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Old 02-16-2019, 06:49 AM
 
Location: Folsom, CA
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I live in the neighborhood served by Theodore Judah elementary in Folsom. I often see the students after school in the Folsom Library which is a short walking distance away. I have interacted with many of their parents, a large percentage of whom are highly educated immigrants. If my granddaughter were of elementary school age, I would be very pleased for her to attend this fine school. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I offer these videos which I hope you will enjoy.

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Old 02-16-2019, 09:44 AM
 
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Hi There!

We are a family of four (children are 5 and 2), who currently live in a small town on the Monterey Peninsula. We do absolutely love it here but due to various factors, my husband (I am a stay at home mom, for now) is considering an enticing career opportunity in the Sacramento Area; Rancho Cordova, specifically.

Here are some of the things we value about where we currently live and - in an ideal situation - would love to somewhat replicate:

1) The ability to get to a handful or two of places on foot/bike/stroller. Right now, we are able to take my eldest to school, visit green space & playgrounds, the ocean (I realize this is something we will leave behind, hah), the library and an old-fashioned main drag of shops and eateries, without neccesarily having to drive, every time.

2) Good schools and kid-friendly activites, as our eldest is in Kindergarten. Now, we currently live in a highly regarded district with great scores and ratings, but we admittedly lack a lot of racial and/or socioeconomic diversity in our schools. That said, I am actually *less* concerned with how a district formally tests, and more interested in nice neighborhood schools with caring teachers and an involved parent community. Opportunities to play sports or take classes right in town is also great.

3) Surroundings that encourage you to get outside and enjoy nature. Our family loves to spend our weekends exploring, whether it's going for a hike, bike ride, splashing around at the beach (I realize it will be lakes and rivers, up there), or simply heading to a park for a picnic.

4) Community spirit. We currently enjoy various annual fesitvals, traditions, and holiday events, where we currently live and really like that. We also like checking out the unique shops and local restaurants that give our town some character.

We plan to rent a while longer, as we continue to aggressively save to buy a house. Hoping to keep our rent less than $2400/month for a 3 bedroom home. Doesn't have to be huge but would love to finally have a yard.

Some of the places suggested to me have been Folsom, Fair Oaks, East Sac, Gold River, Placerville and Roseville. My husband is fine with commuting up to 45 minutes; less is better, of course.

My initial thoughts, knowing very little and mostly scoping online:

Physically, the old-fashioned charm of Placerville kind of reminds me of a foothill version of our own seaside town. I love that they occasionally get a little snow. However, I have read that it's very conservative and we are liberal. I don't mind a more conversative community, but would like to avoid a town fully going Trump 2020, if that makes sense.

Folsom and Roseville both seem to have historic downtowns, which reminds me of ours, too. However, would someone who never imagined themselves as the "suburb" type still dig it?

East Sac looks beautiful but a bit pricey for what we are hoping to rent.

The chickens of Fair Oaks is cracking me up, in a good way. I have a friend who recently moved there who really likes it.

I can't quite get a feel for Gold River. Is there a main drag or town square or...

Any advice or feedback is warmly welcomed and endlessly appreciated. We will have a little time to visit in the coming weeks to check things out, so recommendations are always awesome. Thank you!
You should definitely move to Rancho Cordova! It is beautiful. Especially around Coloma Road and you can walk to everything!
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Old 02-16-2019, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Living rent free in your head
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I get it - I moved my family out here from San Francisco for similar reasons. Been here 5-years. I really miss the ocean terribly but everything else has been totally manageable!

I don't know much about specific Folsom schools as I have my kids in Sac Unified. I have heard good things about Alice Birney in South Land Park -- that's a public Waldorf lottery school K-8 in Sac Unified. I have also heard good things about Sacramento Waldorf School in Carmichael but I believe that is an independent school with a tuition fee.

