El Dorado Hills
“El Dorado” means, the land of golden opportunity.
It is not surprising that El Dorado Hills has been ranked as one of the “Best Places To Live, Work and Play” in California more than once. First, in a study by CNN Money Magazine in 2007 and second in a study by Wallethub in 2016. Key characteristics in the Wallethub study were family life, education, schools, health, affordability, social/economic environment, median income, crime rates and safety.
It’s well-planned housing communities, shopping, top-rated schools and picturesque terrain of oak-studded rolling hills make for a very attractive place to call “home.”
El Dorado Hills’ population is approximately 44,000. It is an unincorporated area of El Dorado County, located on the Highway 50 corridor 8 miles between Folsom and Cameron Park. It is 29 miles from downtown Sacramento and 80 miles from world-renowned Lake Tahoe.
In the 1960’s, the original developer Allan Lindsey envisioned a large master-planned community with residential neighborhoods named as “villages”. There would also be a community shopping center, small commercial centers in each village, schools, parks, 18-hole golf course and business park. The area grew moderate between 1960-1990, adding villages and shopping north of Green Valley. Then in 1995, The Parker Development Company purchased 3,500 acres on the eastern border of El Dorado Hills developing a master-planned community called “Serrano.” Serrano really put El Dorado Hills on the map, attracting buyers from all over, mostly those relocating from the Bay Area.
There are now over 50 “residential neighborhood villages” in El Dorado Hills with more to come. Each has its own uniqueness and character. These villages range from: brand new to established subdivisions, smaller lots to acreage, trees to no trees, hills to no hills, views to no views, and gates to no gates! El Dorado Hills has something for everyone: from singles, young couples, growing families, empty nesters, and investors.
El Dorado Hills Schools are top-rated. Elementary and middle are divided into two school districts: Buckeye and Rescue. Each has three elementary schools and one middle school. Oakridge High School is the high school, in the El Dorado High School District.
Town Center Shopping Center is the epicenter of El Dorado Hills. It has top-notch restaurants to choose from, Nugget Grocery Store, IMAX theater, El Dorado Sports Club and Spa, Boutique Shopping, A Holiday Inn Hotel, summer concerts, farmers market, annual Mother’s day weekend art and wine show, 4th of July celebration with fireworks, Christmas lighting and celebration and so much more.
El Dorado Hills and surrounding areas offer many year-round recreational activities, such as: snow-skiing at Lake Tahoe, boating at Folsom Lake, wine tasting at local wineries, and grabbing a piece of apple pie at Apple Hill in Camino.
For more information about the area — check out the links below:
El Dorado Hills Community Service District
El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce