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.