Compiled below is a list of the major 55+ communities in and around Placer County, so take a look to begin exploring your options. 

About 55+ Communities 

These communities offer more than just an age limit. They are ideal for active adults, as many of the amenities offered center around activity and fitness. Some examples are swimming pools, golf, pickleball, bocce ball, organized field trips, shuffleboard, fitness centers, wellness centers, classes, clubs, and more. 

Keep in mind that enhancement fees are often included when purchasing a home in one of these communities. The purpose of these fees is to improve and enhance the community’s resources and offerings. 

Homes in these communities are also designed to be low maintenance, including the yards and floorplans. There also tends to be a strong sense of community that residents cherish and take pride in.

55+ Communities Near Placer County

El Dorado Hills

  • Lennar at Heritage El Dorado Hills

    This newer 55+ community is by Lennar Homes, will have around 1,000 homes when completed, and features four home collections: Mosaics, Legends, Estates, and Reflections. 

    Residents have amenities galore at Heritage, starting with the 5,000 square foot clubhouse in the middle of the community. They have on-site fitness, aerobics, and dance studios. Outside, there are two pools, a spa, patio, BBQ area, tennis, bocce ball, and pickleball courts. On top of it all, there is plenty of walking and biking trails with beautiful scenery — and a dog park!

    See Available Homes in Lennar at Heritage El Dorado Hills

  • Four Seasons at El Dorado Hills

    This gated community is small, yet full of amenities and offers a wide range of home options. Containing only 460 single family homes, most of them have large great rooms and spacious kitchens that connect to one another.

    Residents of the Four Seasons are not lacking in options for leisure and activity. They have yoga classes, games, dances, dinners, parties, clubs, arts, and two unique features. They have a two-acre community garden, full of gorgeous gardens. The residents have also tended to a small vineyard to make several varieties of wine! It is one of the many ways to make friends in this tight knit community.

    Outdoor activities are not lacking either! They have an outdoor area with a pool, tennis courts, bocce ball, shuffleboard, horseshoe areas, fireplaces, a BBQ area, gazebos, and pathways to enjoy.

    See Available Homes in Four Seasons at El Dorado Hills

  • Versante

    Versante is a small, pet-friendly neighborhood with homes that resemble cottages and have great architectural detailing. It is also a nature lover’s delight! The clubhouse patio overlooks the foothills and the neighborhood is covered in lighted walkways that lead residents through the lush parks that surround the clubhouse.

    Additionally, the clubhouse has an exercise room, a library for reading, a card room for games, a full kitchen, and a community living room. The small size of the community makes it easy to make friends. Residents often plan activities, socials, and games to enjoy each other’s company.

    An added bonus — the HOA fee covers roof maintenance, front yard landscaping, water, sewer, exterior painting, and insurance for the structure.

  • Pinnacle at Blackstone

    Located in the foothills of El Dorado Hills, Pinnacle at Blackstone is a community of 65 single-family homes that are perfect for active adults. It’s also located within the larger Blackstone community!

    Like many of the 55+ communities, one of the main amenities is its clubhouse, The Club at Blackstone. It includes a fitness center, gathering room, catering kitchen, a hobby and game room, massage room, business center, and more. It’s the ideal place to make friends and engage with your neighbors. Outdoors, it has three pools (a resort-style pool, lap pool, and kiddie pool) with a gorgeous patio and several gazebos. HOA fees cover the common area and neighborhood maintenance!

    Lastly, one of the special features of this community is the large living spaces. Homes range from 2,541 to 3,564 square feet. 


  • Diamond Glen

    This is only one of its kind in the Folsom area for adults aged 55 plus! As a well established, pet-friendly neighborhood, residents generally consist of active adults and retirees who warmly welcome newcomers.

    If you are looking for a single-family home in a park-like setting, you will enjoy the oak trees and paved trails throughout this community. Other amenities include the clubhouse with an exercise room, library, game areas, card room, catering kitchen, multipurpose room, outdoor pool, a spa, tennis court, pickleball, walking trails, and picnic tables.

    See Available Homes in Diamond Glen.


  • Sun City Roseville

    Sun City Roseville is one of the most robust communities around with endless entertainment and recreation options. Not only can future residents choose from over 25 different single-family floor plans, but all of the homes are single story and include low-maintenance landscaping.

    This community contains several amenities for its residents to enjoy, including the Timber Creek Recreation Lodge, the Sierra Pines Recreation Center, and a Golf Club. The Recreation Lodge has over 52,000 square feet of activities, including the fitness center, indoor lap pool, aerobics room, grand ballroom with a stage, the Wall Street room, Billiards room, arts & crafts/ceramics/sewing studios, outdoor pool, and golf practicing facilities.

    If that wasn’t enough, the Sierra Pines Recreation Center also has meeting rooms, a catering kitchen, a deli, and a patio with BBQs for grilling and a croquet court. In addition, the community includes miles of walking/biking trails, lighted tennis and bocce ball courts, a pickleball court, a volleyball court or horseshoe pit, and community parks. Their Golf Club includes the 18-hole Timer Creek course and the 9-hole Sierra Pines course. They even have the Timbers Restaurant to enjoy!

    With over 50 organized clubs at Sun City Roseville, there’s an activity to match everyone’s individual interests. There’s also a full-time activities director that provides residents with plenty of entertainment options.

    See Available Homes in Sun City Roseville.

  • The Club at WestPark

    This retirement community includes 704 single family homes and a 10,000 square foot recreation center with 24-hour access. Residents can enjoy a number of amenities, including a fitness center, aerobics room, outdoor pool & spa, fireplace terrace, kitchen, library, business center, lunge area, card & billiards room, event lawn, bocce ball courts, and a BBQ area.

    An exciting venture in this community is the Village Center, a large shopping center in the works.

