5 Great Neighborhoods in Sacramento
Wander through the city's top neighborhoods.CENTRAL
The movers and shakers in Sacramento are drawn to Midtown for its energy and vibe. Comprised of residential and retail areas within a 13 by 22 block area near the state capitol, it’s where all the cool kids hang out. With hip restaurants, cafes and wine bars, it’s the place to be if you’re looking for nightlife and fine dining. The Second Saturday Art Walk brings thousands of residents out as they explore galleries and enjoy live music late into the evening.
While young twentysomethings proliferate the area, plenty of retired folks move here for the easily accessible retail corridor, where boutiques, offices and churches share space with historic Sutter’s Fort, making walking a viable alternative for many errands. The area is a mix of apartment buildings, condos, townhomes and old Victorians, with construction dating from 1910 to the present. One of the more notable recent projects in the area is the upscale and modern L Street Lofts.
The desirability of the area comes at a price, with multifamily units starting just under $300,000 and escalating to over a million dollars.
Convenient to downtown with affordable prices, this up and coming community is a magnet for first time homebuyers. Built in the first half of the 20th century, the homes in this well-established neighborhood feature a variety of architectural styles, all canopied with mature shade trees.
Just south of Highway 50 at 59th Street, Tahoe Park is conveniently located near Sac State, the UC Davis Medical Center and the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, attracting many residents who work or train at these facilities. Named for the 19-acre park at the center of the neighborhood, this area is populated with young families.
Homes in the Mayberry-esque Land Park area are highly favored for their proximity to 166-acre William Land Park and the storybook quality of the neighborhoods. Large homes, primarily built between 1930-1950, are distinctive in their architecture; English cottages and Tudor-style homes sit alongside Mediterranean villas and Craftsman bungalows. Many of the area’s residents are original owners, and in some cases, homes are passed from generation to generation. It’s common for adult children to return to the neighborhood with their own families to have grandma and grandpa only blocks away.
Anchored by the historic Tower Theater, Land Park is a closely knit community where neighbors make it a point to know each other. Young families stroll the neighborhood and take advantage of the nearby Sacramento Zoo, Fairytale Town or public golf course. Block parties are common, giving residents a chance to stay in touch with old friends and meet new ones, too.
The schools in the area are great, adding yet another draw for families. This well-maintained area is one of the more expensive areas in the Sacramento region, but the Land Park area has retained its value in spite of the recent slump in Sacramento home sales.
The Natomas area has been making headlines recently. Levees in the area have been downgraded and flood insurance has become a state-mandated expense for residents. Even so, newer homes and well-designed neighborhoods coupled with good school districts continue to draw young professionals and growing families to the area.
River City Commons in South Natomas features mid-century to modern homes, walking paths and tennis courts, not to mention very affordable real estate; half-plexes in the area can be had starting in the low $100,000s.
One of the fastest growing cities in California, Elk Grove is an old farming town that’s boomed with development over the past 10 years. The homes here are newer and fit the modern description of a subdivision, with similar architecture repeated throughout neighborhoods.
The area is home to culturally diverse families who don’t necessarily want the bustle of downtown Sacramento, but they want their kids to have the benefit of growing up in a nice neighborhood. You’ll find the stereotypical soccer mom loving the excellent schools here. Elk Grove is a bedroom community for people who are employed in Sacramento, but residents tend to shop and play right in their hometown.