Citrus Heights has many great neighborhoods. The prices here are significantly lower than Placer County. You get more for your money here that's for sure. The price range is slightly higher than $225.
Some of the upgraded homes are in the high 2's now. But for the money you are getting a great deal.
Let me know if you would like to take a look at anything. I'd be happy to send you more information.
Please don't hesitate to call or email with any questions. Good luck with your search.
Look carefully, do your homework, talk to the locals, be aware of your surroundings. CH can be a wonderful place or a huge mistake - - it depends on you.
I think that this would be such a huge investment, that research is the key for you as well as working with an agent who is knowledgeable of the area. Why not look at both CH and Roseville? Write down your goals for your home, i.e., close to family, schools, home amenities. What's most important to you. You'll figure it out.