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Old 03-14-2011, 03:17 PM
 
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Right now both Rocklin and Elk Grove are very affordable considering the previous prices of homes in these communities 3-5 years ago. Rocklin definitely has better schools which seems like it's a determining factor in your search.
Both Rocklin and Elk Grove are good choices for raising a family. However with both, do your research since both are big areas and school quality will vary.

With Elk Grove, if you stay West of Franklin Blvd (i.e. Stonelake, Laguna West, Lakeside subdivisions) you will be fine. All have elementary schools that score 9-10, the Stonelake school (which is ironically called Elliot Ranch is a California Distinguished school).

I don't know Rocklin that well, but if you commute to downtown Sac for work, then the subdivisions I just mentioned are close to I5 which is a great commute to down town (relatively speaking of course).
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Old 03-17-2011, 12:56 PM
 
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rocklin has the most coveted schools and is a nicer area.
Elk Grove has some pretty good schools and is very cheap.
I would pick rocklin if you can afford it.
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Old 03-17-2011, 02:58 PM
 
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rocklin has the most coveted schools and is a nicer area.
Elk Grove has some pretty good schools and is very cheap.
I would pick rocklin if you can afford it.
Since your moving from out of town there is something you should know about all Sacramento schools. I did quite a bit of research on schools and found that though there are good schools in the areas you mention, good means safe, supportive, good test scores. It does NOT mean wide curriculum. Many many schools ranked very highly do not have art, music or languages program (thank budget cuts for that).

So when you choose your area make sure that there is local programs for the many things the school does not provide.
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Old 04-01-2011, 03:26 PM
 
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Hi Hydro and Raria,

Thanks for the additional items to think about! We have settled on Rocklin so now it is time to get down to the nitty gritty on neighborhoods. I truly appreciate all your input.
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:02 PM
 
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Thank you for the info regarding Elk Grove! We have friends that live in that zip and really like it. I think we will most likely be going to Rocklin though after spending the last month driving around various neighborhoods in both areas. Rocklin - at this point just feels right for our family. (of course, this may change again, but right at this moment). We now need to find a good real estate agent for the Rocklin area. Any suggustions?
Look in 95757 in Stonelake (west of Franklin and south of Elk Grove).
Newish 2002 homes with swimming pool and gym for $60 a month HOA fees. Elementary school is Elliot ranch which is a CA distinguished school.

You can get 2000 sq ft homes for $250-275K.

The same home in Rocklin will cost you $325-$350K.

BUT ... the capital appreciation if you hold for 10+ years will be greater in Rocklin in my opinion.
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Old 04-30-2011, 09:14 AM
 
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Default Diversity in Roseville/Rocklin/EG

I'm in the same boat. Relocating to the Sac area. We're looking at EG and Roseville/Rocklin due to the schools. We have a 2 and 4 year old. I'm not a big fan of the tract home living but want a good community that's safe, has a little character and family-oriented (ie. lots of parks, kis activities, etc.) We have the same home requirements, $300-400K range. The other major consideration for our family, however, is we are a biracial family. Our girls are dark-skinned. We want a community that is diverse, both in the schools and community. Any opinions on that aspect of it?

Thanks!
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Old 05-01-2011, 02:42 AM
 
Location: Sacramento CA area
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No worries about Rocklin / Whitney Ranch, though admittedly, this is the classic "suburban diversity" - more Asian/Indian minorities (and mixed race) than any others. We look like a mostly Asian family (wife is caucasian, I'm Japanese/Chinese American, and our two daughters are adopted from China)...with a kicker - we're Jewish! The school here in Whitney Ranch is 1 year old this August, and we're blessed with a fantastic principal. Probably the best aspect of this community is most of the student body (400+ K-6) lives right in Whitney Ranch and walks or bikes to school. It reminds me of the community where I grew up. WR also has a beautiful community clubhouse and pool, both heavily utilized and full of great activities. Yes, it does have the environmental feel of a new planned/tract community, but then I grew up in the same type of community, too.

We also looked further down into Roseville as well as towards Folsom/El Dorado Hills. Roseville was also desirable, but be careful of the school zoning there. We were waiting for a fantastic short sale, but then discovered that the particular subdivision was zoned for an elementary school across the Sacramento County line...and we backed out of our purchase. ED Hills was just a little too hard to get to/from (highway 50 was the only way). Folsom was a little pricier than Rocklin. For some reason, we saw the I-80 corridor as being a little more accessible (especially to the airport).

Good luck - and give Rocklin/Whitney Ranch a good long look. We always need more great neighbors!

Marshall
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:49 PM
 
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Hi Marshall,

Thanks for the input! Funny, we are a mixed race family too. I'm Caucasian, husband is half Japanese, half Caucasian, so your input it really helpful! We actually have an offer in on a short-sale right now, so we are now playing the waiting game. Fingers crossed!
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Old 08-05-2011, 03:43 PM
 
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Just thought I would update everyone that we just closed on our short sale in Rocklin! We are really excited about the house and the neighborhood. I wanted to thank everyone for their input, it was really helpful!
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Old 08-05-2011, 05:41 PM
 
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
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Good for you! Congrats, it's good to hear you got your house.
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