Bobby Kalra and his wife, RJ, are happy in their home in El Dorado Hills’ Blackstone community. In fact, they’re lived in more than one home there.
“My wife and I lived in a Meritage Home, but we saw this one (from CalAtlantic) and really liked the upstairs loft and the numerous sliders downstairs. It’s a very unique home.”
RJ Kalra said that the ceilings are elevated and windows are wall to wall.
“I feel the outdoors is coming into the living room and the interior courtyard.”
“I love this house and am grateful for our lot with its gorgeous view. We can see the Sacramento skyline and the amazing sunsets from our kitchen and living room.
Bobby said, “I’ve lived in the greater Sacramento area, for several years in Rancho Cordova. I always wanted to live in El Dorado Hills, especially Blackstone.”
“We don’t have children yet, but have two Yorkies, Cocoa and Jake.
Vincent and Anita DeGioia have owned a few homes in the area over the years. They’ve lived in Fair Oaks and Carmichael and now are settled in El Dorado Hills. It’s actually their second home built by Lennar in Blackstone.
Their first was in Shenandoah; their second Lennar home - the one they’re living in now - is in Summit View.
It’s a single-story, which the DeGioias prefer. Peter Pham, Lennar’s new-home consultant, was a great help in finding the home which has an open area in the back and a view, said Vincent DeGioia, who is retired.
“El Dorado Hills is a nice area,” he said, adding that he and his wife enjoy visits with their grandchildren and great grandchild.
Marshall and Mojgan Alameida are new to El Dorado Hills. They bought a home in Laurelton at Blackstone by CalAtlantic Homes.
“It’s an interesting story,” Marshall said when asked why the couple chose El Dorado Hills. “I went to high school and college in Sacramento, but have been in the Bay Area for several years.”
There was a big attraction to return to this area. Their daughter and son-in-law, Andrea and Michael Moon, live El Dorado Hills along with the Alameida’s granddaughter.
“They got us turned on to CalAtlantic,” Marshall said.
“We needed a one-story house. We want to be able to age in place.”
The neighbors were welcoming and dropped off cookies when they moved in December 2016, Bobby said.
The Kalras are focused on landscaping and often get together with their neighbors to check out each other’s projects.
The Kalra’s project is a backyard grotto with a water cave and waterfall using the sloping hill in construction rather than brick and mortar.
Their home is close to El Dorado Hills Town Center and the movie theaters. RJ likes to bicycle there and visit the farmers market.
The Town Center is a major shopping area with retail, restaurants, beauty, real estate and travel services and an amphitheater where concerts are held.
Other centers include Montano de El Dorado Shopping Plaza and shops at Green Valley Road and Francisco Drive.
Laura Newell, communications and event marketing manager for the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, listed several new businesses which include Blow Me Away Blow Dry Bar, Tea Xotics, Inc., Pure Barre, Le Grandeur, Mr. Handyman and R Purnell Jewelers.
People enjoy special events such as Saturday Night in the Park on Sept. 9. It is co-sponsored by the chamber and El Dorado Hills Community Services District and will feature an outdoor concert, business booths, face painting, wine and beer tastings and free raffle.
The CSD is staging Summer Concerts in the Park Fridays at the Community Park. Concerts will feature live music, food, bounce houses and children’s activities, said Michael Cottrell, CSD recreation supervisor.
Food Trucks in the Foothills is set for July 12 at Community Park.
Parent’s Night Off starts July 14 when kids ages 6-12 (and day camp staff members) enjoy pizza, a swim, overnight sleep and breakfast at the CSD Gym.
El Dorado Hills has more than 40 parks and activities for youngsters through older adults.
Several new-home builders are offering communities. In Blackstone are Fiora from KB Home; The Estates at Blackstone from KHovnanian Homes, Summit View, The Enclave, The Ridge and Palisades from Lennar; and Chaparral from The New Home Company.
At The Promontory are The Elms by Renasci Homes; Villagio from CalAtlantic Homes and Villa Lago from Toll Brothers.
In the Serrano community are Serenity from Premier United Communities, Fiori and Vintage 38 from Taylor Morrison and Pinnacle from Toll Brothers. CalAtlantic also has homes at Sierramonte.
According to MetroList Pro, resale homes range from $475,000 to $6,950,000.
El Dorado Hills’ median home value is $602,500. According to Zillow, values have increased 8.7 percent over the past year are predicted to rise 1.3 percent within the next year.
Tinka Davi is a freelance writer and editor based in Folsom.
Location: 25 miles east of Sacramento
County: El Dorado
Size: 48.6 square miles
Government: County Board of Supervisors