“So, How Do You Like Living In Folsom?”

Last updated 05-14-2020 By Rico Castillo

"What's it Like Living in Folsom?"  "How Do You Like Living There?" "What's There To Do?"  These are the 3 questions that I hear most often living here.  Most of the time, in that order.

Strangely, I've never been asked about Johnny Cash.

I discovered Folsom chasing the love of my life.  We were both in the mortgage loan business (I did both loan origination and real estate sales for about 4 years).  I do strictly real estate sales now.  I had a file that needed urgent attention and she was the perfect person who could help me, because she lived closest to the bank I needed to get some paperwork to...  And it was getting close to closing time.

I asked her to print some papers, run them over to the bank and in return (take note of this Casanovas!) I'd take her to lunch at any restaurant she wanted to go to.  I was slick back then, wasn't I?

She agreed and the lunch date was a few days later.


Coming from the Bay Area, I had never heard of this city.  I just thought of the entire area as "Sacramento."

When I first got off Highway 50 on East Bidwell St, there was a lot of construction then.  The area where Costco is now was just being developed.  My first impression was it's a nice little town.  It had an aura of a small town, but the Intel building made think it was an up and coming town.  

Boy, was it ever!

We had lunch at the Macaroni Grill, which is now closed.  Since I lived roughly an hour and 20 minutes away, the lunch turned into a dinner date as well.  After dinner she gave me a little tour of the area.

Ahhh!  The smell of Jasmine during a clear and cool evening driving around Sutter Street is something I will never forget... Mainly because I recall her saying, "I just love the smell of jasmine."  

Was it love or do I just have a great memory?

That was in early Spring of 2003.

Over the years we've gone to many different restaurants and bars.  We've shopped many of the stores and experienced many of the attractions.  Here is one of them.


I love living here!  The more we went out and about, the more I fell in love with Folsom.  It has almost everything you could want...

  1. Nice people
  2. Fantastic Schools and wonderful Theater
  3. Awesome neighborhoods with wide, clean streets
  4. Great restaurants and bars
  5. Steadily increasing property values. Click here to read about the Folsom real estate market.
  6. A pretty hoppin' outdoor mall and more!

We have almost everything you could want here.  However, if you do need to go shopping for something you can't find here - everything else is not too far away.

We're conveniently located between Lake Tahoe to the East and San Francisco to the West... and the wine country, Napa Valley, along the way.

We have the Shenandoah Valley Wineries, Apple Hill, the Redhawk Casino (Don't get me started on their All-you-can-eat seafood buffet on Friday nights - YYUUUMMM!) just up Highway 50 towards Lake Tahoe.  

Yes, we even have our own little Animal Zoo.

What's not to love?

Don't just take my word for it.  Wallethub.com rated Folsom the #1 city in California.


Folsom has so many wonderful scenery and fun activities for the entire family and for the outdoor enthusiast.  There is always something to do and something going on.

The sight of the Folsom Dam when water is being release is breathtaking.  Pictures don't do it justice.  Getting to the top of Folsom Dam Road to get a good view of the Dam is half the fun... and it's good exercise!

Here is a view of the old truss bridge above Lake Natoma after they hung the American Flag for Memorial Day!

If you like spending time out on the boat, enjoying some sun and maybe do a little fishing, then you'll love Folsom Lake.  It's a good size lake.  There's plenty of areas for families to relax, have fun and enjoy the afternoon.  

There are also plenty of trails around the lake for hiking, biking or walking. 

Overall, it's a good way to enjoy a nice Saturday or Sunday afternoon with friends and family.


Talk about a great way to spend time with the family - you've got to go to Negro Bar and rent a Kayak, unless you have your own.  Try Paddle Boarding and, please, bring Max along.  Our four-legged friends will love playing in the water.  

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Imagine having a beach (sort of - more like a lakeside) on your own backyard!!  The Negro Bar and Folsom Lake is just down the street. So...

... Bring your beach umbrella and make a BBQ day out of it.  (You do have access to a larger stretch of sand on Lake Natoma on the Rancho Cordova side just a few minutes down Highway 50 towards Sacramento)

Here's more on other fun activities around Folsom.


If you haven't had enough, then visit Old Historic Folsom.  Try the many Folsom restaurants and bars.  Take a stroll along Sutter Street and visit the little shops.  

While you're on your stroll, stop by Snooks Candies and Chocolate Factory.  If you'd like to take a crack at practicing before your audition for The Voice, some bars have Karaoke.

Experience Folsom CA Through Our Eyes

There are so many things to do here in Folsom.  My wife and I (mostly me) are going to go through Folsom again as if we're discovering it for the first time.  We're going to write about our discoveries and post them here.  I'd love for you to experience it with us.  We'll show you...

  • Our favorite Folsom restaurants and bars
  • My wife's favorite Cupcake place
  • The real estate market trends, resources, guides and tips
  • Shopping at the Palladio (I love the Nordstrom Rack) & Folsom Premium Outlets
  • And many more...

Here is a view the Folsom Hills from the Palladio by Barnes and Noble book store.

There are too many to mention now, so you'll have to come back and see what new discoveries we've uncovered.

Please, do come here often, browse around and interact with  us.  We'd love your feedback.  So, let us know what you'd like to know more about Folsom... Or better yet... tell us your story or review of or about Folsom on the form below!  Your story or review will become an article on this site - when approved.  I do have to review what you write.  After all, this is a family channel!

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Folsom has grown.  There are so many new businesses and events that, I'm sure, my wife and I have not heard of yet.  We'd love to know where or what they are.  

I'll continuously add 1 or 2 articles per week about the different places, real estate market trends and things to do in and around Folsom California.  And YOU, my friend, (will be/are) a big part of it.  

Don't forget.  If you have any questions and plan on moving here, call  or text me, send me an email or send the pigeon... I have your back.  I want this site to be your resource if  you want to know about working, sleeping, eating, drinking, working out and playing here in the beautiful city of Folsom, CA.

And I'll do it in a fun way!

See you around town!

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About the author: All of the articles in this site were written and provided by Rico Castillo (DRE# 01234643) with Coldwell Banker.  If any information is provided by another source, such as the local MLS or by Metrolist, then a disclaimer will be on that page.

Rico can be reached by cell at (916) 934-3146 or email at rico.castillo@cbnorcal.com.   Visit his YouTube Channel at https://bit.ly/3bAaZJs

My aim is always 100% client satisfaction by helping you accomplish your real estate goals and finding you the home you've Dreamed about in the area you and your family can feel proud and safe to live in!