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Rocklin’s recorded history began 150 years ago when Joel Parker Whitney established Spring Valley Ranch over 30,000 sprawling acres. As Rocklin evolved, the City saved many of the original granite bridges used to cross creeks on the Spring Valley Ranch, and the City’s Recreation Commission designed parks to include the bridges.

The City’s original claim to fame came with the mining of granite. In 1910, 22 quarries operated in Rocklin and, in 1912, nearly 2,000 train carloads of granite were sent out of town. Granite for the state capitol and many of the buildings in San Francisco came from Rocklin’s quarries. Today, Rocklin granite is as popular as ever, finding its way to kitchen counters and monument signs throughout the region.

After the last Whitney family member died in 1926, the ranch began to deteriorate. The planned communities of Stanford Ranch and Whitney Oaks now occupy much of the former Spring Valley Ranch.

For more information, please contact the Rocklin Historical Society and the Rocklin History Museum at (916) 624-3464, or you can visit their website at Also see the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce web site or the City of Rocklin web site.

Officially incorporated in 1893, Rocklin is one of California’s fastest growing cities, at approximately 42,000 people as of the 2002 census. Software, high technology, manufacturing, and service firms chose the City of Rocklin for its quality of life and its pleasant foothill environment.

Rocklin’s motto is “A family community growing together.” Premier residential communities, excellent schools, from preschool through advanced education, low crime rates, a highly trained and educated workforce, preserved, natural open spaces, and an extensive park system have all transformed the City of Rocklin into one of the region’s most attractive locations.

Rocklin is home to Sierra College, a bustling, fully accredited, two-year community college serving north central California and home to over 20,000 students. Sierra College has a national reputation based on excellence in such academic areas as Computer Science, Math, Electronics, Nursing, Early Childhood Education and many more. For more information, visit Sierra College’s website.

Rocklin, CA has several specific plans within its 2 zip codes. As of June 2003 the building plan included:

South Rocklin (zip code 95677) has neighborhoods such as:

  • Rocklin Highlands / Sierra View – newer subdivisions off of Sierra College Blvd, with homes ranging from new to 10 years old, and prices ranging from $450,000 to $900,000.
  • Southside Ranch and Brookdfield – newer subdivisions off of Sierra College Blvd, with homes ranging from new to 10 years old, and prices ranging from $400,000 to $600,000.

North Rocklin – zip code 95765, which includes:

  • Stanford Ranch –a 3,500-acre master-planned community that is home to more than 15,000 people.
  • Whitney Oaks– a community of approximately 2000 homes that began construction in 1995, and includes a high-end professional golf course designed by Johnny Miller.
  • Clover Valley / Sunset Whitney– an older community of custom and semi-custom homes that began construction in the 1960’s, and includes a private country club (Sunset Whitney).

Team Steve has a keen understanding of the unique characteristics of Rocklin’s communities. We’ve sold several homes in these neighborhoods, enabling us to develop a keen sense of what makes these neighborhoods special. Please contact us for more information on these and other Rocklin home for sales.


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