18 Best Neighborhoods in El Dorado Hills CA

18 Best Neighborhoods in El Dorado Hills CA

18 Best Neighborhoods in El Dorado Hills CA

What are the best places to live in El Dorado Hills? We have you covered with some of the best El Dorado Hills neighborhoods below!

Moving to El Dorado Hills is a popular decision these days as the area has exploded with growth and we are here to help provide information on the best neighborhoods in El Dorado Hills! The state's capital city was recently ranked as the #1 place to live in the country so it's no wonder El Dorado Hills shows up #1 on the list of best places to live in California!

The Best Neighborhoods in El Dorado Hills, CA:

  • Southpointe/Summit
  • Waterford
  • Marina Woods/Rolling Hills Estates
  • The Promontory/Kalithea
  • Highland View/Highland Hills/Sterlingshire
  • Fairchild Village/Stonegate
  • Serrano
  • Ridgeview/Governor’s Village
  • Blackstone
  • 55+ Communities - Four Seasons & The Heritage

When it comes to buying a home, El Dorado Hills is an incredible place to plant roots. The population is just around 47,000 residents.  There are significant qualities that influence the influx of people wanting to call El Dorado Hills home. 

Being only a couple hours drive from Silicon Valley, jobs are plentiful across various career paths. El Dorado Hills offers so many things to do from some of the best restaurants in the area to events in Town Center for folks of all ages and families with young children. Vacation planning is easy, considering it is only a few hours to the country’s highly-ranked beaches as well as an easy drive to the mountains for some of the most scenic hiking & biking trails, river rafting, skiing, snowboarding, shoe sledding, and snowmobiling.  Having the only marina on Folsom Lake, you can enjoy water skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, and fishing. El Dorado Hills truly is a great place to live, work, and play.  El Dorado Hills real estate is also some of the best.

What neighborhood is best for you?

Well, it depends on you and your tastes so please contact us in regards to exactly what you are looking for and your price range... we will have a few of the best spots for you to check out!  Some folks are looking for newer areas like Blackstone and others want lake view neighborhoods like the Summit, Southpointe and the Promontory, while others like the scene and serenity of an older, more mature neighborhood like Waterford or Highland Hills.

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Whether you’re a young professional, a family, or an older adult, El Dorado Hills is a great place for you. If you need a great El Dorado Hills area Real Estate Agent please let us know. El Dorado Hills real estate is some of the best value in the country, so if you're moving to El Dorado Hills check out all the town has to offer!

Let’s start by examining the neighborhoods in El Dorado Hills and you can determine what may be the best fit for you. My recommendation is to visit and spend time in all of the areas to find what neighborhood you like best.

Without further ado, here are the top picks (In no specific order) for the Best Neighborhoods in El Dorado Hills:

Southpointe & The Summit

Southpointe and the Summit are both located in upscale gated communities at the northern end of El Dorado Hills close to Folsom Lake.  Both neighborhoods are loaded with incredible oak trees, hills, and high end custom homes.  Many of the homes have amazing lake views.  It is a popular area for those that want to have a little more space on larger lots.  There is access by foot to the lake and the trails around the lake from within the neighborhood or just outside the neighborhood.  The Summit  is in close proximity to the elementary and middle school, shopping center, and restaurants, whereas Southpointe is just a few minutes further away.  Both neighborhoods have a HOA with dues at approx $184-$175 monthly with no Mello Roos Tax.  Here you can view Summit & Southpointe homes for sale in El Dorado Hills.


Waterford is a very sought after neighborhood located across the street from the Summit at the north end of El Dorado Hills.  It has many beautiful custom homes on spacious lots with lots of oak trees and hills.  Properties are ideal for young professionals, families with kids, and established folks looking to settle in their homes for the long haul.  The neighborhood is adjacent to the elementary and middle school, and in close proximity to the shopping center and restaurants.  The neighborhood has an HOA with very low dues of approximately $40 monthly and no Mello Roos Tax. 