You should take a look at South Land Park, Hollywood Park, and the Pocket areas - they are nice and they are close to Alice Birney. Although the commute to Rancho Cordova is not as fun from down there. It wouldn't be ideal to be commuting from other Sacramento neighborhoods down to Alice Birney but I imagine people do it.
In San Juan Unified School District there are 3 Montessori charters. I'm not impressed with any of them. My son put his little boy in the lottery and was selected but when he visited the school he said he was disappointed. The little girls were actively engaged in group projects and the boys were chasing each other around the room playing tag, he said the teacher didn't seem to notice. One of my neighbors has her son enrolled in one of the Montessori charters and she really likes it but admits that after 6th grade it really sucks and that 7th and 8th grade at Montessori do not prepare the kids for a regular high school. I'm not familiar with Montessori schools outside of San Juan Unified.

Sacramento Waldorf tuition ranges between 12k and 19k depending on grade https://sacwaldorf.org/admissions/tuition/

I think Folsom and El Dorado Hills have the best schools overall. The problem with other areas is there might be a great school next to your house but if it's full your kid might be placed in a real crappy school.
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Old 03-02-2019, 12:51 AM
 
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Hollywood Park is often overlooked. Safe and clean neighborhood. Three elementary schools and a park at the center. Older homes but many are nicely updated. Very walkable. Rents in the low $2000s for the better homes. Land Park and the zoo are close, within walking distance for the adventurous.
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Old 03-03-2019, 03:40 PM
 
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If the commute is Rancho, definitely Folsom. El Dorado Hills might be another option but it's a little further up the hill. Roseville is a much further commute. It wouldn't be so bad if our highway system was built out better. To get to get to Rancho Cordova from Roseville you might have to drive all the way down sunrise in the morning ugh.

Gold River is a nice HOA neighborhood, but pricey HOA with a lot of firm restrictions. What I don't like about Gold River is that its basically a big HOA within Rancho Cordova and their isn't much around Rancho Cordova. There is a main shopping center in Gold River so you can walk to that or its an easy drive. It's very safe and clean area and there is security that patrols the area at night. It's great for retiree's or empty nesters. The reality though, is that Gold River is in Rancho Cordova. It's funny, if you tell a person who lives in Gold River they live in Rancho Cordova they get very upset. They do not want their neighborhood associated as being Rancho Cordova. Rancho really isn't that bad except for some seedy areas in the old areas of Rancho and along Folsom Blvd. If you live in Rancho more than likely you'll shop in Folsom or other areas. There is also the new area of Rancho being developed south of sunrise (Anatolia etc). you should check that area out as well. it's still a very new area so its not as built out yet, but more will come.
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Old 03-09-2019, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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If the commute is Rancho, definitely Folsom. El Dorado Hills might be another option but it's a little further up the hill. Roseville is a much further commute. It wouldn't be so bad if our highway system was built out better. To get to get to Rancho Cordova from Roseville you might have to drive all the way down sunrise in the morning ugh.

Gold River is a nice HOA neighborhood, but pricey HOA with a lot of firm restrictions. What I don't like about Gold River is that its basically a big HOA within Rancho Cordova and their isn't much around Rancho Cordova. There is a main shopping center in Gold River so you can walk to that or its an easy drive. It's very safe and clean area and there is security that patrols the area at night. It's great for retiree's or empty nesters. The reality though, is that Gold River is in Rancho Cordova. It's funny, if you tell a person who lives in Gold River they live in Rancho Cordova they get very upset. They do not want their neighborhood associated as being Rancho Cordova. Rancho really isn't that bad except for some seedy areas in the old areas of Rancho and along Folsom Blvd. If you live in Rancho more than likely you'll shop in Folsom or other areas. There is also the new area of Rancho being developed south of sunrise (Anatolia etc). you should check that area out as well. it's still a very new area so its not as built out yet, but more will come.
I lived there when first moving to metro Sacramento a bit over a decade ago, and still go there frequently to visit our friends and to sometimes use the pool at the clubhouse as a guest.

Too many rentals in the Anatolia area in my view. A ton of renting houses is taking place there, and I think it isn't developing into an area nearly as nice as you see in competing neighborhoods in Rocklin, Roseville or Folsom. A lot (A LOT) of room rentals too, take a drive around after about 9 PM on a weekday and you'll see hundreds of cars parked on the streets. These are mostly room renters, who have to pay extra for driveway use.
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