    You will love the low-maintenance lifestyle at The Club at WestPark thanks to the HOA that covers front yard maintenance, common area maintenance, and landscaping. There is also a full-time lifestyle director to curate a full social calendar for residents and a concierge service to help secure dinner reservations, tickets to shows, schedule pet sitters, etc.

    See Available Homes in The Club at WestPark.

  • Lennar at Heritage Solaire

    One of the newest 55+ communities in the area is Lennar at Heritage Solaire, including 493 single family homes with modern, open designs, first-floor master suites, and spacious kitchens. All of the homes have energy efficient designs and customizable features.

    Although still in development, The Sol Center will be 5,900 square feet and offer social and recreational activities, an outdoor pool and patio, heated spa, tennis courts, pickleball and bocce ball courts, and plenty of green spaces.

    See Available Homes in Lennar at Heritage Solaire.


  • Springfield at Whitney Oaks

    Springfield at Whitney Oaks is a gated active adult community with 868 homes. It has a small town feel, so new residents will find friendly neighbors and wonderful amenities. There are 20 different single-family floor plans with homes that range from 1,182 to around 3,500 square feet.

    This includes the 6,000 square-foot Gables Clubhouse, which has a fitness center, aerobics studio, ceramics/arts studios, ballroom/billiards area, a fully-stocked library, and a computer center. The community also features outdoor swimming pools, four tennis courts, two bocce ball courts, and miles of walking and biking trails with incredible views of the Sierra Nevadas.

    Looking for activities? There is a community activities director that is continually organizing classes, activities, and social events for residents. In addition, this community is just up the hill from the Whitney Oaks Golf Course that features an 18-hole course. 


  • Sun City Lincoln Hills

    If you’re looking for the largest 55+ community in the Sacramento area, check out Sun City Lincoln Hills. An expansive community that contains over 6,000 homes and spreads across over 2,500 acres, residents can choose from over 40 floor plans with homes that range widely from 901-3,068 square feet.

    Amenities and activities are aplenty at Sun City Lincoln Hills. The Orchard Creek Lodge contains an indoor pool, two outdoor pools, a fitness center, indoor walking track, numerous activity rooms, billiards, and a huge ballroom. The Kilaga Springs Lodge contains a private patio, spa, indoor pool, aerobics room, and another fitness center. It is also home to The Spa at Kilaga Springs, where residents can enjoy massage therapy, nail care, and facial treatments. To top it all off, this community has 27 miles of fitness trails and 11 community parks.

    If you’re a golf fan, stop by and check out The Orchard Course and Hills Course that has 36 holes of championship golf. Sun City Lincoln Hills also includes The Meridians Restaurant and Bar, open seven days a week and serves all three meals.

    See Available Homes in Sun City Lincoln Hills.

  • Esplanade at Turkey Creek

    If you’re looking for a smaller 55+ community in Lincoln to call home, we recommend checking out Esplanade at Turkey Creek. This community is coming to Lincoln in 2021!

    It will contain 850 single-family homes and a host of amenities, including a private clubhouse with a multipurpose room, fitness center, indoor pool, spa, game room, cafe, restaurant, and bar. It will also feature outdoor recreational facilities, like a pool, patio, and sports courts for tennis and pickleball. 


  • Glenbrook Trails

    This 55+ active lifestyle community contains low-maintenance manufactured homes that are affordable and surrounded by nature. This community includes a gorgeous creek, majestic pines, redwood, oak, and fig trees. It reflects a truly peaceful atmosphere!

    Glenbrook Trails includes many community features and amenities, including a spacious clubhouse, heated swimming pool, outdoor patio, and opportunities to take lovely walks around the neighborhood. 


  • Heritage Park

    Heritage Park is a medium-sized active adult community made up of three gated villages. In total, 965 homes are included in this community. Most of the homes are one-story, but there are some two-story homes available as well.

    The huge clubhouse available for residents includes the business center, library, theater, ballroom, club, living room, fitness center, aerobics room, and swimming pool.

    There are also plenty of gorgeous outdoor spaces in this community as well, including five one-acre parks! There are also tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, an outdoor pool, horseshoe pits, badminton and bocce ball courts, gazebos, fountains, benches, and tree-lined walkways. It is a nature lover’s dream!

    See Available Homes in Heritage Park

  • Four Seasons at Westshore

    On the outskirts of Sacramento, you will find a lovely community with a 26-acre lake and a promenade that winds around it. It also has 31 acres of parks, a nature preserve, walking/biking trails, and more natural spaces throughout.

    The homes are ranch-style with nine different floor plans. Some even have beautiful lake views!

    This lake-centered community also features a massive clubhouse called The Lodge. It features a fitness center, aerobics room, library, billiards room, card room, arts & crafts room, ballroom, movie theater, outdoor pool with spa, lighted tennis courts, two shuffleboard courts, two horseshoe courts, two bocce ball courts, a BBQ area, and an outdoor fireplace. 

  • Suncountry

    Suncountry is a gated community with 307 single-story homes that are designed smaller for easier maintenance with 980-1,500 square feet of living space.

    It also includes two community clubhouses for twice the fun! The main clubhouse has a multi-purpose room, library, catering kitchen, and billiards area. The other clubhouse has a larger multi-purpose room, outdoor pools, a shuffleboard court, two tennis courts, and two horseshoe pits. The ground also has plenty of walking and biking trails to enjoy with your friendly neighbors.

    See Available Homes in Suncountry

  • Destinations at Vineyard Point

    This gated active adult community has 177 single-family homes and a private clubhouse. The amenities are truly incredible, including an aerobics studio, exercise room, and gathering room with an entertainment area, catering kitchen, and card tables in the clubhouse.

    Love the outdoors? Enjoy the swimming pool, spa, and sun deck with lounge chairs, umbrella tables, and trellis.

    Those interested in living in Destinations at Vineyard Point can choose from five different floor plans: Catalina, Mendocino, Pebble Beach, Sedona and Napa Valley. Many of the homes include solar electric systems and other green technology. 

