My parents have been residents here since their opening. I have never seen them happier to be a part of a community, and a common well being. There is activities, and entertainment for every demographic. All of the neighbors welcome you with a smile, and if your lucky enough, you could be a part of what they live every day.
My husband, Michael, and I moved here from the adjacent community of Natomas Park in 2005. We purchased one of the first re-sales in this community. We are extremely happy here, I guess most of all we love the sense of Community the pervades Heritage Park. There were 45 active clubs when we moved here, and now there are 66. If you enjoy something, and want to share it, you start a Club and THEY WILL COME! The possibilities for fun and connecting with others are endless!
Quite a few of our residents are happily retired, and they love to travel, and we all love the fact that we are TRULY a 5 minute drive to Sac International, yet we hardly ever hear any planes overhead, because the flight path is quite a ways west of us. It's the best of both worlds! We also love the fact that we are only 7 minutes from downtown Sacramento, with such easy access to all of the restaurants, shopping and cultural events.
My husband and I were a bit hesitant about moving to a "retirement" community but all our concerns were for naught. We moved here in 2004 and although at first we missed our old neighborhood of 36 years (20 minutes away) we have come to love this place just as much. Every community is different and it's important to find one that fits your needs. So read on, but I saved the best for last.
COMMUNITY: The advantage of a small community (965 homes) is a real feeling of community. We don't have two or three clubhouses, instead we have one 25,000 sq feet clubhouse resulting in a central meeting place so you don't miss seeing anyone who is out and about. With indoor and outdoor pools you can swim year around or relax in one of the two outdoor spas. The pub-cafe has special events such as Friday night grill, Ladies night, Men's night, neighborhood-street nights, Solo night, etc. We also have over 50 clubs providing something for everyone.
RESIDENTS: Great people! Many of our residents still work and we have a good mix of singles and couples. Some folks moved here from the Sacramento Valley area but just as many moved here from the Bay area and Southern California. The variety of past professions is astonishing and we are fortunate to have dedicated volunteers who serve on our Board and committees to ensure our community stays fiscally secure and remains a vibrant look-to-the-future place to live.
DUES: Our HOA dues are a bit higher than some places due to a smaller number of homes supporting such a beautiful community. But our dues include front yard landscaping and maintenance and that makes it worth it. The dues for the duets also include house painting every seven years.
PICKLEBALL: I hadn't heard of pickleball before it was introduced to Heritage Park 13 months ago. We now have 3 permanent pickleball courts and the club has 116 members. It has caught on like wildfire. Although I never had a sport before, playing every day is not an unusual event for me. Residents who had to give up tennis, racquet ball, and other strenuous sports have said pickleball has filled the void and then some. We have the highest ratio of pickleball courts to homes in Northern California. The courts await. :)