County feel, great neigh­bor­hoods

The Sacramento Bee - - Realestate | Classified - By Tinka Davi

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.




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