Luxury condominiums and lofts, historic Victorians and charming bungalows are all part of the residential options in Downtown Sacramento, known as one of the most affordable downtown residential cities on the West Coast of the United States. Its 66 square-blocks are easily navigated on foot, by car or public transportation and contain a wealth of entertainment and cultural activities. Famous for its inner-city bike path system that’s one of the best in the Western U.S., the downtown core also offers plenty of public parking and is a center of the region’s most desirable dining, shopping, entertainment and cultural venues.
A sub-area of downtown, nestled between central Sacramento and “East Sac,” is the historical district known locally as Midtown has become the hip arts and cultural bull’s eye of Sacramento. There’s even a winery here amidst the boutiques, bars, clubs and trendy eateries. On the second Saturday of each month, its Art Walk draws hundreds of the city’s residents. As a residential neighborhood, Midtown is a progressive community offering ethnic, economic and architectural diversity. Its Victorian homes are a mainstay, while upscale lofts have recently found their place. The district is also pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly. Contiguous bike lanes and paths connect to the American River Parkway, and public transit consists of Sacramento Regional Transit District light-rail lines running down R Street connecting the neighborhood to the metropolitan area and bus lines serving the central city.
One of the city’s most sought-after neighborhoods, as shown by the notable appreciation in home prices relative to their size, East Sacramento offers a magic formula of convenience, quality of life and a strong sense of community. The district is also benefiting from the increasing popularity of adjacent Midtown, with all of the cultural and entertainment activities it has to offer. East Sac residents also enjoy easy access via bike, walking and public transportation to increasingly popular and vibrant Midtown and all of the entertainment, shopping and cultural amenities it offers. The area’s strong sense of community is fostered by its schools, abundant social and recreational activities and sense of security.
Thirty-two acre McKinley Park is a major attraction of the neighborhood. Its Clunie Community Center is home to a branch of the Sacramento Public Library. The popular park also hosts a small lake, impressive rose garden, several tennis courts and other recreational opportunities.