  • Heritage Vineyard Creek

    Last, but certainly not least, is Heritage Vineyard Creek in Sacramento. Lennar Homes started construction on this community in 2017 and it is still in the process of being built. It will include 171 single-family homes with open floor plans and main-level living.

    Its exclusive clubhouse is completed and open, so there is still plenty to enjoy in this community now! The clubhouse includes a fitness center, multi-purpose room, catering kitchen, pool, patio, pickleball, tennis, bocce ball courts, a community garden, and vineyard area.




Aug. 28, 2020

What Is Mello-Roos?

During the home buying process, it’s important to keep the potential of your dream home having a Mello-Roos tax included, especially when you’re looking at newer homes in the area. 

If you’ve never heard of Mello-Roos, you’re not alone! You’ve come to the right place. Learn everything you need to know about Mello-Roos below: 

What is A Mello-Roos Community?

Technically known as Community Facilities Districts (CFD’s), these are areas with a special property tax on real estate in addition to the standard property tax. 

Developers planning new and larger communities can pass the costs of funding the infrastructure around the community off to home buyers, effectively keeping the prices of the home lower than they would be without the tax. Therefore, Mello-Roos must be disclosed to potential buyers.  

Why Does Mello-Roos Exist?

In addition to what is mentioned above, Mello-Roos communities can be created by a city, county, or school district to finance a specific project or service through the sale of bonds. These bonds can also cover projects like streets, water, sewage and drainage, electricity, and other projects related to infrastructure.

Mello-Roos was created as a result of Prop 13, which caps property taxes in California to 1% of its assessed value and the rate of increase on the assessment to 2% annually. With the addition of Mello-Roos, local governments can bypass this cap. 

What Does Mell-Roos Look Like in A Home Sale?

Mello-Roos fees are a separate charge in your property tax bill. Keep in mind, homes can have more than one Mello-Roos! 

How Do I Find Out if A Home Has Mello-Roos?

Although not all homes have Mello-Roos, homes built before the early 1990’s likely do not have Mello-Roos. Homes built after the year 2000 are likely to have Mello-Roos.  

Alternatively, most gated communities with HOA’s will have Mello-Roos taxes with some exceptions. If you are interested in a particular community, check out the neighborhood’s website and check if they mention Mello-Roos. 

How Much Does Mello-Roos Cost? 

To figure out the cost, contact Placer County to obtain a copy of the tax bills for the home you are interested in. You will need to have the parcel number for the property and then you can determine its exact tax rate from the privacy of your home.

If you don’t see the “CFD” fees on the tax bill associated with the property, it does not pay mello-roos in that area. 

This is important information to consider because failure to pay the tax can result in a quick foreclosure. Mello-Roos districts often have accelerated foreclosure laws. These taxes are typically not deductible from federal taxes either. 

How Long Does Mello-Roos Last?

Mello-Roos lasts somewhere between 15 to 40 years, depending on the community. It typically lasts between 15-20 years. 

It’s good to keep in mind that the start date of Mello-Roos begins from the build out of the community, it does not start over each time the home is bought. This tax will be included in your standard property tax bill, so it is subject to the same penalties as your other property taxes. 

Pros & Cons of Mello-Roos 

There are several key advantages and disadvantages to consider when purchasing a home with Mello-Roos. Some of the main disadvantages include the fact that the cost of living in that home is higher, as a result of the additional taxes the buyer must pay. Mello-Roos is also not viable for many home buyers, so it can potentially reduce the number of prospective buyers if the time comes for you to sell the home later. 

However, residents in these communities have plenty of advantages to enjoy as well. These taxes cover the community’s infrastructure, like new schools, parks, police and fire stations, roads, libraries, and more. They also often have some of the most desirable schools in the area. Additionally, home buyers have the benefit of being part of a wonderful community.

Additional Notes About Mello-Roos

Firstly, it’s important to remember that not all new communities have Mello-Roos. The developers may have paid for it up front. The prevalence of Mello-Roos also depends on where you live. That is why you should retrieve documentation of the home so you can see if the community has Mello-Roos taxes. 

You will also want to know what the funding is specifically for and the expiration date, so you will know how much longer the taxes will be applicable on the community you are interested in.

Mell-Roos is likely applicable if the community grew recently and needed new public infrastructure to accommodate the growth. The tax is only applied to residents of the district that benefit from the projects it is funding.

Posted in Buyers, Community
July 27, 2020

All About Folsom: A Homebuyer's Guide

Folsom is a lovely city with incredible wildlife and fantastic amenities. If you’re looking for a home near Sacramento with nice neighborhoods and beautiful views, Folsom is the place you’re looking for. Below is the complete guide to Folsom so you can explore all that it has to offer. 

Folsom Lifestyle

Located in Sacramento County, Folsom is a city that has something for everyone. With a wide variety of parks, from neighborhood parks to large natural parks, and gorgeous bodies of water like Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma, you can enjoy the great outdoors right in your backyard.

On the other hand, there are incredible shopping centers and upscale dining options for those who prefer the city lifestyle. You can enjoy the theater, the library, gorgeous walking trails, coffee shops, dining experiences, and more. It’s a family-friendly city with all of its parks, safe neighborhoods, and activities. Lastly, along with many cities in the area, Folsom 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 Folsom area. 

Weather in Folsom

Folsom is full of sunny days and mild winters. The warm summer months have temperatures averaging around 95°F. Spring and Fall averages temperatures in the 80’s. The cool winter months are the coolest, with an average temperature of 39°F. The weather rarely goes below 32°F or above 103°F.

Communities in Folsom

  • American Canyon River: One of the most popular communities in Folsom, American River Canyon is the perfect location for those who are looking for custom-built homes that range from the high $600k's to over a million.

