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Living in Folsom, CA

Plain and simple, Folsom is a great place to call home. Money Magazine, Wall Street 24/, Wallet Hub, Forbes, and Nerdwallet are among the organizations that have ranked Folsom as one of the best places to live in the United States.


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Living in Folsom, CA

It is a clean, safe, modern city with a small town feel. Although we’re growing, we still maintain a strong sense of community. We embrace the old and the new, as we have all of the expected city amenities, while preserving and honoring our history.

Our schools are rated among the best in the state, and have earned awards for academics, sports and the arts. Both Folsom High and Vista del Lago High schools offer over a dozen academic advanced placement (AP) courses. Folsom High’s Jazz Band is world-famous and has played the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals, in Monterey and Montreaux.
Of course, we’re very proud of our 2-time state champion Folsom High Bulldogs, who went undefeated in 2014.

Our unmatched park and recreation system includes nearly 40 miles of paved bike/jog trails through oak groves, over creeks and past historic landmarks.

Folsom is home to such unique events as the Eggstravaganza, the world’s largest Easter Egg hunt, as well as the Run with Nature, Folsom Pro Rodeo, Folsom Live! music festival, Night of 1000 Pumpkins and our annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, which turns the Historic District into a winter wonderland, with hay rides, ice skating, and sometimes, even snow!

Folsom also offers treats for lovers of the arts. We have the Harris Center for the Performing Arts, featuring 3 stages for performances by local and international artists.

The Gallery at 48 Natoma has featured world-class artists from around the county, including exhibits from the Smithsonian, and even original Warner Brothers cartoon drawings.

We have a bustling nightlife scene in the Historic District, with live music venues such as Powerhouse Pub and the Folsom Hotel, as well as restaurants, wine bars, brew houses, a theater and more.

Ideally located, Folsomites can be skiing in the mountains in less than an hour, or touring one of the surrounding wine regions in 30 minutes. Want more ‘city’? Sacramento is 25 miles away, and San Francisco, about 100.

Folsom has landed on ‘best’ lists for years, including CNN’s ‘best places to live and launch’, Nerdwallet’s best places for young families, and Movoto’s best of the 18 Sacramento suburbs. We have mixed feelings on that last one, as we don’t consider ourselves a ‘suburb’.

Folsom Real Estate If you are looking for a great quality of life, you just can’t beat Folsom.

Real Estate

With all of the amenities this little city has to offer, and all of the kudos and accolades in the press, the word has gotten out that Folsom is a great place to call home.

Our housing prices are reflected in that, as Folsom homes sell for more, on a price per square foot basis, than any other city in the region.

Still, it remains affordable and within reach, particularly when compared to the Bay Area.

A home in Daly City, just south of the San Francisco border, recently sold for $560,000, a relative bargain. This was, however, a 2 bedroom 1 bath home of 970 square feet.

A house like that would cost about $225,000 in Folsom. If one wanted to spend $560,000 in Folsom, they’d find large homes of 3000 sq ft or more, with granite counters, swimming pools and 3 car garages on large lots.

You get so much more for the money than in the Bay Area, and that is why so many are moving here from that region.

See for yourself, check Folsom homes for sale here:

Folsom’s Best Neighborhoods

Basically blurbs about neighborhoods, and include schools, nearby parks, trails, and something unique (Empire Ranch golf course, public art in Lake Natoma, Broadstone shopping, views from Carpenter Hill, Willow Creek’s disc golf course, etc).

Empire Ranch – With a beautiful golf course, flat bike/jog trails, lots of open space and great Folsom schools, Empire Ranch is one of Folsom’s best neighborhoods.

Most homes were built between the year 2000 and 2005, by several different developers. The homes generally feature modern amenities, and with some exceptions, most are on smaller lots.

Most homes have Mello Roos assessments, and several have HOA dues as well, which can range from Clubhouse access to gate and sign maintenance.

Home sizes range from xx1300 to over 3000 sq ft –

Empire Ranch is at the North East Corner of Folsom, so is furthest away from freeways. There are plans for freeway access ramps in the distant future.

The neighborhood elementary school is Empire Oaks, consistently ranked near the top.

Nearby parks include

Broadstone – If you want to be close to shops, restaurants and have easy freeway access, Broadstone is hard to beat.

The neighborhood has just about everything one needs, from big box stores to Supermarkets, retail and services, chain restaurants to independents.

Trails wander through the area, which features several parks and a tranquil pond.

Most homes were built between 1997 and 2005, and range in size from 1300 to about 2000 sq ft, though there are some much larger, luxury custom homes.

Gold Hill Elementary is the star of the neighborhood ——


Brigg’s Ranch – Built starting in 1988, Briggs Ranch is an oak-studded neighborhood with larger homes on larger lots. Home sizes range from around 2000 to 3000 sq ft.

The neighborhood is mostly flat, with wide streets, and is close to Folsom Prison and the Johnny Cash Trail.

Briggs Ranch is also home to Folsom Hills Elementary, another of Folsom’s excellent elementary schools.

The Parkway – A master-planned community surrounding permanent open space, The Parkway HOA features round the clock security, front landscape maintenance.

The Humbug-Willow Creek trail winds through the neighborhood, providing access to some of Folsom’s beautiful natural scenery.

Parkway kids go to Folsom Hills elementary school, in nearby Briggs Ranch.