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California is a great state for families. With beautiful and diverse natural landscapes, plentiful economic opportunities, many housing options, a dedication to education, and tons of entertainment and fun things to do, its no wonder why parents choose to raise their children in the state. But, how do you choose which community to settle down in. There are so many family friendly cities located throughout the state. A recent study ranked the best communities for families and the results are in......El Dorado Hills was ranked as the #8 best community to raise a family in California!!

To determine the rankings, financial website Wallethub compared 240 cities across the state and looked at four key dimensions…(1)Education, Health, & Safety, (2)Family Life & Fun, (3)Socioeconomic Environment, and (4)Affordability. Within these dimensions, 21 metrics were used to evaluate the scores. These metrics included factors such as quality of school system, crime rates per capita, number of playgrounds and attractions, housing and general affordability, unemployment rate, and foreclosure rate. El Dorado Hills truly came out on top! Not only did the city rank 8th for the overall score, but it was ranked #1 for Most Affordable Housing and #2 for Highest Median Family Income in the state!


Congrats to El Dorado Hills for your recognition and for proving why there is no better place for families to call home!!!


If you want to raise your family in this great California community, check out our Current Homes for Sale in El Dorado Hills. Give Hall and Associates Real Estate a call today or visit our website at  

Terrific Upcoming Events for El Dorado County!

by Andy Hall

Looking for something fun to do in November? There are plenty of fun events to fill your calendar up until Thanksgiving. Wherever you go in El Dorado County, whether it is Placerville, Diamond Springs, El Dorado Hills, or one of the surrounding communities, you and your family will have a great time at one of these upcoming community events.


The Random Strangers & BBQ Dinner

Date: Friday, November 4th

Time: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Mother Lode Lions Hall (4701 Missouri Flat Road, Diamond Springs)

Cost: $35 per person, $60 per couple

Enjoy a delicious BBQ Tri-Tip dinner with beans and coleslaw before rocking the night out to El Dorado County’s favorite Americana band The Random Strangers from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance at either the Mother Lode Lions Candy Shack or by calling (530)622-8130/(530)622-9381.

Madroña Vineyards

Date: Saturday, November 5th

Time: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Madroña Vineyard (2560 High Hill Road, Camino)

Cost: $15 per person

Celebrate the winery’s end of the year harvest with their annual celebration. Dine on a delicious lunch while sampling some of the finest wines, including the 2016 Vintage straight from the barrel! Sip on your wine while marveling at the natural beauty of the vineyard and surrounding area. Purchase tickets HERE!


El Dorado Western Railroad Ride

Date: Sunday, September 6th

Time: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

Location: El Dorado Station (4500 Oriental Street, El Dorado)

Cost: $7 donation requested (ages 9 and older), $3 donation requested (ages 3-8)

Take a step back in time aboard the El Dorado Western Railroad. This living history program is put on by the El Dorado County Historical Museum. Take a round trip ride, lasting 30 to 40 minutes, on a restored Fairmont track inspection car.


Annual Crab & Chowder Gala  

Date: Saturday, November 12th

Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Mark D. Forni Building at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds (100 Placerville Drive, Placerville)

Cost: $45 per person

Fill your bellies with all you can eat Dungeness Crab, New England Clam Chowder, and more at this annual fundraiser. After dinner, dance away to the musical talents of Dream & the Dreamer. All proceeds from this event go towards improving the aging infrastructure at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.


Bottle Your Own at Fenton Herriott Vineyards

Date: Sunday, November 13th

Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Fenton Herriott Vineyards (120 Jacquier Ct, Placerville)

Cost: FREE to participate!

This fun allows you to bottle a delicious red blend! Under the supervision of a winery staff member, you will bottle, label, cork, and add a capsule down in the cellar. It is free to participate and you benefit from great savings on the wine at $12 per bottle for 1 to 5, $11 per bottle for 6 to 11, $10 per bottle for a case of the red blend.


Third Saturday Night ArtWalk

Date: Saturday, November 19th

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Downtown Placerville

Cost: FREE!

Take a stroll in Historic Downtown Placerville will admiring some amazing art work. Every month the retailers and art galleries downtown stay open late to display art shows and provide fun late night shopping and dining. While you go from business to business, enjoy refreshments, entertainment, and art demonstrations.


We can't wait to see you at these fantastic events in El Dorado County!!


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