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REX Neighborhood Guide: Sacramento

by Kimberly Fischer
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Sacramento has been a hot market this year, as the pandemic has pushed people away from more densely populated cities, like San Francisco and Los Angeles. Dubbed “The City of Trees,” California’s state capital is lush and vibrant and features both urban and suburban areas. Situated along the Sacramento River at its confluence with the American River, the city is centrally located between national forests to the north, mountains to the east, the Bay Area to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. 

The area gained popularity after pioneer John Sutter established the colony of Nueva Helvetica in 1839. In the decade following, it was an agricultural center and trading post, known as Sutter’s Fort. After the first gold was discovered in January 1848, about 35 miles northeast, the surrounding area grew rapidly and formed the city of Sacramento. It was soon named the state capital and the starting point of the Central Pacific First Transcontinental Railroad. 

Today, it is the center of the region’s extensive agricultural production and home to state politics, healthcare, and educational institutions. Keep reading for a guide to five of Sac’s popular neighborhoods. 

Downtown 

You’re sure to love the urban conveniences and history downtown offers. Catch a Sacramento Kings game or concert at the Golden 1 Center, also known for its hyper-local food program and public art. After, stop by Fizz Champagne Bar while strolling the surrounding open-air shopping and dining plaza, Downtown Commons (DoCo.) Explore Old Sacramento for a glimpse into what the city was like during its Gold Rush heyday. Here, you can visit the California State Railroad Museum and ride in a horse-drawn carriage on the cobblestone streets. End your night at Frank Fat’s, one of Sacramento’s oldest and award-winning restaurants, serving elevated Chinese-American dishes, and rumored to have been home to more than a few secret political deals. 

West Sacramento

While technically its own city, many homebuyers choose West Sac for its contemporary new builds. The eastern portion of the city is particularly popular with its close proximity to downtown. Locals enjoy boating, fishing, camping, and swimming in and along the Sacramento River. When the Sacramento River Cats are playing, you can watch a Minor League Baseball game at Sutter Health Park. If the weather’s nice, grab a beer and soak up the sun at Drake’s: The Barn, an architecturally pleasing venue in the Bridge District. 

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Midtown

Tree-lined streets and old Victorian-style homes perfectly contrast the art, music, and cultural scene in the Midtown neighborhood. Visit Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park to learn about the city’s first settlement. Wander through the Handle District, a four-block section of breweries, bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and boutiques, including Scout Living – a Mid-Century Modern and Danish Modern antique furniture and home accessory store. Ryujin Ramen House and Rick’s Dessert Diner are local favorites for dinner and dessert. Need a sweat sesh after that chocolate fudge tort? Take a class at Title Boxing, located in the trendy Ice Blocks district.

Tahoe Park

Boasting mainly cottage and bungalow-style homes and 13 parks and gardens, the Tahoe Park neighborhood gives off a small-town feel. Start your mornings at Bacon & Butter for a delicious farm-to-table breakfast. At just two of the parks, Tahoe and McClatchy, you can find acres of greenspace, sports courts, a community pool, disc golf course, butterfly garden, and more. Check out Colonial Theater for your next evening out – host of film and music festivals, as well as local art shows. 

REX home for sale in Tahoe Park:

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East Sacramento

Locals like the distinctly residential feel East Sac provides while being close to the center of the city. The neighborhood is best known for the prestigious homes that make up “The Fab Forties;” roam these streets to find the iconic home depicted in the film “Lady Bird.” Every Saturday morning from April to October, the neighborhood hosts a Farmers Market at McKinley Park, which also offers a rose garden and river walkways, among other sites. For eats, grab a quick bite at Selland’s Market-Cafe or Corti Brothers, popular for their jam-packed sandwiches. Vibe Health Bar is a great option for a detoxing juice and was voted 2020 Best of Sacramento ‘Health Conscious Menu.’

Article by Megan Kong, REX Homes

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