Citrus Heights, California

The Heights

The Best Thing About Citrus Heights?

Housing Prices a Short-ish Drive From Tahoe

California can be obscenely expensive for those not used to coastal housing prices. The Sacramento area is cheaper than its counterparts on the coast but Citrus Heights really gets more gentle on the wallet with a median home price hovering around $450k. If you work in the capital or are looking to escape the Bay Area housing crisis and can work from home then Citrus Heights should be on your shortlist. This is really true if you're a lover of the outdoors and the skiing and mountains of the Sierra as Citrus Heights is just an hour from the foothills and just another 45 minutes or so the rest of the way to Tahoe.

The Worst Thing About Citrus Heights?

Quiet - too Quiet

Suburban families get nice homes, blocks, schools and outdoor recreation. However, if you want a suburb with a built-in nightlife this ain’t it. There are a couple casinos and bars/restaurants but if you want to go out you really have to drive the 15 miles to downtown Sacramento. Many suburban cities have purposely built up their commercial districts so locals can have some fun without the big drive but Citrus Heights isn’t one of them (yet!).

Lifestyle of Citrus Heights

Get Some Fresh Air

As noted above the lifestyle of Citrus Heights is pretty much entirely built around families and children. Suburban homes, nice blocks, good schools, and plenty of great parks and sports fields for kiddo play dominate activities. There are plenty of more adventurous outdoor activity spots both in-town and east in the Sierras so if you’re an outdoor person or family you’ll like it here.

Nightlife lifestyle is largely spent making the commute into downtown Sacramento. Not unusual for a suburb to have the in-town lifestyle filled with family fun and then nights out making the 20-30 minute drive to the big city.

Schools of Citrus Heights

Citrus Heights is primarily served by the San Juan Unified School District. This can be a good thing as the district rates a B+ on niche.com.

As with many school districts with this level of ranking, you get varied scores from the many different schools in the district. Which means keep an eye on the neighborhood for the schools it zones for as the scores can range from C’s to A’s depending on your block. There are a number of private and religious schools with very high rankings including St. Mark’s Lutheran among several others.

Why You Should Move Here Now?

Sunrise Tomorrow

In 2021 Citrus Heights approved a plan to redevelop the land the Sunrise Mall occupies. In the words of the Vice Mayor locals should picture a downtown area that has all the convenience and necessities within the community, walkability and a place where you can come and gather. Assuming the coming years deliver on the plan then Citrus Heights will be a much more interesting place to live.