Mie, Home Buyer in Fremont, CA

Is living in Placer county a far commute to Sacramento during rush hour?

Asked by Mie, Fremont, CA Wed Mar 26, 2008

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Hi Mie: I'm not a real estate "pro" like the other people that have answered this question. I'm just a normal everyday idiot that drives I-80 to work everyday. I have no choice since public trans won't get me to work on time from where I live. The market sucks up here, which is why I'm sure they're pointing you to purchase up here. Housing in this area is still very overpriced and mebbe your realtor (or any other ones for that matter) see a goldmine in you if you were to purchase here. You can get a very similar comparable house closer to Sac for at least 1/3 of the price you would spend in this area. Depending on what you are looking for up to 3/4 of the price. Unfortunately, the housing marked sucks pretty much everywhere...and I'll tell you I love where I live; I hate, loathe, dispise the drive.
Right now I live in Loomis (kinda between Rocklin and Lincoln) and commute to Downtown Sacramento everyday..in rush hour traffic. It is a VERY LONG and hateful drive. I do drive like a speed demon...when I can. Normally it takes about 45-1 hour...on a "normal" heavy morning, its more like 1-1.5 hours. It has taken me more than 2 hours before...and if some idiot gets in an accident (like every damn morning)...its worse. And that's just in the morning. In the afternoon, on the stupid freeway, it could take and HAS TAKEN me more than 4 hours on a day with traffic. I was going to list the really horrific days, but when thinking about them and which to put down, I started laughing, well because, its everyday. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.
I am actually looking for a house to purchase "down the hill" because I can't afford to keep driving to work - I spend about $650+/month just to drive to work and another $200 (and that's discounted because of my employer) for the privelige to park - in an open, unmonitored, uncovered parking lot.
I would really think twice about moving into the area knowing you'll have to commute to Sac. Honestly, Hwy 50 is a much nicer and easier drive. if you don't want to live in Sac, I would suggest something off Hwy 50 or somewhere south of Sac. There are some really nice area's that way and you would be going the opposite way of the traffic. Hope this helps.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 30, 2008
I live in Roseville. I make this commute myself occasionally. I have 5 alternate routes. You can expect at least 40 minutes from Northwest Roseville; more in rain, fog, road construction, or accident cleanup. Double it on Friday afternoons when the skiers and gamblers from Fremont join us on their way to Reno and Tahoe.

North Natomas, Southport and Bridgeport in West Sac would be closest to your new work address, very suburban in nature. Probably less than 15 minutes to your work site.

To the south, Elk Grove has many newer homes, cheap.
Elk Grove puts your commute at about 25 to 30 minutes.

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2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 28, 2008
Jim Walker, Real Estate Pro in Carmichael, CA
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Traffic in Sacramento and Placer County is only getting worse! The only thing that will save Suzanne is the recession and all the layoffs in the Lincoln - Rocklin- Roseville corridor.

I used to commute from Downtown Sacramento to Citrus Heights (close to Roseville border) in the late 80's.

Back in those days, it only took 14 minutes to make that drive. Nowadays its about 30 minutes and longer during rush hours.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 9, 2009
I have a question about the opposite commute: I may be getting a job in Roseville and am thinking about living in downtown sacramento. would this be considered the opposite commute? would it be less hellish than what Erin describes? I am a SF native currently living in Oakland and am used to using public transportation or living relatively near to my work. I am also considering finding a place in Roseville. ...
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 31, 2009
Gena, your answer made me laugh. You have such a great sense of humor. People say I always see the silver lining in the clouds, but you've got me beat. I'm going to remember what you said about being comforted in numbers while sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. LOL.

Hey Mie: What I would suggest you do is check the mileage of the areas where you want to live against the commute to your work by entering addresses into Google maps or Mapquest. When I had a listing in Lincoln (Sun City), I drove back and forth between Land Park and Lincoln several times a week. I was happy it sold within a few weeks so I could stop driving out there, to tell you the truth. It always took me at least 45 minutes (without traffic), and I drive like a speed demon.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2008
30-40 minutes is not that bad considering I am currently commuting from 45 min- 1 hour now. Would living in Rocklin or Lincoln area make my commute more than an hour in rush hour traffic?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 26, 2008
Mie,
Commute these days is always of prime concern when talking about the cost of gas. Depending on where in Placer County depends on how long it will take you to arrive in Sacramento. Typically, if you live in Roseville and traveling during the rush hour, it will take about 30-45 minutes. Interstate 80 is well traveled by those who live in Placer County and working in Sacramento so you won't feel alone. There are some great homes in Roseville and Rocklin as well as Lincoln.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 26, 2008
Yes. In good traffic, maybe 30 minutes to reach El Dorado Hills / Folsom. In bad traffic, it can take more than an hour. However, you get a lot more home for the money in those areas than you do closer to downtown. Plus, the homes are newer, larger and have bigger yards. So, for many buyers, the amenities outweigh the traffic headaches.
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