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Swanston Estates is a neighborhood situated in North Sacramento, California. It is bordered by Arden Way on the south, Ethan Way on the East, Business 80 on the west, and El Camino Avenue on the north. This area lies behind the Arden Fair Mall.

The zip code for the neighborhood is 95815. Homes in Swanston Estates are located within the Twin Rivers Unified School District. Across Ethan Way, homes are served by the San Juan Unified School District.

This small neighborhood was built in the mid-1950s and was the first suburban housing tract built in the area, although older neighborhoods had developed previously in Woodlake and along the Rancho Del Paso arcade and horse parade route (now Marysville, Del Paso, and Arcade Boulevards). The neighborhood is named after C.S. Swanston & Son, original owners of a large livestock industry which operated on the land. The Swanston Ranch area included a dairy, cattle ranch, and meat packing plant situated next to the railroad tracks near Arden Way. Much of the ranch land had been sold by the late 1940s, but sheep grazed the land south of Arden Way until the late 1960s when the California State Fair was moved from Broadway to Cal-Expo. The Sears and Roebuck Company acquired a portion of the land along Arden Way in the early 1950s and for many years was the main store in the area that would eventually become Arden Fair Mall.

Swanston Estates is a neighborhood with a rich community history. Founding residents Nicholas and Henrietta Gosselink established Hope Community Church (now Emmanuel) on Ethan Way. The population continues to include several original residents including Gay Babcock (Babcock died in 2015), whose uncle contributed the land for D.W. Babcock Elementary School and Park. Linda Fowler, Twin Rivers Unified School District Board of Education Trustee resides in the neighborhood, as well as many professionals and small business owners. D.W. Babcock Elementary School has several colorful alumni, including NFL star Donté Stallworth.

In 1970, the State of California sold unused land originally purchased for Cal-Expo for $7.3 million, at which point the area saw additional commercial and residential development. See related articles about North Sacramento, Ben Ali, Rancho Del Paso, Arden-Arcade, Swanston Park, Town and Country Village, Country Club Village, San Juan and Grant (now Twin Rivers) School Districts.

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