East Sacramento

East Sacramento, A Cosmopolitan Community

There are few neighborhoods in California’s capital city that are more inviting than East Sacramento. It offers all the cultural and architectural diversity of a big city, but with the mild pace of a small town. Old growth trees form a verdant canopy over the streets and the homes are characteristic of the quality and craftsmanship that makes California famous. Rivers, parks, great schools, restaurants and local businesses offer its residents an exceptional quality of life.

The history of East Sacramento:

Strolling through this neighborhood today, you can still see the remnants of the orchards, farms and dairy operations that cropped up around the Gold Rush. After the levees along the American River were reinforced in the 1860s, the area flourished as an agricultural gem. East Sacramento was ripe for residential development after the 40 J Street trolley was put in giving rise to the nickname, the Fabulous 40s.

McKinley Park is the crown jewel of East Sacramento, which was constructed in 1871. Its modest pond courts local fowl and its rose garden as well as the Rosemary Clunie Library are a source of pride for locals. It has a brilliant playground that is designed for infants all the way to teens, an Olympic size pool and free yoga classes on Saturday mornings during the summer.

The stunning architecture of these houses continues to be a draw for residents and visitors alike, with much of the construction gaining momentum after 1911, when the H Street bridge and modern sewage systems were established. Because of its remarkable beauty and proximity to midtown and downtown, this neighborhood became the first choice for many politicians and doctors.

Fields and streams:

The trees in East Sacramento are like living works of art. Over 35 different species lend their shade to the streets and sidewalks, including deodar cedars, Dutch elms, Modesto ash, hackberry, mulberry, Chinese elm, sweetgum, camphor, red maple, and even Japanese maple trees. One of the more pleasing qualities of this area is that the residents seem to take into consideration the color and shape of the surrounding trees when choosing an exterior paint.

The Clunie Rose Garden rivals the garden in Capitol Mall, with its diverse colors and smells. Mineral-rich soil makes it so that almost everything wants to grow here. The Shepard Garden and Arts Center regularly hosts events for budding or seasoned gardeners.

Residents and Sacramento State students can easily access the American River by bike or footpath. Locals hang out at the shady beaches, kayak and fish. It also intersects the American River Bike Trail in several areas, making cycling, running, or walking the dog a favorite activity.

Architectural diversity:

The craftsmen who designed and built the homes in East Sacramento understood the art of timeless style. Each house is distinct, whether it’s Arts and Crafts (Craftsman) Tudor, Colonials, Spanish Colonial, or Mediterranean style. Not only do these homes boast excellent construction, they are also beautifully maintained in their original styles so the uniqueness of each property complements its neighbors.

Real estate in East Sacramento:

Homes for sale in East Sacramento go for top dollar, as it remains one of the most attractive neighborhoods in all of Sacramento. Currently, the median sale price for homes in East Sac is $487,500, which is significantly lower than the average listing price of $583,075 as East Sac home sellers try to cash in by “keeping up with the Jones’s.”  Home prices in East Sacramento have risen about 15.4 percent year-over-year, with the larger homes in the Fabulous 40s and other desirable neighborhoods sometimes pricing a million dollars or more. The average price per square foot for home sales in East Sacramento is $371, an 11 percent increase since last year.

 Food and drink!

Just like with the architecture, there is just as much abundance of cuisine and mixology. From East Sacramento Taqueria to 33rd Street Bistro, locals can get their artisan coffee and their 2$ Pabst on the same commercial drag. Selland’s is a laid-back, slow food deli that makes a great first date, while the Shack can slap together a fantastic burger.

Some serious recreation:

No matter what your speed is, this neighborhood is hopping with vibrant entertainment and family-friendly fun. The Coloma Community Center offers classes and rental spaces for parties. Famed community events like Pops in Park offer live concerts, Oktoberfest at the Turn Verein German center lets locals get their fill of imported beer, and the 4thof July parades through the Fab 40s are a wild and elaborate happening.

The centerpiece of East Sac is McKinley Park, founded in 1871 as East Park. In 1902, the land was purchased by the Tuesday Club, a social organization of prominent women who named it after recently assassinated U.S. President William McKinley. Since then, it’s grown into the hub of life for East Sac residents, with 32-acres for visitors to walk, jog, play basketball, baseball or soccer, barbecue, feed the ducks in the pond, or even tie the knot in the famed rose gardens. A community center and library sits within the park, with over 45,000 volumes of books and many community and arts and crafts events.

Schools And Hospitals:

Phoebe Hearst Elementary and Theodore Judah Elementary provide some of the most forward-thinking and highly ranked grade school education programs in the district. East Sacramento is home to CSUS, or Sac State, a lovely campus that sits right on the American River. Between Sutter General and Mercy General Hospital, the people of East Sacramento have access to a wide array of health care services.

Notable residents:

President Ronald Reagan had a home in East Sacramento when he was Governor of California.

Doris Matsui, United States representative.

Carol Liu, California State Senator.

Jim Kozimor, former Sacramento Kings announcer.

Actor Tom Hanks lived in East Sacramento when he attended California State University, Sacramento.

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