10 Reasons Why East Sacramento is a Great Place to Live
December 18, 2020

10 Reasons Why East Sacramento is a Great Place to Live

With its tree-canopied streets, family-friendly neighborhoods and ample entertainment options, it’s no wonder East Sacramento is one of the most desirable areas in town! Well-kept historic homes, many built for the city’s movers and shakers in the early part of the 20th century, define much of the area. But there are also plenty of modest starter homes, contemporary townhomes and new construction as well.

With a quick commute to downtown Sacramento (either by car or by bicycle!), it’s not surprising that many people priced out of the Bay Area housing market are instead deciding to plant roots in East Sacramento. Following are some other reasons why East Sacramento (or East Sac, as the locals call it) is a great place to live!



1. Incredible Homes

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 1930s and 1940s. 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. Taking a drive down one of these streets around the holidays will immerse you in a sparkling winter wonderland, with lights strung across the streets and larger-than-life holiday displays. Some residents even hand out hot chocolate!

Click here to see today’s newest homes in East Sacramento.

2. Amazing Restaurants

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 CafeOneSpeed 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

SacYard Community Tap House

Plus, East Sacramento has its fair share of breweries, where you can stop by for a post-dinner drink. Visit Tower Brewing Company, a dog-friendly brewery with a weekly trivia night, daily food trucks on site, and weekly live music events. Don’t miss Porchlight Brewing Company, serving exceptional brews in an industrial atmosphere. SacYard Community Tap House serves a wide selection of brews from local breweries (plus wine!), and has cozy fire pits, cornhole, food trucks and special events like maker’s marts and live music.


4. …and Coffee Shops
Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters Sacramento

Photo courtesy Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters

Coffee is a daily necessity for many, and 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 Temple Coffee Roasters.


5. Plenty of Parks


McKinley Park Rose Garden Sacramento

McKinley Park Rose Garden

East Sacramento is dotted with small community parks, most with play structures for the kids and wide open fields for sports and picnicking. But the jewel of the area is the 32-acre McKinley Park. It features a small duck pond, a community pool, an expansive playground, tennis courts and playing fields, as well as the McKinley Rose Garden, a fragrant, colorful spot to admire the blooms or just sit back and relax. The park is a community hub, with the Clunie Community Center home to special events and the McKinley Library. Runners and walkers frequent the trail circling around this spacious and scenic park, and yogis enjoy free Saturday morning yoga classes held near the rose garden.


6. It’s Walkable…and Bikeable

American River Bike Trail

East Sacramento has one of the best Walk Scores in the city. Many homes are situated within walking distance of the area’s best attractions, including restaurants, shops, bars and other conveniences. Plus, there’s nothing like a stroll through the neighborhood on a weekend afternoon. East Sacramento boasts paved sidewalks, leafy trees and beautiful landscaping. It also has one of the best bike scores in Sacramento, with ample bike lanes and bike racks at most businesses, plus access to the American River Bike Trail at its eastern border near California State University, Sacramento, one of the best paved bike trails in the area.


7. It’s Close to 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. Community Events
Pops in the Park East Sacramento, CA

Photo courtesy Steve Harriman/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. Great Schools
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. Public schools include Theodore Judah ElementaryPhoebe A. Hearst Elementary School and David Lubin Elementary, while secondary schools include Sutter Middle School and Kit Carson International Academy, an International Baccalaureate middle and high school. There are also many private schools in the area.


10. Boutique Shopping

Photo courtesy The Kitchen Table

Of course, East Sacramento has its share of run-of-the-mill grocery stores and pharmacies. But it also has a growing number of independent shops selling all varieties of unique goods. If you’re looking for a gift, swing by The Kitchen Table, which has cute and quirky home goods and gourmet foods. Or pick up local honey at The Bee Box (and be sure to spy the bee hole on the side of the building, where store-kept bees buzz in and out). Summer Porch is the go-to spot for farmhouse decor and everything shabby-chic, plus locally-made home goods and vintage tableware.


Call East Sacramento Home

With family-friendly outdoor activities, world-class dining and fun community events, it’s no wonder East Sacramento is consistently ranked as one of the top neighborhoods in Sacramento. Plus, no matter what type of home you’re looking for, whether it be a grand historic estate or a brand-new townhome, you’ll find it in East Sac. Bottom line: East Sacramento is a great place to live!

Category Neighborhood Guides, Real Estate, Sacramento

Elizabeth Penney

Elizabeth Penney is a content writer for Lyon Real Estate and the Lyon Local blog. A Sacramento native with a marketing background, she shares her insider knowledge on restaurants, attractions and outdoor activities throughout the greater Sacramento area and beyond.