Springfield at Whitney Oaks is nestled in the beautiful oak-studded foothills of Northern California. It is a small and intimate community where neighbors quickly become good friends. In addition to its distinctive “small town” feel, Springfield offers spectacular views of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Sutter Buttes and the Sacramento Valley from its elevated location.
Springfield is part of the prestigious master planned community of Whitney Oaks. At one time, the land on which Whitney Oaks stands was the ranch of the wealthiest man in Placer county, famed rancher and horse breeder J. Parker Whitney. “J. P.” Whitney, an Englishman, made his way up the dusty road from Sacramento toward the El Dorado Gold Country in 1853. He dreamed of getting in on what lingered of the California Gold Rush. The young entrepreneur tried his hand at mining, but soon his mind was captured by other ideas.
Ending up in what is today Western Placer County, Whitney was completely enthralled with the beauty of the sprawling oaks and natural springs of the rolling Sierra foothills, and decided to try ranching and farming instead of digging for gold. A short while later, he was joined by his father and two brothers, and together they carved out of the foothills, one of California’s most productive and prosperous ranches, complete with four mansions and one of the state’s first golf courses that attracted dignitaries from around the world. He also built his own tennis courts, where he hosted several California state championships.
J. P. Whitney became one of Northern California’s most revered ranchers and philanthropists. He used his wealth to help the poor and to advance many other noble causes. Later in life, he became a world traveler as well, but he always enjoyed returning home to the place that he had concluded was blessed by “the greatest climate, healthfulness, fertility, and productiveness” of any place he had ever known. Spring Valley Ranch, as it was called, covered a vast 20,000 acres in the area now known as Rocklin and Roseville.