Gold River

This strong community is a friendly place where neighbors really do have a cup of sugar on hand.

Welcome to Gold River

Strong community ties and lush beauty in a gorgeous California town
One of Sacramento’s hidden gems, Gold River is as picture-perfect as a Rockwell painting. The close-knit community is warm and welcoming, the terrain is lush and beautiful, and the location is ideal. Less than half an hour from the urban style of Sacramento, Gold River’s suburban oasis is a peaceful respite from the frenzy of the city. Designed in 1965 by visionary Robert Powell, Gold River shines with a timeless style as captivating today as it was when it first hit the scene. Powell’s thoughtful design continues to gain praise, all these years later, for his masterful care in developing the community around the environment, preserving the valley oak trees and river rock. This strong community is a friendly place where neighbors really do have a cup of sugar on hand and a welcome basket of muffins for newcomers. 
Wide, shady streets and verdant, sprawling lawns are a hallmark of this picturesque town, and parking and architectural controls keep Gold River looking its best. Gold River’s properties are a lesson in cohesion and style, with homes coordinating in color and design, ensuring a sharp, tidy look. Outdoor spas, sparkling pools, and sleek patios set the stage for summer parties and lasting memories.

What to Love

  • Close-knit community
  • Diverse and lively atmosphere
  • Lush, leafy landscape
  • Masterfully planned and meticulously maintained 

People & Lifestyle

Gold River was founded on the idea of community and today this thriving enclave is a place where neighbors look out for each other. If your yard should need tending while you’re on an unexpected trip or extended holiday, the homeowner’s association will happily step in to help. Residents take care to respect the community guidelines, ensuring a beautiful setting in which to build lasting friendships and a dream life.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Il Forno Classico will become the top on your list for Italian classics and handmade pasta in Gold River. Dine privately in the wine cellar or enjoy the lively ambiance of the vibrant main floor. The sumptuous menu at Mikuni Sushi is unparalleled, making this Japanese bistro the gold standard for the Gold River area. Designed for sharing, this dynamite scratch kitchen menu features innovative dishes like truffled sashimi and daikon hamachi. A nod to California’s Old West roots, Cattlemens Restaurant enjoys a reputation for serving the best steak in the west. This saloon-inspired chophouse offers an extensive list of California wines, playful cocktails, and a classic steakhouse menu, perfect for a lively Saturday night dinner. Make sure to spend Sunday mornings at the Mimosa House, Gold River’s dynamic brunch and breakfast spot. With a decadent array of farm-fresh omelets and Benedicts, pancakes, and lattes, this fizzy bistro offers laid-back elegance and a deliciously good time.

Things to Do

With spectacular scenery, an extensive network of trails, and gorgeous weather, Gold River pampers residents with outdoor adventures around every corner. Whether you consider yourself a cyclist or prefer to experience life a pied, you’ll delight in the American River and Bike Trail. The longest bike path in California, this multiuse trail winds from downtown Sacramento all the way to Folsom. Also known as the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail, this popular pathway boasts over 30 miles of lovely river views.
Lean into your wild side with white water rafting on the majestic American River, or opt for a tranquil day of fishing for salmon and steelhead. Those with little ones to entertain will delight in the fun, educational activities presented at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery. Pack a picnic and bring the family to enjoy a serene riverfront lunch. Autumn in Gold River finds the salmon swimming upriver to spawn, and the Salmon Festival offers a front-row viewing of the amazing process. Feeling inspired by nature’s aquatic activity? Head to Sac State Aquatic Center, on the gorgeous Lake Natoma, for your own waterfront fun. Rent kayaks, canoes, and sailboats, or cheer on the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships.


Gold River families benefit from the excellent San Juan Unified School District, which offers the best secondary schools in the region, including:

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