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.