fair oaks: Which Are The Best Fair Oaks Neighborhoods To Live In? - 04/13/14 08:51 PM
As a Fair Oaks Realtor, I hear this question a lot. What is the best neighborhood in Fair Oaks? And my answer is like a broken record. It depends on what is important to you.
Do you value freeway access over tranquility? Do you want a big lot with lots of breathing room, or a small low maintenance patio home? Do you want good schools, or an area with very few rug rats screaming during cocktail hour? When it comes to neighborhoods, beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder!
Here are some of the qualities that I think make our … (4 comments)

fair oaks: Sailor Bar, Fair Oaks - Great Walking Trails along the American River - 04/05/14 04:58 PM
Sailor Bar is an amazing place to walk, bike and experience the American River in Fair Oaks, Ca.  It's a 114 acre river bar that feels wild and wonderful, yet holds the secrets and scarring of 100 years of gold mining history. It's a walker's paradise!
Sailor Bar extends from the Hazel Bridge along the north side of the American River, to the rise of the Fair Oaks Bluffs near Olive and Natoma Avenues. It's easy to get a 3 - 5 mile hike in by wandering around the many twisted and turning trails through gold mine tailings, along the river's edge, … (3 comments)

fair oaks: Walking Trail Access from the Fair Oaks Bluffs to the American River - 03/28/14 05:10 AM
Hold on.  I gotta take off my muddy boots.  I just came in from the bar. Not the Dew Drop Inn, but Sailor Bar - the hiking & biking wonderland along the American River in Fair Oaks, CA, with miles of trails. It's not easy to know all the ways to get there, but I have just poked and prodded every street along the bluffs and have finally found all the access points. Because much of Fair Oaks is high up on the river bluffs (with awesome views) it's too steep to get to the river.  Many of the flatter parts are blocked … (3 comments)

fair oaks: Making Your Goals Fun - Some Unexpected Numbers - 01/19/14 06:41 AM
I never imagined I would be dreaming about numbers.  But I do.
Leaf numbers.  Shadow numbers.  Numbers from a found inner tube.  Even from pine cones.

We're on a mission to hike 60 different hikes by next September, and started our first with a fingered "1".  "Let's do two fingers, for our second", we cleverly thought.  After 3 we were hooked. 
For that, my daughter twisted her lanky frame into a 3. She missed her calling as a contortionist.
We are up to 25 by now, and the numbers have taken over.
Now I lay in bed at night thinking … (4 comments)

fair oaks: A New Bike Repair Station on American River Parkway by Sunrise Bridge - 01/14/14 03:07 PM
 

You break out your dusty bike and get ready for a ride, only to find you have a low tire. Bummer, huh?  But if you are lucky enough to be riding the American River Bike Trail  near the Sunrise Bridge in Fair Oaks, Robin Hood has arrived!
Check out the new Bike Repair Station they just installed. (This just added: when I wrote this, I assumed it was the Parkway who installed it.  But no - it was an Eagle Scout Project!  I am trying to find out who the Scout was, and will update as I find out. … (7 comments)

fair oaks: Who Bought or Sold Homes in 2013 - Sally's Tally of Sales - 01/11/14 08:24 AM
I love going back over the previous year to see who I helped buy and sell a home.  There are always so many reasons, but one fact remains - we seem to be hellbent on moving!
For 2013 I sold 39 homes.  The biggest reason seems to be a change of home - bigger, smaller, different neighborhood, or to be closer to their kids.  
A few were empty nesters, were ready to downsize.
Rose was preparing for the inevitable move-out of her boys and wanted them to have adjusted to the new house in the same neighborhood before they left.   … (2 comments)

fair oaks: We Went to Prison Today... On Hike #25 - 01/09/14 08:47 PM
Yep, we went to prison today, Folsom Prison, to be exact. And no, we weren't sent to the slammer. Instead we hiked up a short spur of the Canal Historic Trail from Rainbow Bridge in Folsom, to the gates that posted we would be shot if we went any further.
OK, not SHOT, exactly, but definitely in trouble. They don't want people breaking into prison apparently. We complied.
So we took our photo of our makeshift #25, and skedaddled on out of there, back down the gorgeous trail that follows the American River. We left our leaf strewn #25 there in … (8 comments)

