Are you thinking of moving to Orangevale, CA? Of course, before making such a decision, one would want to conduct some thorough research to see if it will be a good fit. This article is intended to be a a resource to help you decide.
How big is Orangevale?
Orangevale has a population of 34,000 and is located about 25 miles northeast of Sacramento. Approximately 72% of the homes there are owned, not rented. Orangevale is between Citrus Heights and Folsom. It is also not far from Roseville, which has been recognized as one of the safest places in the area.
The community is somewhat diverse: 80% are caucasian, and about 10% are Hispanic, with the rest being Black, Asian, Native American or Hawaiian.
What is the cost of housing?
The median home value in Orangevale is $335,000 and you can rent a studio apartment there for about $750. A 2 BR would be around $1,350. As of January, 2017 there doesn’t appear to be that many condos in the area.
What about transportation?
There are light rail stations nearby in Folsom, so you can easily get to downtown Sacramento. Air travel happens at Sacramento International Airport, which is also not that far away.There are plenty of roads in Orangevale and you will not be far from a freeway and a major highway.
There is light rail in Folsom, which is just several miles from Orangevale. There are also several buses running, which are part of the Sacramento Regional Transit system. The Sacramento airport is about a 30-minute drive from Orangevale.
How are the schools?
According to Greatschools, the public school system in Orangevale rates 7/10. For adults, there are a number of community colleges located within ten miles of the community, such as Folsom Lake College.
What about the food?
For a small town, Orangevale has a surprising number of restaurants to enjoy.
Some of the top-rated ones are:
New Namaste Nepal Restaurant
Sichuan Spice House Chinese
Cafe Rio Mexican Grill
O’Connors Wood Fire Grill & Bar
Tonno’s Sports Bar and Grill
Blue Nami Sushi & Sake House
Wa-Me Chinese Restaurant
Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant
Is it close to nature?
The Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail goes right along Lake Natomas, so you can walk in an open area next to water. This area has trees along the water and walkers, bike riders and joggers can be found here when the weather is favorable. Negro Bar Recreation Area is another place where you can access water, and even go swimming or kayaking.
The area immediately around it is residential, with single family homes, yards and cul de sacs. Many homes have yards with trees, so the visual effect is a pleasant. The homes typically are not huge at all and are not that new, but are also not ancient.
Folsom Lake is less than 10 miles away, and it offers water sports and a chance to get away from development. The lake is about 15 miles long and has 75 miles of shoreline. There are about 2 million visitors each year, and during summer there can be congestion due to the fact there is only one marina.
Lake Tahoe and Yosemite are within about 2 hours of driving or less, so the access to both is not that difficult to achieve.
The Sierra with is forests, streams, lakes, slopes and mountains are all there too.
What about jobs?
Orangevale is small enough that it doesn’t have huge employers; the typical ones are available that you would expect in retail and food services.
What about shopping?
There are two shopping centers in Orangevale, and more in neighboring towns like Folsom and Citrus Heights.
Are there things to do?
As mentioned above, there are some trails, and water access opportunities. Additionally, there is a public library. Orangevale is also very close to Roseville, which has more restaurants and a greater range of cuisine types. (Roseville is also about 4 times the size of Orangevale.) Folsom is even closer than Roseville — just 3.3 miles and it has an animal sanctuary as well as its own collection of eateries. (It also has an historic downtown, which is worth checking out even if it is just one time.) In a sense, moving to Orangevale is more like moving to an entire area which includes, Roseville, Folsom, and Citrus Heights because they are all very close together.
Are there parks?
Yes, Orangevale isn’t very big, but it has a number of parks:
Negro Bar Recreation Area
OVParks Almond Park
There aren’t any dog parks in Orangevale, but there are two close by in Citrus Heights, and Fair Oaks.
Moving to Orangevale would probably be a good idea for people who are living in very expensive places like San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, or San Diego. In Orangevale, one will find more affordable housing, and just about more affordable everything. There is also a slower pace of life, and better public schools than in some other areas. You will be close enough to Sacramento to enjoy some of the cultural experiences, and yet will not be located in the midst of urban density.
How are the politics?
Orangevale residents generally vote for Democratic politicians, and have for many years.
Are there churches?
Yes, there are a number of churches like:
The Life Center
Divine Savior Catholic Church
Oak Ave Church
First Baptist Church of Orangevale
Orangevale Community Christian Center
There isn’t a Buddhist temple in Orangevale, but there are quite a few in the Sacramento area to the south and west.
What is near Orangevale?
Roseville — 8.4
Folsom Lake — 10 miles
Sacramento — 22 miles
Lodi — 52 miles
Lake Tahoe — 95 miles
San Francisco — 107 miles
Yosemite — 128 miles
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