Arden-Arcade Homes for Sale

Β Another CDP community within close commuting distance to downtown Sacramento and Sacramento State University is Arden-Arcade. Bounded by Interstate 80 to the North and the American River to the south, the 17.9 square miles district goes from Ethan Way in the west to Mission Avenue to the east.

The area is a mix of suburban and commercial streets with a cluster of luxury homes in neighborhoods to the south along the American River. Other neighborhoods – Crest Haven, Fredericksville, Garden of the Gods, and Mina Gardens – are humbler. Homeowners tend to be active in decisions concerning the area through the local community planning council and an Arden-Arcade chamber of commerce. Median home price in the area is $318,200, but there are homes at the lower end of the range suitable for first time buyers. The cost of living here is higher than the national average, but not outrageous by California standards.

Arden-Arcade has a range of public and private elementary, prep and high schools, and is part of the highly regarded San Juan School District. A car is useful to get around this sprawling area, but there is also public transit courtesy of the Sacramento Regional Transit (SRT) network.

Arden-Arcade is the one of the main commercial areas for the northeastern suburbs of Greater Sacramento and is blessed with a Trader Joe’s, Target, Whole Foods, shopping malls, specialty stores, high end car dealerships and numerous restaurants. The area also has a private country club, The Del Paso. Walking, hiking and cycling is a popular pastime along the American River Parkway. The mix of practical services and established tree-lined streets makes it a desirable neighborhood and the real estate market here remains lively.

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El Dorado County Homes for Sale

El Dorado County has historical significance as home to the gold strike (in Coloma) that set off the California gold rush of the mid-1800s.

Weather in El Dorado County diverges from the snowy highland climate of South Lake Tahoe to the classic Mediterranean climate of wet winters and hot, dry summers of Placerville.

The largest city is Southern Lake Tahoe on the Nevada/California state line. With a population of 21,400 it is notable as a center for outdoor activities on the lake itself and nearby ski areas. Placerville, the historic county seat, is second largest. It is arts-friendly and popular with tourists for its historic town center of restored Gold Rush-era buildings.

Real estate throughout the county is in high demand and it is a seller’s market. Homes tend to have large lots and are well-appointed. The median home value is currently $427,000, and El Dorado County home values continue to rise (4.9% over the past year).

Historically, El Dorado County has had low rates of violent and property crime. Crime rates are rising in recent years no doubt linked to a quickly growing population. However, residents still consider it a relatively safe place to live.

El Dorado Transit runs local service in Placerville and surrounding areas as well as frequent commuter service into Sacramento and Folsom. BlueGo is the transit operator for the South Lake Tahoe area, also running into parts of Nevada.

In terms of recreational activity, El Dorado county is a living history lesson set in stunning natural surroundings that will excite hikers and sports enthusiasts. Preserved rustic mining towns and attractions such as the Gold Bug Park and Mine offer numerous opportunities to pan for gold and re-live the excitement of the gold rush. Natural wonders include the El Dorado National Forest and the justly world-famous ski resorts of Lake Tahoe.

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Placer County Homes for Sale

Placer County was first developed during the California Gold Rush of the 1850s. This is a storied region that straddles both the Sacramento Valley and the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and encloses such natural wonders as Tahoe National Forest and the shores of Lake Tahoe. The climate is not extreme, but summers can be hot and dry, and winters see considerable snowfall in some elevations. The conditions are perfect for growing wine, similar to the south of France, and the wine industry thrives here as a result.

Placer County is dotted with established communities – Roseville, Rocklin, Auburn, Lincoln and the resort region of Olympic Valley to name a few. These are all desirable small towns and cities, but each has its own distinct personality. Roseville is the largest, considered one of the best and safest cities in California, and has a bustling cultural scene. Auburn recently ranked 73rd in liveability.com’s 100 Best Small Towns List. Lincoln and Auburn both have historic city centers. Olympic Valley is a sports enthusiast’s dream. There is a community to suit every prospective buyer in Placer County.

The cost of living here is relatively high. The county’s median house price is an impressive $456,300, further evidence of the robust real estate market throughout California.

Placer County Transit (PCT) provides basic bus service primarily along the I-80 corridor. PCT also runs commuter service to Downtown Sacramento. The cities of Auburn, Lincoln and Roseville, and the Tahoe area also have local transit services. Greyhound and Amtrak serve the county with inter-city service. There are regional airports in Lincoln, Auburn and Tahoe, in addition to Sacramento International Airport.

