Talk about happy residents. Gil and Ardis Torr moved to Carmichael 40 years ago.
It was their third move. Their first home was an apartment in San Mateo, then they moved to a home in Sunnyvale and finally settled in Carmichael when Gil Torr was transferred to the area.
“Our kids grew up in Carmichael,” Ardis Torr said.
Now adults, sons Brad and Scott played Little League baseball and soccer and participated in other activities.
Carmichael Park has several baseball fields, tennis courts and a nine-hole disc golf course, said Michael Shumaker of Security Pacific Real Estate.
The park also has a popular farmers market year-round on Sunday mornings.
And there’s more, he said.
“Ancil Hoffman Park has a well-known golf course, the Effie Yeaw Nature Center and trails featured at a riverfront preserve.”
Other great spots are La Sierra Community Center which includes sports fields and the Chautauqua Playhouse.
“We like the location,” Ardis Torr said. We are close to San Francisco, Napa and Lake Tahoe and all those places are easy to get to.”
They’re also close to schools, American River College, shopping and church.
“We are not moving from Carmichael,” Gil Torr said.
The Torrs may just be typical of Carmichael residents.
“I think people are nostalgic,” said Linda Melody, executive director of the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce. “They have memories of growing up here and living and working here, and they want to stay here for the rest of their lives. Carmichael has a smaller community atmosphere with wonderful trees and parks and longtime friends that they’ve developed.”
Shumaker added that the big attractions in Carmichael are the mature neighborhoods, accessibility to recreation, schools and shopping.
The Torrs are not far from the new Milagro Centre on Fair Oaks Boulevard.
It was designed and developed by Allan Davis and the late Nancy Emerson Davis. Her image is framed by the O in the center’s archway.
Milagro will have several dining spots, banquet facilities and full commercial-grade kitchen, a courtyard with seating and an outdoor fireplace.
River City Brewing Company recently opened.
Mesa Mercado and Ghiotto Gelato should be next to open. That should be during June and then the south wing will be opening soon, Melody said.
When there’s more activity in the north wing, she said that the chamber office will move to Milagro Centre.
“It’s a great new development,” Shumaker said. “More great things are to come.”
Shopping is convenient in Carmichael.
“We have a lot of grocery stores in close proximity - Raley’s, Bel Air, Safeway, Save-Mark and Smart & Final Extra,” Melody said.
Students in Carmichael can go from preschool through the two-year American River College, which is part of the Los Rios Community College District. Public schools are within the San Juan Unified School District plus there are several private schools.
Carmichael has several summer events including an upcoming movie night in Carmichael Park on July 22 and a movie in Mission North Park on July 29.
Summer concerts in Carmichael Park are held Saturday nights through Aug. 27 (except July Fourth weekend) and Sundays (June 26, July 10, Aug. 7 and 28).
The 58th annual Carmichael Elk’s Fourth of July parade will end with fireworks at La Sierra Community Center.
The BBQ, Beer & Boogie Aug. 11 at Oakmont of Carmichael is a benefit to end Alzheimer’s disease.
Currently there are 132 single-family homes for sale in Carmichael, Shumaker said. Prices range from $249,000 to $1,999,999. The average sales price is $567,000; the median price is $350,000.
“We’re still seeing a bit of a seller’s market in the lower-priced homes that are priced appropriately.”
A new-home community, The Oaks at Carmichael, has 28 two-story homes in Spanish, Craftsman and Cottage architectural styles.
“It’s located off Winding Way, a good area and very accessible to all that Carmichael has to offer,” Shumaker said.
Carmichael is a great community with all the modern amenities plus it has lots of things to do that give it a small-town vibe, he said.
“And it has a great sense of community.”
Tinka Davi is a freelance writer and editor based in Folsom.
Where: 10 miles east of Sacramento
Size: 17 square miles
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