Irene Lara has lived in three homes — all in Land Park.
The first was with her parents who moved to the community in 1963. She later moved into her second home and is now is settled in her third home.
“It’s very convenient. I live between my parent’s home and Sacramento City College.”
That’s where she taught English, German and English as a second language. She’s now retired.
She liked being close to her parents and close to work.
“I didn’t want any kind of commute,” she said.
Lara volunteers with the Mercy Guild at Mercy General Hospital where she was born.
“I’ve always been a downtown girl.”
She’s fond of Land Park for its many amenities that include the Sacramento Zoo, Fairytale Town, Funderland, jogging trails and William Land Park.
The park is the centerpiece of the community, said Trey Bonetti of Cook Realty who grew up in Curtis Park and has lived in Land Park since the mid-’90s.
“William Land Park is wonderful,” he said.
The park has play and picnic areas, amphitheater, basketball court, softball and soccer fields, lakes and the nine-hole William Land Golf Course.
And it has a wonderful monument dedicated to World War I soldiers that’s part of the park’s history, Bonetti said. He sent a copy of a hand-written document that says that the bronze victory eagle was unveiled in 1926 by the Sacramento Women’s Council.
The park is the site of several activities, Lara said. They include charity runs, Doggie Dash, Labor Day picnics, bicycle rides and more. Her photo was featured in The Bee showing her celebrating her 40th birthday by doing a Zoo Run in the park.
Other popular attractions in the area include the Old City Cemetery with Saturday morning tours guided by docents in 1850s garb. Breweries are in nearby Oak Park.
Lara likes being close to the Tower Theatre, Raley’s, Sprouts, Taylors Market and the Sunday Farmers Market. Freeport Bakery, Vic’s Ice Cream and Vic’s Café are also nearby.
Land Park is conveniently located. Residents can hop on Light Rail to go downtown and there's easy access to the freeways I-5, Highway 50, I-80 and 99.
Lara enjoys going to the theater downtown.
And she is close to the E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts, known as CLARA, on N Street, where she takes French lessons at the Alliance Francaise de Sacramento.
Walking and visiting neighbors are favorite pastimes in Land Park.
“It’s a very dog-friendly community,” Lara said, though, sadly, her Jack Russell Terrier named Perry Como recently passed.
Dog owners trade dog walking and other dog-caring duties, she said.
“It’s a very congenial community where people have personal relationships. That’s part of my home’s value.”
On walks she sees many acquaintances including a young man who she knew as a child. She knew his parents too. He was typical of people who return to their family neighborhood, she said.
“Once in a while I run into someone who says, ‘Oh, you went to junior high school with me.’”
Lara said home values are very good with many people buying homes and remodeling them.
“We’re getting more million dollar homes in the area.”
Some residents are adding second stories or room extensions. And several homeowners are converting lawns into water-saving landscapes and adding front-yard patios.
It’s a diverse community with churches of different faiths, people employed in a variety of fields and all ages.
“We’ve had a baby boom recently. It’s just wonderful to see babies and older people.”
Realtor Bonetti is familiar with the area including Hollywood Park, Curtis Park, Tahoe Park, Oak Park - all the parks, he said.
Land Park’s mix of home styles were built in the ‘20s, 30s and 40s, he said.
Resale homes in the 95818 ZIP code, which includes Land Park, Curtis Park and part of downtown, range in price from $279,000 to $1.1 million.
“The great thing about Land Park is that, if somebody wants to start out, there are areas and sub areas where they can buy a home and then work their way into the heart of Land Park,” he said.
“They can start in Hollywood Park, Tahoe Park or Oak Park where they can get their feet wet in home ownership and get the feel of hardwood floors, fireplaces and the architecture.”
There’s a lot to like in Land Park. It’s attractive, first for the quality of construction, the architecture and the mature trees, Bonetti said.
“Secondarily, Land Park has held its value very well even during the major downtown that we had recently.”
People like living in the friendly, well-established neighborhood.
Tinka Davi is a freelance writer and editor based in Folsom.
Where: south of downtown Sacramento
Population: Land Park: 7,183; South Land Park: 8,354
Government: Sacramento City Council
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