Antelope appeals to home buyers, especially those who are purchasing their first home, because of its affordability and convenient location.
That’s what attracted Mike and Sherry Matrix, who moved to Antelope almost 14 years ago when they married. They lived in a condominium at first and their second home for 10 years. They’ve been in their present home for two years.
They chose Antelope because “housing was inexpensive compared to surrounding areas and it’s quiet and small,” Sherry said.
“And the homes are nice.”
Their home was built 20 years ago.
Home buyers today can choose new homes. Silverado Homes just opened Elverta Park in Antelope, and is offering seven all-solar home designs.
“Elverta Park is one of the best new-home values in the region,” said Steve Thinglum, vice president of Silverado Homes.
Realtor Michael Shumaker of Security Pacific Real Estate said Antelope is a great community with great value for first-time home buyers.
He noted that family households make up al most 80 percent of the population in the community.
Mike and Sherry Matrix have two children, son Mason, 11, and daughter Lily, 8. They attend school in Pleasant Grove, about 10 miles from their home.
The family attends Bayside Church’s Granite Bay campus, also 10 miles away.
“We’re centrally located between two of our most important things,” Sherry said.
They had an active neighborhood in their second home.
“We lived on a court where we had Fourth of July celebrations, neighborhood night out and other outdoor activities,” she said.
Their son has played soccer and Sherry and daughter participated in Girl Scouts.
Soccer complexes are at Cherry Island and Gibson Ranch.
Antelope has two golf courses, Cherry Island and Antelope Green, four parks — Antelope Community, Pokema, Lone Oak and Tetotom — and the Dry Creek Trail enjoyed by walkers and bicyclers.
The community is within the Center Unified School District and Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District. Antelope High School is part of the Roseville Joint Union High School District.
There are also charter, private and preschools in the area.
Shumaker said that Antelope is almost out in the country, yet it’s close enough to the freeway to be a good location for people commuting to jobs in Sacramento or Roseville areas.
It has a lot to offer both first-time and move-up buyers, he said.
“There are still great interest rates and lenders have plenty of programs to help the first-time buyers.”
As of mid-September, there were 95 single-family homes on the market with the lowest price listed at $200,000 and the highest a single-family home on 6.7 acres for $780,000.
The average price per square foot is $181 and is appreciating, Shumaker said.
Homes are on the market for 20 days.
“The months of supply is running at about 1.5 which is 7.5 percent higher than this time last year, but it is still a sellers’ market for appropriately priced homes in Antelope,” he said.
With new homes and resales, Antelope appeals to buyers looking for their first home as well as those move-up buyers who choose to stay in the community.
Thinglum said that seven home buyers, many from neighboring areas, reserved homes in Elverta Park.
That proves “there is a high demand for new homes at an almost unrivaled price point and has encouraged many people on the fence to enter the buying market," he said.
“People love Antelope. It has a strong community atmosphere and, with access to the Dry Creek Trail and golf courses, this is a place people can imagine really living.”
Tinka Davi is a freelance writer and editor based in Folsom.
Where: 15 miles northeast of Sacramento
Size: 6.8 square miles
Government: Board of Supervisors
A LOOK BACK
Antelope began as a small settlement in the Center Township in the late 1800s. Many of the Central Pacific Railroad workers made their homes in the settlement; however, gradually they left the area and Antelope became just another small community with few businesses.
The town remained small until the U.S. War Department opened the Sacramento Air Depot in 1936 at the site of what eventually became McClellan Air Force Base in nearby North Highlands. That was in 1948.
Many of McClellan’s civilian and military employees lived in Antelope when the base served as a logistical depot.
On April 28, 1973, an event took place that changed Antelope forever. It was basically blown away. A rail car loaded with aircraft bombs exploded in the southern part of the Southern Pacific’s Roseville switch yard destroying the general store and damaging most of the homes.
What is known as Antelope today mostly began in the 1980s as a well-planned community with single-family homes and apartments. Currently, the area is growing with new homes in Elverta Park.
Antelope received its own postmark and recognition as a community by the county on July 1, 1994.
– Tinka Davi