Chris Solich is happy living in a Robert Powell home. In fact, she said, “I should be the Powell Poster Child.”
Her first apartment was in Woodside, built by Powell Development; next she moved to Campus Commons, where many of the homes were by Powell.
She then lived in the Sun River area across Sunrise Boulevard from Gold River and watched as the homes went up. She thought she’d like to live there.
She moved to Gold River, a Powell development, when she met and married her husband, Mark Solich, who is with Lyon Real Estate. That was 20 years ago.
“We’re currently on our fifth home,” Mark Solich said.
“I will probably die in a Powell home,” Chris Solich said. “I love the master-planned community.”
Their most recent move was from a two-story home.
“We needed a one-story,” Chris Solich said. “We had a large dog, a Labrador retriever, named LuLu. We had to buy a house for the dog.”
LuLu is the reason she knows her neighbors.
“Everybody loves their mutt and you meet most of your neighbors while walking dogs.”
She’s also involved in community activities. She’s on the finance committee for her village HOA and formerly served on the landscape committee.
Gold River has a total of 2,735 homes with 25 villages of varying sizes, said Joan Liberty, general manager of the Gold River Community Association. Nine are gated and four have pools. And each village has a separate homeowners association.
The front yard landscapes are maintained and watering the common areas is being modified and the trees will be on a drip system, Liberty said.
“We love our trees and want to save them.”
Front yard landscaping of Gold River homes is also maintained, Liberty said.
“People have always been attracted to Gold River and it looks good when they drive through there.”
Some people don’t like the guidelines or restrictions in Gold River (for example, all cars must be off the streets and driveways), but Chris Solich is OK with them.
“I happen to like the fact that all homes look the same and all are in good condition. The outsides are the same architectural style, but when you walk inside, all are different. People have their own style of interiors,” she said.
“One thing I was told and I agree - that Powell was a futurist when it came to home building. There are many windows that bring nature in ... the large picture windows are beautiful.”
People also like the central location.
“You can jump on the freeway (Highway 50) and you’re 20 minutes from downtown Sacramento and 20 minutes from El Dorado Hills,” Chris Solich said.
The Soliches enjoy walking the trails and riding bicycles on the American River Parkway, which backs up to their property.
“It’s private. All we see are trees,” she said.
The Town Centre is close and they shop at Bel Air Market, have coffee at Starbucks and eat at the several restaurants there.
They’re also close to the Gold River Racquet Club which has tennis courts, a four-pool aquatics complex, outdoor play and recreation areas, racquetball and squash courts, fitness center, exercise and group cycling rooms, lounge and café, Kids’ Club and Children’s Play Center.
Mark Solich said that people like Gold River because of the many amenities from the bike and walking trails to the security patrol, the racquet club and the Gold River Discovery Center.
It’s a K-8 school that’s within the San Juan Unified School District and is highly rated, he said.
“When buyers look at Gold River, they have a certain price point, but people look at all the amenities and buy up,” Solich said.
They have a huge selection of different-style homes from 1,200 to 5,000 square feet, single-or two-story, gated or non-gated villages, homes on sub-zero lot lines and half-acre lots.
Many people never leave Gold River, he said. They buy a home, then move into a larger home, then downsize.
Inventory is down 34 percent from a year ago, with 25 homes on the market as of April compared to 38 in April 2015.
The most expensive home in Gold River is $1,125,000; the least expensive is $319,000; the average sold price is $453,000.
“Pricing is up 9.8 percent compared to a year ago,” he said.
Liberty said that residents are attracted to Gold River because they like the location, the ambiance and the appearance.
“It’s wonderful,” she said.
“They like the lifestyle whether they are young or old, have a family or no family.”
Tinka Davi is a freelance writer and editor based in Folsom.
Where: 18 miles east of Sacramento
Size: Approximately 2.7 square miles
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