Chico, CA Neighborhoods

California Park

California Park

Located on the east edge of Chico and nestled against the Sierra foothills California Park is a planned use community. The two private lakes are the biggest draw to this family-friendly neighborhood, as well as offering an area of over 60 acres consisting of a chain of ponds, numerous parks, and miles of trails. A bike ride away from Upper and Lower Bidwell Park, California Park is famous for its newer homes and pleasant, evening-strollable streets. The Academics Plus Program school, Sierra View Elementary is the Chico Unified designated neighborhood school. There is a multitude of chain store shopping nearby and easily accessible off of 20th Street. Sierra Sunrise independent and assisted living overlooks the lake in a peaceful, scenic setting. California Park is one of the most desirable places to live for a family and for retirement.

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Canyon Oaks Country Club

Canyon Oaks Country Club

Situated on a lush terrain in the foothills of Chico, Canyon Oaks surrounds a lush, green, Jim Summers designed private golf club. Canyon Oaks is a gated golf course community which offers custom lots, foothill views and sloping hills for the passionate calorie burner. The biggest attraction for this neighborhood, other than the golf course, is the majestic beauty of the canyon and its sunsets. While Canyon Oaks Golf Course is a private course, full and social memberships are available. Evening golf cart rides and weekend breakfasts at the club are just a few perks of a membership. The Academics Plus Program school, Sierra View Elementary is the Chico Unified designated neighborhood school.

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Amber Grove

Amber Grove

Just north of town off the Esplanade you’ll find the quintessential family living neighborhood of Amber Grove. Built in the late 90’s, Amber Grove offers newer homes on ½ acre lots with wide streets and a neighborhood park with a basketball court and a playground. Bound by orchards on one side and the Esplanade on the other, Amber Grove gives the country feeling while being very close to all of the city has to offer. Emma Wilson Elementary is the Chico Unified designated neighborhood school for Amber Grove.

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West Side

West Side

Bordered by springtime blooming orchards, the West side of Chico consists of subdivisions such as Big Chico Creek Estates and Walnut Woods. The native, rich soil of this area and the draw of a large lot on a quiet street make the West Side the ideal location for urban farm living. The area, just west of the California State University, Chico, campus boasts mature landscapes as well as a close by vicinity to downtown and to the Sacramento River. Emma Wilson Elementary School is the designated school for this area.

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The Avenues

The Avenues

In the latter part of the 19th century, Chico founder John Bidwell subdivided a swath of farmland that stretched north from his mansion home. Today, that sprawling area is Chico Vecino, also known as The Avenues - an urban forest, with a densely populated grid of housing, schools and businesses. Chico Vecino is varied. Walk for only a few blocks and you will see dozens of species of trees and plants. Some houses are single-story homes with picket fences, others are multi-leveled with citrus trees in the yard. There are porches, patios and power lines. Sidewalks stop and start but the charm continues throughout the neighborhood. As one of the oldest Chico communities it shows its age but it also shows its character and history. Enloe Hospital and Chico Nut are by far the largest businesses in this neighborhood but they only add to the local diversity of the area. Citrus Elementary School is the designated school for this area.

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Downtown and Mansion Park

Downtown and Mansion Park

Just as the name implies, Downtown is right in the center of the action. Its’ homes are celebrated for their charming English cottage architecture and large and looming sycamore trees. Downtown is home to Lower Bidwell Park that offers a wide range of activities such as swimming in Sycamore Pool or Salmon Hole, barbecuing in Cedar Grove or playing softball at Sycamore Field. Bordering the park on the south is Woodland Ave and on the north is Vallombrosa Avenue. Both are very desirable streets due to their vicinity to the park and downtown. Mansion Park is just a few blocks from downtown and borders the Esplanade and Bidwell Mansion. Professors, students and downtown aficionados live in sync as this enviable area of Chico sits just at the edge of the Chico State University’s Laxson Auditorium. Both Downtown and Mansion Park will always be very desirable, family-oriented areas. Homes in these areas have a higher price per square foot than other areas of Chico due, in part to, its proximity to such local favorites such as Shubert’s Ice Cream Shop, The Pageant Theatre, and a multitude of unique, locally owned boutiques, shops and eateries.

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The Barber

The Barber

Some of the most important and historic homes in Chico are located in the Barber District. In the 1900’s, the homes here were specifically built to house the employees at The Diamond Match Factory and the larger homes were designed purposely for the executives. The Diamond Match Factory’s falling but extraordinary ramshackle brick structure creates one border and Broadway Street, the other. Due to the neighborhoods’ history, some of the most important and historic homes in Chico are located in Barber. Today, you’ll find that the charm continues with vegetable gardens in almost every yard, quintessential front porch swings and good neighborhood karma. Chapman Elementary is the Chico Unified designated neighborhood school.

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Butte Creek Country Club

Butte Creek Country Club

Currently experiencing a resurgence as most of its original homeowners are leaving and young, urban families are moving in. Families and retirees alike who enjoy golf, socializing, nature and great architecture are it’s new tenants. Highway 99 borders one side of the community and (for the adventure seekers) Butte Creek on the other. Founded in 1962, Butte Creek Country Club proudly emphasizes their course as one of the best courses in the area. Mature oaks, redwoods, ash and sycamores make an evening walk to the clubhouse magical. This is the vintage, mid-century, family-friendly country club environment you’ve been dreaming of!

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North Chico and Rock Creek

North Chico and Rock Creek

Large lots and new homes are found north of town on country roads such as Garner Lane, Keefer Road and Meridian Avenue. Situated on at least ½ acre parcels with pools, horse corrals and mature foliage, the homes in this area start at 2000 square feet and get bigger from there. Wide and quiet streets make this neighborhood idyllic for families. Many lots are still available to design your own perfect home. While slightly out of town, highway 99 isn’t far which makes this area a quick drive into town or further out of town. Shasta Elementary School is the Chico Unified designated school.

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Doe Mill

Doe Mill

The Doe Mill neighborhood is a 48-acre development built in 2002 which includes single-family homes, four-plexes and bungalows all on slightly smaller lots and in one tight-knit community. All of these craftsman style homes were designed to be a live-work community with many homes offering carriage houses above their garages. Heritage Partners designed and planned the community in the great American neighborhood tradition of slow-speed streets and neighborhood greens but with all the modern amenities. The entrance to the community is close to highway 99 and right off of Bruce Road and at the back of the acreage is plenty of great nature walks through the oak trees and along the Little Chico Creek. Little Chico Creek School is the Chico Unified School District’s designated school.

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