Many are drawn to Placer County for its beautiful scenery and possibilities for an active lifestyle. The region is packed with attractions, destinations and jumping off points for exploration. Hiking, biking and following the trail of gold rush explorers are popular activities throughout the county. The Placer Valley wine movement (which some refer to as the “gold crush”) is supported by many small production vineyards on the Placer County wine trail.

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Rosemont/College Greens Homes for Sale

Both working class Rosemont and upscale College Greens are eastern suburbs of Sacramento, CA but are considered “census designated places (CDPs)” rather than parts of the city itself.

Rosemont (which includes the neighborhoods of Cobblestone Glen, Rose Park, Autumnwood Oaks and Pen Parks Estates) begins at Watt Ave and spans east. A small commercial district runs along Kiefer Blvd in the center. College Greens (which includes the neighborhoods College Glen, Glen Brook and La Riviera) occupies the north side of Folsom Blvd between Watt and Howe. Both are well-established neighborhoods, with lots of mature trees and large-ish homes dating from the 50s and 60s. And there are newer developments scattered through these areas.

Home prices in Rosemont/College Greens are significantly lower than in midtown Sacramento, depending on the specific street and proximity to busy Hwy 50/Folsom Blvd. The median home price in Rosemont is $257,200 (compared to just over $300,000 in midtown Sacramento) and there is usually inventory under $100K. In College Greens, where homes are larger and well maintained, that median list price is $305,000. The cost of living is higher than national averages in both these regions, as it is in most California counties.

Rosemont is served by a number of elementary schools as well as Rosemont High School and Carrington College, which trains health care workers. There is public space in the form of small parks and playgrounds as well as the larger Rosemont Community Park with programming by an active community association. Daily needs can be obtained within the neighborhood via a cluster of restaurants, banks, shops and grocery stores along Folsom Blvd and Kiefer Blvd. College Greens also has recreational amenities in the form of the College Greens Shopping Center and the College Greens Swim and Racquet Club

Rosemont and College Greens are considered relatively safe neighborhoods with engaged residents who take care of their homes and community. This keeps crime rates low though they have spiked in recent years due to increasing density.

Beyond the immediate neighborhood, residents have easy access to downtown nightlife and historic Old Sacramento, the booming food and wine culture of the state, Lake Tahoe recreation and the natural beauty of the Sacramento Valley and San Francisco Bay area. Add this to a comfortable year-round climate with lots of sunshine and it’s easy to see why people are flocking to these areas.

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Sacramento County Homes for Sale

Sacramento is one of the original California counties, incorporated in 1850. For centuries, people have flocked to this picturesque valley for its Mediterranean climate. The county enjoys year-round sun with high temperatures ranging from mid-50s in winter to low-90s in summer.

Today, a population of 1.5 million permanent residents make their homes across the 994 square miles that run from the Sacramento River delta in the south to just beyond the state capitol of Sacramento in the north. Notable communities in the county include the growing suburb of Elk Grove, Folsom, Galt, Isleton, Rancho Cordova and Citrus Heights.

The cost of living is relatively high in these coveted areas and real estate sales are brisk. Houses tend to be large and well appointed, with the median home value for the county hovering around $310,000. However, it’s money well spent, since many cities in the area are exceptionally well endowed with community and state amenities.

Crime rates depend on what part of the county you are analyzing. In the Sacramento Metro area crime rates are 27% higher than the state average, but are declining due to initiatives by local government and law enforcement. The city of Folsom, by contrast, has crime rates that are 37% lower than the rest of California.

The quality of public schools is similarly disparate: public school scores in the Sacramento district are 40% lower than the national average; in Folsom test scores are 31% higher than the national average. Overall though, the county has a reputation for good public and private schools and excellent post-secondary institutions such as California State University Sacramento and University of Californiaβ€”Davis and the private University of the Pacific – Sacramento.

Living in most parts of the county requires a car – here public transportation is not as developed as in some other parts of California. However, Sacramento Regional Transit (RT) provides bus and light rail service in Sacramento and nearby communities like Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights, and Rosemont. Elk Grove, Folsom and Galt also operate their own bus lines.

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Sacramento Homes for Sale

The state capital of California was named after the Sacramento River, on its western border. The city’s strategic location and geographic features have given rise to a lively history – in previous centuries it’s been a key transportation hub, from Pony Express times through steamboat travel on the river to the rise of rail transport. The area is growing fast and remains a key city in the state.

