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Unread 01-21-2011, 09:35 AM
 
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Question Job--Rancho Cordova--Where to Live?

I can see that this has basically been covered in prior posts but I am going to ask again if it is not too annoying for everyone. We are looking into possible relocation to the Sacramento area. My husband's job would be in Rancho Cordova which I understand is not a very good area for raising kids. Is it possible to find a nice home in a nearby suburb with good schools in the range of $300K-$325K? Just curious if there are deals to be had with the current real estate market?? I don't know a lot about the area yet and am just starting to research. We live in TX now and my oldest son goes to a Blue Ribbon school so I am kind of nervous about moving to CA with all the negativity in the media about the economy there and the school cuts. I already know our home/lifestyle would be a lot different than here due to cost of living but my biggest concern is education. I have heard Folsom is nice but not sure if it will be in our price range.
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Unread 01-21-2011, 04:46 PM
 
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In addition to Folsom, try researching Fair Oaks/Carmichael and the San Juan School district. This will be north of the American River, (Rancho Cordova is south) but damn close to Rancho Cordova (Watt or Sunrise Bridges). Your home will likely be smaller, older but San Juan has a good reputation.

Not sure about any "deals", the areas are priced pretty well inline with demand and supply. Better school districts=higher prices per square foot. I would consider renting for a year or so, then deciding on a home purchase after you know the areas better.

Best of luck.
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Unread 01-21-2011, 05:44 PM
 
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
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You can also try El Dorado Hills. There are currently 39 homes listed for under $325K. They are not the biggest or newest houses, but it's a very nice city as suburbs go and the schools are highly rated.

Wherever you decide, be sure to look at HOA fees - there are often HOA fees even in ungated communities - and look at Mella Roos payments (your realtor can help with these). Mella Roos are added to property taxes and can range from $100 - 200 per month, more in some areas. Almost all homes that are less than 15-20 years old in CA have these payments as the original bonds were used to build schools and parks, etc. in the development. Probably not exactly technically correct but you get the gist.

My husband works in Rancho Cordova near Douglas and Sunrise. It takes him about 25 minutes to get there from EDH, he takes the back roads and avoids the highway.

Good luck with your hunt.
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Unread 01-21-2011, 11:55 PM
 
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I would try Gold River. It used to be very expensive, but there are deals. I know someone who bought a 3 bdrm house in the nice part (HOA section) for less than 300k (which is crazy cheap for Gold River). It's very pretty, great schools and even though it shares a zip with Rancho, it doesn't share anything else.
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Unread 01-22-2011, 01:04 AM
 
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I live in Fair Oaks and work in Rancho Cordova. Home prices have dropped quite a lot so you should be able to find a nice home in your price range. With no traffic at all I can get from my house to my office in Rancho in barely 15 mintues. However, during both AM & PM rush hour my typical commute takes 20 to 35 minutes each way depending on how traffic is on Sunrise Blvd. It really varies at times. As for schools, I have a child in elementary school here in the San Juan Unified school district(which is considered one of the better school districts). We've been quite happy with her there so far. So, I would add Fair Oaks as one of your possible choices. Also, Orangevale (right next to Fair Oaks) would be another area to check out too. Good luck.

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Unread 01-22-2011, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Downtown Rancho Cordova, CA
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I can see that this has basically been covered in prior posts but I am going to ask again if it is not too annoying for everyone. We are looking into possible relocation to the Sacramento area. My husband's job would be in Rancho Cordova which I understand is not a very good area for raising kids. Is it possible to find a nice home in a nearby suburb with good schools in the range of $300K-$325K? Just curious if there are deals to be had with the current real estate market?? I don't know a lot about the area yet and am just starting to research. We live in TX now and my oldest son goes to a Blue Ribbon school so I am kind of nervous about moving to CA with all the negativity in the media about the economy there and the school cuts. I already know our home/lifestyle would be a lot different than here due to cost of living but my biggest concern is education. I have heard Folsom is nice but not sure if it will be in our price range.

We are native Houstonians who live and own in Rancho. There are houses in Rancho on stretches of streets like West La Loma that are very, very nice. There are admittedly a lot of areas that are border-line Ghetto. The reason I say this is that you might want to get with a Realtor who really KNOWS Rancho before you dismiss it out of hand. We found that after renting in Rancho for awhile, when we started looking to buy, the local Realtors used to tonier areas were clueless about Rancho. They would much rather steer you to Folsom, Fair Oaks, etc. which are very nice, but also much more expensive. I did my own research and we like our house, neighbors and the street we live on.

I'm saying this, because, coming from Texas, you will still be somewhat surprised about the high prices of homes in the Sacramento area, even with the ton of foreclosures we have had.

Both of our kids went to Cordova High School. One is attending an Ivy League school (a real Ivy--not a wanna be) and the other is attending a Northeastern "safety" for the kids who don't get into their first choice Ivy League school. If your kids stay in the API classes, they will do fine. I couldn't tell that much difference between the API classes in Texas and at Cordova. They got a good education at Cordova.

The real problem with Rancho is the lack of good stores and restaurants and the fact that even if you live in a nice area, you have to travel through the cruddy parts to get to the freeways, mid-town, etc. Like everything else, it's a trade-off.