    With prices from moderately upscale to estate home levels, this is an excellent community to consider in Folsom, especially if you are interested in being near the lake or the Bike Trail. If you are looking for Homes for Sale in American River Canyon let us take you on a tour of these homes and find the one that has your name on it!

  • Broadstone: Broadstone is one of the most popular areas in the city. Many walking/biking trails meander throughout the neighborhoods. Yet, the community is just steps away from some of the finest shopping and dining to be had in Folsom, including its own Broadstone Marketplace as well as the Palladio, which boasts 55 different stores. The community can also enjoy the Broadstone Racquet Club!

    Homes run anywhere from the low $300k's to the upper $600's, depending on the size and when the particular section was built out. Some of the more expensive homes were built in 1999 and 2000.

  • Empire Ranch Village: Empire Ranch is a 1738 acre master-planned golf home community, wrapping around the 18-hole Championship Empire Golf Course.

    The community offers custom-built homes as well as having many houses by respected builders such as Elliot Homes. Children will attend the most highly desired schools in the area, including Empire Oaks Elementary, Russell Ranch, and Vista del Lago High School. Prices start in the high $400,000 range and go up to a million.

    At this time, there are three distinct neighborhoods:
    • Provance: A gated community surrounding a nature preserve. Beautiful oak trees abound, and there are many walking trails to enjoy the wildlife and flora.
    • Renaissance: Homes in this gated community are situated around the golf course and offer peaceful views of the beautiful greens. The community has a pool and clubhouse, and the HOA maintains front yards.
    • Hillcrest: The most upscale of the gated communities in Empire Ranch. Many of these custom-built, luxury estate homes start at around 3000 square feet — or larger!

  • Hillcrest Empire Ranch: Hillcrest is a gated luxury home development inside the master-planned community of Empire Ranch Village. Homes are custom built and offer many designs and floor plans. The development has two neighborhood parks, tennis courts, and sports facilities, with walking trails that meander throughout the community.

    The Empire Ranch Golf Club is the community's biggest advantage. This 18-hole Championship course is built to blend with the pristine nature preserves, wildlife, and wetlands that inspired its conception. It resides in the best school district, and is close to shopping, dining, and entertainment.

  • Willow Creek: Willow Creek (or Willow Creek Estates) is a community of custom homes that start in the $350,000 range with some of the most beautiful and unique homes priced up to about $600,000. For the most part, these are larger estate type homes, with over-sized landscaped lots, blooming shrubs and flowers, and elaborate backyard settings.

    Outdoor lovers will be pleased by the wildlife and natural feel of this development. The Folsom Aquatic Center and Zoo are also convenient to residents. Families will be thrilled to know that the schools servicing Willow Creek are some of the best in the state, with Blanche Sprentz Elementary School being next to Ed Mitchell Park, and Folsom Middle School on the other end of it.

  • Briggs Ranch: Possibly the most desirable community in Folsom, Briggs Ranch is not a new master-planned neighborhood like so many others, but offers something more. Homes here are often custom built in the early 90's, and boast large private lots with elegant mature trees adding a look of wealth and class that is often missing in so many "pleasant valley Sunday" communities today.

    Prices on homes for sale tend to range in the vicinity of $500,000, with some in the $400k's and others closer to a million. Folsom Point and the lake are within walking distance of some streets, as well the Briggs Ranch park. Briggs Ranch is also near the American River Bike Trail, so boating and fitness enthusiasts alike find the location perfect. The Aquatic Center, Folsom Zoo, and all manner of shopping and dining opportunities are conveniently nearby.

School Districts in Folsom

There are many highly rated schools throughout the city of Folsom, including Russell Ranch Elementary School, Empire Oaks Elementary School, Folsom Hills Elementary School, Folsom Middle School, Vista Del Lago High School, and Folsom High School. 

Top Restaurants in Folsom 

  • Iron Horse Tavern: This local restaurant nods at the Golden Age of Railroads and was created by Sacramento restaurateurs Mason, Curtis, and Alan Wong.

  • Bacchus House: A local favorite, Bacchus House offers lunch, dinner, dessert, and a host of cocktails, wine, beer, and refreshments.

  • La Fiesta Alteña: In the mood for Mexican cuisine? La Fiesta Alteña is the best choice in Folsom. Customers rave about every item on their menu, so you can’t go wrong at La Fiesta Alteña!

  • Coyote Bar & Kitchen: This local restaurant serves delicious pizzas, burgers, bourbon habanero wings, and salads that are personal favorites of the chef.

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

  • J. Wild’s Livery & Feed: If you’re looking for quick and friendly service with decent prices and delicious food, try J. Wild’s. They have some of the best barbecue in the area and are located in Folsom’s Historic District.

  • Manderes: Escape with the flavorful and unique dishes offered at Manderes. Their menu features appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta, grill specials, and dessert.

  • Dam Grill: Unbelievable food is always a great choice, especially from Dam Grill. They have a large menu with plenty of options to choose from.

  • LazyDog: LazyDog is the perfect kind of place to take family or friends out for a casual meal with a fun and upbeat atmosphere. Their menu features a host of delicious options, from salads to burgers to noodles to delicious desserts. 

  • Mezcalito Oaxacan Cuisine: Mezcalito Oaxacan Cuisine is an extraordinary dining experience. They bring authentic Oaxacan flavors and are known for their incredible mole sauce. It’s the perfect date night spot or family night out!

Top Activities in Folsom

  • 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.

  • Lake Natoma: Lake Natoma runs along the American River and is one of the cleanest rivers in America! The river offers excellent fresh-water fishing and is located within the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area.

  • Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary: The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary is not only a great, family-friendly activity, but it’s also on a mission to preserve and enhance Folsom by assisting in the enrichment of the lives of the animals living in their zoo.

  • Shopping: There are incredible shopping centers to enjoy in Folsom, including the Folsom Premium Outlets and the Palladio.

  • Folsom Historic District: The Folsom Historic District is one of the most charming areas of Folsom. Full of shopping options and delicious restaurants, this is the ideal place to spend a free afternoon.

