Cameron Park has a definite rural feel yet it’s just minutes from shopping and jobs in El Dorado Hills, Folsom and Sacramento, said Realtor Marilyn Goff of Lyon Real Estate.
“Cameron Park gives a comforting hometown feel – think Mayberry – without sacrificing modern conveniences,” she said.
Residents enjoy the quieter life as time slows down a little bit when they are home in Cameron Park.
“Nature is just outside the door and a kid can be a kid again running through fields and climbing trees. Kids can dip their feet, or fishing poles, into a nearby pond or river and mom can still find shopping just a short drive away.”
The location is perfect, she said.
Many places to shop locally include grocery stores and local boutiques. What Goff calls “more serious shopping” is available close by at major shopping centers in El Dorado Hills and Folsom.”
Because of the central location, people can be in San Francisco or Lake Tahoe in less than two hours, she said.
“Local stores and businesses offer plenty of opportunities for employment, especially for teenagers, while our convenient freeway access allows many residents to commute to Sacramento for work,” she said. “For those that do commute, the average commute time is 28.97 minutes.”
Goff listed other lifestyle benefits and she ought to know. She’s lived in the community for over 30 years.
The weather is great, she said.
“The winters are mild and, on average, there are 245 sunny days per year in Cameron Park.”
People like the schools. Students attend schools that are within the highly rated Buckeye Union and El Dorado Union High School districts, Goff said. The districts serve Cameron Park and neighboring communities.
Schools include Blue Oak, Buckeye, Green Valley and Rescue elemen tary, Camerado Springs and Pleasant Grove middle schools, Ponderosa High School and Montessori and secondary schools in all grade levels.
It’s hard to beat Cameron Park for recreational fun, Goff said.
Residents can choose running the rapids on the American River, enjoying the beauty of Apple Hill, spending a day at the golf course, playing in Folsom Lake, snow skiing at Lake Tahoe, mountain climbing, hiking to waterfalls and engaging in off-road adventures like four-wheeling or bike riding.
“You can even learn to fly out of Cameron Park’s own airport for private planes. You can find just about any form of entertainment near to Cameron Park.”
Tina Helm, recreation supervisor for Cameron Park Community Services District, said the CSD offers a variety of programs. Upcoming are week-long summer camps for grades 1-7, field trips and special programs at the community center and Cameron Park Lake.
“The latter are not only for kids but for grandparents, too,” she said.
“They come home absolutely tired.”
Another popular summer event is Family Camp that includes a barbecue dinner, songs, campfire and more. People bring their tents, sleeping bags, stay overnight and have breakfast the next morning, Helm said.
Home buyers have a range of choices, Goff said. People can live on private acreage, in a close-knit subdivision or an apartment complex. Properties range from the most basic to the most luxurious multi-million dollar estates.
People can choose new construction homes or homesteads that have been in Cameron Park for decades. There are homes of all sizes on acreage ranging from a half to 100 acres, Goff said.
If buyers want a low-maintenance lifestyle, they can choose from several apartment complexes.
“No matter your taste or budget, you can find a home in Cameron Park.”
Currently, there are 143 homes or lots for sale in Cameron Park. Prices range from a low of $49,000 to a high of $1,680,000. The average price is $356,600.
“People from the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California are always amazed at the size and quality of properties here and how much lower in price they are than in their home areas,” Goff said. “The quality of life – less traffic, more open spaces, lakes, rivers, mountains, (that are) close by – appeals to so many people.”
Residents of Cameron Park are friendly and welcoming and fiercely protective of their community, Goff said.
“You will find a definite sense of community pride among those who live here. They love their lifestyle and want to keep it great for generations to come.”
“I love living in this community,” Goff said.
She enjoys the beautiful surroundings and fresh air, the friendly people and abundance of outdoor activities.
“I have been enjoying the foothill lifestyle since 1984 and couldn't imagine a better place to live. My husband and I have three grown children and 10 grandchildren and we delight in watching them thrive in this great community. I enjoy the quiet privacy here that hails back to a simpler day.
“I hope to stay here forever.”
Tinka Davi is a freelance writer and editor based in Folsom.
Where: 30 miles east of Sacramento
Size: approximately 11 square miles
County: El Dorado
The Community Profiles spotlight Sacramento-area cities and neighborhoods weekly. This schedule is subject to change:
▪ Gold River, June 11
▪ Carmichael, June 18
▪ East Sacramento, June 25
▪ Elk Grove/Laguna, July 2
▪ El Dorado Hills, July 9
▪ Sierra Oaks, July 16
▪ Land Park, July 23
▪ Folsom, July 30
▪ Woodland, Aug. 6
▪ Granite Bay, Aug. 13
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