Long-time Lincoln residents look to the lifestyle as one of the benefits of living in the community. They also like the preservation of historic downtown Lincoln where new architecture blends with the old and utility lines are buried underground.
Many residents in Del Webb’s Lincoln Hills, the over-55 community, came to Lincoln for the lifestyle and location, said Gene Thorpe, who moved to the city in 1984.
Thorpe has a varied combination of careers and interests.
He’s a broker with Century 21 in Lincoln, plays guitar and sings with the Voiceover Band and is one of the organizers of the upcoming Century 21 Select Car Show and Chili Cook-Off.
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His career path took a turn years ago when he was a musician in downtown Sacramento.
“I would have stayed in music but the environment was awful,” he said. “I didn’t want to stay in bars.”
Thorpe and his wife always wanted to live in the country, so they moved to Lincoln in 1984 and he went into real estate. He didn’t give up music, however.
He and two other Realtors make up the Voiceover Band. Bass guitarist Allen Purdy of Bay Valley Real Estate and Loan, Folsom, and Thorpe have played together for 50 years; drummer Skip Craun is a Realtor in the Century 21 office with Thorpe.
They’ll be one of five bands at the sixth annual Century 21 Select Car Show and Chili Cook-Off April 30 at 801 Sterling Parkway. Funds will benefit many local charities.
Thorpe is excited about Lincoln’s new Foskett Regional Park and its new softball field.
“It’s a major attraction and it means a lot of people will be coming to Lincoln to play softball,” he said.
Foskett is one of Lincoln’s many parks with amenities for all sorts of activities.
McBean Park, which is being renovated, is where the Lincoln Potters baseball team played in the ’40s and ’50s.
The team was named for the Gladding-McBean clay works factory and members were from Placer and Nevada counties, said Glenn Vineyard, Realtor in the Century 21 office.
The baseball team from William Jessup University, the private four-year Christian school in Rocklin, will play games at McBean Park under an agreement between the school and the city.
“The field has sentimental value to me because I played there,” Vineyard said.
Thorpe offered a snapshot of real estate in Lincoln. For the week ending April 6, 42 properties came onto the market and of those 42, five were pending in that same week, 37 were still available, one had a price increase and prices were reduced on 11 properties.
In that same week, 26 properties closed escrow and sold.
“That’s a tremendous amount of activity,” Thorpe said.
He notes an annual trend for properties on the market during the six months from March through August.
“I call it the ramp of the year.”
He explained that sales increase during those months until September when families chose not to buy or sell because of school.
However, later months are reasonable times for sales in Lincoln Hills where residents aren’t affected by school.
Thorpe said the median price of homes is neutral and the average sale price is lower. Prices start around $300,000 and go up to $1.5 million. Most sell for $400,000-$600,000.
Currently it’s a seller’s market with more people wanting to buy a home than there are homes for sale, he said. Inventory is low with 1- 1.5-months of homes on the market.
“Many people, who stayed in their homes due to the recession, are now taking the opportunity to move up.”
They’re benefitting from good interest rates.
Lincoln has several new-home communities with under construction and or for sale, said Matthew Wheeler, Lincoln’s community development director.
In the Twelve Bridges area, Village 9 has 229 lots. Elliott Homes is selling the Innovations and Chelsea communities.
Carson Homes at Twelve Bridges is in Village 9 with 19 lots and is almost sold out.
Standard Pacific Homes, Village 12 with 38 lots, has homes at Cabrillo at Verdera.
The builder is opening a new community, Mira Vista at Verdera, under its new brand, CalAtlantic Homes. Land development is underway; construction on the models is schedule to start in early May and the community will open to the public in August.
Premier United Communities, Village 19 with 24 lots, is selling homes at Monte Azul at Verdera.
Catta Verdera at Twelve Bridges, with 595 lots, includes custom single-family homes, golf course, clubhouse and private athletic club.
Sorrento, a 472- unit planned development is going before the planning commission in early spring or summer. It will have multiple developers including Meritage Homes and Pulte Homes, Wheeler said.
Lakeside 6 is a 706-unit planned development. Currently JMC Homes is offering The Executive Series at Lakeside.
Village 1, which will have about 1,200 units, should be annexed in the next couple of months, Wheeler said.
The number of new homes built in a fiscal year is about 250 to maybe 300, he said.
“We’re actually doing 1.5 to 2 percent growth a year.”
Thorpe believes that the people who move to Lincoln from other areas appreciate the quality of life and the lifestyle.
“The thing I love about Lincoln is that Lincoln’s integrity through all the growth and development has remained intact.”
Tinka Davi is a freelance writer and editor based in Folsom.
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