Beautiful tree-lined streets with estate-size homes on large lots. Quiet, safe, private neighborhood. That's an apt description of Sierra Oaks, a neighborhood with some of the most exclusive addresses and most expensive homes in the Sacramento area.
Ellen Zagory is typical of many Davis residents. She attended the University of California at Davis, moved to another area, then moved back. So did Jeff and Jenny McCormick. He attended UC Davis as an undergraduate; she spent four years in medical school. They moved to Boston, then returned.
Lincoln's growth ballooned during the home-building boom of the past decade, then slowed with the real estate downturn. But these days, community leaders in the Placer County city anticipate additional growth and new retail construction.
Whether you come to cheer the River Cats at Raley Field or find furnishings at Ikea or you're a resident who works out at the city's fitness center or takes an early-morning stroll along the Sacramento River, you're bound to enjoy your time in West Sacramento.
Rancho Cordova is bent on improving its quality of life and beautifying its neighborhoods with an initiative city officials say is changing the face of the community. The program, Growing Strong Neighborhoods, was launched by Mayor David Sander in 2007 in his first term as mayor and is being upgraded this year in Sanders second round as mayor.
The small-town atmosphere is one of the key reasons people are drawn to Galt, a community in the southernmost part of Sacramento County.
Galt is a friendly place, where people say they like going to the grocery store and seeing their friends.
Its the reason Mayor Barbara Payne moved to Galt more than 17 years ago.
I like the small-town feel here, she said. I didnt want to get lost in a big city where I didnt know people.
Some people call Robert C. Powell a visionary, a developer who designed a master-planned community that has not lacked in appeal nor lost its value over the years.
Powell is the person responsible for Gold River, an upscale community of 2,736 homes and condominiums thats accessible via Highway 50 and Sunrise Boulevard.
Gold River consists of 25 villages with a varying number of residences in each from as few as six homes in Empire Oaks Village to 226 homes in Mother Lode.
Each gated village is named for a historical person, place or event.
Bret Harte Village, for example, is named for one of Californias most prominent writers of the 1860s. Gold Spike Village commemorates the building of the first transcontinental railroad.
For some people, moving 30 minutes away from shopping options can be a significant lifestyle change, but McQuillen said she has several clients relocating from high-density areas in Southern California and the Central Valley.
Many are buying homes before they retire because of the current attractive prices. The number of active-adult communities, for people age 55 and older, she said, has increased in the area in the past five years, to about a half dozen.
There are a lot of professional artists and writers here, and telecommuters are a huge chunk of the market, she said.
Many live in surrounding communities such as Pollock Pines, which has heavy snow, and Camino, which has less.
When Jim Sewell joined Serrano Country Club in El Dorado Hills, he and his wife, Cheryl, purchased a lot at Serrano in case they ever decided to move there. They loved the area, and Jim liked the golf course and the club.
The couple had lived for 25 years in Fair Oaks, where they raised their two children. Their life was centered around the childrens school and their activities, church and friends.
In 2001, the Sewells decided to move to Serrano.
We designed and built our home as empty nesters and have been very pleased, Cheryl Sewell said. We thought about how the two of us lived and came up with a floor plan that has really worked for us. Its been a great home to entertain in, and every day we are grateful. We love El Dorado Hills, and we especially love the community of Serrano. It is quiet and beautiful.
The couple didnt think their family would live nearby, but now their two children and their spouses, their grandchildren and Cheryls 95-year-old mother have homes in Serrano. Theyve joined many who have headed for the hills.
From a community that housed workers at McClellan Air Force Base for more than half a century to a quiet suburb today, Antelope has served as a strategically located residential area in Sacramento County.
Its bordered on the north by the Sacramento-Placer county line, on the east by the Citrus Heights city limits, on the south by Antelope Road and U Street and on the west by 26th Street.
Street names such as Lockheed Court, Boeing Road and Cessna Drive offer a clue to Cameron Parks unique feature: Part of the community is located on an airstrip. In fact, cruising along Cameron Park Drive, its possible and surprising to some to see airplanes parked in hangars connected to the homes in Cameron Airpark Estates.