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Old 01-19-2008, 11:27 AM
Location: American Canyon CA
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Hello all -- I'm new to the City-Data site and board and so far love the feedback that everyone gives, so thank you in advance.

Our family (husband, wife, Kindergartner, Preschooler, two dogs, cat, rat) live in Napa County - in American Canyon. My husband works in West Sac (45 min commute right up 80) and I work from home. Our kids attend private, Christian school/preschool.

We are potentially looking to move to Sac to be closer to my husband's work and to allow me to possibly stay home. I have a couple of questions:

I know Folsom is great and EDH is great but I think it's too far out. If he's going to commute 45 minutes now, we wouldn't be saving anything in terms of commute time. So, what other Sac neighborhoods would you recommend for:

1) a family with young children
2) neighborhood with families
3) primarily Caucasion preferably (I'll be honest, I do not want to live in a neighborhood comprised of families that have different beliefs/cultures/ customs/languages etc. Hey, if I were Russian or Chinese and said I wanted to live where the other Russian or Chinese neighborhoods were, nobody would bat an eye.)
4) have good public schools should we decide to go public
5) close to good shopping and services

I've heard Granite Bay, Roseville, Loomis, Rocklin? What are your opinions on those suburbs? Also what about Sac proper? My husband mentioned Land Park and Mid-Town. What about those?

Thanks for any feedback you might provide.
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Old 01-19-2008, 12:36 PM
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If you are in Sac Proper - look into Country Day school (privates schools) - there aren't many nice schools in Sac proper. Midtown is not safe enough to have kids running around in the yards etc, but they are nice with character. If I could afford private school I would live in Midtown, East Sac, or Land Park. Since those are the older homes tudors, craftmans etc, But you will not get much of a yard or sq ft - the newer developments will have space and good public schools : Roseville, Granite Bay, FOlsom or El Dorado Hills (all of which will be 45+ commute for your husband to West Sac)

PS - Sac is a mixed culture everywhere - so you will just have to deal with it. If you live in Midtown - most are younger hip people renting, and East Sac is close to Sac state. Have you thought about Davis?

Sounds to me you want the cleanest yuppie areas so you need to look at ROseville or Folsom or Granite Bay etc - all of which means a hell of a commute. Might as well stay where you are if you like it.
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Old 01-19-2008, 07:58 PM
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Gold River would be a good fit for you. It's up 50 a bit, but it's closer in to West Sac/Downtown than Folsom/EDH (about 10 to 15 mins closer to Sac). So, you have the benefit of additional space in and around the homes and a more modern suburban feel as compared with the downtown Sac proper areas such as Land Park or Curtis Park. It has a very strong and safe community for families, a highly regarded school, and access to nice shopping amenities.

I think the commute from Roseville/Rocklin/Granite Bay/Loomis areas would be too much, going all the way in to West Sac. I doubt you'd save any time over what you have now, and it might even be worse, unfortunately.
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Old 01-20-2008, 08:54 AM
Location: American Canyon CA
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Default Thanks!

Thanks so much for the feedback. We'll check 'em out!
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Old 01-20-2008, 04:39 PM
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Definitely consider Davis. The commute would be easy.
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