County feel, great neighborhoods
Zach McKiernan and his family moved to Fair Oaks about six months ago. They chose a home built in the 1980s off Winding Way.
“We really like it here,” he said.
The “we” includes his wife, Chelsea, and four children, ages 13, 11, 8 and 6. The young folk attend the California Montessori Project School off Beech Avenue.
McKiernan said, “Fair Oaks gives you a little bit of country feel yet you are still in town. We feel like the area holds its value really well and we really like the neighborhood here.”
He said it’s great to have both older and younger neighbors. As he pulled into his driveway he said he could see kids outside helping their parents rake leaves.
“We are planning a little neighborhood barbecue and that will be a good way to get to know even more of our neighbors.”
McKiernan, a Realtor, said his dad, Bob McKiernan, is his broker, who owns McKiernan Realty in Folsom. “It’s nice that we can keep working together and just have a good time.”
The younger McKiernans, who have been married for 15 years, were living in Citrus Heights, but wanted a bigger home. His
wife grew up in the area; her mom lived there and always had a sense of community, he said.
“It’s nice to bring the kids here and raise them here,” he said.
“Location was big for us. We wanted to be on a really good street. Other than that we were open.”
Their home wasn’t a fixer, but they’ve updated walls, floors and the kitchen and put their own style into it, McKiernan said.
Their youngsters are involved in activities. One daughter plays softball, a son, soccer, another son, baseball, and the youngest daughter does Irish dance.
“We are all over everywhere so we are constantly busy.”
Fair Oaks is home to youth and adult sports and other activities at the community parks.
Events include the September festival, which celebrates the famous Fair Oaks chickens who wander unafraid through Old Town.
Upcoming events are Christmas in the Village and tree lighting Dec. 1 and Breakfast with Santa, Dec. 8.
A local car club called the Vintage Cruisers is run by Zach McKiernan and is active in Fair Oaks, Orangevale and Sacramento County.
McKiernan is pleased with Fair Oaks. “The people here are just so nice and friendly and welcoming and I love that. And to be so close to old Fair Oaks and the restaurants and the little coffee shop there I Montview Park on Winding Way is a quiet park that sits below street level, almost hidden. feel that is something that some neighborhoods are proud of.”
Kathy Smith, broker associate with Galster Real Estate Group, said that often people chose to live in Fair Oaks because they want to be close to family, friends and work. In fact, she said, “That’s always a given no matter what community you live in.”
She said people are attracted to Fair Oaks is because of the rolling hills, the many trees and the conforming and non-conforming homes.
“If you want rural, there are areas that don’t have sidewalks, curbs and gutters. Or, if you want a large, traditional home they can be found in all price ranges. You can find condominiums and huge houses that overlook the bluffs. There also are larger lots — one-quarter, one-third and half-acre lots.”
“Winding Way is really nice because it gives you that kind of rural feeling, yet you are close to everything — shopping and the freeway.”
Commuters have easy access to the freeways via Hazel Avenue or Sunrise Boulevard.
New homes by Watt Communities are at Hidden Ridge near Sunrise Avenue and Wildridge Drive.
Kevin Webb, division president, said the 22-lot community is within an established neighborhood and selling well. Homes are priced from the
$600,000 range. September was a neutral market in resales, Smith said. Home sales were 127 units, down 2.3 percent compared to August and up 16.5 percent compared to September 2017.
There were 28 units that closed in September, down
37.7 percent compared to August and 36.7 percent compared to a year ago.
Pending sales (placed under contract) totaled 36 units, down 37.9 percent compared to August and down 21.7 percent compared to September 2017.
“Inventory based on sales for September was
3.3 months, a neutral market.”
There are three markets, Hidden Ridge is a small development in the middle of an established neighborhood near Madison and Sunrise. Smith said. A buyer’s market is when there is more than six months of inventory based on closed sales; a seller’s market is less than three months of inventory based on closed sales and a neutral market is three to six months of inventory based on closed sales.
The average for-sale pricing is $617,000, 4.9 percent down from August.
The average sold price is
$465,000; the average continuous days’ market trend or days on the market is about 30-32 days.
Ten condominiums for sale range from $175,000 for a one-bedroom, onebath, 700-square-foot unit and $309,900 for a threebedroom, two-and a half bath 1,736-square-foot condominium.
Single-family homes start at $314,000 for a three-bedroom, one-bath,
980-square-foot home on a Fair Oaks Memorial Mural is on the side of the Fair Oaks Veterans Memorial Amphitheater, home of the Fair Oaks Theatre Festival. third of an acre. The most expensive home listed is $3,950,000 with six-bedrooms, seven full baths, three half baths, 12,663 square feet on 8.2 acres.
There are eight homes over $1 million on the market.
“The market is changing as we are going into the winter months,” Smith said. “That means if you are a seller the home might sit on the market a little longer. If you are a buyer you don’t have to make a decision, but you need to understand that, in real estate, time is of the essence. If you want that house, make the decision now. Don’t wait because it might not be there.”
Tinka Davi is a freelance writer and editor based in Folsom.
Winding Way shows the rolling hills and the numerous mature trees.
The Fair Oaks Coffee House and Deli is the unofficial hub in the Village. Teresa Worthington, George Grady and their dog Bear regularly start their Saturdays here.
Roaming chickens are a staple in the Village. You see them in the park, in trees, on the road and even on the roof tops. They are even featured in many of the signs around town.