Marina Woods & Rolling Hills Estates

Marina Woods and Rolling Hills Estates are very similar in that they both have generally hilly terrain and are larger sized tract built homes.  Both are located at the north end of El Dorado Hills.  Marina Woods is just south of the Summit neighborhood and Rolling Hills is a gated community south of Marina Woods.  A portion of Rolling Hills Estates backs up to the state park with trail access and access to Folsom Lake marina from within the neighborhood.  There are many cul-de-sacs within both neighborhoods.  Out of the 76 homes in Rolling Hills, 72 of them are within a cul-de-sac.  There are many families with young children.   The homes built in Marina Woods tend to be built on lots with more slopes, whereas the homes in Rolling Hills tend to have flatter lots even though the overall terrain is hilly.   Marina Woods is across the street from the elementary and middle school and in close proximity to the shopping center and restaurants.  Rolling Hills Estates is closer to the shopping center and restaurants and in close proximity to the elementary and middle school. Marina Woods does not have any HOA fees, while Rolling Hills is in a gated community with HOA fees of $140 monthly.  Neither community has Mello Roos tax.

The Promontory & Kalithea

The Promontory is a gated community that was built by approximately 5 different tract home builders so there is an array of size, style, price range, and lot size.  Some of the homes have views of Folsom Lake.  The neighborhood terrain is hilly.  The neighborhood is located at the central to northern section of El Dorado Hills with the west side backing up to Folsom.  

Kalithea is a gated community centrally located in El Dorado Hills at the west edge just south of the Promontory.  The neighborhood is loaded with incredible oak trees, hills, and high end custom homes.  This neighborhood is very similar to the feel and look of the Summit and Southpointe.  Several homes have views of Folsom Lake.  The neighborhood has a beautiful community park with amazing views of the city and Folsom Lake with picnic table area, play structure, swings and a large grass field.  The HOA fees are approximately $95 monthly and no Mello Roos tax.  

Highland View, Highland Hills & Sterlingshire

These three neighborhoods are all bordering each other and located centrally in El Dorado Hills towards the east side.  All three of these neighborhoods have high end homes on larger lots.  Highland View was built by tract home builders Signature Homes and Winncrest between approx. 1999-2005.  Highland Hills and Sterlingshire are all custom homes on larger lots built a few years older than Highland View.  Highland View is the hilliest of the neighborhood with many of the homes facing east having lake or city views from their backyards and HOA dues at $35 monthly.  Sterlingshire is just below and north of Highland View with HOA dues of $80 monthly.  Highland Hills is just west of the other two neighborhoods with no HOA dues.  There is no Mello Roos tax.  

Check out all the Highland View/Highland Hills/Sterlingshire Homes for Sale in El Dorado Hills.

Fairchild Village & Stonegate

Fairchild Village and Stonegate are both great neighborhoods centrally located in El Dorado Hills.  Both neighborhoods are very similar in that they are tract homes with smaller homes and smaller lots built closer to each other than the previously mentioned neighborhoods.  The neighborhoods are generally flat.  Stonegate is close to and walking distance from the middle & high school.  There is a great trail system called New York Creek Trail that winds through both neighborhoods.  The Community Center, containing large fields, skate park, fabulous play structure, and pool area, is within walking distance from Stonegate.  Neither of these neighborhoods have HOA fees or Mello Roos tax.


Serrano is the largest neighborhood in El Dorado Hills centrally located all the way to the east bordering Cameron Park.  Many different gated villages makeup Serrano.  Serrano started being built in approx. 1995 and is still growing with new construction today.  Serrano was developed by Parker Development and has been built by many different tract and custom builders over the years.  Serrano always looks nice with the several beautiful parks throughout the different villages and the front yards being maintained by the HOA (except for Custom Serrano, which is maintained by the homeowner).  The area termed “Custom” Serrano is the golf course community and is made up mostly of high end custom homes on larger lots similar to the Summit with rolling hills and many oak trees.  The country club is private and offers different levels of membership. The country club has a beautiful restaurant with amazing views and a resort style pool area to be enjoyed exclusively by members.  