fair oaks: Walk #24 In the Lake Bed of Folsom Lake. Drought has its advantages! - 01/05/14 08:14 PM
It's dry here in Sacramento.  6" of rain so far, when our average is 18".  A problem?  You bet. Any advantages?  You bet. And today I walked on one of the mega advantages!
Our walk #24 (out of 60) was oddly around the bottom of a lake.
Folsom Lake is usually huge - 11,000 surface acres with 75 miles of shoreline.  Normally we sail on it, with jet skis and speedboats zooming across its beautiful waters.  This summer we even hosted Hydroplane races during Big Wake Weekend - it's that big!
But today, the lake has shrunk to a puddle.  Literally. … (3 comments)

fair oaks: Hiking in Auburn - #23 out of 60 by 60 Hikes. - 01/03/14 01:44 PM
Boy did I learn a lesson on Hike #23. It involved keys, a zipper, and a slouchy drop of my jacket while taking a picture of the number 23 formed with sticks.
Becky, my walking partner, and I parked near the town of Cool, up Hwy 49 South of Auburn, CA.  After connecting on parts of the Wendell T. Robie and Olmstead Loop Trails, we bushwhacked along the newly uncovered Pardners Rock Trail with our friends Paula and Eric Peach. Eric is an Auburn Rec Area trail preservationist and promoter, and has been working to uncover old historic trails used by … (0 comments)

fair oaks: 60 Hikes by Age 60 - We're up to #23! - 01/02/14 05:08 PM
Last July I wrote about my goal of doing 60 walks by next September. A fellow Realtor and I threw down the gauntlet after having trained to walk in the Komen 3 Day in San Francisco, and made the commitment. What has happened since has been amazing.  We are up to #24, and are having an awesome time seeing different neighborhoods, walking new mountain trails, and stretching ourselves in ways I couldn't have imagined. And we are seeing our area in a whole new light. We'll reach our 60th by September, before my friend turns 60.
We began in Old Sacramento, and … (3 comments)

fair oaks: Good friends bring out your best. 60 Hikes by age 60. Wow! - 07/07/13 11:08 AM
 

The pebble she tossed has turned into a boulder.
Last January, my friend Becky tossed a pebble into still water. 
"Wanna walk the 3 Day with me?  For breast cancer?  It's three 20 miles days in San Francisco and you raise $2300."  
The ripple had begun.
Sure why not! Hell, I'm 61, my right hip hurts, I have knee pain and plantar fascitus, but why not?  So we did.  And oddly all those things worked themselves out - except my age.  I'm still 61.  But I don't hurt anymore.  Good shoes, orthodics, a sport medicine doc, 400 miles … (10 comments)

fair oaks: It takes a STRATEGY to sell a home for top dollar. - 06/13/13 09:22 PM
The Fair Oaks home market has gone berserk in the past 6 or 7 months.  We've gone from a tough, declining market with homes taking forever to sell (6 months average in April 2012), to one where gobs of buyers swarm every listing, vying for the right to buy - like salmon up a fish ladder.  Homes go into the MLS, only to flash the PENDING sign within hours. (Our average is now 23 days to sell!)
But is a quick acceptance the best way to get top dollar?  Heck NO!  In THIS market "Sold in 1 day!" means you had … (33 comments)

fair oaks: If THIS crap sells, we ARE in a changed market! - 03/14/13 07:48 PM
Mold and the worst termites I have ever seen.  Toxic looking mold, to boot!  Deep black and gross.  And multiple offers, anyway!
This is the hottest market I have ever worked in and I have been a broker for 34 years.  Sacramento had 10,000 homes on the market at the peak, and today it is about 1200.  TWELVE HUNDRED HOMES FOR SALE in the ENTIRE COUNTY!
Buyers are duking it out to get a home today.
The home I took this picture in has multiple offers on it, and my buyer wants to make an offer, too!  You really wanna tackle … (49 comments)

fair oaks: Steelhead Fishing on the American River in Fair Oaks, CA - 03/03/13 08:52 PM
I walk.  I don’t fish.  But even I was impressed by the beauties this fellow in the video below pulled out of the American River in Fair Oaks, just downstream of the Sunrise Bridge, in early March.
 Turns out, out best steelhead fishing is traditionally upstream– between the Sunrise Bridge and Nimbus Dam, where the fish hatchery is.  But lately, efforts at habitat management has smooshed around the gravel beds in the river and fiddled with water flows so the fish are happier and lay more eggs.  Lots of fishy shenanigans going on I guess. As a result, we have been … (6 comments)

