Sacramento has become the fastest-growing city in California, thanks to its job opportunities in education, tourism, finance, and politics. As such, quality housing is in high demand in the state capital. While you might think the California housing market is too expensive, there are many great areas in and around Sacramento that are budget-friendly for people of all backgrounds. Here’s a closer look at some of the safest, most affordable neighborhoods in Sacramento!
- Hollywood Park
- Natomas Park
- Tahoe Park
- Willow Creek
Home Price: $287,250 median purchase price; $992 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: Safer than 51% of cities in California
Located in Eastern Sacramento, the College/Glen area benefits from access to the area’s light rail system and the Lincoln Highway, making it easy for commuters to get anywhere from Folsom to Downtown Sacramento.
College/Glen is home to parks like Glenbrook Park, Oki Park, and Granite Regional Park, all of which offer a variety of outdoor amenities for residents, including softball fields, basketball courts, and dog parks. The College Greens Swim & Racquet Club also serves as a popular neighborhood gathering place with swimming pools, sand volleyball courts, and tennis courts available for community members.
Home Price: $271,800 median purchase price; $993 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: Safer than 30% of cities in California
Recently listed as one of the “hottest real estate markets” in the country, Hollywood Park has enjoyed significant growth, thanks to its proximity to downtown amenities and businesses. With the Sacramento Zoo, William Land Golf Course and Funderland Amusement Park all located nearby, you’ll never run out of fun activities to enjoy!
Quick access to Downtown Sacramento serves as a major draw for local young professionals, with commutes often taking as little as 10 to 15 minutes. Naturally, this also creates even more opportunities for after-work fun, as the downtown area is home to the Sacramento Kings and the Cal Expo—site of the California State Fair.
The Hollywood Park neighborhood is also home to several restaurants that provide excellent international flavor. New Hong Kong Wok and Boba Cafe are popular choices for classic Chinese dishes, while the Mahoroba Japanese Bakery offers its own distinct menu of Japanese-style pastries and desserts.
Home Price: $285,950 median purchase price; $1,160 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: Safer than 67% of cities in California
As its name implies, Natomas Park is home to several parks, making it a highly walkable area for residents. Take advantage of the bike trail, playgrounds, sports fields, and picnic areas at North Natomas Community Park, or visit North Natomas Regional Park for its lake, dog parks, amphitheater, and seasonal farmers market. There are plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities in this Sacramento neighborhood!
The neighborhood is also home to top-rated schools like Heron School, Natomas Charter School, and Inderkum High School, as well as local community college ARC Natomas Center, so it’s a great place for families to settle down in the Sacramento area.
If you’re looking for good places to grab a bite in Natomas Park, check out the Mediterranean cuisine at Kabab & Grill, breakfast and brunch at The Waffle Experience, or Italian-inspired dishes at Bella Bru Cafe.
Home Price: $370,425 median purchase price; $1,070 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: Safer than 80% of cities in California
Pocket truly lives up to its name. Tucked between the Sacramento River and I-5 in a little “pocket” of the city, this Sacramento neighborhood features a diverse mix of apartments and single-family housing, making it an attractive location for families and young professionals alike.
The neighborhood is home to several good schools that anchor the community, including the tech-oriented School of Engineering & Sciences and John F. Kennedy High School, which is renowned for its “Small Learning Communities” that give students additional internship and learning opportunities to prepare them for specific career paths.
Home Price: $235,580 median purchase price; $1,226 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: Safer than 64% of cities in California
One of the best neighborhoods in Sacramento, Tahoe Park is named after a park located in the center of the area, which features playgrounds, barbecue facilities, sports fields, and swimming pools. Mae Fong Park, which is also located in the neighborhood, offers even more outdoor fun for residents with a disk golf course and jogging trails.
Residents have plenty of great restaurant options to choose from. Bacon & Butter offers fresh-baked goods and farm-to-table meals, while MoMo’s Meat Market offers delicious, no-frills barbecue. Pizza lovers will enjoy Milano Pizza, which creates a relaxed atmosphere with arcade games and TV sports.
Home Price: $303,200 median purchase price; $1,373 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: Safer than 85% of cities in California
If you love riverside sunsets, golfing, and other water activities, Willow Creek is one of the best places to live in Sacramento. With the Sacramento River running along the southern border of the neighborhood, boaters, jet skiiers, and fishers have easy access to the water, thanks to the River View Marina.
For those who prefer to stay on shore, Sand Cove Park offers a beach and nature area—the perfect place for digging in the sand or wading in the water. Shorebird Park is also a great riverfront destination with its picnic areas, play equipment and volleyball court.
While there are plenty of great homes in the area, the most desirable section of this neighborhood is the small, friendly community of Swallows Nest Country Club. Residents of this community can become members of the club and get access to its swimming pools, golf course, tennis courts, and more.
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