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Community Profile: Granite Bay has ‘fabulous schools, fabulous homes’

By Tinka Davi

Patrons take advantage of the Placer Grown Farmers’ Market at the Quarry Ponds Town Center off Douglas Boulevard in Granite Bay.
Patrons take advantage of the Placer Grown Farmers’ Market at the Quarry Ponds Town Center off Douglas Boulevard in Granite Bay.

When Andy and Bridget Beater visited her sister in Granite Bay, they liked what they saw: “A wonderful community and wonderful schools,” she said.

They moved to a home near Granite Bay High School when their daughter was in kindergarten. She’s now in eighth grade.

“Granite Bay has fabulous schools and fabulous homes,” said Bridget whose sister, Jill, is married to John Caulfield, owner of Landmark Builders.

The Beater’s youngsters, a daughter, 12, and sons, 10 and 8, are very involved in sports, Bridget said. They swim for the Granite Bay Gators swim team at the high school.

The youngsters also play soccer. Andy Beater, an Air Force reserves pilot who also flies for FedEx, is on the board of the Granite Bay Football Club. Bridget, a former attorney, teaches aerobics in Roseville and volunteers in the youngsters’ classrooms.

Granite Bay’s schools have a good reputation.

Clients often say that the schools are a big part of their decision to live here, said custom-home builder Caulfield.

He and his family have lived in Silverwood by Granite Bay High School for 16 years. It’s a safe area, he said. The Caulfield’s three daughters could walk to school from kindergarten through high school, except for junior high which was not within walking distance.

Elementary and junior high schools are within the Eureka Union School District; Granite Bay High is part of the Roseville Joint Union High School District.

The girls have had plenty of playmates in the neighborhood, Caulfield said. There are 24 homes on the cul-de-sac and there were 54 kids at one time.

“They had a great time.”

The family enjoys Granite Bay’s location.

“We are big boaters so we like the proximity to Folsom Lake,” Caulfield said.

The community also is close to Napa wine country, local wineries and downtown Sacramento.

Realtor Lorisa Brosious of The Bishop Real Estate Group also likes the location.

The close proximity to major freeways and Sacramento International Airport are key factors for commuters.

“It’s about 1-1/2 hours to Lake Tahoe; or 1-1/2 to the beach. It’s a perfect location.”

She added that Granite Bay has access to cultural activities and museums and has its own library.

Granite Bay offers residents a wide range of outdoor activities from golfing, hiking, cycling, equestrian and boating, she said.

“As you drive through the roads and streets of Granite Bay you will see a diverse community and the architectural styles of homes that line the streets are just amazing. That is the best part of touring with a client.

The comments they make about the area are awesome, Brosious said.

They say things like “The neighborhoods are just beautiful.” “The homes look like they are right out of a magazine.” “The privacy of this neighborhood is perfect for our family;” “I travel a lot and it's nice for my wife and kids to be located within the gates.” “I want my kids to grow up on some land and learn about nature and growing our own food."

She said, “A lot of people move to the outskirts of Granite Bay to grow their own stuff - vegetables, fruit or to raise cows,”

Caulfield, who has owned Landmark Builders for 20 years, is currently doing six projects - three home remodels and three custom homes.

“Builders are just starting to build spec homes, but the difficult part is finding land,” he said. “There are no subdivisions with empty lots.”

Currently there are 90 resale homes on the market, ranging from $399,900 to a high of $12 million. Just one house is at that price, Brosious said.

The average list price is $998,000 and homes are on the market about 60.days.

Since June 1, 65 homes have closed.

“That’s over one house a day,” Brosious said. Prices ranged from a low of $545,000 up to $2.5 million. That’s an uptick from last year.

The number of homes sold increased by 15.4 percent from June to June. Listings are down this year, she said.

“There’s so much going on in Granite Bay. It’s robust. People are moving and upsizing or downsizing and a lot are coming from Southern California due to job transfers and they like the prices.

“Granite Bay offers each resident an amazing experience of small-town atmosphere with close proximity to all the luxuries of a big town. We have so many different properties from a very small percentage of production homes to a large variety of beautiful custom estates. We have something for everyone from the low maintenance property to the land lover,” she said.

“It’s city living for the person who just really wants privacy with a rural setting.”

Tinka Davi is a freelance writer and editor based in Folsom.


Where: 25 miles east of Sacramento

County: Placer

Size: approximately 25 square miles

Population: 24,012

Government: Placer County Board of Supervisors