No matter what you’re looking for, Sacramento is the place to be!
The reality: Bay Area real estate is among the priciest in the world. The other reality? Between working from home at least sometimes, outposts in non-San Francisco cities and, simply, being open to commuting longer distances, more and more families are looking outside the traditional San Francisco suburbs circle—and they’re searching Sacramento. Many are even picking up and moving, and searching for some new when they land — they love the lifestyle and the cost of living, so they’re happy to take the leap.
About 90 miles from downtown San Francisco, Sacramento offers access, amenities and amazing big city life, some quality schools, tons of young families and tons of opportunities to be part of a world-class community. Some other reasons to consider Sacramento?
Entertainment in Arm’s Reach
While some Sacramento residents head to San Francisco for special occasions and live entertainment, you really don’t need to. There’s so much happening here that getting out—whether it’s a date night or day with the kids—is easy. Right in the city you’ll find the Sacramento Theatre Company, B Street Theater, live music hotspot Ace of Spades, Sacramento Ballet and tons of movie theaters, for starters. And there’s plenty of fun for kids, too, with youth sports, activities, and local attractions like the Sacramento Children’s Museum, the California State Railroad Museum and Fairytale Town.
There’s nothing to stop you from hitting up a Golden State Warriors game on occasion, but the whole family can also support the local team, the Sacramento Kings, in their new stadium, with less hassle. Kings tickets are a fraction of the price of Warriors tickets, too—bonus!
And if you aren’t a basketball fan? The stadium also hosts concerts and kids programming, including Disney on Ice.
Fine dining isn’t confined to San Francisco. Downtown and Midtown Sacramento boast tons of amazing eateries, including local faves like Beast and Bounty, Echo, and Rig.
Sacramento also offers easy access to great weekend trips, from jaunts to wine country to summer and winter family excursions in nearby Lake Tahoe. Plus, family and friends will want to visit you for a relaxing weekend away from San Francisco, now that you have room to host guests.
Stunning homes and tree-lined streets are not hard to come by in Sacramento, and there are several idyllic neighborhoods featuring beautiful architecture, from cute bungalows to cottage styles, along with mature landscaping, including expansive lawns and tall trees. You’ll also find new construction, featuring clean lines, block architecture feel and mid-century modern touches.
The Best of Urban and Suburban
Neighborhoods like East Sacramento and Land Park are packed with homes ideal for raising kids, with city amenities in walking distance. In many ways, this is the perfect transition—Sacramento neighborhoods can truly feel like a suburban getaway right in a big city, ideal for many families trying to strike a balance.
And Then There’s the REAL Suburbs
That said, Sacramento is a city, with just over 500,000 residents. Although it’s smaller and less crowded than San Francisco, you may still want the “real” suburbs—and Sacramento has those, too. Here, you’ll find dozens of commutable suburbs with top-ranking schools, access to Sacramento and San Francisco and a desirable sense of community families crave.
If that sounds like you, check out the gorgeous lake views in El Dorado Hills, the green spaces in Elk Grove, family-friendly recreation in Folsom and park-like properties in Granite Bay. Rocklin was named “the best place to raise a family in Placer County,” and Rosewood offers gorgeous properties for a fraction of the price of San Francisco. Check out this school ranking for some spots to score A+ schools in the Sacramento suburbs.
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