The commercial area at the south end of the neighborhood has a grocery store, local restaurants, a coffee shop, and other services available to meet local needs.
The climate in this part of California is amenable to walking with warm summers and cool winters, but few extreme temperatures. Summers are relatively dry and warm, but locals do not see the extreme temperatures that other parts of California receive. Winter is mild with temperatures usually above the freezing mark. Rain is common, so a light rain jacket to keep you dry is recommended. Snow is rare but footwear with good traction for slippery conditions in this hilly area is probably a good precaution.
Most of the area consists of large homes and properties that are well spaced with development dating back to the 1970s. Residential roads are steep and winding and there are few paved pedestrian sidewalks along roads. When walking with your dog, be sure to keep your pup leashed and walk facing oncoming traffic. Be vigilant for vehicles with whom you will need to share the road.
The steep hills can impede walking for some residents and can be strenuous to navigate. Properties are well landscaped with lots of green lawns, trees, and shrubs. The neighborhood is thickly vegetated and attractive with lots of greenery.
The Brown Ravine Recreation Center is located on the southwest side of the community and this area provides lots of open space and trails to the south and west of Marina Village. There is a large natural area to the west of Brown Ravine with many nature trails that is situated on a large hill. The elevated terrain provides views of the lake and wide open grasslands, however, the hill is steep and trails have rough terrain and are not paved. The greenway extends north along the lake with plenty of natural area to explore with your pup.
Lake Forest Park is located to the northeast and has playgrounds, tennis courts, and sports fields as well as a treed area and pedestrian paths where you can walk with your leashed dog.
The El Dorado Hills Dog Park is also located in the region and has a separate enclosed area for large and small dogs to play safely off-leash.