Saturday, May 24, 2014

Neighborhood and city spotlight: El Dorado Hills, California.

El Dorado Hills is an unincorporated census-designated place in El Dorado County, about 22 miles east of Sacramento, California. 

As recently as the year 2000 it covered only 17.9 square miles, but was expanded to encompass 48.606 square miles as of 2010.

El Dorado Hills sits in El Dorado County and is commonly affiliated with the Sacramento Metropolitan Area and the City of Folsom. 

Present day El Dorado Hills is only 13 miles from the site where gold was first discovered in 1848 in Coloma, which started the Gold Rush.

Before the Gold Rush, the area was inhabited mostly by farmers and ranchers.

Two Pony Express routes from 1860 still exist in the area, now as modern roads.

El Dorado Hills has the longest remaining section of the Lincoln Highway, the first U.S. transcontinental highway. 

El Dorado Hills (EDH) as a modern, master planned community was first established in the 1960s by developer Alan Lindsey.  The original master plan was prepared by architect Victor Gruen.

EDH was first designed as a sprawling area of villages, including Park, Saint Andrews, Crown, and Governors and later, the Lake Forest Village area and neighborhoods.

Since then, additional communities of Fairchild, Sterlingshire, Highland Hills, Highland View, Bridlewood, Hills of El Dorado, Woodridge, Laural Oaks and the master-planned community of Serrano have sprung to life

In 1995, the Parker Development Company acquired 3,500 acres along the eastern edge of El Dorado Hills and designed  the large master planned community, Serrano.

Around 2000, population growth and commercial development exploded, especially with the establishment of the Town Center Zone to form a downtown business district. 

Now, the new EDH Town Center sits just south of Highway 50, 100-acres of land and 1,000,000 square feet of buildings that offer a mixed-use cornucopia of local and national retailers, hotels, cinemas, restaurants, cafes, markets, fitness clubs, spas, professional and medical offices, a public amphitheater, signature fountains and walkways, and public plazas.

As of the 2010 census, the population  of EDH was 42,108.
That was up precipitously from 18,016 per the 2000 census.
In 2010, there were 14,368 households in EDH.
84% were occupied by families.
45.4% had children under 18.
The average family size was 3.2 persons.
The median age was 40.6 years

Of the 14,994 housing units in EDH, 12,169 were owner-occupied (84.9%) and 2,199 (15%) occupied by renters.

EDH boasts a high median household income. CNN Money ranked it 77th in the country for best places to live in 2007, with a median household income over $115,000.

EDH ranks 3rd for highest by median household income in a list of places with population greater than 40,000, behind only Potomac, Maryland and Danville, California.

There are plenty of luxury and high end communities and neighborhoods, like Serrano Golf and Country Club, The Summit, Watermark, Marina Hills and Highland Hills

Notable El Dorado Hills residents:
Austin Collie – NFL wide receiver with Indianapolis Colts
Ryan Anderson – NBA power forward with New Orleans Pelicans
Sei Ajirotutu – NFL wide receiver Carolina Panthers
Derrek Lee – first baseman Atlanta Braves
F.P. Santangelo – MBL baseball plaer
Jacoby Shaddix – lead singer of Papa Roach
Cheri Elliot – 14 time World and National Champion cyclist
Robert T. Marionetta – author
Orada Moore – jazz musician

Just a handful of the renowned fine dining options in El Dorado Hills include:
Sky Sushi
Bistro 33
Pete’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
Sienna Restaurant
Chantara Thai Cuisine
Mama Ann’s Deli and Bakery
The Purple Place
36 Handles
Café Campanile

The business community grew rapidly in EDH in the 1990’s, as businesses moved north from Silicon Valley up to El Dorado Hills Business Park to escape the high cost there and the recession caused by the Dot Com Bust.

The unemployment rate in El Dorado Hills is typical at or below the national average, with a diverse and well-paying host of employers.

EDH has a notably high level of white-collar jobs.  90.74% of the workforce is employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average, including management, sales and office work professions.

Education and Schools:
El Dorado Hills ranks as one of the most well educated communities in America, with 51.28% of its adults earning a college degree compared to the national average of 21.84%.

Overall, Great Schools City Ratings gives EDH schools 9 out of 10.

These schools rank 10 out of 10: 
Jackson Elementary
Oak Meadow Elementary
Silva Valley Elementary
William Brooks Elementary
Oak Ridge High
Marina Village Middle

Serrano Country Club, Serrano Course
El Dorado Hills Golf Club, El Dorado Hills Course

The El Dorado wine district is known as the best kept secret, one of California's oldest wine-producing areas.  El Dorado County boasts of over 70 unique wineries, vineyards, and tasting rooms.   

EDH is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream as it sits at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, with hiking, campgrounds, fishing, boating, gold Panning, golfing, snow sports, rafting, horseback riding, and large public sports and recreation areas within it borders.

Due to its rich history, EDH has a long list of State Historical Landmarks, Points of Historical Interest, and California Register of Historical Places for visitors to see.  This includes the California Historical Society, El Dorado County Historical Museum, Marshall Gold Discovery State Park, Gold Visitors Association, and El Dorado National Forest Information Center 

For a comprehensive list, go to:

If you’d like any more information or a detailed real estate analysis of home prices, appreciation, and how to move to El Dorado Hills, feel free to contact us.  We’re happy to help!  


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