Granite Bay’s country-like setting coupled with suburban conveniences appealed to Colin Grahl and Karen Hauber.
That’s why they moved from Roseville to Granite Bay in 2015.
“I just love the rural feeling and being close to everything we need,” said Grahl, a financial adviser whose firm, Westlake, Grahl and Glover, is about 3 miles from home.
“I can’t finish a cup of coffee on my way to work,” he said.
His wife, who is a speech-language-learning specialist with a private practice, has an office at home.
“I work with children and consult to families from Fair Oaks to Roseville to El Dorado Hills, so Granite Bay is a great location,” Hauber wrote in an email. “Many families with whom I work are in south Placer, so Granite Bay is very convenient.”
Hauber’s mother, Anne, will move into a cottage on the property.
She’s a 91-year-old who acts 80, Hauber said. She volunteers, likes to garden and attends church.
Grahl and Hauber wanted a number of features in a home - single story, generous lot size, potential for an inviting backyard space, convenient location, inside and outside places for casual entertaining and privacy.
Their home sits on an acre with flower gardens, meandering paths, large patio area, outdoor room, pool and pool house/cottage.
The couple’s calendars outside of work are crowded. Hauber is president of the Placer County SPCA; Grahl is a past president.
Currently they’re co-chairs of the capital campaign to build a new Placer SPCA animal-care center in downtown Roseville in the former Surewest Telecommunications facility. The center will be a home-like setting for animals with an educational program for children and adults.
They’re involved with SPCA fundraisers: the Funny Bones event April 1, selling engraved bricks for the new center’s courtyard and they’ll also host a party at their home.
Grahl’s firm hosts an annual community project - last year it was the Placer Food Bank - Toys for Tots and sponsors the Sutter Roseville Foundation Golf Tournament.
Grahl and Hauber like their location. It’s close to hiking, their gym and trails where Hauber runs.
Granite Bay has name recognition and a positive brand, said Ken Svanum of The Bishop Real Estate Group.
“People come and fall in love with it,” he said.
There are many different aspects to the community - the schools, hiking events, nearby lake activities, rafting, kayaking on the American River and proximity to medical, shopping and the Sacramento International Airport.
Eureka Union School District has some of the state’s highest performing schools, Svanum said.
Granite Bay’s elementary and middle schools are within the Eureka Union School District; Granite Bay High School is part of the Roseville Joint Union High School District.
Local shopping includes the upscale Quarry Ponds with several dining spots, a coffee house, gift shop and services. A farmers market is held there Sunday mornings.
Other shopping is at Douglas Boulevard and Auburn-Folsom Road and at the opposite end of the community at Douglas and Sierra College boulevards.
When looking for homes, Svanum said, some people seek one of several named communities within Granite Bay.
“Granite Bay has a mixture of gated and non-gated communities as well as rural properties and large properties,” he said. “In some rural areas, the roads meander on single lanes. The mix of communities is attractive.”
Resale home prices range from $275,000 for a 3-bedroom, 2-bath, 1,676-square-foot home on one-fifth of an acre.
“That’s a pretty good price,” Svanum said.
The highest-priced home is $3.2 million for an 8,000-square-foot home with 7 bedrooms, 6.5 baths on 2.3 acres.
“And there’s everything in between,” Svanum said.
The median price home is $679,000 and, in January, there were 82 homes on the market.
The average sold price is up 4.5 percent this January over January last year.
“It’s a good, neutral market, balanced and a healthier market. I don’t see that in other communities,” Svanum said. “Things in Granite Bay are shaping up very nicely.”
Granite Bay has new homes under construction.
Standard Pacific is offering The Residences at Greyhawk.
The New Home Company has homes at The Grove.
Enclave is a community from Emerald Homes, a D.R. Horton company.
While many people are moving into Granite Bay, some residents do sell their homes. Svanum said it’s because they’re relocating out of the market, moving out of state, downsizing or moving to a different climate.
“However, there’s not a big turnover. More people are moving in than moving out.”
Svanum gets calls, emails and text messages from people who want to move to Granite Bay from outside the community, from the East Bay Area and the Peninsula.
“People can live and work anywhere thanks to technology,” he said.
“Add everything up in Granite Bay and you get recreation, great schools, great health and medical and retail plus proximity to the foothills, Sierras and San Francisco Bay Area,” Svanum said.
“It’s the best of the best.”
Tinka Davi is a freelance writer and editor based in Folsom.
Where: 25 miles east of Sacramento
Size: approximately 25 square miles
Government: Placer County Board of Supervisors
The Community Profiles spotlight Sacramento-area cities and neighborhoods weekly. This schedule is subject to change:
▪ Downtown Sacramento, April 2
▪ Placerville, April 9
▪ Fair Oaks, April 16
▪ Lincoln, April 23
▪ Loomis, April 30
▪ West Sacramento, May 7
▪ Rocklin, May 14
▪ Cameron Park, May 21
▪ Campus Commons, May 28
▪ Rancho Murieta, June 4
▪ 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
▪ Arden Arcade, Aug. 20
▪ Rancho Cordova, Aug. 27