Beverly Manville plans to visit all the parks in Orangevale and she’ll take along her dog, Pepper, a 13-pound Shih Tzu.
She usually walks in Pecan Park and she’s not alone. She meets other neighbors who are walking their dogs in the park.
“The dogs are all Pepper-size,” she said.
She prefers the park on Pecan Avenue, which a short distance from her home.
“It’s a little wilder with a stand of oak trees. It’s more rustic and rural looking,” she said.
The oak trees provide shade, which is nice during the summer.
She also walks in Orangevale Community Park on Filbert and Oak avenues near Casa Roble High School.
And she’s been to other parks.
“I’m visiting all of them to see what they’re like,” she said.
Orangevale has other parks including Almond Park on Almond Avenue; Palisades Park, which is attached to the Golden Valley Charter School on Lake Natoma Drive; Norma Hamlin Park on Snipes Boulevard; Youth Center Park on Hazel Avenue; and Community Center Park at Hazel and Filbert avenues, next to the Orangevale Community Center.
A swimming pool and sports fields are part of Orangevale’s large community center area. The center is the site of several classes and activities for all ages from toddlers to seniors. Shady Oaks Disc Golf Course is close by.
What’s “really cool” about Orangevale parks is that people can ride horses in a couple of them, said Kathy Smith of Weichert Realtors-Galster Group, who has lived in Orangevale for 31 years. She sees people riding their horses by her home on their way to local trails and to Folsom Lake.
There are other places to ride in Orangevale, she said. Hillside Horse Stables is across the street from Orangevale Park where there are riding trails. Five Oak Farms is on Filbert Avenue.
“People love their animals,” Smith said.
Manville and her late husband, Don, moved into their Orangevale home in 1999.
“Don liked the four bedrooms, three-car garage and walk-in closet,” she said. “I wanted a great room but didn’t get that.”
She does like the large laundry room that has room enough for a table they brought from a former home.
“It’s been around since the middle-’60s,” she said.
The room also has lots of cupboards.
“That sold me.”
When the Manvilles moved into their home, Orangevale was a lot more rural with a strawberry field where the Tim Lewis’ Brentwood Village homes (near Pecan Avenue and Greenback Lane) are now, she said. Tomich Orchards on Filbert Avenue has been around for years.
Orangevale has grown with new businesses locating there.
That allows Manville to almost exclusively shop at or patronize Orangevale stores and services.
She has breakfast every Sunday at Annie’s Breakfast & Steaks on Greenback Lane, had Orangevale Glass redo the glass doors in both bathrooms and takes Pepper to an Orangevale veterinarian.
“Everything I do I try to do locally like get gas, groceries, the vet,” she said.
She also pointed out that Orangevale is noted for Dovewood Court, a street where all the homes are decorated for Christmas. People travel miles to see that display.
Shopping is convenient, Smith said. Walmart, SaveMart, Winco, CVS Pharmacy, Ace Hardware and other stores are located in Orangevale.
“Orangevale also has a post office and Sacramento County Library.”
Part of Orangevale’s appeal is that people can have large animals on their property in certain areas.
WoodBridge Ranch was developed in the late ’70s with little ranchettes and has some properties large enough for horses, Smith said.
Other large parcels are on Santa Juanita Avenue.
One property, the most expensive in Orangevale, is off Golden Gate Avenue. Built in 1965, the 1,250-square-foot home has two bedrooms and two baths on 10 acres and is priced at $1,350,000.
The next most expensive is a three-to-four bedroom, four-and-a-half bath, 4,100-square-foot home on seven acres. It was built in 2005 and is priced at $1.3 million.
Lower-priced homes, either short sales, bank-owned or fixer-uppers range from $120,000 for a four-bedroom, two-bath home up to $237,000 for a three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,000-square-foot home.
A three-bedroom, two-bath home that’s ready for moving in is priced at $250,000.
In December, there were 38 homes for sale; 24 were new listings, 42 homes sold and 25 sales were pending. The average sales price is $404,000; the average sold price is $374,000 which means that people are pricing their homes a bit high, Smith said.
“There’s less than a month of inventory. Currently, there are 44 homes on the market, but no condominiums right now.”
“People like Orangevale because it’s an easy commute to jobs in El Dorado Hills, Rancho Cordova or downtown Sacramento. It’s takes about the same time to get to either Highway 50 or I-80,” Smith said.
They can also hop on the freeways to Lake Tahoe and Reno or San Francisco.
Although Orangevale has grown over the years and offers many services, it still has a rural-type setting. It’s a place where people can get outdoors and walk their dogs or ride horses.
“People love their animals,” Smith said.
Tinka Davi is a freelance writer and editor based in Folsom.
Where: 18 miles northeast of Sacramento
Size: approximately 14 square miles