  • Johnny Cash Trail: This 2.5-mile bike and pedestrian trail was completed in 2017 and connects the Folsom Historic District to the Folsom Lake Crossing Trail. It’s a lovely way to be welcomed into the heart of historic Folsom.

  • Sutter Street Theater: This local theater is on a mission to provide all children and adults in the region with high-quality programs/services to learn about the art of theatre. They also hope to enhance the community with fine arts and provide entertainment and awareness through community stage performances and exhibits.

  • Harris Center: Another fantastic theater option is The Harris Center for the Arts. They hope to enrich people’s lives through their venues and provide opportunities for others to experience artistic work, celebrate cultural traditions, and participate in the creative process.

  • Folsom Prison Museum: A rather unique activity in Folsom is the Folsom Prison Museum. It not only chronicles the prison’s bloody history, but it features photographs, memorabilia from Johnny Cash’s famed concert shows, and paraphernalia from past inmates.

  • Seaquest Folsom: Seaquest Folsom is a petting zoo, aquarium, and feeding experience. It’s the ideal place to bring your family on a free weekend — or for any animal lovers in general! 

Parks in Folsom

Interested in living near parks? Folsom has 46 parks to enjoy! Below are the top 20 parks to get started:  

  • Amos P. Caitlin Park: This awesome park is full of trees and grassy areas, resembling a scenic campsite. It also features dual pavilions, playgrounds, and a softball diamond.

  • Chadwick Mini Park: This minuscule park may be small, but it’s full of charisma! If you’re in need of some peaceful time alone, this park features a pavilion, several benches, and gorgeous views of the surrounding woodlands. 
  • BT Collins Park: This park has rolling hills and plenty of shade! Connected to the gorgeous Oak Parkway Trail, you can also enjoy playgrounds, sand volleyball courts, and a horseshoe pit!

  • Cummings Family Park: Looking for a unique park in Folsom? This park is a combined BMX jump park, dog park, and skate park. It also features Fido Field, with areas for both large dogs and small dogs. 

  • Darling Park: This charming little park has cobblestone walls that create the entrance beneath a white trellis with a playground and small lawn. It’s the perfect place for some peace and quiet, right next to Folsom’s scenic Humbug Willow Creek Trail.

  • Deer/Rabbit Mini Park: This park has shady lawns and scenic walkways. It purposely excludes a playground, instead featuring gorgeous trees and rabbit statues in the center of the park.

  • Ed Mitchell Park: This lovely park has a playground, eight tennis courts, and a soccer field. Located between Blanche Sprentz Elementary School and Folsom Middle School, you’ll find many youth soccer games and tennis tournaments at this park.

  • Econome Family Park: This state-of-the-art park not only has design features and environmental components, but it also has bocce ball courts, tennis courts, soccer and lacrosse fields, and an open play turf area. If you’re a fan of walking, their half-mile walking path is perfect and connects to two play areas, covered picnic areas, and has access to The Parkway trail system.

  • Rodeo Park: This park not only has baseball diamonds and soccer fields, but its neighbors are the Dan Russell Arena, the Folsom Zoo, and the Folsom Public Library. Rodeo Park also hosts many community events each year, such as the 4th of July Pro Rodeo, October Renaissance Fair, and Fall cycling events. 

  • Elvie Perazzo Briggs Park: This park has the best of both worlds! It has a playground, baseball diamond, and soccer field. On the other hand, it has dreamy oak woodlands and benches for those who crave solitude to sit and enjoy the view.

  • Ernie Sheldon Youth Sports Park: One of Folsom’s most legendary athletic centers, this sports park has tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer fields, and a baseball/softball diamond. Spectators can enjoy the bleachers, benches, picnic tables, and a large pavilion to watch the sports stars. 

  • Folsom City Lions Park/Zoo: Home to local events and activities, The Folsom City Lions Park is at the core of the city and surrounded by the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary, the Folsom Public Library, Rodeo Park, and City Hall.  

  • Folsom Kids Play Park: This massive playground has unique play equipment — including a wobbly rubber bridge! Locals call it Castle Park, inspired by the wooden, fortress-like playground. 

  • Hinkle Creek Nature Area: Hinkle Creek Nature Area is 36 acres of unencumbered nature. Locals enjoy the stunning trail that twists around trees, pastures, and Hinkle Creek. This area is ideal for walking, running, and horseback riding.

  • John Kemp Community Park: This community park backs up to the Andy Morin Sports Complex and is a one-stop-shop for athletes and families alike. It has a collection of playgrounds, a water park, soccer fields, volleyball courts, and softball diamonds. 

  • Lew Howard Community Park: If you’re looking for a scenic park surrounded by nature that also has options for sports, Lew Howard Park is the place to be. It includes a playground, basketball court, and tennis court. 

  • Lembi Community Park: This large community park is in the back of the Folsom Aquatic Center. It features areas for softball, tennis, soccer, basketball, and volleyball games. There are also children’s playgrounds and bicycle lockers.

  • Livermore Community Park: This community park is nothing but small. It is athlete-friendly, with baseball diamonds, volleyball courts, a football field, and a soccer field. Many of Folsom’s youth sports leagues use this park for practice and games. With this also comes party-sized pavilions, a mini water park, and playgrounds.

  • Phillip C. Cohn Park: This popular softball and soccer hub is known as Cohn Park. It has picnic tables, BBQ areas, bleachers, and a playground.

  • Willow Hill Reservoir Community Park: This community park has plenty to offer. It has a reservoir, perfect for fishers, kayakers, and for anyone to enjoy the woodlands and wetlands. It is also behind Folsom High School’s football field, making it a popular place for the high school’s cross country team.
Posted in Buyers, City Guides, Folsom
July 23, 2020

All About Roseville: A Homebuyer's Guide

Roseville is the perfect combination of a peaceful suburban environment with the vibrance and activities of a small city. As the largest city in Placer County, Roseville has a variety of communities with lovely homes, plenty of local businesses, and beautiful outdoor spaces. 

