Ask long-time residents what they like about their community and they’re quick with the positives. Friends Laura Rosenthal and Julie Maxwell-Jolly have lived in the Greenhaven-Pocket area for years and are comfortable in the community.
Both Rosenthal, who has lived there 26 years, and Maxwell-Jolly, a 29-year resident, give high marks to the schools.
“The community is passionately involved with its high-quality public schools (some of which, like Genevieve Didion, are award-winning). There is an exemplary level of parental involvement from kindergarten through high school,” Rosenthal wrote in an email.
Maxwell-Jolly moved to the area because of the schools, saying it was a diverse area with many children. She and her husband, David Maxwell-Jolly, had 2- and 4-year-old youngsters who grew up there, moved away, and came back to the region when they had children of their own.
Her youngsters began their education at Didion Elementary School.
Realtor Steve Streng provided a print-out showing Didion School’s 8 (of 10) Great Schools rating. Others rated by Great Schools include Carole Wenzel Elementary, Sam Brannan Middle and John F. Kennedy High.
Both Rosenthal and Maxwell-Jolly enjoy walking in the area.
“For many years several of us in this neighborhood (myself and Julie included) got out and walked together early in the morning before we started our day. When we started doing this, our kids were in elementary school. We were still walking together when most of the kids were no longer living at home,” said Rosenthal, whose daughter was 6 when the family moved from Boston.
“Bike-ability, greenbelts and long, canal-side walking/biking paths” are among the amenities Rosenthal likes. She also notes the “wild ducks — many of them along the canals — and the occasional duck that shows up in a parking lot.”
Maxwell-Jolly reminisced about being able to walk along the levee at the end of her street.
“It was like a little park with an open path, safe with no traffic. We walked long distances with the kids, dog and wagon for a number of years and that was fantastic.”
It’s closed now, but she hopes it will re-open with bike paths added.
Rosenthal likes the proximity of markets including Nugget and Grocery Outlet.
Realtor Streng said that many homeowners can walk or bike to stores and restaurants in Greenhaven-Pocket such as those at Lake Crest Village which has Nugget, Starbucks, Cold Stone Creamery, fast-foods, banks and services.
“It’s one of the most complete little centers I’ve seen,” he said.
Maxwell-Jolly likes to walk early in the morning even when it’s dark. It’s safe, she said.
She also likes the libraries.
“We are avid library users and use all the libraries - Belle Cooledge and downtown.”
Rosenthal and Maxwell-Jolly live fairly close to one another in Greenhaven’s Granger’s Dairy. There are several named neighborhoods in the area.
Greenhaven-Pocket was developed as primarily residential community and is part of the city of Sacramento, according to the Greenhaven-Pocket website. It’s shaped by a bend in the Sacramento River, which borders the Pocket area on all sides except the east.
The community was designed with pedestrian-friendly loop-shaped streets with a linear greenway, which the city owns. It enables children to walk to school and to parks without encountering traffic.
“One of the things that I continue to enjoy is having a refuge of quiet that is nevertheless a stone’s throw from the urban core,” Rosenthal said.
“The Little Pocket has lake access and a bike trail that’s ride-able to downtown,” Streng said.
There were 1,300 lots in the original Greenhaven, he said. Most were constructed by individual builders.
Residents like Greenhaven-Pocket because it’s close to midtown and downtown, the major freeways and the Delta, Streng said. They can easily commute to Elk Grove, West Sacramento, Davis and downtown.
They also like the character of the homes.
“There’s a nice mix of architecture with mid-century modern, traditional and a lot of ranch-style homes.”
Currently there are nine homes for sale on the Metrolist and seven pending sales, Streng said.
The lowest price is $123,000 for two-bedroom, one-bath, 718-square-foot condominium; the highest is $630,000 for a 3,046-square-foot home. The median price for a single-family home is $365,000.
A total of 77 homes have been sold so far in 2016.
“That’s not quite at the level of 2006, but probably at the 2007-2008 level.”
Inventory is 1.5 months with homes an average of 18 days on the market.
Does Maxwell-Jolly have any thoughts of moving?
“We are at an age where the kids are gone. What would we do? We could move to a walking neighborhood, but this is perfect. It’s safe, close in, it’s our community, the people are friendly and the community is still quite diverse. There’s no question about staying here.”
What would Rosenthal do?
It’s obvious from her email:
She noted, “The special feel of various neighborhoods-within-neighborhoods, all different (Granger’s Dairy, lake areas, gated and non-gated communities); block parties, and the slow turnover of homes in many of Greenhaven’s favorite neighborhoods. Often, neighbors have known one another for decades, when children were just starting school and when the same children are off and launched in their own lives.”
That describes Rosenthal and Maxwell-Jolly.
Tinka Davi is a freelance writer and editor based in Folsom.
Where: About 5 miles south of downtown Sacramento
Size: 7 square miles