Vacaville is a small residential town located in Solano County, California. The town started out as an agricultural hub and farming town, and it eventually developed into the suburban haven it is today. Vacaville is halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento, but it feels more like it should be in Arizona or Nevada due to its desert-like climate. Vacaville is home to the Nut Tree, a 71-acre development billing itself as "California's Legendary Road Stop." When completed in 2015, the Nut Tree will have retail and office space, as well as an amusement park and an events center. If youre looking for a place to rent, buy or rent to own in Northern California, Vacaville might be a good place to consider, especially if you have a family.
Vacaville has a good mix of rental and ownable properties -- about 62% are owned, while only 32% are rented. There is a 5% vacancy rate and a 20% annual residential turnover rate. Rental prices here are affordable, especially for the area. You can find a studio apartment for an average of under $1,000 per month. The median home sale price in Vacaville is $300,000, and about 900 homes sold in the area in the last six months.
It makes sense that a town known for being a family place has good public schools. There are five public high schools in the Vacaville Unified School District, as well as three middle schools and five elementary schools. Vacaville is also home to the Vacaville Community Day Preparatory School a public school with grades 7 to 12. The public schools in Vacaville are known to be above average. If youre more in favor of private or religious education, there are also five private Christian schools in town.
Vacaville seems like a sleepy little town, but it does have its fair share of entertainment options. If you like to go out at night, then theres probably somewhere that youll have fun here. Piano Fuerte Cigar Bar is great if you love smoking; its a classy, dark place that's better for a relaxed evening out than anything too exciting. Miss Darlas is more fun; its a dive bar known for its karaoke and heavy pours. If you like watching sports when you go out, City Sports Bar and Grill shows all the best games. You can order a burger and beer and watch the Sacramento Kings or San Francisco 49ers depending on who you root for. If you like to eat out but not go out, there are still lots of options for you. Vacavilles dining experiences range from casual to gourmet, so you can have a delicious night out if thats the kind of thing you prefer.
If youre coming to Vacaville and buying a home or a rental home, youll probably be looking for a job in the area. That job won't necessarily be in San Fran or Sacramento, because a fair amount of people actually work in Vacaville. The biggest field in the area is biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Some of the biggest employers in this industry are Genentech, Alza Corporation, Kaiser Permanente and Novartist International.
Vacaville has its fair share of flourishing culture and community, and one of the most exciting parts is the city's art scene. Every year, the town hosts its annual Fiesta Days, which features a parade showcasing young peoples performance arts, including gymnasts, marching band, and music. One favorite musical event of the year is the Tree Lighting Ceremony around Christmas time. Residents gather to hear a concert by the Jepson Band. One of the best venues in the city to take in the performing arts is the Vacaville Performing Arts Theater. Its home to live shows, including symphonies, concerts, plays and more. For kids who have a passion for the stage, Vacaville has J and S Performing Arts Center, where kids can take theater classes and take part in full-scale theater productions.
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