In contrast to the heavenly climate (July in Sacramento is the sunniest month, in terms of percent possible sunshine, of anywhere in the world), Sacramento is also the second most flood susceptible city in the United States after New Orleans. But then it also has the largest tree canopy of any urban center in the US. With all these contradictions the city is considered to be immensely livable, one of the hippest in California and a center for the farm to folk food movement.

Homes in Sacramento sell fast and at record prices. Median resale home prices continue to go up and now hover around $330,000. It’s a highly competitive market despite the high cost of living and crime rates that are high in certain areas, among other problems such as difficult commute times.

The quality of public schools largely depends on the neighborhood – some public and charter schools in Land Park and Tahoe Park have excellent reputations. Post-secondary institutions are also first-rate. California State University, Sacramento, is the largest university in the city. The University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law, is located here, as is the UC Davis Medical Center, a world-renowned research hospital.

Greyhound and Amtrak both serve Sacramento. There is frequent commuter service to San Francisco and San Jose – both trips should take about 90 minutes (but due to backed-up traffic will likely take longer). Sacramento International Airport flies to major centers in the US and Mexico.

The oldest part of the town is Old Sacramento, full of cobbled streets, horse-drawn carriages and historic buildings from the Gold Rush-era. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park is another popular attraction for history buffs. Sacramento’s arts and culture scene is also outstanding with the Crocker Art Museum and Second Saturday city-wide arts activities worthy of note.

Sacramento boasts an extensive park system consisting of over 5,000 acres of parkland and recreation centers as well as the American River Parkway just outside the city.

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San Joaquin County Homes for Sale

The county was named for the San Joaquin River, the longest in central California, which runs through it. Dan Joaquin County is quite small at 1,426 square miles, and has 8 main communities. Stockton is the largest with an international deep-water port that provides a gateway to central California and home of oldest university in California – the University of the Pacific (UOP), chartered in 1851. Other desirable communities in the county (and even closer to the economic centers of San Francisco and San Jose) are Mountain House, Tracy and Lodi.

San Joaquin County has a dry climate, with very little rain. Its summers are long and dry, with rainy weather limited to the period between November and April.

The real estate market in San Joaquin remains lively with a median house listing price of $359,690. Like many counties in central and north California, San Joaquin is increasingly attractive to retirees and those who are priced out of the larger urban markets to the west. Home values have gone up 9.1% over the past year and this trend is likely to continue. And so the relatively high cost of living will also continue to rise.

Although crime rates in working class Stockton are high relative to most other counties and cities in California, the less crowded parts of the county have comparable or lower rates of violent or property crime.

San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) provides city bus service within Stockton. RTD also runs intercity routes throughout the county, and commuter routes to Livermore, Pleasanton, Sacramento, and Santa Clara County. The cities of Lodi, Escalon, Manteca, Tracy and Ripon also operate their own bus systems. The Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) rail service connects Stockton and San Jose.

For recreational activities, much of the action takes place around the delta waterways. The Stockton Marina is a busy hub for boat travel connecting to Suisun Bay and, eventually San Francisco Bay. The county is also part of the region’s robust farm to table movement, with foodies, wine and craft beer lovers finding much to enjoy.

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Solano County Homes for Sale

Solano is the eastern most county of the North Bay area. It’s tiny, only 906 square miles, but a growing mix of rural and suburban centers. Midway between Sacramento and San Francisco, the county has easy access to some of the best amenities in California. The largest city is Vallejo; others include Fairfield, Vacaville, Benicia and Suisun City. Regional government limits residential and commercial development outside of cities, preserving about 80% of the land for open space or agricultural uses.

Despite a high cost of living, real estate is hot in Solano County with high demand and low inventory, and has been for several seasons. Vallejo especially is one of the most coveted areas in the entire US. The median home cost in the county is $358,400.

Solano County has seven public school districts that manage 114 schools. Student test scores have steadily risen over the past seven years. Beyond high school, Solano County is served by the Solano Community College, a University of California campus with the California Maritime Academy, and extension campuses of several major universities.

Crime rates in Solano County are comparable to most other California counties, but higher than the rest of the US.

Solano County is served by SolTrans; Fairfield, Suisun and Vacaville also have city bus service. Services across the county tend to be interconnected and transit links are provided to Napa, Yolo and Sacramento counties as well. Greyhound and Amtrak provide long-distance intercity service. The San Francisco Bay Ferry has a terminal in Vallejo.

Solano County is home to one the most popular attractions in California: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo. County residents can also easily enjoy day trips to the San Francisco Bay area, Lake Tahoe and the Napa and Sonoma Valleys for fishing, boating, skiing, hiking and biking.

