Home & Garden: The Powell Estate


A gracious “thanks, but no thanks.” That’s how the late Sacramento developer Robert C. Powell and his wife, Jeannette, likely would have answered a request for an interview and feature about their home in this magazine—or any magazine.

By all accounts, Robert Powell, the visionary developer of the Pavilions shopping center on Fair Oaks Boulevard and upward of 7,000 residences in and around Sacramento from the 1960s through 2007, shunned the spotlight, even as his company, Robert C. Powell Development, grew into one of this region’s most distinctive builders of residential and commercial properties. Jeannette Powell, a designer and artist, brought her talents to the enterprise by creating the light and lovely garden lifestyle portrayed in model homes for Powell communities from Campus Commons to Gold River. She, too, loved a low profile.

Robert died in 2007, Jeannette in 2012. The 5,200-square-foot home they built for themselves on a scrupulously scrubbed cul-de-sac in Gold River is on the market for the first time with a price tag of $1.95 million. It comes complete with guest quarters, swimming pool, artist’s studio, koi pond and tea house settled snugly onto 2.25 serene and beautifully landscaped acres.


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