The Old Fair Oaks Village - A Community Treasure

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Fair Oaks Village by Myrl Jeffcoat
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Those who dwell in the Greater Sacramento Area are a fortunate lot!  In addition to being cradled in the valley between San Francisco, 90 miles west, and Lake Tahoe, 90 miles to the east, we also are at the threshold of The California Mother Lode, and within an hour of Napa Wine Country.  It doesn't get much better than that!

Add to this good fortune, two rivers, The American, and The Sacramento, plus a bevy of lakes, reservoirs, and ponds, and things get really interesting for those who love water sports and recreation.  The American River Bike Trail and Recreation Area is a 22 mile stretch of pavement, which connects Discovery Park, near Old Sacramento, to the west, and Folsom to the east.

Personally I like the variety of little communities within the Greater Sacramento Area - all having their own individual flavor and personality. 

One of my favorites is The Village in Old Fair Oaks.  The Village exists next to the American River, between the City of Sacramento, and Folsom.  It enjoys a slower, quaint existence, with little antique shops, a bistro, coffee shop, old time hardware store, and other businesses, which border the park at the village center.  

Another interesting thing about The Village, is it often appears there are more chickens that inhabit the area than their human counterparts, adding to the charm!

From the photos above, you will note fellow ActiveRainer, Susan Neal's office, "Century 21 Noel David).  Susan is fortunate enough to work right there in the thick of Fair Oaks Village activities.

The park amphitheater presents Shakespearean theater during the summer months.  Usually in September the community hosts The Annual Chicken Festival. 

One of my favorite restaurants, Carmelitas, serves up amazing Mexican food.  The Old Fair Oaks Bridge, provides great foot and bicycle access across the American River, connecting Fair Oaks to Gold River and Rancho Cordova.


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Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Myrl...neat liitle town I could live there, thanks for the history on the area and of course your great photo :O))


Apr 26, 2010 02:49 PM #1
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Hi Myrl, I enjoyed your presentation of Fair Oaks.  It seems you have a very efficient street department in cleaning up the streets of Fair Oaks.  They don't by chance work for "chicken feed", do they?

Will you ever do a blog on how Sacramento came to be the capital of the Golden State?  I would like to know how that came to be.

Apr 26, 2010 02:56 PM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Fred - I could live there too, NO PROBLEM!

Bruce - I'll make a point to do that!  I know the answer, I just need to put some photos together too!

Apr 26, 2010 03:04 PM #3
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

I just love your slide shows Myrl.  I may have asked you this question before, but what program do you use?

Apr 26, 2010 03:52 PM #4
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Melinda - I use PaintShop Pro to do the slide shows.  I did a tutorial on how to create them which can be accessed at:

I hope this helps!

Apr 26, 2010 03:57 PM #5
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Nice slide show.  I love Fair Oaks & Citrus Heights.  I come to the Montessori school every year for the friends of the River equipment swap.  thanks for the pictures.

Apr 26, 2010 04:04 PM #6
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Myrl, just from your photos, I can see that it is a gem!  Thanks for sharing it with us!

Apr 26, 2010 05:03 PM #7
Robert Machado
HomePointe Property Management, CRMC - Sacramento, CA
CPM MPM - Property Manager and Property Management

I have driven through there a number of times but never noticed the chickens.  I will walk around next time.

Apr 26, 2010 05:14 PM #8
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

Myrl -

I think you're right....Sacramento is a fortunate place to be.

Apr 26, 2010 07:17 PM #9
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

What a wonderful little place, although truth be told, I am not a fan of chickens or roosters, having been attacked by a rooster in my past!

The slide show is wonderful! Another of my favorites is from there too, Sally Dunbar!

Apr 26, 2010 10:43 PM #10
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate


Aren't you the sport highlighting your competition with a nice picture. The slide shows are very unique and engaging.


Apr 26, 2010 11:24 PM #11
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Myrl, What a neat little place, it seems little anyway.  How many people live in Fair Oaks? I'm curious why the chickens are there, too .... And a 22 mile bike trail would be really fun in such a beautiful setting

Apr 27, 2010 12:39 AM #12
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

Hey Myrl, what a great little place! It looks so quaint and restful! Love the way the chickens just strut their stuff like they own the place. Lucky Susan.

Apr 27, 2010 12:51 AM #13
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Very nice job on this story, Myrl! The area is dotted with these great little communities, and I love it that you share their stories with us!


Apr 27, 2010 02:24 AM #14
Marlene Hoffman - Naples Beach Condos
Downing-Frye Realty, Inc. - Naples, FL

Another beautiful slide show, Myrl.  It looks like a neat little place with lots of photo opportunities.

Apr 27, 2010 02:40 AM #15
Suzanne Strickler
Realty Mark Associates - Havertown, PA
School is never out for the Succesful.

Myrl - Wonderful pictures in your slide show. How did you do that? Another post perhaps to instruct those of us who need it. :-)


Apr 27, 2010 09:21 AM #16
John Mayer
Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida - Cocoa Beach, FL
Your Beach Area Expert

Hi Myrl - That place has a lot in common with Key West. They've got roosters all over the place down there!

Apr 27, 2010 03:50 PM #17
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Jim, Tony, Darcy - You're very welcome!

Robert - Absolutely!  Park your car, grab a latte, and walk around!  You'll find the natives friendly:-)

Jim - It seems the older I get, the more I realize that!

Andrea - You're right Sally is from Fair Oaks.  Although her office is not in the Old Village part of the community.

Richard - There's a funny thing that goes on in my mind. . .I really never have thought of other agents as competition!  They're just someone I share a profession with!

Mary - A lot of folks live in the entire community of Fair Oaks; but the Old Village part of the community is smaller.  I'd bet there are a couple hundred chickens than roam the few square blocks surrounding the park.

Al and Peggy - It is amazing how much I can feel like I'm living a rat race, but can make myself over to the village a few minutes away, and feel totally different about life.

Debi - It truly is!  And each one is so very different in personality!

Marlene - The Old Village has lots to see and photgraph!

Suzanne - I use PaintShop Pro to do the slide shows.  I did a tutorial on how to create them which can be accessed at:

John - You're right about Key West.  When I was there in February, I had those same thoughts.  Between the chickens and the Hemmingway six toed cats, they just about rule Key West!


Apr 28, 2010 03:03 PM #18
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

When I worked in Lafayette, I lived in Antioch, and I actually spent more time playing around in the area between Antioch and Folsom Lake than I did in San Francisco and Oakland. My San Diego friends thought I was nuts, but my Texas friends knew that you can take the man out of the country, but if he finds a way to get back to the country, any country, all bets are off.

May 07, 2010 01:33 PM #19
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Myrl - Fair Oaks is indeed a delightful place, and I am really fortunate to live and work here.  Thanks for the mention of me and photo of our office!

May 13, 2010 04:22 PM #20
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