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Sutter County Homes for Sale

Sutter County is located along the Sacramento River to the west and the Feather River in the east, with 240 miles of levees and a total square mileage of 608 square miles. The county is home to Sutter Buttes, possibly the world’s smallest mountain range

The county shares the mild climate of its San Joaquin and Sacramento Valley neighbors with temperatures ranging from lows around 39 degrees in January to highs around 97 degrees in July. Average annual rainfall is 22 inches.

The County offers its 96,463 residents a rural lifestyle with convenient services and proximity to the Sacramento metropolitan area. The population continues to grow, with people flocking to the county seat of Yuba City, despite a high cost of living (median home value here is $274,600). Other communities in the county, Live Oaks, Nicolaus are rural, agricultural outposts.

Yuba Sutter Transit operates local bus service in the county, as well as commuter runs from Yuba City to downtown Sacramento.

In terms of recreational activities, the county boasts a number of outstanding sites including the 1795-acre State Park in the Sutter Buttes and the Feather River Wildlife Area. The county is increasingly attractive to people seeking a peaceful and rural lifestyle with a great climate in a natural setting.


Yolo County Homes for Sale

A largely agricultural area in the north of California, Yolo County is famous worldwide as a center for tomato growing. Over 1024 square miles, 213,016 people call the county home. Most of them are concentrated in the four major incorporated cities: Davis, West Sacramento, Winters, and Woodland, but there are many smaller residential communities as well. The weather is a deservedly big draw with year-round sun and mild temperatures. Summers can be quite hot and dry.

The county cost of living is higher than many other parts of California and 37% higher on average than the rest of the US. This is largely due to high costs of housing, likely to stay high as people continue to flock to the counties when they are priced out of neighborhoods closer to San Francisco and Los Angeles. Median home cost is approximately $372,200. Homes tend to be large and clustered in areas of large, suburban lots and built communities. Amenities near these communities are generous but can be challenging in more isolated areas. Crime rates slightly higher across the county than the US average but on par with the rest of California.

Davis, Yolo County’s largest town and just 11 miles from Sacramento, is notable for being home to the University of California, Davis, one of the world’s leading cross-disciplinary research and teaching institutions. It has impacted the entire city, making it a leader in cycling infrastructure and arts and culture (at the Mondavi Center and other venues). The city has nine public elementary schools and one main high school.

Yolobus (Yolo County Transportation District) runs buses throughout Yolo County, into Sacramento and Sacramento International Airport. UC Davis and the city of Davis jointly run a city bus and campus shuttle called Unitrans. Amtrak has a well-used station in Davis.

The county contributes to California’s wine industry, with Clarksburg, 15 minutes from Sacramento and 20 minutes from Davis being a popular center. Here, The Old Sugar Mill features 13 wineries under one roof and a full schedule of wine tastings, festivals and fine food pairing events.

Another popular destination is the Cache Creek Casino Resort in the wine-centric Capay Valley. The facility includes a hotel, spa, 18-hole golf course and 2300 slot machines.

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Yuba County Homes for Sale

Set around the confluence of the Yuba and Feather rivers, Yuba County is the smallest in California by area (644 square miles). The county lies along the western slope of the Sierra Nevada, where steep slopes have made it the site of numerous hydroelectric projects. Agriculture is a key sector in the region, including cattle farming and fruit orchards.

The population of 75,275 is mostly clustered in suburban Marysville, (which is actually part of Yuba City in Sutter County) and Brownsville to the north. Beale Airforce Base, covering a massive 23,000 acres, is located just east of Marysville.

The median home price in the county is $210,300. Cost of living is higher than it is nationally, as it is generally in California. Community amenities depend greatly on the isolation of the property in question.

To generalize, Yuba County public schools spend $12,080 per student, just under the national average. In public elementary schools there are about 21.6 students per teacher, fewer than the national average. There are a number of post-secondary institutions for applied learning –Yuba College and Yuba Community College, for example – but no universities of note.

Transportation is not extensively developed in the county, but Yuba Sutter Transit operates local bus service, as well as commuter runs to Sacramento. Greyhound buses stop in Marysville.

Nature lovers will enjoy that Yuba is the most biodiverse single county in the contiguous United States. National protected areas within the region include old-growth portions of the Plumas National Forest and the Tahoe National Forest. And proximity to Sacramento, Lake Tahoe and the San Francisco Bay area adds innumerable recreational and cultural options to the mix for Yuba County residents.

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