The real problem with California in general is the high cost of living, but that is the subject of another post. Can't help you with that one.

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Unread 01-23-2011, 12:55 PM
 
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Thanks so much for the replies! After doing some more research we have decided to stay put for awhile. Although it seems like a great time to buy and get back to CA it is not really a great time to sell our house in TX. I think the cost of living differential is also going to be too steep for us as I will be a SAHM for at least another 3 years. A gallon of gas here is still less than $3 and I can buy a gallon of milk for 99 cents! Although I don't love TX there are definitely some economic positives when you are still in the process of raising a family. Hopefully I will get out here one day
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Unread 01-27-2011, 11:45 AM
 
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I can see that this has basically been covered in prior posts but I am going to ask again if it is not too annoying for everyone. We are looking into possible relocation to the Sacramento area. My husband's job would be in Rancho Cordova which I understand is not a very good area for raising kids. Is it possible to find a nice home in a nearby suburb with good schools in the range of $300K-$325K? Just curious if there are deals to be had with the current real estate market?? I don't know a lot about the area yet and am just starting to research. We live in TX now and my oldest son goes to a Blue Ribbon school so I am kind of nervous about moving to CA with all the negativity in the media about the economy there and the school cuts. I already know our home/lifestyle would be a lot different than here due to cost of living but my biggest concern is education. I have heard Folsom is nice but not sure if it will be in our price range.
You might want to check out the Land Park area of Sacramento or somewhere that he can get on 50 easily. There are some nice neighborhoods on the East side of Sac with beautiful landscaping and good walking, but it's patchy so do your homework. You can find a great house in your price range right now. I wouldn't move to Rancho Cordova or many of the nearby suburbs on the east or north side of Sacramento. Rancho is like an armpit, full of strip malls, crime, strip bars, hotels, prostitution/escorts, and so on. Folsom is nicer and cleaner, but I don't know about the schools. You may want to consider the schools and transportation first. I-50 gets very busy at rush hour also.
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Unread 01-29-2011, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Anatolia Rancho Cordova ca
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Here's the real deal: Rancho on one side is more ghetto than the other side. I have been a resident in the Anatolia community for almost 5yrs and I hold a CA real estate license and was a working realtor until I became a full time stay at home mom. The last 2yrs we have had quite a bit of crime in my neighborhood (burglaries in the daytime and car thefts and break ins). Schools in are not great around here and Gov. Brown is just going to cut even more. My daughter goes to a private school. You can get killer deals (especially if you don't mind waiting the extra time to close on a short sale) in Anatolia or Kavala Ranch (which is building now) which is in Elk Grove Unified School District. One of the higher performing disctricts. San Juan is also highly rated. All other of Rancho is either Rancho Cordova Unified or Mather or Gold River. The best all in one place to check overall greatness of a school is GreatSchools - Public and Private School Ratings, Reviews and Parent Community. You can check API scores, the dollar amount spent per pupil, before and after school programs, students per teacher and what awards or special programs the school has. You can also find Blue Ribbon schools on this site. Realtors love this site.

Also, if you move to Rancho, plan on the worst quality water you have ever had in your life. It is a MUST you buy a house house water purification system. And Rancho is the second largest superfund site in America with all of the thanks to Aerojet and a Renderplant. Go to the EPA.org site to see for yourself. All of the ground and water is contaminated, so all of the aquifiers and wells had to be closed in 2001. If I had to do it all over again, NO WAY!!! i let my husband talk me into moving here. I have learned the hard way. Good luck on your search and hope this helped some.
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Unread 01-29-2011, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Here's the real deal: Rancho on one side is more ghetto than the other side. I have been a resident in the Anatolia community for almost 5yrs and I hold a CA real estate license and was a working realtor until I became a full time stay at home mom. The last 2yrs we have had quite a bit of crime in my neighborhood (burglaries in the daytime and car thefts and break ins). Schools in are not great around here and Gov. Brown is just going to cut even more. My daughter goes to a private school. You can get killer deals (especially if you don't mind waiting the extra time to close on a short sale) in Anatolia or Kavala Ranch (which is building now) which is in Elk Grove Unified School District. One of the higher performing disctricts. San Juan is also highly rated. All other of Rancho is either Rancho Cordova Unified or Mather or Gold River. The best all in one place to check overall greatness of a school is GreatSchools - Public and Private School Ratings, Reviews and Parent Community. You can check API scores, the dollar amount spent per pupil, before and after school programs, students per teacher and what awards or special programs the school has. You can also find Blue Ribbon schools on this site. Realtors love this site.

Also, if you move to Rancho, plan on the worst quality water you have ever had in your life. It is a MUST you buy a house house water purification system. And Rancho is the second largest superfund site in America with all of the thanks to Aerojet and a Renderplant. Go to the EPA.org site to see for yourself. All of the ground and water is contaminated, so all of the aquifiers and wells had to be closed in 2001. If I had to do it all over again, NO WAY!!! i let my husband talk me into moving here. I have learned the hard way. Good luck on your search and hope this helped some.
Welcome to the boards and thanks for the first person insights, sorry your experience has been so bad.
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