Spacious, modern homes and lovely apartments blend with custom ranch-style homes in this prestigious area. Popular with professionals and retirees, this unincorporated community has developed a convenient commercial district along its major thoroughfare, Fair Oaks Boulevard. Carmichael residents are known for their lively community spirit, most evident in the annual Fourth of July parade. Parks are not only plentiful and beautifully landscaped, they provide regional attractions like the Effie Yeaw Nature Center and championship golf greens. Close proximity to the American River and the 480-acre Ancil Hoffman Park opens the door to a wide variety of recreational opportunities. A local newspaper combines with clubs and organizations for a closely knit community spirit. Area youth receive an outstanding education in the San Juan Unified School District. Opportunities for higher education close to home include the American River Community College.