Top 10 Best Neighborhoods in Sacramento… GO!
As a Sacramento neighborhood expert, I routinely recommend my clients to look for homes that match their needs, budget, and lifestyle. It’s important when thinking of buying a home in the Sacramento area that you look at the many aspects of the neighborhood to see whether it will be a good fit long term. Buying a loft downtown might not be the answer if you are a married couple planning to have children and want easy access to good schools. In short, it helps to know a bit about the neighborhood before you put down roots. Hence the reason why we put together this list of the best neighborhoods in Sacramento. Hopefully it makes your homework a little easier.
#1 – SOUTH LAND PARK
Midtown and downtown are a popular area for twenty-somethings. South Land Park, however, is gaining traction with a range of younger home buyers for 3 good reasons: location, price and space. “The location is ideal—you can jump on I5 and within a few minutes you’re downtown for work,” says Carlos Montoya, a real estate agent with Dean Adams Residential Brokerage. “Check out the well-built ranch homes in South Land Park. It’s a safe neighborhood and gives you the best bang for your buck.”
#2 – GARDEN OF THE GODS – ARDEN PARK
You find great deals in this area with some of the most desirable neighborhood amenities, such as great parks and schools, and Sacramento’s one and only Whole Foods Market. Multiple restaurants and bars, easy access to the nearby American River and a short distance to I80 also appeal to younger homeowners. The majority of homes are three bedroom, one bathroom and range between $225,000 to $300,000— just the right price for young professionals and families.
#3 – CRESLEIGH RANCH VILLAGE – ELK GROVE
Located just southewest of Bruceville Rd. and Franklin Rd. – Cresleigh Ranch Village is the top spot on Elk Grove for younger home buyers who are looking to settle down in a safe neighborhood to raise children. They’re instantly drawn to the neighborhood because of the excellent public schools and newer homes in the neighborhood. It’s prime location and just a 5 minute drive from T.G.I. Friday’s, BJ’s, Macaroni Grill, Chevy’s, Chili’s and Outback Steakhouse.
#4 – SERRANO – EL DORADO HILLS
Serrano is located in the tony neighborhood of El Dorado Hills with every comfort and convenience you could imagine from great schools to high end retail to easy access to freeways. It’s a diamond that sparkles in the foothills. Homes in Serrano range from 2,500 square feet to well over 10,000 square feet on enormous acreage. Easy access to country clubs, fine dining, 24 hour security, and beautiful landscaping maintained by the HOA fees.
#5 – WILDHORSE – DAVIS
Located in East Davis along the greenbelt – Wildhorse is the ideal locale to put down roots if you’re a homeowner looking to spread out. A vibrant community puts the greenbelt to good use with a private golf course, multiple parks, and brand new soccer fields maintained by Nugget Markets that are big enough to host tournaments. Ethnically diverse neighbors with a strong sense of community in Wildhorse make this a very safe neighborhood and one of the most desirable in the Sacramento area.
#6 – FAB 40’s – SACRAMENTO
They call it the Fab 40’s because this section of East Sacramento has long been considered the jewel and quintessential picture book community of living a well appointed life in Northern California. The good life comes with a big price tag though but as you navigate around M Street and inspect the architectural eclectic grand homes – you can see where the money went. Jaw dropping mansions adorn the wide streets block after block. The President of The United States – Ronald Reagan lived in this very same neighborhood while Governor of California.
#7 – WHITNEY RANCH – ROCKLIN
Whitney Ranch is one of the most family friendly neighborhoods in Sacramento. The 1,296-acre community is family focused—with great schools and outdoor amenities galore. The neighborhood has three impressive parks featuring state-of-the-art play structures, sports fields, and a water park. Five miles of trails and a private community pool with cabanas mean families can stay active without having to pack up the car. Whitney Ranch also has desirable public schools. It’s part of the highly regarded Rocklin Unified School District, which includes Sunset Ranch Elementary School, Granite Oaks Middle School and Whitney High School.
#8 – DEL DAYO – CARMICHAEL
Del Dayo is becoming popular with growing families who want access to good schools. Del Dayo Elementary is one of Sacramenot’s top public schools. The neighborhood also is close to first-rate private schools, including Jesuit High School and St. Ignatius Parish School. Del Dayo also is attractive to families because it’s adjacent to the American River. A very family oriented, friendly and active community call Del Dayo home for good reason. It’s a jewel in Carmichael.
#9 – DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO
Inner city living seems like the last place on earth you’d want to settle down and raise a family – but many young home buyers are doing just that. They enjoy the areas walkability, shorter commutes to work, and the wide array of cultural amenities that are available in downtown Sacramento. With smaller spaces and larger price tags, you can assure that folks move here because they want to be close to the center of it all.
#10 – CAMPUS COMMONS – SACRAMENTO STATE
The essence of turnkey living – Campus Commons is situated right along the American River at Fair Oaks Blvd. and Howe Avenue within blocks of Sacramento State. This 680 acre community contains approximately 1,160 single family attached and detached homes, two lakes, clubhouse facilities, swimming pools, spas and tennis courts. A neighborhood with lush gardens and landscaping, it’s also quite safe and featured round the clock security maintained by the Campus Commons HOA.