As a Fair Oaks Realtor, I hear this question a lot. What is the best neighborhood in Fair Oaks? And my answer is like a broken record. It depends on what is important to you.
- Do you value freeway access over tranquility?
- Do you want a big lot with lots of breathing room, or a small low maintenance patio home?
- Do you want good schools, or an area with very few rug rats screaming during cocktail hour?
When it comes to neighborhoods, beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder!
Here are some of the qualities that I think make our Fair Oaks neighborhoods unique.
If you want an eclectic, unique or historic home - You'll find it in Fair Oaks Village, or the surrounding neighborhoods of Old Fair Oaks. There are wandering chickens, craftsman style homes, a few old adobes, a smatering of old Victorians, and old farm houses mixed in with newer homes. Lots tend to be spacious, but that varies.
If you want a newer home, in a neat and tidy neighborhood near a park - You'll find that in Phoenix Field, up Sunset across from the ball fields of Phoenix Park. These homes were built in the 1980s after the airfield closed down. There is also an awesome dog park in Phoenix Park, and a Veterans Hall, and the protected Vernal Pools.
If you want more brick, with views, oak trees and nature all around - Try Rollingwood. These lovely homes were tucked into the rolling hills of oak trees. Many back up to ravine greenbelts, which meander down to the American River.
If you are a golfer and want golfey neighbors - You can't beat the Northridge Area. It surrounds Northridge Country Club - a private club with both a golfing and social membership. Many of the homes drive their golf cart to the club, along the neighborhood streets.
If you are a hiker of bike rider - You will want to be close to the river access and trails of Sailor Bar, or by the Sunrise or Hazel Bridge. Fair Oaks connects to the amazing American River Parkway Bike Trail, (Jedediah Smith Bike Trail) which is a world class bike trail along the riparian border of the American River as it flows towards Sacramento. But you need to cross the river on one of the two bridges to access the main bike trail. Your best bets are the neighborhoods South of Winding Way, or Rollingwood, Curragh Downs, or old Fair Oaks. You can also ride horses along much of the river trails.
For little cottage homes with tons of charm on big lots - You will love the Bird Track, West of San Juan and North of Winding Way. The streets are named after birds - Robin, Dove, Pheasant - and were originally built as summer cottages for Sacramentans. They are cute little homes on big lots, unless they have been McMansioned!
For good freeway access - You will want to stick to the neighborhoods that feed onto Hazel Avenue or Sunrise, as that is where the two bridges are that connect Fair Oaks to Hwy 50. You can also zip down Madison Avenue to reach Hwy 80.
If you are still confused, here is a little video I put together, showing the neighborhoods of Fair Oaks. And here is what I love best about Fair Oaks - another video. Then call me, and we'll figure out the best places for you to look. There are lots of other neighborhoods, nooks, and crannies with awesome homes, but they don't have as recognizable of a name. But the right house is out there for you, waiting to become your home!