Broadstone is a 1,600 acre development near East Bidwell Street and Highway 50. Broadstone is unique in that it was completely developed by Elliott Homes, Inc. Broadstone consists of single family homes, apartments, office, and retail centers. Approximately 1,300 homes were built in several different villages in Broadstone since 1991. The last phase is currently under construction and will include 650 homes. The Broadstone villages were built to appeal to first time homebuyers as well as move-up buyers with a wide range of sales prices. Currently, homes in Broadstone sell from the mid $300,000's to the low $600,000's. The last phase will be primarily "executive" homes and will showcase homes up to 3,800 square feet.
The Broadstone Mall ("Palladio at Broadstone") is expected to be one of the largest regional shopping centers in the area within the next decade. A new "power center" including Home Depot, Old Navy, Borders Books, Petsmart, and various other large stores makes it an easy place to spend a weekend afternoon. Rapid retail and office development is planned for the next few years. With its proximity to Highway 50, the shopping centers will appeal to residents of Folsom as well as outlying areas. The Broadstone community has a 32-acre park and several greenbelt areas as well as an elementary school. The area also includes the Broadstone Racquet Club with two swimming pools and a fitness center in addition to tennis courts. Memberships are available to the general public.
After World War II, the primary area for residential development in Folsom was near Natoma Street and Duchow Way. Homes in this area tended to be average quality production homes and were typical for homes in the country at that time. Several of the streets in this area were named for Folsom veterans who died during the war. Currently these homes range in value from the high $200,000's to the low $400,000's. Development moved east, bounded by Natoma Street to the north and Humbug Creek to the south, and by the late 1970's and early 1980's the large Willow Creek development was started.
Although most Willow Creek homes were production homes built by several different builders, there were also some custom homes in the area. Blue Ravine Road now forms the eastern and southern boundaries of Willow Creek. There is a broad range of values in the area from the low $300,000's to the high $500,000's. Briggs Ranch, which opened in the late 1980's, is south of East Natoma Street and west of Blue Ravine Road. In Briggs Ranch you will find both good quality production homes and very good quality custom homes ranging in price from the low $400,000's to the low $600,000's. About the same time that Briggs Ranch was being built, some production homes were being built southwest of East Bidwell. Several builders have built production homes in this area and some are still active in the area. These homes have a broad range of value from about the low $300,000's to the high $500,000's. Other residential possibilities in the central area include a gated senior community, some mobile home parks, several multi-unit properties and some custom homes.
The Central District includes several city parks, including Lembi Park where the new Aquatic Center is now open. There is access to Folsom Lake at Folsom Point north of East Natoma Street across from Briggs Ranch. There are several schools in this district, including the Riley campus of Folsom High School and the Folsom Middle School. There are also several shopping centers in this area, including the Wal-Mart and Target centers and several grocery stores.
Empire Ranch is located off of East Natoma St., southeast of Folsom Lake. With dramatic views of Folsom, Empire Ranch sets an example of what a master planned community should be. Empire Ranch encompasses nearly 1,750 acres of rolling hills and oak trees. Included in this master planned community that contains more than 3,000 homes is a public 18-hold championship golf course, schools, hiking trails, parks, and shopping. The golf course, which opened on May 11th, 2002, was actually Folsom first course in the entire city. Designed by Brad Bell, the course is a great balance between challenge and reward. A novice golfer would not find this golf course overbearingly challenging and an experienced golfer would be pleased with its difficulty.
Empire Ranch appeals to move-up buyers (those families trading up for bigger houses). Currently, homes in Empire Ranch range from the mid $400,000s and can exceed the $800,000 price range. Empire Ranch is nestled away from the major traffic areas but still within close proximity to Highway 50. As you would imagine, many of the homes have views of the beautiful golf course and the rolling hills of the Folsom and El Dorado Hills area.
The Folsom Cordova Unified School District (FCUSD) is seeking to open another high school in Folsom. Empire Ranch seems to be a great fit. With negotiations underway with Elliott Homes, a 51-acre, 1,500-student high school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2006.
With 1,750 acres of master planned community, Empire Ranch attracts Folsom residents from all over the city with its parks, recreational activities, and scenic views.
The oldest homes in Folsom are located in the Historic District. As you cross the American River this would be the area between the Rainbow Bridge and Lake Natoma Crossing on the east side of the river. These homes tend to be on the "grid" streets, which are within walking distance of historic Sutter Street. Some homes in this area were built in the late 1800's and many have undergone extensive renovation. There are some very large multi-level Victorian style homes, but more are smaller bungalow style homes. Many of these homes have been in the same family for many years, and seldom are they available to purchase. When they are available there is a wide range of values and some would be valued close to a million dollars. There are also some newer homes of various styles in the Historic District, which are more readily available. Most of these homes range in price from the high $300,000s to the low $500,000's.
Since this area is walking distance to Sutter Street its residents enjoy the street's year-round activities which include peddler's fairs, craft fairs, and Thursday night markets in the summer time. Numerous eateries, antique and collector shops, specialty shops and art galleries are located along Sutter Street and the surrounding streets. The city's first large hotel, Lake Natoma Inn, is located along the river. Several pubs in the area attract large crowds on the weekends. There is even an occasional parade, and Santa Claus has been known to frequent the area.
The Historic Truss Bridge, opened in 2000, provides pedestrian and bike access across the American River and is just part of the extensive network of bike trails through the city. Folsom City Park, the Folsom Zoo and Dan Russell Arena are an easy walk or ride down the bike trail and have many activities throughout the year. The American River at Lake Natoma borders the Historic District to the North and West and provides extensive recreational opportunities.