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

Roseville Lifestyle

Roseville offers the benefits of a suburban lifestyle with its quality homes and plenty of activity to go around. Most of the city consists of distinct neighborhoods, shopping centers, local restaurants, natural walking paths, plenty of parks, and so much more.

One of the best perks to living in Roseville 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, Roseville 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 Roseville. You’ll find a small-town, tight-knit community to call home with easy access to the city, nature, and everything in between. 

Weather in Roseville

Roseville benefits from the quintessential temperate California weather! Generally, the weather lands in the ’70-’80s with hot summers and cooler, wet, and partly cloudy winters. Temperatures vary throughout the year from 39°F to 96°F, and rarely goes above 104°F or below 32°F.

Communities in Roseville 

  • Crocker Ranch: Crocker Ranch is an excellent master-planned community that is attractive to the professional who desires to drive less, but has the green-space urban lifestyle that most want to call home. As a whole, all of the Crocker Ranch homes are upscale, elegant, and family-friendly, often with patios and beautiful backyard barbecue facilities.

    Neighborhoods in Crocker Ranch include: 
    • Casa Bella: Mid-ranged prices for homes are around $500k and built in 2007.
    • Esquire at Crocker Ranch: Luxury homes priced in the $900k’s and are the ultimate upscale mansions. 
    • Crocker Ranch Vianza: A gated community with homes priced in the mid $600k's and built in 2004. 
    • Mira Bella: This neighborhood offers a wider variety and price-point in homes, starting around $500k. These were designed to remind one of the old European villages. 
    • New homes in the Village at Crocker Ranch: Prices for these new homes range from the mid $300k's to almost $500k, with square footages from just under 1400 to just over 2400 sq ft. 

  • Del Webb Sun City: This spectacular 55+ adult community is perfect for active adults that want every kind of amenity and planned activities. Sun City is resort living at its finest! It sits on 1200 acres of nature preserves, ponds, creeks, and impeccably maintained golf greens.

    Amenities are endless, from pools to tennis to two award-winning golf courses and a country club. A state of the art fitness center, indoor lap pool, aerobics classes, tennis courts, and a beautiful outdoor pool are all part of the package. Over 100 acres of trails, greenery, and open space is ideal for walking, biking, or jogging.

  • Fiddyment Farms: Fiddyment Farm, the community, is one of the newest developing areas in Roseville. The master-planned development will delight its residents with parks, trails, and community schools, all with winding creeks and wetlands. Most neighborhoods will have HOA's and private neighborhood amenities.

    Fun fact: Fiddyment Farms is perhaps best known for growing and selling some of the best gourmet pistachios in the country.

  • Highland Park: Highland Park was first developed early in 2001-2002. There are a variety of home types and floor plans, so the community is a mixture of styles, sizes, and prices. Prices range from the $400,000's to the high $500,000's.

  • Johnson Ranch: Johnson Ranch is one of the most interesting communities in Northern California, full of ancient history and a modern-day lifestyle that reflects family living at its finest. Prices range from around $300,000 to $600,000 and consist of mainly single-family homes.

    Developed in the mid-'90s, many of the houses are bungalow style, with many wonderful amenities such as pools, outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, 2 and 3 car garages, tile roofs, and large landscaped lots. Homes are divided into neighborhoods such as Courtside, Hampton Village, Emerson Place, Alder Point, and Wellington. Some have HOA's and some do not.

  • Morgan Creek: One of the finest gated communities in Roseville is Morgan Creek. Built around the Morgan Creek 18 hole golf course, the development encompasses about 550 acres of lakes, parks, and golf greens. Homes often feature private pools, outdoor cooking, and dining facilities, and exquisitely landscaped yards with patios, spas, waterfalls, and tropical foliage.

    Prices range from about $550,000 to over a million for the large golf homes with a pool and a view. It's not unusual to find multiple fireplaces, 3 car garages, and central vacuum systems in all the homes.

  • Olympus Pointe: Olympus Pointe is a community made up of several different neighborhoods with prices that range from affordable to very upscale luxury properties. Higher-end luxury homes as well as some apartments and condominiums can also be found in Olympus's Granite Bay Pointe neighborhood.

  • Stone Canyon: Stone Canyon is a gated community of executive homes originally developed in 1999 and is one of Roseville's most prestigious neighborhoods. Homes are mostly Meditteranean style, and many have private pools, multiple fireplaces, 3 car garages, and elaborately landscaped backyard entertainment areas. The community has some private walking/bike trails and is located just off Roseville Parkway.

    Homes for sale in this very desirable community are sometimes rare, so if you are interested, you need to sign up for our email notifications or call us directly so we can watch for new listings.

  • Stoneridge: Stoneridge is a mostly gated, master-planned community of very upscale homes with extra-large lots and elegant two-story or ranch style homes on landscaped streets. Prices start at around $400,000 for smaller homes and range upwards of $600,000 to a million in gated neighborhoods such as Saratoga or Tiburon.

    Stoneridge is minutes from the Galleria Mall and The Fountains. There are awesome walking/bike trails that go throughout the neighborhoods and lead to much more extensive trails throughout Roseville.

  • WestPark: Homes in Westpark come in all sizes and shapes, with many being energy efficient, solar-powered, and loaded with every state-of-the-art amenity. Many have swimming pools, backyard entertainment settings, and privacy fencing.

    Homes range from 3 to 5 bedrooms on average and are priced from $300,000 to $600,000 or more. There is a very wide variety of models and price points - something for everyone.

School Districts in Roseville

There are many highly rated schools throughout the city of Roseville, including Blue Oaks Elementary School, Olympus Junior High School, Oakmont High School, Junction Elementary School, Barbara Chilton Middle School, Woodcreek High School, Excelsior Elementary School, and Silverado Middle School.

