13 Reasons Why People Are Moving to East Sacramento Sacramento Real Estate
April 20, 2018

13 Reasons Why People Are Moving to East Sacramento

The secret’s out. East Sacramento is considered one of the city’s finest enclaves. The area is known for its gorgeous homes, lush foliage, popular community park, and its ideal location near downtown and other cities in the region. It’s no wonder people are recognizing the allure of this desirable neighborhood, whether they live elsewhere in the city or are relocating from another part of the country, like the Bay Area.

The high quality of life coupled with a myriad of neighborhood attractions and hotspots makes East Sacramento an exceptional place to call home. Find out all of the reasons why people are moving to this laid-back enclave just east of the capital city.


1. It has incredible homes — especially in the Fab Forties.

East Sacramento has some of the most elegant and extravagant homes in the city. The area is comprised of a handful of small, charming neighborhoods that blend seamlessly with the refined, elegant homes built primarily in the ‘30s and ‘40s. You will discover an array of housing styles in East Sacramento, including European revivals, bungalows, Craftsman, Spanish, Tudors, and ranch style homes, ranging from quaint storybook to posh grandeur.

Homes in East Sacramento

Some of the most stunning homes are situated in the Fab Forties neighborhood, comprised of wide avenues lined with canopies of trees, and picturesque pre-World War II homes on larger lots. The enclave extends between the borders of J Street, Folsom Boulevard, 38th and 47th Streets. These stunning homes have housed some prominent residents, including Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Every year, residents in the Fabulous Forties neighborhood open their homes for the Sacred Heart Parish School Holiday Tour, where visitors may take a self-guided tour through five magnificent homes decked out for the holidays.


2. There are so many restaurants nearby.

Selland's Market Cafe Sacramento, CA

Having local eateries within reach can be a big draw when considering a move to a particular neighborhood. East Sacramento has plenty of restaurants to choose from and many are within walking distance for a number of residents, particularly those living on the western and eastern edges of the community. East Sacramento restaurants include Selland’s Market Cafe, 33rd Street Bistro, OneSpeed Pizza, Hawks Public House, OBO’ Italian Table and Bar, Kru, Juno’s Kitchen & Delicatessen, and so many more. You can easily access nearly any type of food you’re craving while in East Sacramento.


3. …and breweries.

Plus, East Sacramento has its fair share of breweries, where you can stop by for a post-dinner drink. Visit Sactown Union Brewery, a dog-friendly brewery with a weekly trivia night, daily food trucks on site, and weekly live music events. Don’t miss the new Porchlight Brewing Company (formerly Twelve Rounds), serving exceptional brews in an industrial atmosphere.


4. …and coffee shops.

Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters Sacramento

Photo Courtesy of Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters

Since coffee is a daily necessity for many, there’s something special and downright convenient about having a favorite local coffee shop within reach. In addition to a number of Starbucks locations scattered throughout the neighborhood, East Sacramento has a few local gems, including Coffee Works, Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters, Pachamama Coffee Bar, and Tupelo Coffee & Roasting.


5. McKinley Park is its pride and joy.

McKinley Park Sacramento, CA

One of the most alluring amenities for East Sacramento residents is the 32-acre McKinley Park. It serves as a hub of community activity, from annual events to a simple stroll in the park. The Clunie Community Center is the site for a number of neighborhood events and even houses a branch of the Sacramento Library, known as McKinley Library. McKinley Park is also home to the McKinley Rose Garden, a small lake, a community pool, a playground, several horseshoe pits, baseball fields, soccer fields and tennis courts. Runners and walkers frequent the trails winding throughout this spacious and scenic park, and yogis enjoy free Saturday morning yoga classes held near the rose garden. This beautiful park located on the western edge of East Sacramento is an oasis for both recreation and relaxation.


6. Many things are within walking distance.

East Sacramento Real Estate

East Sacramento has one of the best Walk Scores in the city. Many residents are situated within walking distance of the area’s best attractions, including restaurants, shops, bars and other conveniences. Plus, a stroll or bike ride through the neighborhood is undeniably pleasant. East Sacramento boasts paved sidewalks, lush canopies of trees overhead, and beautiful landscaping all around. It was designed to be pedestrian-friendly. Not to mention, those homes we spoke of earlier are quite easy on the eye.


