Hello AJSJ, and welcome to myfolsom.com!
I'll try to address your concerns:
1) How is Oak Chan school? Are the teachers and staff responsive to kids needs? How is the parent community? Are the parents involved? - Oak Chan, like most of Folsom schools, has enjoyed strong parent involvement, which may in part explain why they have such high API scores. They hit 911, with a target of 800, and rank a 9 out of 10. Perhaps some parents can chime in.
2) Some parts of Lexington hills look unkept, front yards are drying and some homes are badly in need of paint. Are there any locations we should be worried about?. The home values have kept steady, and looks like most folks have lived in the neighborhood for decades. The whole town has dying lawns, as we're in the middle of a drought and are limited to 2 days of watering. Some folks might be watering more, some less, some more efficiently. There are no 'bad' areas of Lexington Hills. Living on North or South Lexington or on Silberhorn, you'll get a bit of traffic, but it is a great neighborhood.
3) These are older homes and some of these homes are still in great condition, big lots and mature landscapping makes this neighborhood desirable, why are the home values not as high as empire ranch or prairie oaks? I think it is age-related. Most homes in Lexington Hills were built late 80's to about '91. In comparison, Empire Ranch homes were built after 2000. Newer usually sells for more, and they have less wear.
4) This is a quiet neighborhood, it looks a safe neighborhood? Is it? Safety is of primary concern, and Folsom is very safe. We have a great police department, and neighbors tend to look out for each other. Most of the crime in town is petty crime.
5) In general, are there kids in the neighborhood?. Since most families have lived there for a long time, maybe there are more empty nesters?. Is that the case? The neighborhood has its share of turnover. About 40 to 50 homes per year have sold over the past few. Check with the school district. I believe Oak Chan is full, or close to it.
6) How would you generally say people here are? friendly, outgoing? or reserved?/quiet? I don't live there, but have sold homes there and have friends there. Like the rest of Folsom, it is quite the mix. You have friendly neighbors who want to organize block parties and play dates, and quiet neighbors who want to keep to themselves. Each block or court can be different.
Here's a bit on Oak Chan http://school-rating...3306107965.html
If you don't have friends and family in the neighborhood, what is it that attracts you to Lexington Hills? It is a great area, but so is most of Folsom.
If you are attracted by established neighborhoods, with lots of trees and access to trails and parks, try Willow Creek, Briggs Ranch, and Natoma Station, too.
Broadstone and Empire Ranch are probably what we'd consider well established by now, though without many of the native oaks found in other neighborhoods.
Drop me a line here or in private with any other questions.