Top Restaurants in Roseville

  • 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 absolutely delectable as well! 

  • The Monk’s Cellar: With a strong love for the local community, incredible food, and great beer, the founder of The Monk’s Cellar was inspired to create a place where these three elements could be a part of everyday life. 

  • House of Oliver: House of Oliver is a special place in Placer County. As Roseville’s premier wine bar and bistro, this is the perfect place to come relax, sip on some wine, and enjoy live music on the weekend.

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

  • Flame & Fire Brazilian Steakhouse: If you like abundant dining experiences, check out Flame & Fire. Born from an authentic tradition from the South of Brazil, Flame & Fire Brazilian Steakhouse provides guests with an authentic culture of great food and warm hospitality. 

  • My Thai Kitchen: My Thai Kitchen, or MTK, is located in the Stone Point Shopping Center and makes their food fresh one meal at a time. They also offer hosting services for large parties and special events! 

  • Bennett’s: If your food preference sounds something like paleo, gluten-free, keto, vegan, and heart-healthy — you’ll want to check out Bennett’s. They offer breakfast on the weekends and serve contemporary food offerings for lunch and dinner throughout the week. 

  • LazyDog: LazyDog is the perfect kind of place to take family or friends out for a casual meal with a fun and upbeat atmosphere. Their menu features a host of delicious options, from salads to burgers to noodles to delicious desserts.  

  • Nixtaco: At Nixtaco, you’ll find quality-focused retail specialty taqueria. Located near the “farm to fork” capital, Nixtaco sources and uses the finest ingredients and traditional techniques to create truly remarkable dishes. 

  • Eureka!: Some days, you just need to enjoy a good burger. When that day comes, check out Eureka! in Roseville. They are open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

Top Activities in Roseville

  • Fountains at Roseville: One of the best shopping options in Roseville, the Fountains is an outdoor shopping center with fire pits, seating areas, a variety of stores, and lovely restaurants. 

  • Westfield Galleria at Roseville: The Galleria is a premier mall in Roseville with hundreds of stores and restaurants to enjoy. If you love shopping, you’re going to love spending your free time here. 

  • Local Restaurants: The short list of restaurants listed in this blog post is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of dining choices in the area. Enjoy a host of local restaurants in Roseville, or take a short drive to Sacramento, where you will find Sacramento, the “farm to fork” capital of the world! 

  • Local Coffee Shops: If you love coffee, moving to Roseville is a great choice. You’ll find a host of local and unique coffee shops, such as Four Score Coffee House, Shady Coffee & Tea, World Traveler Coffee Roasters, and Bloom Coffee & Tea. 

  • Miners Ravine Trail Loop: A great way to stay active and inspired, the Miners Ravine Trail Loop is 8.4 miles of out and back trail near Roseville. This is the perfect trail for hiking, walking, running, road biking, and is good for all skill levels. It is also pet-friendly with a leash. 

  • Folsom Lake: One way to beat the intense summer heat of Placer County is to take advantage of the rivers and lakes in the area. One of the most accessible options is Folsom Lake. So grab your floaties and enjoy the cool water! 

  • Day Trips: There are plenty of drive-worthy destinations surrounding Roseville. 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.

  • TopGolf Roseville: TopGolf is one of the most entertaining destinations in Roseville! Ideal for birthday parties, bachelor or bachelorette parties, corporate events, a night out with friends, or a simple date night, you are sure to enjoy the upbeat environment, fun snack foods, and have fun practicing your swing.

  • 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! 

  • Roseville Golfland Sunsplash: The perfect all-day activity for the whole family! Golfland Sunsplash has an award-winning mini-golf course, a water park with water slides, an arcade, go-kart racing, and over 30 rides and attractions! 

Parks in Roseville

Roseville has over 65 parks! So you will not be missing out on outdoor spaces if you live in Roseville. Below is a list of the top 15 parks: 

  • Royer Park: This neighborhood park not only has the Children’s Art Center, but it has picnic areas, play areas, a soccer field, a baseball and softball field, horseshoe pits, basketball and tennis courts, and bike trail connections.
  • Mahany Park: This large park features an all-weather field, a baseball and softball field, a multi-use field, open turf areas, picnic areas, playgrounds, tennis courts, water play area, and walking trails are close by. 

  • Maidu Regional Park: Looking for a park in East Roseville? You can’t miss the 152 acres that make up Maidu Regional Park. The area also includes a community center, library, veteran’s memorial rose garden, and a museum and historic site. The features also include a softball complex, soccer complex, covered soccer arena, skate park, basketball court, walking and biking paths, several picnic areas, and a playground.

  • Diamond Oaks Park: This small neighborhood park is perfect for a quick evening playtime with the family. Features include a play area, baseball field, two picnic areas, and a multi-purpose hard court. 

  • Hillsborough Park: Another small neighborhood park has picnic and play areas, swings, two baseball and softball fields, a soccer field, and a basketball court. 

  • Misty Wood Park: If you live near Pleasant Grove Blvd Misty Wood Dr in Roseville, check out Misty Wood Park. A very small park that features picnic tables, a cute play area, and a half-court basketball court.

  • Bear Dog Park: Dog lovers will enjoy this all-inclusive dog park in Roseville. It includes an off-leash area for exercise for large dogs and another one for small dogs, each with an agility play area, a walking trail, and benches.  

  • Sculpture Park: This unique park is one of the trailheads for the Miner’s Ravine bike trail. Featuring a large sculpture called “Cosmos,” it was dedicated to the people of Roseville by a local developer. 

  • Lincoln Estates Park: This neighborhood park has a children’s play area, a basketball court, picnic areas, and a baseball field.

  • Pineschi Park: Pineschi Park is a neighborhood park that has a play area with swings, a soccer field, half-court for basketball, and covered picnic areas. 

