Real Estate Ray's Blog: Why Elk Grove?

Why Elk Grove?

Why Elk Grove?

What makes Elk Grove, CA special and attractive as a place to live?  I thought I would ask some of our long term residents for their collective wisdom.  Here is what they had to say:

Elenice Gomez-When we first moved here 16 years ago, affordability and the schools were the deciding factors.  We also loved the way Elk Grove looked, how well maintained the medians/landscape were, how many parks we have, and how many friendly people there are in comparison to the Bay Area.  The location was also attractive, close to SF, to my Giants and to our old church family and to Lake Tahoe.  We selected a house in a neighborhood where the school API score was high and w/i our price range.

Randy Seevers, Executive Director at Runnin for Rhett-We love living in Elk Grove because of the people that live here.  Elk Grove is a melting pot of society...surrounded by so many different races, religions and backgrounds.  It's the REAL WORLD.  We chose our house because we were looking for a single story ranch style home, conducive to wheelchair access, for when Rhett was with us.  We love it here and don't plan to leave anytime soon. (Valley Hi Country Club Estates)

Laguna Lake, Elk Grove             Stonelake, Elk Grove

                                   Laguna Lake                                                          Stonelake Park and Clubhouse

Kathy Royer, Senior Direct Mail Specialist-Our family moved to Elk Grove 20 years ago after our house burned down in Southern California. It was a traumatic time in our lives and we were living in an apartment waiting for our house to be rebuilt.  We came to visit Elk Grove after my parents had moved here from San Ramon. They had bought a house on Benedict Way that was across the street from a lake. We loved their home and the area!  We started looking at model homes and found out that we could buy a home on the lake ,with a beautiful view , that was twice the size as our home in Southern California for about the same amount that we could sell our home for in Southern California.  It was not hard to make the decision to move and we have made life long friendships.  Every day we acknowledge how blessed we are!  (Laguna West, Lakeside)

Laguna West, Elk Grove     Lakeside, Elk Grove

                               Laguna West                                                                             Lakeside 

Lisa McKnight O'shea-We've been here 30 years and have seen major changes, especially population growth-from 11,000 in 1989 to now (2019 171,844).  We love our Laguna Lake neighborhood.  It was a great place to raise our girls and we're looking forward to enjoying it with our grandson as he gets older. 

Tina Lee-Vogt-My late husband and I moved to Elk Grove over 25 years ago.  We loved the diversity and the beautiful neighborhoods.  We grew up in the EGUSD and wanted our daughter to as well.  We love the schools and the CSD.  Wonderful place for families. (North Laguna)

Jack Chen-Couldn't afford to live in the Bay Area and we chose our home because it was one of the last ones for sale during the housing boom. (Laguna West, Lakeside)

Heritage at Lakeside, Elk Grove 55+ senior community        Cosumnes River Preserve, Elk Grove

             Heritage at Lakeside, 55+ Community                                             Cosumnes River Preserve

Geoffrey Jumper-We moved here over 25 years ago because it was nice and affordable (author's note-it still is).  We stayed because I wanted Emily to attend Elk Grove Schools.  We have been very happy here!!!  (Stonelake)

Nancy Friday Johnson-We moved here almost 22 years ago.  We looked for a solid month before we purchased our house.  On one "final" weekend, we had to choose between houses we liked in Rocklin, Natomas and Elk Grove. We chose Elk Grove (and our specific house) because the cost per square foot was exceptional, we liked how close it was to I-5, our corner lot, the parks, the overall diversity, the school district and we liked how it felt like a "community."  We have felt it was one of the better decisions that we have made!

My wife and I moved to Elk Grove in 2000 and we have really enjoyed being here.  I think my friends have captured the essence of what makes Elk Grove special.  We came here for many of the same reasons.  It has only been in our quest to find a retirement home that we have recognized how unique Elk Grove is and how many opportunities we have to enjoy unique experiences within a short distance.


If you would like to know more about Elk Grove or would like to tour the area, just let me know.  916-698-8414

Thank you, Jeff Dowler, CRS from Carlsbad, CA for this months ActiveRain challenge.  It was enjoyable to reach out to all my friends and get a sense for why they have all been here for so long.


             eXp Realty of California, Inc

Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, e-Pro

Past Client Testimonials   

3412 Babson Drive

Elk Grove, CA 95758




Comment balloon 14 commentsRaymond Henson, SRES, GRI • March 26 2020 06:11PM


Hi Raymond:

Thanks for a great overview of Elk Grove. What a clever idea to get the persepctive of others to include, as well as sharing YOUR thoughts in your video. Great job on the video - I look forward to more of them!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 4 months ago

Raymond, what a great post to relay the beauty you have in Elk Grove.  Definitely should get some calls.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 4 months ago

Hello Raymond - what a great way to share your area with others by including some longtime residents to talk about why they chose Elk Grove.  The tie-in with your own story video is a good complement.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 4 months ago

Hey Raymond and why NOT Elk Grove? Clearly the answer is in your post, loved it, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 4 months ago

Good morning, Raymond... why not Elk Grove, indeed? It looks like a beautiful place to call home. And I love how you put a twist on the topic and asked neighbors to tell us what's so great about living in Elk Grove.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) 4 months ago

Families on the move will appreciate your local community reports.

Take care and stay at home during the pandemic.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 4 months ago

Hello Raymond,  Thanks for sharing Elk Grove pictures and information with us here in the Rain.


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 4 months ago

Hi Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI -  Elk Grove sounds like a beautiful community within reach of the big city.  I like your video and particularly like the way you put it in other peoples words.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 4 months ago

I once spent a week or so in Elk Grove and can certainly attest to what a wonderful place it is.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 4 months ago

Jeff Dowler, CRS, I thought people might enjoy hearing from a diverse group.  Thank you for the challenge and encouraging me to get out of my comfort zone with the video.

Joan Cox, thank you!  I always appreciate you stopping by. 

Michael Jacobs, thank you.  I thought it would be fun to have some guests.   

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

Endre Barath, Jr.,  It seems as though those that live here like it more every year.  Thank you for your input.

Nina Hollander, I thought maybe you all would be getting tired of me already. 

Roy Kelley, We are almost always at home these days.  Thank you for your concern.    

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

Will Hamm, and thank you for taking the time and the effort to review it.

 Grant Schneider, I was fortunate that they were all willing to help.  Each and every one of them have a lot of wisdom to impart.  Thank you for dropping by.

Brian England , I am glad you enjoyed it.  Hope to see you here one day.  Did you visit family when you where here?

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

Oh, I absolutely love the way you presented Elk Grove, Raymond - brilliant! You totally need to share this in a neighborhood newsletter. You could ask the residents to reach out to you if they would like to share THEIR 'why!' Then, highlight them in next month's newsletter.

Thank you so much for participating in this month's challenge. So glad you shared it this way too - you've got the creative juices flowing here in Charlotte!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 4 months ago

Debe Maxwell, CRS, thank you for the kind words.  I have some great friends and, I think, they are much more interesting than me.  I love that they were willing to participate.  Let me know how your new creations turn out.  I have been thinking for a while to reach out to those around me for their ideas.  I can't think of a better way to find issues that they are interested in.  Thanks again! 

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago