Why Rocklin, CA is a Great Place to Live (and Visit!)
June 14, 2023

Why Rocklin, CA is a Great Place to Live (and Visit!)

One of the oldest communities in the greater Sacramento area, Rocklin was initially inhabited by the Nisenan Maidu. Miners and trappers came to the region in the mid-1800s, and by the time the railroad was built, it became a bustling city named for the rock excavated from its many granite quarries.

Rocklin grew slowly over the decades, with a growth in the housing market going full steam ahead in the 1950s and 1960s. By the 1980s, a full boom — both residential and commercial — was in effect. When the Westfield Galleria shopping mall opened its doors in nearby Roseville in 2000, Rocklin’s fate as a desirable place to live was sealed.

Today, you’ll find ranch-style family homes, luxury estates, contemporary condos and of course, the charming historic homes that were once a part of the town’s original city center. There are great restaurants, unique shops, outdoor activities, and much more! Following are some of the reasons why Rocklin is a great place to live (and to visit!)



Great Restaurants

Photo courtesy Mezcalito Oaxacan Cuisine

No need to truck on down to the city for an amazing meal. Rocklin is home a range of excellent restaurants. A few to consider are The Chef’s Table, a farm-to-table restaurant featuring locally produced ingredients and 24 beers on tap;  Zest Kitchen, a vegan cafe with salads, burgers and wraps; and Mezcalito Oaxacan Cuisine, known for their authentic mole. Rocklin has a great selection of restaurants representing cuisine from across the globe, including Vietnamese, Filipino, Indian and Lebanese, among others.

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Laid-Back Pubs & Breweries

Photo courtesy Mindscape Fermentations

If you’re looking for a laid-back spot to sip a craft brew, there are plenty of options in Rocklin. Moksa Brewing Company, known for their IPAs and stouts, while Mindscape Fermentations produces hard kombucha, cider and IPAs. Other popular spots include Kathrin’s Biergarten, a German-style beer garden with traditional food and a friendly vibe; University of Beer, which has a huge beer selection as well as wine, cocktails and food; and Craft Beer Vault, which has live music and weekly trivia.

Unique Shops & Boutiques

Photo courtesy Wildflower Daydreams

When it comes to retail therapy, Rocklin is probably best known for its proximity to the Westfield Galleria mall in neighboring Roseville. And it also has its share of big-box stores and national retailers. But if you’re looking for something truly unique, check out some of the independent boutiques that can be found here. Wildflower Daydreams, which is set to open June 23, has all the latest boho fashions, from on-trend graphic T-shirts to ruffly dresses. They also have jewelry, accessories and bath and beauty items. Other shops to check out are Lux n Lav for women’s clothing, Varied Treasures for gently-used home goods and furniture, and Deer Creek Farm for unique gifts, home decor and gourmet food. Best of all, proceeds go to support Compassion Planet, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping at-risk foster youth.


Fun Outdoor Activities

Photo courtesy Quarry Park Adventures

Did you know a park is located within half a mile of nearly every door in Rocklin? In fact, there are more than three dozen parks within the city limits. Whether you’re looking for a playground for the little ones, a splash pad to cool off, a designated space for your pooch to run free, or a quiet trail to hike or bike, Rocklin has a spot for you. Located in a former granite quarry,  Quarry Park is home to Quarry Park Adventures, which has ziplining, rock climbing and paddle boats. You can use the city’s interactive park finder to explore the many parks in Rocklin.


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Community Events

Photo courtesy City of Rocklin

The city of Rocklin is passionate about fostering a sense of community for residents. They do this through a variety of enrichment and recreational programs. There’s a weekly farmers’ market July through October in the Blue Oaks Town Center as well as a FREE drive-through farmers’ market for families in need courtesy of the Placer Food Bank Feed Our Future Program. Rocklin also hosts free outdoor movies on Friday nights during the summer and live concerts at Quarry Park.


A Home for Everyone

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After a day in Rocklin, you may be considering planting roots here. Luckily houses in Rocklin come in all shapes and sizes, from modern townhomes to single-family ranch style homes to luxury homes in gated communities. You can search homes for sale in Rocklin and take advantage of everything this friendly suburb has to offer!


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Elizabeth Penney

Elizabeth Penney is a content writer for Lyon Real Estate and the Lyon Local blog. A Sacramento native with a marketing background, she shares her insider knowledge on restaurants, attractions and outdoor activities throughout the greater Sacramento area and beyond.