Lots of cool things are happening in West Sacramento, said Marty Swingle, broker/owner of Capital West Realty, Inc.
While many visitors are attracted to the community because of its proximity to downtown Sacramento and its restaurants, events and now the Golden1 Center, he said that “once people take a closer look, they find that West Sacramento is more than just location, location, location.”
For those looking for the “Live, Work, Play trifecta,” they’ll find it in West Sacramento, Swingle wrote in an email detailing all things good about West Sacramento.
There’s The Bridge District and the Brewery District with Bike Dog, Yolo Brew and Jackrabbit breweries. And there’s Raley Field, home of the River Cats and site of several special events.
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It’s just a short walk from Raley Field to The Barn, an outdoor space where there has already been a Ted Talk, several events and a Farmer’s Market, which will become a weekly event starting in the spring, Swingle said.
“Every Friday night you’ll find about 10 food trucks, a couple of bars, outdoor seating and live music at ‘Off The Grid.’”
That event has is popular with people from both sides of the river.
“Each time local leaders announce a cool new attraction or improvement, you know that there are already several more in the works,” he said.
“Ask anyone about where the cool things are happening and they will let you know that it’s the west side of the Sacramento River,” Swingle said.
Verna Sulpizio, CEO of the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, said a major attraction in West Sacramento is affordability.
“Whether buying a home or starting a business, affordability is at the top of the list - especially with housing prices,” she said.
Sulpizio, who became CEO in August, considers Tower Bridge the heart of Sacramento and West Sacramento part of the new downtown.
People can walk across the bridge to enjoy the amenities of Sacramento.
It’s also a friendly, small town with big city services, she said.
She likes the small-town feeling that’s obvious when she sees people she knows in the stores.
“Residents of West Sacramento are very proud of its heritage,” Swingle said. “We still have a strong sense of community and really care about our neighbors.”
Many improvements have been made throughout West Sacramento, he said. That includes the Disney Kaboom Park at Bryte Park, the relocation of the I Street Bridge, the upcoming Burgers and Brew restaurant and Devil May Care Ice Cream and the current “go-to restaurant,” Broderick.
It also includes improvements in The Bridge District (between the Tower Bridge and the Pioneer-Highway 50 Bridge) where The Barn is located.
Swingle also noted the opening of a new road that stretches from deep in Southport and connects to the new McGowan Bridge across the barge canal. It provides a new way for residents to get to and from the freeway and improves traffic flow.
Sulpizio said that “West Sacramento has a plethora of options when it comes to education.”
High schools offer students college credits; there are different charter and private school options as well as home school programs and the two-year college West Sacramento Center.
Sulpizio’s family moved to West Sacramento when she was 5 years old. After college, she worked for the West Sacramento Chamber for 10 years, took another job, then returned as CEO just last August.
Swingle and his wife, Barbara “Babs” Sandeen, moved to West Sacramento from Newport Beach in 2002. They quickly fell in love with the area, he said, and became involved in West Sacramento activities.
Swingle said that West Sacramento offers a wide variety of housing options - apartments, condominiums, attached homes, single-family homes on small lots, homes on large lots or with acreage and active senior communities.
People can live their entire lives in West Sacramento and many raise their families in the same neighborhoods where they grew up.
Currently there are 80 resale homes available ranging from $195,000 to $1,300,000 which confirms the diversity of housing options available, Swingle said.
The average listing price is $406,530.
“To show how brisk the real estate market really is, there have been 344 home sales in the past 6 months, ranging from $115,000 to $750,000, with a median price of $338,000 and 12 days on the market.
Aaron Laurel, West Sacramento economic development and housing director, said that two of West Sacramento’s biggest housing projects are Newport Meadows from Discovery Homes and built by Seeno Homes in the Southport area and GBD Promenade Developments on the west side of Southport. Grading is underway at for 222 homes at Promenade.
Discovery Homes/Seeno Homes’ Serenity Cove still has homes for sale, he said.
In the Riverfront area, the Washington Neighborhood has The Good Project from Bardis Homes. It was started in 2007, halted during the recession and is now building again. It has 27 single-family, three-story, detached homes.
The Bridge District has The Moderns at Eames Walk from Fulcrum Properties. It’s the next phase of Park Moderns, Laurel said.
Affordable or workforce homes are underway at West Gateway Place with 77 family units. The mixed-use project will have ground-floor retail.
“We are focusing on the riverfront and West Sacramento as part of the downtown core,” Laurel said.
That includes many cool attractions.
Tinka Davi is a freelance writer and editor based in Folsom.
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Cruising on the river
A proposal to dock cruise ships in the Port of West Sacramento for an NBA All Star Game has not been finalized, but the possibility opens some opportunities.
People will get to see what the area has to offer, said Marty Swingle, broker/owner of Capital West Realty, Inc. With the range of businesses and entertainment options, they’ll see that West Sacramento is a destination for fun.
“The port as well as city leaders are all behind this idea and Kings management have included this proposal in their bid package to host the All Star games in Sacramento,” he said.
The suggestion to accommodate basketball fans aboard cruise ships is being explored as an alternative to hotel rooms because Sacramento doesn’t have enough rooms for the expected visitors and there isn’t enough time to build hotels.
Verna Sulpizio, CEO of the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce said the proposal isn’t surprising.
“West Sacramento is known for doing unique and creative things and this idea would fall into line with that. It would not surprise me to support something on the other side of the river,” she said.
“We create parameters and infrastructure for people to come in and do cool stuff. That's why we have three different breweries and The Barn sitting on the river,” she said. “Really cool, creative people come to West Sacramento to make it happen.”
– Tinka Davi