Best Sacramento Neighborhoods for Young Homebuyers

Published on June 7, 2017

– 9 min read

Quiet capital city no more! Sacramento’s housing market is officially in the midst of a hot year.

The Wall Street Journal has declared it California’s newest real-estate hot spot, and Zillow forecasts that home values will appreciate almost 5%.

Panel of Sacramento Real Estate Experts
 
Zack Alber, Tower Real Estate
Josh Amolsch, Elizabeth Weintraub Team – Lyon Real Estate
Barbara Dow, Elizabeth Weintraub Team – Lyon Real Estate
Ryan Lundquist, Sacramento Appraisal Blog
Amy McMullan, Elizabeth Weintraub Team – Lyon Real Estate
Stephen Peterson, Keller Williams Realty and West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce
Marty Swingle, Capital West Realty and West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce
   

Best Sacramento Neighborhoods for the Young and Hip

“Of course, it would be somewhere in Midtown or Downtown, if it is in the buyer’s price range.” Barbara Dow
 
Midtown is definitely the place to be for anyone looking for a hip vibe. It seems like every other week there is a new brewery or restaurant opening, and there is incredible demand for housing there, too. People are attracted to all the Midtown events, whether pub crawls, the Second Saturday Art Walk, or something happening at the new Golden 1 Center. The art scene is also exploding.” Ryan Lundquist
 
Oak Park is the place to be. Midtown coined the term ‘on the grid,’ possibly marketing the neighborhood too well, thus pricing out most young people. The new trend is ‘off the grid.’ The Oak Park redevelopment district has been carefully curated, primarily by esteemed architect Ron Vrilakas. This area mixes modern architecture with traditional restorations, striking a perfect balance of relevant amenities and authentic urban culture. The commute to midtown/downtown is about 5-10min.” Amy McMullan

 
Downtown—on the grid—is the best place for young, hip people.” Zack Alber

“If young/hip people can afford it, Midtown Sacramento is the best, followed by North Oak Park, Tahoe Park and even Broderick in West Sacramento. Midtown and Downtown are where all the fun is, and that fun is starting to leak out into other communities.” Josh Amolsch
  

Best Sacramento Neighborhoods for Families with Kids

Land Park and East Sac are great choices.” Zack Alber
 
“Within the County of Sacramento, there are several areas I find popular with buyers looking for good schools and safe neighborhoods. Fair Oaks tops the list, with parts of Citrus Heights and the newer, south of Folsom Boulevard area of Rancho Cordova.” Barbara Dow
 
“Young couples with children should consider Hollywood Park, South Land Park, Curtis Park, and Elmhurst. Tahoe Park has always been a popular neighborhood for young people looking to buy their first home. This area features many smaller 1 v940s homes that restore beautifully. This area generally has smaller lot sizes which offer some outdoor space for pets, but does not amount to a burden for first time homebuyers who may not be used to yard maintenance. This area has wonderful parks and a strong sense of community. Commute to Midtown/Downtown is about 15 minutes.” Amy McMullan
 
“For couples with kids, many tend to buy in Elk Grove, Laguna, Fair Oaks, Natomas, and Southport in West Sacramento. I notice the young couples without kids yet are buying in areas where they can still feel ‘connected’ to entertainment hubs and town centers, but balance that with future planning. Areas like Land Park, Curtis Park, Roseville, Rocklin, El Dorado Hills, and Granite Bay offer this.” Josh Amolsch
  

Best Up-and-Coming Sacramento Neighborhoods

“There are many great ‘infill neighborhoods’ in Sacramento including the R Street Corridor, a trendy former industrial corridor with historic buildings converting to mixed use housing, art, and entertainment uses. In West Sacramento, the Washington neighborhood includes modest blue-collar homes and newer projects like Metro Place project with bungalow-cottage style homes with porches. Newer developments include The Good Project and 3rd Street Bridgeview lofts and restaurants. The Westmore Oaks/State Streets is an established neighborhood featuring more modest-sized homes on tree-lined streets with older architectural styling like Land Park.” Stephen Peterson
 
Oak Park, South Curtis Park, Rosemont, and Golf Course Terrace are up-and-coming. I have also had a surprising amount of interest in The Pocket area recently. If you are looking for a bit more home (size-wise) or a larger lot, and you are willing to move about 15-20 minutes outside of the urban center, I recommend Rosemont and the Golf Course Terrace area. Both neighborhoods are experiencing a revival and many young people are buying in these areas.” Amy McMullan
 
Oak Park is up-and-coming. This neighborhood has been undergoing revitalization over the past 10+ years. There is new commercial development along Broadway including two coffee shops, eateries, and other forms of retail. A few blocks are called The Broadway Triangle, and the development there has begun to transform the look of the street. In years past, many homes were purchased as ‘fixers’ and have begun to be remodeled. Part of the appeal is due to affordability compared to Midtown and some other areas, and part of it is joining a neighborhood that is experiencing change. The Bridge District (or TBD) in West Sacramento is also catching fire and generating buzz. In fact, it’s one of the reasons behind the slogan ‘West Sac Best Sac.’ This entire area used to be vacant land, but there are now modern homes for sale, apartments to rent, an annual electronic music festival, and a new structure called The Barn that is creating events for the community.” Ryan Lundquist
 
“The hidden gem of the Sacramento area is West Sacramento, with its new riverfront neighborhoods sprouting up in The Bridge District, located just across the iconic Tower Bridge and within walking distance to cool coffee shops, dining, and entertainment. Not only is West Sacramento the best location, but also offers very diverse housing options which allow for people to upsize or downsize easily, without the need to pull up roots to other schools or communities. It is all here, along with parks, bike paths, the River Cats, cycling events, restaurants, the brewery district, the port, shopping, The Barn, fantastic neighbors, and fun community events year-round. West Sacramento has become the ‘cool side of the river’—just ask anyone who’s already made the move.” Marty Swingle
 
“North Oak Park and Broderick are the hottest, in my opinion.” Josh Amolsch
 
“The best up-and-coming neighborhood in Sacramento is North Oak Park.” Zack Alber

More Affordable Sacramento Neighborhoods

West Sacramento has a little lower median sales price compared to the Sacramento area, with properties available from $200,000 to $750,000, which is a good thing for first-time buyers.” Marty Swingle
 
“For young couples, the Arden area is more affordable. New amenities are being added, like restaurants, grocery stores, and movie theaters. There is even a proposal for a nightclub-type restaurant on the corner of Fulton and El Camino.” Barbara Dow
 
“The Washington/Broderick neighborhood in West Sacramento is more affordable, with homes starting in the $200,000s. South Natomas is nearby with easy freeway access. New developments are priced from the $300,000s and existing homes include three- and four-bedroom homes from the mid $200,000s. Also, Southport is a master-planned community in West Sacramento with parks, schools, and a variety of home styles starting in the $300,000 – $400,000s.” Stephen Peterson
 
Hollywood Park is slightly off the beaten path, but offers quick access to Land Park and the surrounding amenities. This neighborhood is affordable and maintains a strong sense of community and pride. The commute to midtown or downtown is about 15 minutes.” Amy McMullan
 
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Andrew Kilburn
Andrew Kilburn is a licensed Loan Specialist at Clara. He likes to live an active lifestyle outside the office, where you’ll find him sailing with his wife and 3-year-old, hiking around the Bay Area, doing yoga, or rock climbing.
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