A small town in a big county.
That’s how Realtor Dayna Neuse describes Rocklin.
Realtor Stacy Moffat likes the sense of community there.
The two Realtors operate as a team at Sun Cal Realty Group and both live in Rocklin. Neuse lives near Sierra College and Moffat near Whitney Ranch.
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“We cover the whole area,” Neuse said.
“We sell the way of life,” Moffat said.
Both Realtors are active in the Placer County Association of Realtors Masters Club, serving as chairs for the last two years. This season, Moffat is chair and Neuse will be on the Masters Club committee.
The good news about small-town Rocklin relates to the value of homes, Neuse said. Since there’s not as much space to build, homes are worth more than those in neighboring communities. People pay more for Rocklin homes.
There are 141 homes on the market ranging from a low of $305,000 near Sierra College up to $1,444,599 at Whitney Oaks. The median price is $525,000 at Stanford Ranch.
While Placer County is a rapidly growing area; there’s not a lot of space in Rocklin for new homes, Moffat said.
However, new homes are available.
CalAtlantic Homes (formerly Standard Pacific) has single-family homes at Autumn Crossings and Bridgewood at Whitney Ranch.
Taylor Morrison Homes recently celebrated the grand opening of models at Bristol at Whitey Ranch. The builder also is offering single-family homes at Delmar Station and The Preserve at Secret Ravine.
Other new-home communities include The Vista, Wild Oak at Whitney Ranch and The Overlook at Whitney Ranch by JMC Homes; Sunrise at Two Oaks and Serenity at Two Oaks from D.R. Horton; and The Cottages at Spring Valley from Woodside Homes.
According to the Rocklin Planning and Building Department, other communities include Crowne Pointe by Tim Lewis Homes and Whitney Ranch by Richmond American Homes.
Rocklin’s new Quarry Park outdoor amphitheater opened to crowds last month. The upcoming schedule includes Papa Doo Run Run, May 21; Tim Flannery & Lunatic Fringe, June 18; Country Fest, July 23; Sons of Champlin, Aug. 13 and an Evening with Molly Ringwald, Sept. 17.
Quarry Park has an amphitheater, a second covered stage (The Firehouse Stage), walking trails, picnic areas, community events, playground with wooden train play structure, aerator fountains and a small waterfall in Quinn Quarry Lake, a historical ore cart display (including a section of train track as a built-in feature of the park) and a seven-story waterfall in the former Big Gun Quarry, said Troy Holt, Rocklin’s director of city commerce and communications.
It’s a destination that “promotes the city, has space for community programs and stimulates the economy of Rocklin’s downtown area,” he said.
“The park design capitalizes on Rocklin’s historical assets and natural resources and ... preserves the city’s past, celebrates its present and charts its future.”
Granite from the Big Gun Quarry was used to build the California State Capitol in 1874.
The next phase in the park’s development will include Quinn Quarry Lake observation deck, farmer’s market pavilions, plaza, fire pit and quarry granite exhibit, Holt said.
Rocklin offers many activities for youngsters including soccer, Little League, Rocklin Junior Football and other sports, Realtors Neuse and Moffat said.
Five daily practices a week and Saturday games build the sense of community, Moffat said. She still has friends from the days when her youngsters played sports at younger ages though high school.
“Parents are very involved.”
Moffat has two daughters; Neuse has a daughter and two sons.
Moffat’s youngest daughter has been in drama with the Rocklin Community Theatre next to Quarry Park.
“It’s an amazing non-profit that puts on incredible shows.”
Her oldest daughter is at the University of Nevada at Reno, but told her mom that, after living there, she appreciates Rocklin.
Neuse’s youngest son is at Sierra College in Rocklin.
Residents like the schools, Moffat said.
Students can go to Rocklin schools from pre-school through college.
Rocklin Unified School District has 17 schools – 11 elementary, two middle, two comprehensive high schools, one continuation high school and one independent charter school. In addition there are private schools plus the two-year Sierra College and the four-year, Christian university, William Jessup. The district operates three preschools.
Ten Rocklin schools have a ranking of 10 from Great Schools which rates schools based on test scores, student academic growth and college readiness.
Rocklin has small shopping areas and two new, large centers, Rocklin Commons and Rocklin Crossings, at Sierra College Boulevard and Interstate 80. Green Acres Nursery & Supply opened in Rocklin Crossings, which also has Bass Pro Shops and In-N-Out Burger.
“That (burger) place always draws a big crowd,” Moffat said.
Both Neuse and Moffat enjoy the Studio Movie Grill at Rocklin Commons.
“It’s nice to go there at the end of the day, have a meal and watch a movie,” Neuse said.
“Rocklin is a great place to live,” Moffat said.
“I love Rocklin. I’m a fan.”
Tinka Davi is a freelance writer and editor based in Folsom.
Location: 22 miles northeast of Sacramento
Size: 20 square miles
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