The terrain within Serrano as a whole is very diverse with some villages being hilly and others being flat.  Serrano has many trails that wind throughout the different villages.  If you love reading, you will be excited to know the public library is located in Serrano down the street from middle and high school.  The price ranges vary drastically within Serrano as the highest priced custom homes in Serrano go up to appox. $3.5 million to the tract neighborhood starting at approximately $700k.  The HOA fee is different for  each village ranging from $167-$229 monthly.  The neighborhoods do have Mello Roos tax but they do vary between villages.  

Ridgeview/Governor’s Village

Ridgeview and Governor’s Village are both located in the central west side of El Dorado Hills.  These two neighborhoods are adjacent to each other and are generally a little older (although there are still some new builds in the Ridgeview neighborhood) and offer more diversity in architecture and design.  Governor’s Village tends to be the lower less hilly section, while Ridgeview is at a higher elevation with more hills and views overlooking downtown Sacramento.  Neither of these neighborhoods have HOA fees for Mello Roos.


Blackstone is a newer neighborhood consisting of more than 1,400 homes just 2 miles south of El Dorado Hills Town Center surrounded by acres of beautiful preserve safe, natural landscape, and walking trails.  Blackstone was built by several different tract home builders so the home sizes, lot sizes and price ranges vary.  Some of the terrain is flat and some hilly with views of the city.  The resort style clubhouse is available to all homeowners and contains 3 pools, a spa, fitness facility, aerobics room, locker rooms, massage room, children's playroom with an outdoor play area, a large multi-purpose gathering area with an adjoining kitchen, and a cozy living room. Additional features include a tot playground, shady pavilions, courtyards, gazebos, fountains, and an outdoor fireplace.  The HOA dues are approximately $120-$140 monthly.  There are Mello Roos taxes.  

55+ Communities - Heritage & Four Seasons

The Heritage is the newest of the active adult communities.  

The Heritage and Four Seasons are both masterplanned communities of homes exclusively for active adults aged 55 and better located at the south end of El Dorado Hills approx. 1-2 miles from El Dorado Hills Town Center.  Homeowners enjoy low maintenance and care free living in a resort-style setting with many amenities.  Both communities have flat terrain and close proximity to Town Center, which offers shopping, restaurants, movie theaters, and grocery store.  

The Heritage is a new community and has the most gorgeous resort w/ pools, spas, fitness center, indoor heated lap pool, tennis courts, gathering areas, catering pub, bocce ball, pickle ball, aerobic & dance studios, card room, movie theater, pool table, arts/craft room, dog park, walking/biking trails, social events & more!  Dues are approx. $235 monthly.  There is Mello Roos Tax.

Four Seasons is also a great community.  The Lodge offers a large pool, spa, tennis courts, horseshoes, billiards, library, fitness facility, card room, computer area, and many more fun amenities.  If you enjoy gardening, you will love the large community garden area to grow your own veggies and share with others.  HOA fee is $245 monthly.  There is no Mello Roos Tax.   

El Dorado Hills Area

If you're looking for the best neighborhoods in other places around El Dorado Hills we have written an article for each area that may appeal to you:

  • Southpionte
  • Summit
  • Lakehills Estates
  • Waterford
  • Marina Woods
  • Rolling Hills Estates
  • Green Valley Hills
  • Francisco Oaks
  • The Promontory
  • Crown Valley
  • Kalithea
  • Highland View / Highland Hills / Sterlingshire
  • Fairchild Village
  • Crown Village
  • Stonegate
  • Serrano
  • Ridgeview/Governor’s Village
  • Stonebriar
  • Blackstone
  • The Heritage 55+ Community
  • Four Seasons 55+ Community

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