Lexington Hills was one of the fastest growing areas of Folsom in the late 1980's and early 1990's. Several builders built good to very good quality production and custom homes, some of which are on view lots. This area is east of Oak Avenue Parkway and south of Blue Ravine Road. Currently most homes in this area sell from the mid $300,000's to the mid $600,000's.
The Parkway, just north of Lexington Hills, was developed along Humbug Creek starting in the late 1990's. Homes in the area are good quality production homes built by several builders. Homes in this area of the Parkway currently sell in the range of the low $400,000's to the mid $500,000's. The theme of this area is nature and conservation and the walking and bike trails along the creek are its centerpiece. Construction began recently further to the east. These newer homes are selling in the mid $600,000s to high $700,000s.+
Both Lexington Hills and The Parkway have several parks, greenbelts, and wetland areas. There are miles of walking and bike trails in the area. The area is only about a mile to the Folsom Point access to Folsom Lake. Mercy Hospital, which is a large employer in Folsom, is located to the west of Lexington Hills. A new apartment complex is being built east of Oak Avenue Parkway near the hospital. There is an elementary school in the area and Folsom Lake Center (community college) is just to the south and is currently undergoing an expansion.
About the time that Lexington Hills was being developed on the east side of the city, the late 1980's, Natoma Station was being built on the west side. Homes in this area were similar in style and quality to those in Lexington Hills. Natoma Station is south of Blue Ravine Road and east of Folsom Blvd. Several builders were active in this neighborhood and some of the individual developments have artistic sculptures at their entrances. Most homes in this area tend to sell from the low $400,000s to the high $500,000s. There are a couple of communities within Natoma Station where smaller homes were built on small lots. Homes in these communities, The Bungalows and Oak Villas, tend to sell in the low $300,000s to the mid $400,000s.
There are several parks, playgrounds, and an elementary school in Natoma Station. Folsom Lake Recreation Area and Lake Natoma are nearby with access at the Willow Creek entrance off Folsom Blvd. The elementary school, Natoma Station Elementary features a roller hockey facility. The Folsom Premium Outlets attract shoppers from throughout the region. It boasts a 14 screen Century theater complex, several restaurants and specialty shops, office buildings, and two new large hotels, Larkspur Landing and Hilton Garden Inn. There will be a light rail station at the corner of Folsom Boulevard and Iron Point Road.
Although most of Folsom is located east of the American River, many residents of Folsom live west of the river. There are two large developments in this area, American River Canyon and American River Canyon North. In addition, there are several smaller developments and many custom homes built over a period of many years.
Homes in original American River Canyon, located south of Oak Avenue Parkway, were built by numerous builders from the early 1980's and into the 1990's. Nearly all of the homes in this area are good to very good quality custom homes on well-landscaped lots. These homes range in value from the high $400,000's to the mid $600,000's. Some of the larger homes with river views sell much higher. There are alsom some attached cluster homes which sell in the mid $300,000s to the low $400,000s. The Scenic Oaks development, located off American River Canyon Drive, was also built in the 1980's, but most homes are somewhat smaller and most sell in the mid $300,000's to low $500,000s. In the late 1980's construction started on homes north of Oak Avenue Parkway in American River Canyon North, known by its waterfall entrance. These custom homes tend to be larger and superior in quality to those to the south. Prices in the area range from the high $500,000's to about $1.25 million. A gated community, the Cascades, is adjacent to American River Canyon North. Homes and lots at the Cascades are smaller than the custom homes in the area and sell in the low to mid $300,000s to mid $500,000s. Although these are the larger defined neighborhoods in this area, there are many homes, both custom and production, on both sides of Folsom-Auburn Road. In addition, there are a couple of senior mobile home parks and some apartment complexes on this side of the river.
Since the opening of the Historic Truss Bridge in 2000, homes on the west side of the river are connected to the extensive network of walking and bike trails within the city. The area is also very convenient to Lake Natoma and the State Park at Negro Bar along the American River. Lew Howard Park with the Rotary Clubhouse, located along Oak Avenue Parkway, is the largest city park in the area. Shopping on this side of the river is limited with two grocery stores and some specialty shops.
Prairie Oaks / Los Cerros / Willow Springs
Prairie Oaks is located to the northeast of Natoma Station east of Prairie City Road and south of Blue Ravine Road. There was a town of Prairie City during the gold rush, and even though the exact location isn't known, most historians believe it was in this general area. Residential construction began in this area in the mid 1990's, and several builders built production homes in this area. Some of the homes in the area back to greenbelt areas and have views. Most homes in the area sell from the mid $300,000's to the low $600,000's.
Los Cerros is just north of Prairie Oaks across Riley Street. Homes in this area are very good quality production and similar to better quality custom homes. These homes were built during the 1990's and some are on greenbelt lots. Many of the lots in this area are large. Homes in this area range from the high $400,000's to the high $700,000's.
Willow Springs, located just east of Prairie Oaks, has been under construction since the late 1990's. Although this is not one of the larger developments in Folsom, several builders are actively building production homes in the area. Some of the homes have greenbelt views. Homes in the area currently sell from the mid $400,000's to the low $600,000's.
This area has a couple of parks and several walking and bike trails. The new Folsom High School is across Iron Point from Prairie Oaks. Gallardo Elementary is one of the city's newest schools, opened in Fall of 2003. The city's largest employer, Intel, is also across Iron Point on the west side of Prairie City Road. There is a new apartment complex at Prairie City Road and Iron Point and another at Willow Springs. A new Safeway store and other eateries are in the area, with room for more on the way.