Many home buyers are migrating to Roseville, said Ken Svanum of The Bishop Real Estate Group. They’re coming from elsewhere in the Sacramento region and also from the Bay Area.
“Roseville is an enormously, charming, historical, railroad town that’s blossomed into a wonderful city coupled with homes, buildings and industry.”
And it’s recognized by websites that rank cities and what they offer.
The financial website WalletHub just released rankings for Roseville. Of 240 cities, Roseville ranks No. 9 in California as the best place to raise a family, Svanum said.
That ranking is based on family life, education, health and safety, affordability and social environment.
It’s No. 5 in the category family life and fun and No. 4 in affordability.
The city’s recent newsletters to residents cited another website that ranks communities. Niche.com named Roseville as the 11th healthiest city in the U.S. The ranking is based on health statistics from the Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Of cities with over 100,000 population, Niche.com ranks Roseville among the 25 safest in the country.
While many people are migrating to Roseville, others are opting to move within the city.
Tara Rodgers, who owns The Headgame, a men’s barber shop in Roseville, was living in a condominium but wanted a home. She searched around the area, but hadn’t settled on a place, that is until a Taylor Morrison representative, Ed Delliquadri, came into her shop.
Rodgers learned that the builder had new homes and it didn’t take long before she purchased one, without visiting the models. It’s at Villagio from Taylor Morrison.
“I didn’t even hesitate. It’s the greatest thing I’ve done in home purchasing.”
“I saw the floor plan and chose my lot because of the back yard. It’s a very attractive home with a very attractive price,” she said.
She did consult with her son-in-law, Peter Galvez, a real estate agent and husband of Rodgers’ eldest daughter, Haylee Galvez. Daughters, Hunter, 22 and Mannon, 17, live with her.
She hasn’t met many of her neighbors yet.
“I’m such a busy person but I feel it’s a solid community, clean and neat, with well-kept yards.”
Jamie Hudson also is staying in Roseville, moving about a mile away from his present home.
He and his wife, Mona, are waiting for their new home to be completed in a couple of months. It’s in the Taylor Morrison community of Parker at Fiddyment.
Their present home and lot size are too small and has two stories.
“We want one story with a bigger lot,” said Hudson, a police dispatcher.
Hudson’s daughter and her fiancé also bought a home just three doors away.
The Hudsons have lived in Roseville since 2002.
“I love Roseville,” he said. “It’s really safe, clean, has good planning and shopping is a bonus.”
They like the parks and trail system and enjoy walking their dogs in the dog parks.
“Roseville has a lot to offer school-age kids with youth activities and a great library system,” he said.
Roseville is within Center Joint Unified, Dry Creek Joint Elementary, Eureka Union, Roseville City and Roseville Joint Union High School districts.
Svanum also gives credit to the city’s libraries, which have much to offer, he said. They include Downtown, Martha Riley and Maidu libraries.
Roseville has its own utility company with lower costs and that’s very attractive to people, Svanum said. It also has the Auto Mall which is big and robust and good medical facilities - Sutter Medical, Kaiser Permanente and UC Davis.
“I think some of the best retail in Northern California is in Roseville,” he said.
Brian Jacobsen, Roseville’s public information officer, cited city websites which keep residents updated on what’s happening in the community.
Several new businesses opened recently including Topgolf Roseville with climate-controlled hitting bays, food and beverages, music and hundreds of HDTVs.
PetSmart is occupying the former Staples building on Sierra College Boulevard. The Yummy Cookie will be baking on Fairway Drive and Van’s shoes and other shops opened at Westfield Galleria.
England’s University of Warwick is moving forward with plans to open a temporary graduate campus in 2018 in Roseville.
Several builders are offering new homes. They include CalAtlantic Homes, BlackPine Communities, Elliott Homes, Homes by Towne, JMC Homes, KB Homes, Lennar, Meritage Homes, Pulte Homes, Taylor Morrison and Tim Lewis Communities.
“Resale homes are staying on the market a little longer now, which is good, and that’s causing a little bit of a shift,” Svanum said. “That shift is good to a normal market, which is a healthy place to be.”
“A $200,000 home in Roseville would fall off the shelves,” he said, however, “a $1.5 million home is going to take a much longer time to sell.”
It’s very much a seller’s market because the inventory is low, he said.
There are 318 resale homes on the market, eight condominiums and eight half-plexes and duplexes. Prices range from $300,000 to $1.2 million.
There are great deals in Roseville, such as a three-bedroom, two-bath home in east Roseville for $299,000, Svanum said.
“The hottest place in Roseville is Morgan Ranch in West Roseville with a five-bedroom, four-bath home for $1.2 million.”
People research the market, but each buyer is different. Some want to be close to schools or family, others like being near their business, the freeway or medical services.
Everybody is uniquely different on price point and place, Svanum said, but Roseville has almost everything they’re looking for in a community.
Tinka Davi is a freelance writer and editor based in Folsom.
Where: 16 miles northeast of Sacramento
Size: approximately 43 square miles
Incorporated: April 10, 1909
Government: Charter City/Council-Manager