Folsom Real Estate: 5 Reasons to Live in Folsom, CA

Posted by Rick Delgado on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at 8:14am.

folsom-real-estateFolsom, CA is a beautiful community just about 20 miles northeast from Sacramento in Sacramento County.  With its proximity to downtown Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, and San Francisco, with its abundance of outdoor activities year round, Folsom is great place to live and call home. In fact it was recently named the #1 place to raise a family in California, according to a recent WalletHub study, beating out the likes of Palo Alto, El Dorado Hills and Roseville.

Need a little more convincing? Here are 5 reasons why Folsom is such a great place to live:

Folsom is Affordable

One of the main drawbacks in living in a highly desirable area is the cost of living, which in most cases is quite high. Not the case in Folsom. In fact, in that same WalletHub study, Folsom was given an affordability rank of #2, second only to El Dorado Hills. The average single family home is priced around $559,377, with real estate as low as $200,000 for an entry level home. This makes Folsom real estate a great place for growing families or first-time homeowners looking to invest. And since Folsom is on the smaller side with around 80,000 residents, you still get that small-town feel while still being a stone's throw away from the big city.

Folsom Cordova School District

For families looking for a beautiful community with good schools for their kids, you will be happy to know that Folsom’s school district is one of the best in the area.  All of Folsom’s schools are served by the Folsom Cordova Unified School District and was the best performing districts in Sacramento County in 2012 (based on the 2012 API Report Card). 

Top rated schools in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District include:

  • Russell Ranch Elementary School (Public K-5) 10/10
  • Sandra J. Gallardo Elementary School (Public K-5) 10/10
  • Vista Del Lago High School (Public 9-12) 10/10
  • Folsom High School (Public 9-12) 10/10

For more information, visit the Folsom Cordova Unified School District website.

Folsom’s Outdoor Activities

No matter where you live in Folsom, you are always less than a 10 minute drive to Folsom Lake.  Not only will you have access to Folsom Lake, you also have access to Lake Natoma and the American River.  At Folsom Lake, you can water ski, sail, boat, swim, hike, and fish.  If you're looking for beaches to bbq and camp- look no further than Granite Bay and Beals Point, both public beaches along the shore of Folsom Lake.

If you want a more intimate setting, head over to Lake Natoma, where there is a 5mph speed limit for all motorized watercraft.  You can also rent canoes, kayaks, hydro bikes and more at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center. If you rather bike or hike, there are over 32 miles of trails to explore all over Folsom.

Spend a day at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary, a zoo that provides homes for animals who are orphaned or injured and cannot be released back into the wild.  Afterwards, head over to the Folsom Valley Railway next to the zoo for a ride on an authentic miniature steam engine.

Looking for parks?  Folsom has nearly 40 parks within Folsom.  Looking for a BMX and skate park- come check out the Cummings Family Skate and Bike Park.  If the weather is less than ideal, come to the Folsom Sports Complex, where there are indoors soccer fields, basketball courts, batting cages, teen center, arcade, and café.

Looking for more?  For 52 years, the Folsom Pro Rodeo hosts its annual rodeo event during the Fourth of July weekend in Folsom.  During the Folsom Cattle Drive and Rodeo, you can witness a cattle drive on opening day and fireworks every night choreographed to patriotic music.

Folsom Shopping Centers

Folsom is a city full of shopping opportunities.  Folsom is home to the Folsom Premium Outlet, which offers over 80 outlet stores such as Bebe, BCBG, Gap, Saks 5th Ave, Nike, and so many more.  

Downtown Folsom offers adorable shops to explore.  Folsom’s newest addition, the beautiful Palladio at Broadstone, features Whole Foods, a movie theater, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, and many more.  You are also just a short 30 minute drive to the amazing Galleria Mall and The Fountains in Roseville.

Folsom’s Historic Downtown

The best part of Folsom is the iconic Historic Sutter Street in Downtown Folsom.  This cute downtown preserved many of its historic charm with cobblestone streets and architecture, while offering amazing restaurants and activities.  The city recently underwent an $8.4 million renovation, with a majority of its focus on preserving the street’s historical integrity.  Downtown Folsom offers many activities throughout the year, including art walks, antique fairs, car shows, and an outdoor ice skating rink in the winter.  

Ready to call Folsom home?  Contact Rick Delgado with RE/MAX Gold at (916)226-1136 or visit  Rick Delgado will be able to help you find that home of your dreams in Folsom.

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