25 miles northeast of Downtown Sacramento on the western shore of Folsom Lake is a slice of paradise called Granite Bay. This census-designated place (CDP) in Placer County boasts a high quality of life and has a growing population of over 20,000 residents (based on 2010 Census estimates).
Just a small mining camp back in the mid-1800s, Granite Bay today is an attractive,primarily residential community, whose residents include quite a few high-profile personalities. Just 40 minutes away from the state capital, its waterfront, deeply wooded setting is nothing short of idyllic, offering a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
An affluent community, Granite Bay has easy access to large IT companies in surrounding cities like Folsom and Roseville. Luxury real estate is abundant here,with many of the homes located in gated communities. There are also more established neighborhoods and even sprawling horse properties.
Among Granite Bay’s many other draws are its proximity to some of the region’s top-rated medical facilities in Roseville as well as an emerging shopping and fine dining scene.
Quick facts: Granite Bay, CA
Zip code: 95746
Total area: 21.6 square miles
Climate: Hot-summer Mediterranean
Population: 20,402 (2010 Census)
Population density: 950/sq. mi.
Accessibility: 30-35 minutes from Sacramento (Downtown) by car
35-45 minutes from Sacramento (Downtown) by public transportation
35-45 minutes from Sacramento International Airport
Main highways: Interstate 80
Granite Bay is served by the Eureka Union School District.The public K-8 school system also provides primary education for East Roseville. The district feeds into Granite Bay High School.
Granite Bay schools are highly rated on GreatSchools.org, earning a 9 out of 10 score based on test results.
Lifestyle and recreation
Granite Bay’s location along Folsom Lake offers plenty of options for outdoor recreation. Granite Bay has a wide swath of sandy beach and popular activities here include swimming, boating, kayaking, sailing, and fishing. There are numerous hiking and biking trails and campgrounds around the lake as well.
The community also has a deep love for all things equestrian. Quite a few horse trails wind their way through the area and there are many equestrian centers and stables. Granite Bay also has several community parks and playgrounds as well as a well-known golf course. The Granite Bay Golf Club is not only celebrated for its 18-hole championship course, but also for being a Certified Audubon International Signature Sanctuary.
Granite Bay’s location works to its advantage in more ways than one. In addition to Sacramento’s metropolitan highlights, other notable destinations are accessible for quick day trips, such as Lake Tahoe (~2 hours), the Bay Area (less than 2 hours), and the Squaw Valley Ski Resort (~1.5 hours) – one of the most popular winter vacation spots in the US.
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