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Community Profile: In Arden Arcade, neighborhoods are known by names

By Tinka Davi

The American River Parkway is popular with cyclists, runners and walkers.
The American River Parkway is popular with cyclists, runners and walkers.

Realtor Barbara Lebrecht likes the way Sacramentans identify with their parks and neighborhoods.

It’s not uncommon to tell people where they live, and it’s not by the street, but by the neighborhood or park - Tahoe Park, Land Park, Curtis Park, Hollywood Park, Woodlake, Colonial Heights and Alkali Flat.

Sacramento County has taken note of this, she said, and has created a way to identify these neighborhoods and unincorporated areas.

“In recent years, a program organized by County Supervisor Susan Peters and the Sacramento Association of Realtors has started to identify individual neighborhoods and communities on the street signs,” she said.

Peters said the feedback is positive from residents, neighborhood associations and Realtors and is probably one of the most popular projects she initiated as a member of the Board of Supervisors.

“The effort began as a pilot project in 2008 intended to build neighborhood identity,” Peters said. “With help from the Sacramento Association of Realtors and cooperation from several neighborhood associations, we applied the identification to seven well-established and distinct neighborhoods.”

(See sidebar on page 6F for the list of neighborhoods.)

“The popularity of identifying neighborhoods on street signs can be attributed to neighborhood pride and a sense of community. It can reinforce neighborhood awareness and build volunteerism through activities like neighborhood watch,” Peters said.

“Our County Executive Nav Gill is a strong supporter of the identification effort so I expect the trend to expand will occur elsewhere in the unincorporated area.”

During a phone conversation, Lebrecht listed several amenities in Arden Arcade that appeal to residents and homebuyers. They include the style of architecture of the homes, the mature landscaping in the neighborhoods and San Juan Unified School District.

“The area is very comfortable,” she said.

Arden Arcade has some great architecture styles from the 1950s but without the price of midtown, she said. Renters from that area move to Arden Arcade because of the attractive, affordable prices and the home styles which are similar to midtown.

The commute to jobs downtown or in Natomas also is easy. Drivers can take surface streets to either Interstate 80 or Highway 50.

People like the easy access to the American River, the golf courses and several places to eat, she said.

“Younger homebuyers like the walkability and access to nature’s amenities like the river and bike trails.”

Arden-Arcade schools are within the San Juan Unified School District. Three schools have a rating of 9 from GreatSchools: Winston Churchill Middle School and James R. Cowan Fundamental and Mariemont elementary schools. Arden Middle School has a rating of 8.

The resale market is at the end of “the summer bump,” Lebrecht said. But looking at median home prices, there still is competition in the market.

Homes under $340,000 will get multiple offers. She encourages buyers to use a professional, identify where they want to live and make an offer.

“Arden Arcade is always a favorite of mine to sell,” Lebrecht said.

“It offers a wide array of housing opportunities for all buyer types.”

On the low end of this year’s sales is a $67,000 condominium. On the high end, is a $2.7 million-dollar estate near the American River on the southern tip of the community.

The Arden Arcade area is primarily three zip codes: 95821, 95825 and parts of 95864, Lebrecht said.

The current median price hovers at $315,000 for the area and there are just under 180 active, on-market listings for sale.

Tinka Davi is a freelance writer and editor based in Folsom.


Where: East of Downtown Sacramento

Size: Approximately 19 square miles

Population: Approximately 92,844

Government: County Board of Supervisors

County: Sacramento

Name that neighborhood

Sacramento County Supervisor Susan Peters was instrumental in launching a project to identify neighborhoods. With help from the Sacramento Association of Realtors, the project began in 2008 in Arden Arcade.

Peters sent an email highlighting progress of the project which began with identifying seven well-established, distinct neighborhoods: four in Arden Arcade (Arden Oaks, Arden Park, Sierra Oaks Vista and Wilhaggin); two in Carmichael (Carmichael Colony and Carmichael Creek) and one that’s in both Carmichael and Arden Arcade (Mission Oaks North).

“Due to the popularity of having the names on the street signs, starting around 2013 at my urging the Department of Transportation began adding other neighborhood designations to street signs as they were replaced through normal maintenance,” she said. “Those areas were identified with help of the Realtors and were exclusively for neighborhoods in the Third Supervisorial District.”

The areas were Arden Manor, Barrett Hills, Beyerford Heights, Bird Tract, Bohemian Heights, Cameron Ranch, Crestview, Curragh Downs, Del Campo, Del Dayo, Del Dayo Riviera, Del Norte, Fair Oaks Village, Foothill Farms, Garden of the Gods, Maddox Ranch, Mapel Hills, North Highlands, Phoenix Field, Rollingwood, Shelfield Estates, Stollwood, and Sierra Oaks.”

In 2015, three additional neighborhoods in Arden Arcade were added - Del Paso Manor, Cottage Park and Creekside.

As signs were replaced due to wear, new neighborhoods were added.

“Through the maintenance replacement program a total of 667 intersections/corners have been changed out since 2013,” Peters said.

– Tinka Davi