What to Look For in Sacramento Neighborhoods
Before moving to Sacramento (or relocating to a different area), it’s important to keep in mind what you and/or your family is looking for before you start looking at homes. Are you a family with kids, or planning to have kids soon? If so Sacramento area has some of the best and worst schools, find out if there’s a school that fits your needs in the area. If you’re an older couple or a single individual, your needs will obviously be different – you may find yourself wanting to be near the American River or in the midst of bustling downtown life. Or, a charming country home on acres of seclusion may be your ideal. Whatever it is we can help you locate it.
Home prices vary so greatly in Sacramento it’s also important to know what you can afford before you start looking. Select a mortgage that is reasonable enough you can still enjoy the amusements and entertainment Sacramento has to offer. Do you want to be within a 5 mile driving distances of Arden Fair Mall or the Galleria? Do you want to have horses, chickens or any other type of livestock? Do you want to live in a gated community where kids can ride bikes in the streets or would you prefer a retirement community with age restrictions?
Take some time to truly define what you want in a home and community. One of the best things about Sacramento is its ability to suit all different types of individuals – young, old, middle-class or well-off.
There are so many communities in the Sacramento area that are constantly changing and evolving we couldn’t possibly list them all here, if you aren’t sure, call us. We’d be happy to talk to you about your needs and give you some recommendations on what communities may offer what you are looking for.
Geography and Climate
Sacramento has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate, characterized by damp to wet, mild winters and hot, dry summers.
Sacramento is the capital city of the U.S. state of California and the seat of Sacramento County. It is at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River in the northern portion of California's expansive Central Valley, known as the Sacramento Valley. Its estimated 2016 population of 493,025 makes it the sixth-largest city in California, the fastest-growing big city in the state.
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Below are some neighborhood descriptions to help get you started:
This once small town has expanded quite a bit over the years, hosting some of the area’s best schools, biggest market places and lots of dining options it’s a popular choice for professionals and families alike. The price ranges in Roseville rang from an older 1948 2 bed room bungalow at $160k and all the way up to $1.5M for a 7 bedroom luxury home. There is some fierce competition for the mid range priced homes so don’t wait if you see something you like!
Fair Oaks Village
A lovely combination of modest and upscale homes is what you’ll find in Fair Oaks Village. Residents are drawn to the woodsy ambiance near the river, as well as the easy walk to one of the most diverse shopping regions of Sacramento. Home prices range from the high $200ks to the $1M mark, depending upon what you’re hoping to move in to.
Up I-80 past Rocklin you’ll find this small town filled with country charm. Price ranges are all over the map – from around $210,000 for a 4 bedroom one-story home to almost $4M for a 5 bedroom, 7 bath mansion. The true draw of Loomis is likely its “out of the way” location – you’ll hear crickets and frogs, see stars at night and have enough land in some instances to make outdoor dreams come true.
If you’ve lived in Sacramento for any length of time, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the rows of homes found between J Street and Folsom Blvd in East Sacramento – particularly 40th-48th Streets. Don’t expect to find a home on the market here very often, and truly never expect a price tag below $900k. These homes are filled with vintage charm – they were all built between the 1920s and 1950s and contain many affluent residents.
However if you can afford the hefty market rate, you’ll likely have a great experience moving into this neighborhood. Young trick-or-treaters line the streets on Halloween, as many families deck out their homes and go all-out for a hauntingly good time. Christmas is another example of community coming out to play with elaborate light displays and a warm presence throughout. The streets are perfectly manicured and have the well-established feel many crave among Sacramento’s prolific housing tracts.
Located near popular Sacramento attractions like the zoo and Sutter’s Fort, Land Park is located between 1-5 and Freeport Blvd, and Broadway and Sutterville Road. Located near William Land Park, these homes are mostly older but beautiful. Unlike the nearby Fabulous 40s, entry level prices float around the low $300ks, making it much more reasonable for many families.
The proximity of Roseville to the Sacramento Metropolitan area gives it the economic advantage of being able to draw from all of Sacramento’s employment opportunities as well as its own. Today, the electronic industry has made its way to Roseville, with companies like Hewlett- Packard and NEC leading the way in employment. Other leading employers include: Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Roseville Medical, Union Pacific Railroad and the City of Roseville. Roseville has encouraged the addition of large retail centers, including one of the largest Auto Malls in the country. The Westfield Galleria and “The Fountains” are two key shopping centers that make Roseville a major shopping destination.
The Sacramento Public Library system has 28 branches located in the greater area. The Sacramento area is served by various public school districts, including the Sacramento City Unified School District, Natomas Unified School District, San Juan Unified School District, Twin Rivers Unified School District, and Elk Grove Unified School District. As of 2009, the area's schools employed 9,600 elementary school teachers (not including special education teachers) and 7,410 middle school teachers (not including special education or vocational teachers).
The Sacramento area hosts a wide variety of higher educational opportunities. There are two major public universities, many private institutions, community colleges, vocational schools, and McGeorge School of Law.