Sacramento is showing up on the national stage lately, generating a lot of interest in moving here. The recently released movie, Lady Bird, features nostalgic scenes of Sacramento and it's hometown beauty. In an interview, the author recounts how the film crew kept checking for home prices during the shoot - they were pretty impressed.
It's no wonder. It's a petty cool town. Why, you ask?
Recreational opportunities - Our 32 mile bike trail through the wooded wonderland bordering the American River is awesome. So is boating in Folsom Lake. And fishing the salmon and steelhead runs.
4 season outdoor living - Yes it is hot during the summer days, but it is a dry heat. And nights always cool down from the Delta Breeze. Our summer night air is heavenly on your skin. Winters are usually full-on rain, or it's clear - no long drawn out grey seasons. With only 16" of annual rain, we walk and bike 12 months out of the year - incredible. Every Thanksgiving I go to the Nimbus Fish Hatchery and walk the river as the Chinook Salmon run is in full force. It's always sunny (almost).
Housing Affordability - We still have very affordable housing. Our average homeprice is 1/5th that of San Francisco. As a result, there is a strong Bay Area migration East to our beautiful homes by young professionals who feel they can never buy in SF. So we get them!
But where are the best neighborhoods? It depends on your family lifestyle.
Love Mid-Century Modern? You might look in South Land Park where neighborhoods of sleek clean-lined Streng-built homes are typical, although they are dotted throughout Carmichael as well.
Love Historic Victorians? Sacramento is a gold rush town, with beautiful Victorian ladies gracing our downtown streets.
Love biking and walking? Pay attention to the access points to the American River Bike Trail, which is a 32 mile wonderland bordering the American River from Folsom Lake to downtown Sacramento. The trail is predominently on the south side of the river, but sections exist on the North side, as well. Being walking and biking distance to the bike trail is many homeowner's #1 criteria in finding a home.
Love walkability? Then you will love Midtown and East Sacramento. The charming high water bungalows and cottages will steal your heart. You can walk to coffee shops, bars, beer gardens, plays and your favorite dry cleaners without starting your engine.
Love chickens? Then Fair Oaks is your town. Quaint Fair Oaks Village has wild chickens wandering the street and perched on cafe railings as you contemplate life. Fair Oaks is one of a few local towns with an old own center - Fair Oaks Village - located on the bluffs of the river with easy access to the bike trail, too. With hills just beginning to emerge out of the flat Sacramento topography, Fair Oaks has a charming terrain and is a runners training paradise.
Love the homes of the Lady Bird movie? The the Fab Forties are for you, but bring your checkbook. Up until the Great Depression, the bigger lots of the Fab Forties held the grand mansions of the area. Located in East Sacramento between 38th and 46th, they are iconic English cottages, Dutch farmhouses and craftsmen styled charmers, and are the beautiful homes of Lady Bird.
Whatever your taste in neighborhoods, Sacramento is sure to please. Prices are highest near the city center, with smaller compact lots. As you move into the suburbs, lots get bigger with more breathing room, and the price per square foot tends to be lower. I work with incoming buyers all the time, and love helping them figure out the right nieghborhood for their interests and budget.
Photo Credit: Thank you Lady Bird, for showcasing Sacramento so well.