fair oaks: A Carbon Monoxide Detector Saved My Mom's Life! - 12/09/12 09:27 AM
The call came about 7pm.  "Sal, something is beeping in my house and I can't make it stop. I'm only cooking fish and that danged detector is going off... there's not even any smoke!"  It was my 89 year old Mom, who had recently moved in to a new rental - a 7 year old beautiful home in a retirement community. 
"Turn off your oven and we'll be right over.  And open your doors and windows!!!"
She spent the night at our house.  Then PG&E came out the next morning.  She had a quarter-sized hole in the venting of her over … (9 comments)

fair oaks: Don't miss Fair Oaks "Christmas in the Village", Dec 1st. - 11/26/12 08:52 AM
20 years ago, I stood on the corner in Fair Oaks Village, as Santa and his sleigh approached in the Christmas parade.  My young daughters waved as hard as they could, hoping to catch Santa's eye and maybe a tossed lollipop, as well.  As Santa approached - fat, jolly and waving to the crowd - he looked directly at me... "Merry Christmas Sally".  That was the moment I became a rock star in my daughter's eyes.
For 29 years, Fair Oaks Village has come alive with red hats with white trim, boisterous "Ho, Ho, Ho's", and wandering carolers reveling in the … (3 comments)

fair oaks: What happens After The Seller Accepts My Offer? - 06/23/12 06:29 AM
The Seller just signed your offer. WooHoo!  Time for the happy dance and a big high five! You are one step closer to weekend honey-do lists!  But what now?
First,  escrow will cash your check, so be sure the funds are in that account. No bounced checks, or I get cranky. You can also wire transfer your deposit directly to escrow, as well.
I will open escrow and set up the framework of the transaction with them. Escrow acts as the neutral third party who holds the money, collects the title report and all other reports,  then records your deed when … (14 comments)

fair oaks: Summer Activities For Your Teen in Fair Oaks and Sacramento - Don't Let Them Be Couch Potatoes! - 05/12/12 06:10 PM
I remember my anticipation of the long hot days of summers.  I would ride my bike, collect frogs in the local creek, and swim at the local pool until my hair turned green.  I climbed trees.  I played poker with my cousin. I ate pomegranites off our bush - split open on the spikes of the fence.
But looking at my 13 year old nephew, I don't see him having that type of summer.  The creek is developed, the roads are too busy, and he'll end up with skin cancer if he stays out in the pool all summer! What to … (8 comments)

fair oaks: Is Summer Camp the Indicator of an Improving Economy? - 04/21/12 08:39 AM
I just read that summer camp registration is up - 5 - 30% in California camps. It seems that as the economy improves, people send their kids to camp again!  WaHoo.... Things must be getting better. I wrote about this a few years ago, and that is what seems to be happening - the way out of our financial abyss is to start spending.   As we spend, the money trickles down.  I buy a computer, the store hires more people, those new hires send their kids to camp.  Things definitly feel better economically.  Houses are selling like crazy in my area. … (9 comments)

fair oaks: Check out my new video trailor... - 09/23/11 11:49 AM
I LOVE this.  i just made this clip with the help of my Lyon Fair Oaks Office, for use at the end of my seller-oriented videos.
 
Get Listed... Get an Offer... Get Moving is our company slogan which is plastered on billboards all over town. I thought I would make use of that and the fact that our office is so teamwork oriented.  We all truly help each other with our businesses, and have a culture of support.
It's super short... What do you think?
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Fair Oaks, CA

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Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area)

Address: 8814 Madison Avenue, Fair Oaks, CA, 95628

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Fair Oaks homes for sale by Realtor Sally Dunbar, who's been hoofin' it through the homes of Fair Oaks and the surrounding areas, matching up eager buyers with ready-to-move sellers, since 1979.

While I sell homes in Fair Oaks, I venture in Sacramento, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Orangevale, Rancho Cordova, Gold River, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Roseville, Rocklin and Granite Bay...(and Chevron loves me!)

How have I survived for so long?... By always doing what's right for my people.... Always!

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