About The College-Glen Neighborhood
College-Glen is a residential neighborhood in the east suburbs of Sacramento. Its location provides excellent access to many amenities for its residents. The northern border is the American River (and one of the area’s greatest assets). The eastern border is Watt Avenue, southern border is Folsom Boulevard and the western border is Howe Avenue. The neighborhood is physically divided in half by Highway 50 but the Occidental Drive Bridge goes over the highway to keep the neighborhood connected.
The neighborhood name, College-Glen, comes from the two subdivisions in the neighborhood. The western half of the neighborhood is College Greens and the eastern half is Glenbrook. Put the two together and you have “College-Glen.” Many different buyers/sellers/homeowners will use all three of the neighborhood names interchangeably, but ultimately the area is taken care of by the “College-Glen Neighborhood Association.” Electrical power lines run North-South through the middle of the neighborhood and serve as the physical divider between the subdivisions. Both subdivisions were built from 1961 to 1973. Glenbrook had two infill projects to complete the neighborhood in 1979-80 and 2002. Most of the homes were built before Highway 50 even existed. The freeway was completed around 1971 and was just a large dirt strip of land before that.
The original developers of the area started with a general plan in mind: the College Greens side will have a little larger homes (1,677 average square feet) and the Glenbrook side will be typically smaller homes (1,434 average square feet). Just like any type of consumer product, this provided options for the original homeowners. The Glenbrook homes were priced a little lower due to their size and the College Greens homes were a little more expensive. The majority of the homes were originally built with wood shake roofs, a wooden back fence, no landscaping and Modesto Ash trees in each front yard. Oki Park was completed first and then Glenbrook Park was later finished in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Over the past 50+ years, the two subdivisions have completely blended into one and any appraiser will freely use both subdivisions (and either side of the freeway) for comparable properties.