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New housing developments attracting people to San Miguel

Posted at 4:46 PM, Dec 04, 2020

More and more new housing is going up in San Miguel.

Best known for the historic mission, San Miguel is becoming increasingly desirable for young families.

“We had been saving money for quite a while and we were looking, our family grew and we were looking around,” explained Mayra Arroyo, who is originally from Monterey County.

Arroyo has been living in San Miguel for the past 12 years. But she, her husband and three kids just moved into one of the newest housing developments in San Miguel over the summer.

“We like that it's small and quiet and for our kids we like the school and it's close by,” Arroyo said.

She says the biggest draw of their two-story, three-bedroom home is the affordability.

“There’s no way we could afford out of San Miguel,” Arroyo said.

Around three dozen, single-family homes are a part of the development where Arroyo lives off 12th and La Bova.

“It was in the high 3's and some of them they're developing now, I understand, are in the low 400’s,” explained Robert Roberson, San Miguel Community Services District general manager and fire chief.

Roberson says there are several housing projects in the planning process on the east side of the river.

“To the north of North River Road, on Indian Valley Road, there's been plans and people expressing interest in developing a large portion here, which potentially could be 100 to 200 or 300 homes in that area depending on what the plan calls for,” Roberson explained.

The current population for the town reminiscent of the Old West is roughly 2,600.

“In five to 10 years, it's feasible to see potentially doubling in size,” Roberson said.

“We loved it here. It's quiet and especially this little neighborhood where they built these new houses,” Arroyo concluded.

The CSD says it’s working to extend water lines to some areas.

The wastewater treatment facility is also getting upgraded next year to handle the expected growth over the next 20 years.