7. It isn’t far from downtown.

Downtown Sacramento

Professionals of all ages are realizing the draw of this Sacramento neighborhood situated just east of downtown. For those working in the city, East Sacramento is an ideal residential area to retreat to, as it maintains a convenient distance from the heart of the city. In fact, the center of East Sacramento is approximately 2.5 miles from the center of downtown. Many city commuters can travel from their garage to their office desk in under 20 minutes. Plus, the SacRT makes transportation even more simple and convenient for East Sacramento residents.


8. The community comes together with lots of events.

Pops in the Park East Sacramento, CA

Photo Courtesy of Steve Harriman via Pops in the Park

East Sacramento maintains a well-connected and engaged community, exemplified in the many events happening throughout the year. There are a few in particular that remain popular year after year. Pops in the Park is a free music series held at different parks each June, and Screen on the Green is a movie series held at various parks in the neighborhood throughout August. And Taste of East Sac is a celebration of the wonderful restaurants, breweries and wine in East Sacramento.


9. There are several great schools in the neighborhood.

Schools in East Sacramento

East Sacramento students are served by the Sacramento City Unified School District, which is one of the oldest K-12 districts in the western United States. East Sacramento is home to eight schools, providing a variety of options for residents to choose from. Two of the highest rated schools in the neighborhood are Phoebe A. Hearst Elementary School and Sutter Middle School.


10. It’s laid-back.

East Sacramento Real Estate

Although it is located near the busyness of downtown, there is an overwhelming sense of quiet living in East Sacramento. The laid-back feel of East Sac is felt especially while traveling along the tree-lined streets with light car traffic, relaxing on an outdoor patio at a local restaurant, or lying in the grass at one of the neighborhood’s many parks. The residential makeup of East Sacramento makes it feel like you’re miles and miles from the heart of a major city.


11. It has all the neighborhood conveniences you need.

Grocery Stores in East Sacramento

Sure, it’s fun to have local restaurants and coffee shops around the corner, but what happens when you run out of milk or sugar? After you check with your friendly neighbor, you can easily access the many necessities of life within the boundaries of East Sacramento. The neighborhood has a number of grocery stores such as Safeway and Trader Joe’s, drug stores like Rite Aid and CVS, and even a major hospital. Mercy General Hospital is conveniently located in the very center of East Sacramento for major emergencies or various treatments.


12. It’s filled with natural beauty throughout.

East Sacramento McKinley Park Rose Garden

In addition to the green space found at East Sac’s many parks, the neighborhood is teeming with natural beauty at every corner. Its lush, tree-lined streets showcase why Sacramento remains the region’s City of Trees. East Sac is known for its meticulous preservation of foliage in an otherwise developed region. There are over 35 species of trees lining the streets of East Sacramento, including deodar cedars, Dutch elms, mulberry, Chinese elm, sweetgum, red maple, and Japanese maples. Many tower overhead, dating back over 50 years, while others are newly planted, promising preservation and natural beauty in the area for several decades to come.


13. It’s very family-friendly.

Living in East Sacramento

While East Sacramento is welcoming and attractive to all, it is a pleasant place for families to call home. The strong sense of community, excellent local schools, convenient location, and renowned park make East Sacramento an idyllic place to raise a family.


Ready to join the ranks of those moving to East Sacramento?

Our agents know this neighborhood inside and out. They would be happy to help you find your dream home in East Sacramento — whether you’re looking for a simple starter home in a more affordable enclave or a long-term home in the heart of the iconic Fab Forties neighborhood.

Contact us if we may assist you with your home search in East Sacramento!

Category Neighborhood Guides, Real Estate, Sacramento

Holly Ragsdale

Holly is a content specialist for Lyon Real Estate, the leading independent real estate company in the greater Sacramento region. The Lyon blog focuses on community news + local events, as well as home inspiration + design trends. Enjoy!

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