  • Saugstad Park: A simple neighborhood park that comes with two picnic areas, two baseball or softball fields, a bike trail connection, and a play area. 

  • Marco Dog Park: Another lovely dog park in Roseville is Marco Dog Park. Although small, it features trees, open turf areas, fire hydrants, and a water fountain.

  • Kaseberg Park: Kaseberg Park features play areas with swings, two baseball/softball fields, a soccer field, two picnic areas, two horseshoe pits, and sand volleyball. 

  • Lockridge Park: This small park has a playground, multiple picnic areas, swings, a soccer field, and a baseball field.

  • Wanish Park: Another charming neighborhood park located off of Junction Blvd and Americana Way in Roseville. Locals enjoy its picnic area, baseball field, and play areas for children. 


July 17, 2020

The Value of Home Loan Pre-Approvals

Before you begin the home buying process, it can be quite beneficial to consider getting pre-approved for a loan. Not only does it verify that you as a buyer have the financial means to complete a home purchase, but you’ll also know how much you’ll be able to borrow when it’s time to get a loan. 

It also proves your credibility as a buyer to any home sellers you work with. So contrary to what many think, loan pre approval is not just to the agent’s benefit.

Ready to learn more about loan pre approvals? Find out everything you want to know below:  

What is Loan Pre Approval?

First, let’s define what a loan pre approval is. A loan pre approval is a statement from a lender who looks at your finances and determines the amount of money they will allow you to borrow for a home loan. They base this on your financial situation, such as your income, debt, assets, and credit history. 

How Do I Get Pre Approved for a Loan? 

To get preapproved for a loan, you will need to provide several important documents to your lender, as well as a credit check. 

Some of the documents you can prepare are:

  • Recent pay stubs
  • Federal income tax returns, including W-2’s (from the last 2 years) 
  • Recent bank statements 
  • Any investment account statements 
  • Identity documentation (driver’s license, passport, etc.) 

A credit check is generally requested by a lender as well, so be prepared that will impact your credit score. Read more about the importance of credit scores first, and then consider obtaining a free copy from each of the major credit bureaus. That can be done once every year. You can get the report at www.annualcreditreport.com.

Keep in mind, you generally need a credit score of at least 620 to qualify for a mortgage. If your score is lower than that, there are programs you can consider, like FHA loans.   

Loan Pre Approval or Loan Prequalification? 

It’s important to understand the difference between pre approval and prequalification. 

Pre-qualifications often include just a soft credit inquiry, whereas pre approvals include a full credit check as noted above. Lenders will rely on your representation of your financial situation, whereas with pre approvals, they will require documentation. 

Pre-qualifications are not taken as seriously by real estate agents or sellers, making a pre approval much more advantageous in the home buying process. 

Although pre approvals are more intense, they are supported by data and accepted as proof of your ability to afford the home you are interested in. 

Time Estimate to Receive a Loan Pre Approval

Generally, it will take a few days to receive a mortgage pre approval. However, there is a range depending on several factors. For example, it can take several weeks to receive a pre approval letter if you have to wait for an income audit. But it is possible to receive a pre approval within one business day if you are well organized and your credit is strong.

The Value of Loan Pre Approval

There are so many benefits of getting pre-approved for a loan before beginning the home buying process. Some of the greatest benefits are outlined below:  

1. Pre approval confirms to sellers that you’re serious about buying a home. 

Sellers want to know that a potential buyer can follow through with the home purchase. With a pre approval, you’re much less likely to be passed over in favor of someone who has a lender and the funds prepared because you will already qualify to buy it. 

So not only does it put you in a great position with home sellers, but it also allows you to make an offer on homes that you are interested in. This gives many home buyers peace of mind throughout the process. 

2. Pre approval helps you look at homes that’ll be the best fit. 

Save time in the home search process by knowing what you really want in a home, as well as what you can afford. That’s what a pre approval helps you do. Our team sends any potential buyers monthly market reports, an email with the listings of available homes that interest them. With a pre approval you can change the parameters to closely capture the types of homes you are qualified to buy. 

Learn how to sign up for monthly market reports on our site today if you are currently in the market. It is powerful information that you need to know while searching for homes! 

3. Pre approval gives you an idea of how much you can afford. 

As mentioned above, a major benefit of loan pre approvals is that you will see how much money a lender is willing to lend you. This makes the task of calculating your down payment and adjusting expectations for your budget and the type of home you can afford so much clearer. 

This naturally decreases the number of homes on the market that will be applicable to you, saving you time in the research phase and saves you from falling in love with a home you can’t afford. 

4. Pre approval gives you time to compare and find the best lender. 

Getting started with the pre approval process at the beginning of your home search gives you time to explore the lenders available to you. Even if you are pre-approved with a specific lender, you are not committed to working with that particular lender. However, it will speed up the closing of the loan because they will have your paperwork ready to go on file. 

5. Pre approval is a great negotiation tool.

Loan pre approval is a helpful negotiation tool for potential buyers as well. You will close on a home loan quicker, making it appealing to sellers, who often choose an offer with a pre approval over offers that do not.

6. Pre approval speeds up the closing period. 

Mortgage approval is often the longest contingency to satisfy in a purchase contract. Additionally, there is no window while your loan application is being processed, so obtaining a pre approval as soon as you begin your search can speed things up entirely. 

You can even shorten a 30-day closing period to 2-3 weeks, under certain circumstances. This can come in handy and move your offer to the top if you can accommodate a seller’s need to close quickly.

Important Note

Mortgage pre approvals will often expire 60 days following when they were written. Factors like your income, employment status, credit score, and interest rates can change, which is one of the main reasons for the expiration period. But not to worry, your lender will update the necessary paperwork so you can continue searching for homes with pre approval. 


The Pursuing Homes Real Estate Group would be happy to connect you with a great lender to get this conversation started. Feel free to contact us to discuss pre approval with one of our expert realtors. 

Posted in Buyers
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