While the first homes in the Sacramento County area now known as Antelope were built in the 1980s, it wasn’t until 1995, when a separate postal zip code (95943) was created for Antelope, that the community became well defined. Since 1995, Antelope has grown into a vibrant community of nearly 50,000 residents.
Tucked up against the Placer County line to the north, Antelope has mostly undeveloped or lightly developed land on its northern edge. To the east and the west, Antelope has the Union Pacific right of way and Dry Creek respectively to provide a buffer from surrounding communities. As Antelope has grown, certain characteristics have drawn in new residents.
The attraction of Antelope is not just the relative affordability of housing, but also the fact that most of the housing stock in Antelope is fairly new. Of the nearly 12,000 single family homes in Antelope, nearly half are less than 20 years old, meaning there are plenty of up-to-date kitchens and spacious master suites, and the landscaping has had just enough time to mature to provide some great shade in the summer.
Antelope is served by two elementary school districts – Dry Creek Joint Elementary (K through 8) and Center Joint Unified (K through 12) – and one high school only district – Roseville Joint Union High School District (9 through 12). Dry Creek and Roseville Joint Union serve the portion of Antelope that lies east of Walerga Road, and Center Joint Unified serves the area west of Walerga Road.
Access to Employment Centers
Antelope’s location allows for relatively easy commutes to both Downtown Sacramento (via either Interstate 80 or Highway 99) and Placer County jobs centers in Roseville and Rocklin. Travel time to Folsom, Rancho Cordova and locations on the Highway 50 corridor varies from 20 to 45 minutes.
Because Antelope is buffered on three sides from outside neighborhoods, Antelope has a definite sense of community. Antelope is more than just a community of young families. Because of the influence of the now decommissioned McClellan Air Force Base five miles away, Antelope also has its share of military and retired military residents, as well.
Much like Roseville to the north, Antelope offers a full range of sports options for youthful participants. Extensive baseball, football and soccer programs are available in both recreational and highly competitive formats. In addition, there are youth swimming, gymnastics, cheer, wrestling and lacrosse programs available to Antelope residents.
Antelope is served by the Sunrise Park District, who cares for facilities and maintains programs for nine community parks within Antelope. The largest park is Antelope Community Park, which includes lighted tennis courts and an aquatic center/water park.
Antelope residents have quick and easy access to multiplex theater facilities and a large bowling and entertainment center close by, biking and hiking trails in the Dry Creek area less than a mile to the north, golfing at Antelope Greens, Cherry Island or Morgan Creek, and less than a 15 minute drive to Thunder Valley, one of the largest casinos in California.
While Antelope does not have any active adult developments right in the community, there are a lot of retirees who have settled in Antelope. A large portion of those are ex-military who have chosen to call Antelope home, at least in part, to take advantage of the commissary and VA medical facilities still open on the Air Force Base site.
Two of the largest and best equipped hospitals in the region are located within 10 miles of Antelope – Kaiser Permanente Medica l Center on Eureka Road in Roseville (340 beds) and Sutter Roseville Medical Center (328 beds) located just off East Roseville Parkway in Roseville.