Watching the wildlife in a beautiful, natural setting seems to be a favorite pastime for many who live in Rancho Murieta.
Jennifer Wackowski and her three youngsters are among those who enjoy the activity.
“We see deer, turkeys, snakes and quail,” Wackowski said.
Realtor Karen Hoberg of Rancho Murieta Homes and Land said that nature, wildlife and the open spaces are among the attractions in the area.
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Karen Muldoon, editor of the community website RanchoMurieta.com, has seen bald eagles while walking across the bridge connecting the North and South communities. There’s also a family of swans. The parents and a half dozen little swans live at Bass Lake, one of five lakes in Rancho Murieta.
“Watching the wildlife leads to a wonderful awareness of what we have and a wonderful appreciation for it,” Muldoon said.
Realtor Sue Clark of Town & Country Real Estate also notes the deer and turkeys. The wildlife, the safety, families who live there and the sense of community are attractions, she said.
Scott and Jennifer Wackowski and their three children enjoy the outdoors and the activities. They moved to Rancho Murieta about 9 months ago from Westminster, Md.
“Scott got a job in Petaluma and someone he works with who lives in Rancho Murieta recommended it,” Jennifer said.
“Scott checked it out, fell in love with it and rented a house. It’s been a good fit for us.”
Their two daughters, ages 7 and 9, are in the girls’ softball league and ride horses at Murieta Equestrian Center.
“The girls love that and our son, 2 ½, feeds carrots to the horses.”
Jennifer attends the Moms Group at Community Church and Scott takes the youngsters fishing at Cosumnes River.
They like the concerts at Lake Clementia amphitheater, the weekly food trucks, the park, hiking, biking, the pump track and swimming at the lake.
The Wackowskis want to buy a house with a pool. They like the security of the gated community.
Rancho Murieta is known as a golf community with two championship 18-hole courses and country club plus tennis courts, five lakes, greenbelts and trails.
The three areas in the community along Highway 16 are Rancho Murieta North, Rancho Murieta South and Rancho Murieta Village, the latter across Highway 16.
The north side has the country club and one golf course and mostly custom homes with a range of styles from traditional and Mediterranean to contemporary, Hoberg said.
A new-home community, The Retreats at Rancho Murieta, is under construction in the north near the country club. Built by Rancho Murieta Proper ties, LLC, the first phase will have 33 homes; plans call for a total of 84 homes.
Rancho Murieta South has mostly semi-custom “tract” homes with Mediterranean and traditional styles. Some homes border or have views of the second golf course, Hoberg said.
Rancho Murieta Village, for residents 55 and over, is a mobile-home community with its own clubhouse.
Murieta Gardens, a commercial area at Murieta Drive and Jackson Road across from the Plaza Shoppinh Center is being developed.
Hoberg said the exciting news is that a new Raley’s store is opening.
Construction of the 35,000-square-foot Raley’s will start late this year; completion is expected in 2017.
Currently under construction is an 83-room hotel, the Murieta Inn & Spa, due to open later this year. It will serve people attending golf tournaments, Equestrian Center events, weddings and other activities. It’s also expected to be a gateway for visitors to Amador County wineries.
“It looks like we are growing with all the building,” Muldoon said. “That’s quite a significant change. It’s an interesting time for Rancho Murieta.”
Realtor Clark said residents like Rancho Murieta for its sense of community, safety and wide variety of activities which include some very popular events.
The annual Fourth of July celebration is big, day-long attraction featur ing a pancake breakfast, parade, carnival, barbecue and fireworks.
SactoFoMo Food Trucks are at Lake Clementia every Sunday evening while the ETC (Entertainment, Theatre and Concerts) shows have begun. Concerts at the amphitheater begin in June.
In what has become a Memorial Day tradition, Boy Scout Troop 633 holds a special ceremony to retire American flags on the banks of Lake Calero each year.
“It’s an impressive event which honors the flag, its history and remembers those who lost lives in serving the country,” Muldoon said.
Students in Rancho Murieta attend Cosumnes River Elementary School, which Clark said, won a Distinguished School Award in 2012.
The Wackowski girls attend the school and are doing very well there, their mom said,
“It’s nice to have all their friends so close.”
Buyers can find homes priced from $228,000 up to $985,000, with an average price of $400,000. As of May 1, 37 homes were on the market.
Jennifer Wackowski enjoys Rancho Murieta.
“It’s just beautiful. It’s like a vacation dream. There’s always something to do every day.”
Tinka Davi is a freelance writer and editor based in Folsom.
Where: 25 miles east of Sacramento
Size: 3,500 acres
Population: approximately 6,000
Established: early 1970s
Government: Sacramento County Board of Supervisors
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