Published 07-15-2019 By Rico Castillo
There are many nice cities near Sacramento, California including Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Roseville and Granite Bay, just to name a few.
If you like to drive, work at home or have unlimited funds to buy a home wherever you want, then it wouldn’t matter where you look.
Beautiful view of both the Old Truss Bridge and Rainbow Bridge in Folsom
Folsom is one of the more desirable destinations for people to move to in the Sacramento County area.
Folsom is located closer to Hwy 50 and it takes a good 20 to 35 minutes to get to the other side, which is Hwy 80.
In between the 2 Highways, if you were to go through either Greenback Lane or Madison Ave, are the cities of Orangevale and Citrus Heights, as well as parts of Sacramento towards Hwy 80 - a Foothill Farms neighborhood.
However, if you were heading out to North Lake Tahoe from Folsom, I would recommend going through FolsomAuburn Road, which turns to AuburnFolsom Road once your cross Douglas Blvd in Granite Bay.
This way will take you to Hwy 80 through the city of Auburn and you’ll be closer to Lake Tahoe.
It you wanted to go to the city of Rocklin or plan to attend Sierra College, then go north on Hazel Ave, which turns to Sierra College Blvd. This is another way to get to Hwy 80 as well.
All of these cities near Sacramento are anywhere from 15 minutes to 45 minutes away from Sacramento depending on traffic.
Continue reading below.
Visit Barnes and Noble in the Palladio outdoor mall in Folsom. While you're there, visit The Kitchen inside.
Why am I telling you all of these directions from Hwy 50 to Hwy 80?
By knowing how far it takes for you to get from Hwy 50 to Hwy 80 during commute hours, from the Folsom side to the Rocklin/Roseville side, could determine the area you want to buy your home.
If you work in Sacramento, however, then you are centrally located and can go in any direction.
You can go South and look in the Elk Grove, Land Park or the Pocket area neighborhood. You can even go as far as Galt.
You can also go West toward W Sacramento and Davis or South towards Woodland.
You can stay close by looking downtown/midtown or the Natomas area neighborhood.
The cities near Sacramento on the West side or South side may be a better commute for you. You may need to learn the back roads instead of taking the highway all the time. The area in the freeway from I-80/I-5 Interchange to where Hwy 50, I-50 and Hwy 99 meet can get pretty busy during commute hours.
You definitely need to plan your commute.
If you want to look closer to the Folsom, El Dorado Hills area, I don’t blame you. The price point is higher, but there are areas where there more affordable home, like Cameron Park to the East, Rancho Cordova, Orangevale and Citrus Heights to the West.
All of these areas are close enough where you still have easy access to all of the amenities Folsom has to offer.
Granite Bay and El Dorado Hills have access to Folsom Lake as well.
Rancho Cordova has an awesome access to Lake Natoma off of Hazel Ave through the Nimbus Flat Recreation area.
Cities near Sacramento like the Rosemont or Tahoe Park neighborhoods are pretty affordable.
The higher areas have the better school districts, but not always. If this matters to you, then plan your search accordingly.
Click on the links on the cities near Sacramento listed below and look at the real estate market activity, as well as the area data and see which works best for you and your family.
FOLSOM: Voted a the #1 city in California by Wallethub.com. Though an affluent city, it has many homes that are priced well. Folsom features many amenities for the entire family and is only about 26 minutes away from Sacramento.
It’s located fairly well between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe - the best of both worlds. However, locally, there are many things you can do, from shopping to eats and bars, water activities, as well as hiking, biking and more. Check it out.
EL DORADO HILLS: El Dorado Hills is a great city. It’s located next to Folsom and have access to the many amenities that Folsom has. What I love about El Dorado Hills is the mixture of homes and their location. I love the older, but well taken care of homes that are located close to Folsom Lake. Quite a few homes have a great view of the lake.
Of all the cities near Sacramento, El Dorado Hills is one of the more expensive home price points.
The homes in the Serrano areas are newer, gated and in a great school district - just like the Folsom School District. Take a look at the data on this beautiful city.
GRANITE BAY: Another beautiful city with a great mixture of old and new homes. The older homes also have view access to Folsom Lake, but more on the North side of the lake.
Another nome from the list of cities near Sacramento that has high home price points, but, just like El Dorado Hills, there is a reason why the homes are priced as they are.
Granite Bay also includes the Los Lagos subdivision where large mansions are located. Many of the well known athletes has lived there - some may still live there.
ROSEVILLE: Roseville is a large city with many new homes still being built. It spans a large area, which buyers need to consider when looking because it could impact their commute.
Of the list of cities near Sacramento, Roseville probably is one of, if not the largest in terms of size of land.
There are many restaurants and bars all throughout the city and lots of shopping. You’ve got to visit the old town Roseville area. Roseville meats is something that can’t be ignored if you like to BBQ or just love good meats.
LINCOLN: Lincoln went through tremendous growth around 2010 through 2012. New homes are still popping up. Just like other areas that saw lots of growth, they are running short on land. Therefore, there are many homes that do not have large lots. If you want the larger lots at an affordable price, the older, well maintained home may be a better option.
Lincoln has many areas to shop and they’re next door to Roseville. Read more on Lincoln on the links below.
ROCKLIN: Of the cities near Sacramento the city of Rocklin is one of my favorites. Depending on where you live you can have wonderful views and there are quite a few homes with larger lots at an affordable price.
The one thing I like most about Rocklin is the location. Hwy 65 and I-80 seems like it’s located in the middle of the city. It’s not, of course, I’m just saying that due to how easy it is to get to the freeway.
Sierra College is located in Rocklin just off of I-80 and Rocklin Rd. Rocklin features both the older homes and many newer homes as well. Read more on Rocklin and it’s real estate market on the links below.
ELK GROVE: One of the cities near Sacramento that has seen a lot of growth and continues to grow is the city of Elk Grove. From Sacramento you can get to Elk Grove through Hwy 99 or I-5, depending on where you live. I-5 seems an easier path and is also the location where they’re building more new homes. It’s also an easier access to the new, large Delta Shores shopping center off of I-5 and Cosumnes River Blvd.
Elk Grove features a range of homes priced at the low end to over a million. Take a look at the city data and real estate market activity.
I hope the information on the cities near Sacramento has helped you with your home search. I will keep adding more cities to this list as I gather more information.
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