Many happy homeowners live in El Dorado Hills. Just ask what attracted them and they’ll sing praises for the place.
Jack Gorman and Lauren Rossie Gorman are newlyweds and new homeowners. They married a couple of weeks ago and bought their home in Chaparral from The New Home Company a little over a month ago.
Gorman, who has lived in Folsom and Roseville, said, El Dorado Hills is more relaxed and more urban.
He likes the restaurants, the school district and the Blackstone Clubhouse where the Gormans held their rehearsal dinner.
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They enjoy Town Center concerts, the Sunday Farmers Markets and the wine tours.
“I love it here,” he said.
Jim and Jean Stone moved into their second Lennar home in Blackstone over a month ago. They had a home in Shenandoah and now live in the Ridge.
“We just unpacked the last box today,” Stone said during a June 22 telephone call.
They’ve lived in El Dorado Hills for seven years and earlier in Cameron Park.
“We retired out of Southern California and now we’re getting up in years,” he said. “We wanted to be closer to medical and other services. Everything’s just minutes from our house.”
They volunteer at their church, Rolling Hills, and enjoy concerts and activities at Town Center. They also like Blackstone’s clubhouse.
“It’s a good central place to meet people and do all the things old people do.”
Eric and Tiffany Collins and their youngsters ages 2 and 5 moved from Ran cho Cordova to El Dorado Hills for the schools which are highly rated, Eric said.
Their new home is in Blackstone’s Soltice community by Meritage Homes.
“We enjoy Town Center and the car shows, concerts, movies and holiday celebrations. There are a lot of things to do.”
Marlene and Michael Yamanaka bought a home in Laurelton at Blackstone by CalAtlantic Homes but they don’t plan to move in right away. Maybe in a year, Marlene said. That’s because she’s still working in Southern California. A friend is staying in the home.
“Michael loves fishing and loves the open feeling up here. I didn’t want to move; I’m a Southern California girl . . . but, I thought, OK we’ll give it a try.”
She finds the pace in El Dorado Hills low key and slower and the people nice.
“It feels more like a vacation place,” she said.
Brent Dennis, general manager of the El Dorado Hills Community Services District, became a happy condominium owner Feb. 29.
He lives in Lesarra on Valley View Parkway.
“There’s an outstanding array of activities - pickleball, bocce ball, tennis and swimming.”
He enjoys the clubhouse, pool, Jacuzzi and spends time in the fitness center before work.
He saves an hour daily because he’s close to his office.
“It’s nice to live in the community where I work.”
The El Dorado Hills CSD offers programs for all ages. They include concerts in Community Park, July 15, 29 and Aug. 12; Iron Hills Youth Triathlon Aug. 13; several themed summer camps, sports, aquatics and senior programs.
Realtor George Faulkner of the Pat Seide Group, Coldwell Banker said the attraction of El Dorado Hills is multi-faceted and starts with the town’s scenic beauty.
“It is the first town going east on Highway 50 that has a foothill topography with hilly terrain and beautiful views,” he wrote in an email. “Many people are seeking a change from the relatively flat terrain of the river valleys in Sacramento. They enjoy the many views available in both homes and public places.”
People also are attracted by the sense of community which, he said, is “enhanced by very good schools, parks, trails, low crime, good restaurants and the presence of the Town Center development which provides an identifiable downtown with restaurants, shopping, entertainment and many outdoor activities including weekly bands in the summer, July 4th fireworks, farmers markets and much more.”
El Dorado Hills is a community which developed over the past 20 years with well-planned traffic flow, school locations, shopping and public facilities.
“It is more than just housing developments; it is an actual town with its own character.”
The community primarily has single-family homes ranging from 2,000-3,000 square feet to 9,500 square feet. The median is about 3,200 square feet. Most housing was built between the late 1990s through 2007, he said.
Currently 282 homes are for sale ranging in price from $230,000 to $7,999,000.
“We have seen a consistent improvement in the market each year since 2012,” Faulkner said. “The market is generally in the normal range now with good balance in the median range of $700,000 and below,” he said.
“We have seen some slowdown in the last 90 days over $1 million but are not certain how long it will last. We see no issues that would make us expect this (slowdown) to carry on for an extended period.”
New-home communities and builders in Blackstone include Fiora by KB Home, The Estates by K. Hovnanian; Summit View, The Ridge, Palisades and The Enclave from Lennar; Solstice by Meritage Homes; Chaparral, The New Home Company; Laurelton by CalAtlantic;
Homes at The Promontory are Villagio by CalAtlantic; The Oaks and The Elms by Renasci Homes;
Serrano homes include Serenity from Premier United Communities, Fiori and Vintage 38 from Taylor Morrison and Pinnacle by Toll Brothers.
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
The Community Profiles spotlight Sacramento-area cities and neighborhoods weekly. This schedule is subject to change:
▪ Sierra Oaks, July 16
▪ Land Park, July 23
▪ Folsom, July 30
▪ Woodland, Aug. 6
▪ Granite Bay, Aug. 13
▪ Arden Arcade, Aug. 20
▪ Citrus Heights, Sept. 3
▪ Greenhaven/Pocket, Sept. 10
▪ Downtown Sacramento, Sept. 17
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