Reflecting the long-held reality that people want to live in suburbs, especially new ones that are somewhat out in the countryside, the suburb city of Roseville is ranked as one of the fastest growing in the state, as reported by the Sacramento Bee.
“The super-suburb of Roseville has powered through the recession, emerging as one of the state's fastest-growing cities while other former boomtowns sit fallow.
“Roseville's regional market share for new houses has more than tripled during the housing downtown, said Greg Paquin, a Folsom consultant to the home-building industry.
“With nearly 300 housing starts in the first three months of 2010, the growth frontier of west Roseville reveals scenes sometimes forgotten in a troubled housing market: yard signs hawking window blinds and crews digging trenches for sprinkler lines. Trucks roam the streets carrying rolled-up lawn sod.
“The growth is fueled by new arrivals like Eric and Sarah Fitzsimons, who moved from Arizona to Roseville this year. They wanted a family-friendly neighborhood with good schools and easy driving to the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe.
“They bought a $370,000 house with solar panels on the city's west side, where much of the growth is occurring. They're still jazzed by it all.
"Everything so far has been great," said Eric Fitzsimons, who travels the West as regional sales manager for American Bio Medica Corp., maker of drug testing kits. His wife, a nurse with Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, seamlessly transferred to Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael.
“Some analysts say Roseville's twin attractions – perceived high quality of life and plenty of developable land – mirror home-building hot spots such as Dublin in the Bay Area and Irvine in Southern California. Only at prices in the $300,000s.”