Sacramento Neighborhoods

Sacramento  or “Sac” as locals are more likely to call it is the capital city of California and the seat of Sacramento County. Located at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River in Northern California’s Sacramento Valley, Sacramento’s estimated 2018 population of 501,334 makes it the sixth-largest city in California and the ninth largest capital in the United States. Sacramento is the seat of the California Legislature and the Governor of California, making it the state’s political center and a hub for lobbying and think tanks. Sacramento is also the cultural and economic core of the Sacramento metropolitan area, which had a 2010 population of 2,414,783, making it the fifth largest in California. Known for many things such as its agriculture, sustainability, infrastructure, healthcare, and educational institutions, Sac is a lush and vibrant metropolitan city in the heart of Northern California. Speaking of lush, it’s also known for being “The City of Trees.”

The neighborhoods of Sacramento offer a distinct balance between an urbanite’s dream and a suburban escape.  Sacramento offers 8 Districts with diverse great neighborhoods. 

No matter where in the Sacramento you call home, having a car is a big plus for convenience. However, the city has a light-rail system that services the downtown areas, with limited bus transportation outside of that. 

When you aren’t in your neighborhood, you’ll most likely be out exploring this prime central location within the Golden State. With mountain ranges to the east, national forests to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west, there’s so much to see and do, all within just a one- or two-hour drive. Not to mention the Bay Area is just as close, giving you convenient access to nearby cities like San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.  Sacramento has been noted as being the sunniest location on the planet for three months of the year, from July through September.  No matter where you find yourself, you’ll always have something new to experience.

East Sacramento

East Sacramento; also known as East Sac is east of downtown and midtown. East Sacramento is bounded by U.S. Route 50 to the south, Business Loop 80 to the west and north, Elvas Avenue to the northeast and east, and California State University, Sacramento and the American River to the southeast. East Sacramento residential development began in the 1890s, and the area was annexed into Sacramento in 1911. East Sacramento was also home to the Alhambra Theatre. East Sacramento also includes McKinley Park and the “Fabulous Forties” neighborhood.

McKinley Park is a major 32-acre park located in East Sacramento. The park is bordered to the north by McKinley Boulevard, to the south by H Street, by Alhambra Boulevard to the West and 33rd Street to the East. There is also a smaller, adjacent park located across 33rd Street. A branch of the Sacramento Public Library is located in the north wing of the Clunie Clubhouse, a community center located at the park. The library which serves East Sacramento, Midtown, and River Park has 45,000 volumes. There is also a small lake and 8 tennis courts. The smaller park includes the Shepard Garden and Arts Center. The park is a popular place for runners and walkers.

East Sacramento and McKinley Park are highly sought-after neighborhoods due partly to their central freeway location, proximity to the Midtown area and the State Capital corridor. East Sac home prices have seen the largest price appreciations relative to size of any area in Sacramento. Additionally, the Midtown factor, an area which has seen an explosion in the number of fine dining offerings, monthly social events and public art and performance offerings, weighs heavily on the popularity of East Sac due in part to its relative ease of access to this area via bike, public transportation or just walking. Schools, community activities, a relative sense of security and the number of outdoor, social and recreational diversions make for a pleasant mix of outdoor offering that encourage and foster a strong sense of community. The Fab Forties neighborhood is part of the East Sacramento district. President Ronald Reagan lived at 1341 45th Street while serving most of his term as Governor of California.  Home prices 500k-1.8 Million

Natomas

As its name implies, Natomas is home to several parks, making it a highly walkable area for residents. Take advantage of the bike trail, playgrounds, sports fields, and picnic areas at North Natomas Community Park, or visit North Natomas Regional Park for its lake, dog parks, amphitheater, and seasonal farmers market. There are plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities in this Sacramento neighborhood!

The neighborhood is also home to top-rated schools like Heron School, Natomas Charter School, and Inderkum High School, as well as local community college ARC Natomas Center, so it’s a great place for families to settle down in the Sacramento area.  Closest neighborhood to the Sacramento International Airport and I-5.  Home prices 350K-650K

Land Park-South Land Park

Land Park consists of mainly single-family dwellings in the area between Interstate 5 to the west, Broadway to the north, Sutterville Road to the south and Freeport Blvd to the east. William Land Park is its namesake, a major city park south of Highway 50 and east of Interstate 5 in South Sacramento. It also contains the Sacramento Zoo along with the popular children’s theme parks Funderland and Fairy Tale Town. 

South Land Park is just south of Land Park and is bordered to the north by Sutterville Road, to the east by Freeport Blvd, to the west by Interstate 5 and to the south by Florin Road. One area that is not well known houses a huge part of the South Land Park community. It is called “Little Pocket.” Contained by Riverside Blvd, it lies between Sutterville and 35th Ave. This small neighborhood borders along the Sacramento River and Interstate 5. It has a lot of modern houses and rich people live in land park. Two of the schools in land park are Pony Express, and Alice Birney. Land Park is close to the Greenhaven-Pocket area.

South Land Park Hills is a subsection of the neighborhood on the southern end of South Land Park. This is the area bound by Fruitridge Road on the north, Florin Road on the south, Freeport Boulevard/State Route 160 on the east, and Interstate 5 on the west. Parks in South Land Park Hills include Reichmuth Park, Cooledge Park, and Argonaut Park. This mostly residential section holds a combination of apartments and single-family houses, many of which were built in the mid-Twentieth Century, including many Eichler homes.   Home Prices 400K-800K

Pocket-Greenhaven Area

Pocket truly lives up to its name. Tucked between the Sacramento River and I-5 in a little “pocket” of the city, this Sacramento neighborhood features a diverse mix of apartments and single-family housing, making it an attractive location for families and young professionals alike.

The neighborhood is home to several good schools that anchor the community, including the tech-oriented School of Engineering & Sciences and John F. Kennedy High School, which is renowned for its “Small Learning Communities” that give students additional internship and learning opportunities to prepare them for specific career paths.

With neighborhood parks like Garcia Bend Park and Parkway Oaks Park, it’s easy to walk the dog, play with the little ones, or simply spend some time outdoors on the weekend.  Home prices 400K to 900K

College/Gen-Rosemont

College/Glen-Rosemont is a neighborhood near 1-50 near Watt/Folsom Blvd.  Living in College/Glen-Rosemont offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. There are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in the area; located south of Rancho Cordova. The public schools are above average.  Home Prices 300K-500K