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Community Profile: Proximity, walkability give Sierra Oaks its desirability

Construction continues at Palisades Sierra Oaks. Two residents just moved in; 14 homes are under construction and there’s a waiting list for the last release of homes.
Construction continues at Palisades Sierra Oaks. Two residents just moved in; 14 homes are under construction and there’s a waiting list for the last release of homes. Ed Andersen

Residents of Sierra Oaks love their community because of its walkability and its proximity to the pulse of the city, downtown Sacramento, hospitals, restaurants and shopping.

Everything’s close, said Realtor Kim Pacini-Hauch of ReMax Gold.

“People want to live close to work and close to where their children go to school.”

Two schools in the community are Sierra Oaks School and Sacramento County Day School. Rio Americano, Jesuit and St. Francis high schools are nearby.

Residents like the walkability of Sierra Oaks, Pacini-Hauch said.

“They can walk to coffee, walk and bike to the American River Parkway.”

They also can walk along the beautiful tree-lined streets of Sierra Oaks, said to be a very desirable and historic community in the region.

The Sierra Oaks Neighborhood Association website says, “Sierra Oaks is considered by many to be the most exclusive neighborhood in the Sacramento region.”

The community, with more than 900 homes, is bounded on the east and west by Watt and Monroe avenues and from the north and south by Fair Oaks Boulevard and the American River, according to the association.

Sierra Oaks Vista is also part of the community, Pacini-Hauch said. It’s the area bounded by Monroe, Fulton, Northrop and Watt avenues.

Shopping is close at Lyon Village, the Pavilions and Loehmann’s Plaza.

Many residents enjoy the nearby Rio del Oro Racquet Club, which has tennis courts, an aquatic complex, exercise, personal training and includes tennis, swim and fitness programs for youth.

For those who are looking for new homes among the old, just outside of Sierra Oaks’ boundaries are two new-home developments, Huntington Sierra Oaks and Palisades Sierra Oaks.

Technically, they’re not in, but close enough to Sierra Oaks, Pacini-Hauch said.

Huntington Sierra Oaks is a gated enclave of 24 new single-family homes by Generation Homes.

They’re a blend of Italianate and Spanish architectural styles with a unique villa look that fit into the high-end Sierra Oaks neighborhood.

The community is located off Monroe Street, south of Fair Oaks Boulevard behind Lyon Village Shopping Center.

Homes range from approximately 1,427 to 1,988 square feet, with prices from $449,950 to $549,950 for the second phase of homes. The first phase has sold out.

“We knew the community would be popular with established Sierra Oaks residents who are looking for a home that is easier to maintain,” said Tony Zogopoulos, a partner with Generation Homes.

“We were surprised by the number of millennials and younger couples who are interested in making this their home, primarily because the neighborhood has an urban vibe in a location that is more comfortable and convenient.”

Pacini-Hauch is the real estate agent for the infill project, Palisades Sierra Oaks.

“It’s a project with 30 homes on small lots,” she said. “Buyer demand is strong.”

Two residents just moved in; 14 homes are under construction and there’s a waiting list for the last release of homes.

The single-family detached homes are priced from the high-$500,000 range to low-$700,000 range. All are single-story except for one two-story model.

“They are perfect for the downsized and empty-nesters as well as those who still want a home without all the exterior maintenance of large lots,” Pacini-Hauch said.

Palisades Sierra Oaks is behind Ettore’s and next to Rio del Oro Racquet Club. Residents have access to the club and its amenities through a gate.

The Sierra Oaks community appeals to residents who work in the area.

“It’s a huge doctor-driven market because of its proximity to nearby hospitals — Shriner’s Hospital for Children, UCD Medical Center, Sutter with the cancer wing and Mercy with the heart wing,” Pacini-Hauch said.

Physicians on call are only 10 minutes away. They don’t have to spend the night at the hospital, but can be with their families, she said.

Residents also include business owners, attorneys and others.

Sierra Oaks has the most expensive real estate in the region.

The high is $5.5 million for a modern home on Laurel Drive; the low is $735,000.

Only 11 homes are on the market in the Sierra Oaks/Sierra Oaks Vista communities.

The market is stable; it’s a bit of a seller’s market with an attractive interest rate and strong economy with most homes selling in less than 40 days, Pacini-Hauch said.

“It’s a nice, comfortable market.”

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


Where: east of downtown Sacramento

Population: 5,542

Government: Sacramento City Council; Sacramento County Board of Supervisors

County: Sacramento