Antelope is a town located within Sacramento County, and it's about 15 minutes northeast of downtown Sacramento. With this location, it's within easy access to all that the region has to offer. On-ramps to Interstate 80 are only a few minutes from many of the sections in Antelope.
Back when it was first settled in the 1800s, the community was quite small. Only a few hundred people lived in the area, then known as the Center Township. Many of those settlers were railroad workers who helped bring the railways out west. Some stayed and ended up living there permanently; others moved on to pursue other opportunities.
The town continued to be small through the 20th century. Even as other areas grew significantly, Antelope held on to its country feel. In 1973, a major disaster occurred when a rail car exploded near the town center. It took some time for the area to recover, and as a result, Antelope was re-built as a planned community. In the late 1980s, a lot of construction took place, mainly in developments consisting of single-family homes and some with apartment complexes. Antelope received its designation as its own community by the US Postal Service in 1994, and growth has continued through the past few decades.
While many who live in Antelope might commute to surrounding communities for work, to include the state capitol, there are a lot of resources and community activities located within the town itself. A large shopping center, anchored by a Walmart, is at the intersection of Elverta Road and Watt Avenue. The center also a veterinary hospital, retail stores, and small eateries. Another shopping center is further down Elverta Road, near the intersection with Walerga Road. Here, there's a WinCo Foods grocery store, Petco, Starbucks, bank, and several restaurants. On the other corners of the intersection are a drug store, more banks and restaurants, a gym, and another grocery store. On the east side of Antelope on the border with Citrus Heights, there are two more shopping centers. Making things more convenient for the locals are more restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, and a Home Depot.
While being an area filled with urban conveniences, there are many green spaces as well. Antelope is dotted by public parks, many within walking distance of several neighborhoods. Right in the middle of the town lies Antelope Community Park. Also known as The Park of Dreams, it has a large playground with equipment appropriate for children of all ages. It also has walking trails, fields, and picnic facilities, and its entire property encompasses about 34 acres. Firestone Park is a few minutes to the east. It's a 7.5-acre public space that has ball fields. On weekends, it's frequently filled with kids playing basketball, baseball, and/or soccer, and it also has places to barbecue and a playground to keep the kids entertained. Some of the other parks are Roseview, a seven-acre park with a baseball diamond and basketball court; Antelope Station Park, a place with equipment geared towards younger children; and Tetotom, a park with tennis courts, a volleyball court, and a wide grassy field that regularly hosts summer fireworks.
The climate of Antelope lends itself well towards enjoying the outdoors. It has a Mediterranean climate, with hot and dry summers and wet and mild winters. Rain typically falls in the late fall and winter, with summer rain storms being a rare occurrence. In the winter, lows are usually above freezing, staying around 40 degrees. Occasionally, temperatures can drop so low that the ground freezes and frost is found on the grass in the morning. In the afternoons in the winter, highs usually get into the low 50s. In the summer, highs can get into the 90s, with lows dropping back down to the 50s or 60s. The delta breeze helps to keep the temperatures comfortable, as the cool air is brought in from the San Francisco Bay and comes up the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
With this type of weather, grass can do pretty well. One thing that has to be considered is the lack of moisture in the summer. Bermudagrass, St. Augustine, buffalo grass, zoysiagrass, and tall fescue are relatively drought-tolerant. Sometimes, people might choose to reseed as the seasons change. If that's the case, Kentucky bluegrass and ryegrass do well in the winter, and the lawn can be transitioned over to the other types as the summer approaches. If you live in Antelope and are looking for assistance with your lawn, contact Lawn Love for all your lawn care needs.