Bill Naddy and his wife, Susan Harrington, are like most homeowners when they retire. They chose to stay in the community they’ve lived in for years. But, unlike other retirees, they upsized to a larger home. And they wanted stairs.
“When we retired we needed more space,” Naddy said. “We wanted a view and better lighting for our vegetable garden. And we wanted a two-story house. We always lived in one-story homes.”
They’d been living in a West Sacramento home for about 18 years. It was a 10-minute commute to their jobs downtown, about 20 minutes by bicycle.
“When we were looking for this house, the first thing we wanted was to stay in West Sacramento. We’re impressed with the mayor, council, staff and are happy in this town.”
West Sacramento’s appeal is a blend of its location in the center of the region, its amenities and activities and being a small town, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon said.
There’s a mix of people - some who move within the city, some who move from Sacramento and some from other areas who hear about the city, he said.
“We have beautiful neighborhoods that have created a sense of community since day one.”
The Bridge District is a pioneering neighborhood, he said. Housing includes the Park Moderns with single-family townhomes, Habitat luxury apartments and Rivermark affordable apartments.
Fulcrum Properties is developing the next phase, the Moderns at Eames Walk, single-family townhomes now under construction. Also planned are additional apartments.
Fulcrum is building out the core of housing at Garden Park in The Bridge District and The Barn project.
On the north side of Tower Bridge, fronting on River Walk in The Bridge District is an urban beach project with housing units. There will be sand, beach chairs and umbrellas.
“It’s a cool concept,” Cabaldon said.
There are small projects in the Southport area of West Sacramento and new housing from the Broderick area to the Bridge District, Cabaldon said.
Southport single-family projects under construction or planned include Serenity Cove, Newport Meadows and the Promenade.
What is destined to become a major attraction is The Barn in The Bridge District.
“The Barn is one of the icons of the region,” Cabaldon said. “It’s exciting.”
It’s unique in design and will have food, entertainment and music. It should open this summer, he said.
“The building is very complicated. It was designed by an artist, not by a builder. They’re fabricating a large sculpture.”
The Barn will be 8,000 square feet in size and be anchored by two pods under its uniquely shaped canopy.
The renovation of the old firehouse at the foot of the I Street Bridge is another project that’s nearing completion.
The firehouse was built in the 1930s as part of the New Deal and served as a firehouse, then a police station. It lay dormant for about 20 years until D&S Development took it over. The company is restoring the firehouse with a restaurant on the ground floor and a banquet facility on the second.
Realtor Andrew Kerch of Lyon Real Estate said homeowners like the city’s proximity to downtown, the freeways, hospitals and UC Davis.
“It’s close to everything that’s happening.”
Homes have value, he said. People can buy a larger home for less compared to homes in Land Park and East Sacramento.
Buyers also like activities for all ages.
“Little League in West Sacramento is huge,” he said. Plus the city offers gymnastics, soccer and karate. “There are lots of activities for kids and, with the Bridge District coming, more activities for adults.”
A lot of young, urban couples who are just starting families like West Sacramento.
However, inventory is low with just 64 listings. Homes move fast, he said.
Prices range from $130,000 to $1,300,000. There’s everything from condominiums and cluster homes to homes on acreage, he said.
West Sacramento’s location appeals to Naddy and Harrington.
“One of the nice things is that you don’t have to get on the freeway,” Naddy said. “Take the ramp on and off and you’re downtown. Or you can go over Tower Bridge, the old route into Sacramento before Highway 50.”
While many residents work downtown, The Bridge District is one of the major job producers in West Sacramento.
Others are food-related businesses, every step in the industry from research to manufacturing and distribution. It’s like a world market. International companies include Germany’s Bayer CropScience, Japan’s Nippon Shokken and Norway’s TOMRA Sorting Solutions. U.S. food businesses include Raley’s corporate offices, Nor Cal Beverage and Tony’s Fine Foods.
Chando’s Tacos, known for its food trucks and taco stands, is opening a restaurant in West Sacramento.
And Revision Brewery Company is coming to West Sacramento. It’s part of the city’s beer district which includes Jackrabbit Brewing, Yolo Brewing Company and Bike Dog Brewing Company. Revision and Rubicon Brewing are opening tap rooms.
Naddy and Harrington live in the Southport area near bike paths and trails and have a view of a pond with a park around it.
They’re pleased with their larger home.
“We have an exercise room and a guest suite where people can stay for a longer period of time.”
They’re busy in their retirement. Naddy rows with a club at the Port of West Sacramento. Harrington does triathlons.
“There’s a wonderful place for training at the West Sacramento Recreation Center pool,” Naddy said.
West Sacramento and San Francisco and are part of the network of Age-Friendly Communities, Cabaldon said.
“In the past cities had senior centers with activities all day long. We still have those, but today’s seniors have a wide diversity of interests on how they want to spend their retirement years,” he said.
“We have a lot more seniors who want to volunteer, do sports and extreme sports and we are looking at how to make the whole city senior-friendly. Today’s seniors want a range of options.”
West Sacramento’s aim is to be one of the places where people want to live their whole life, he said.
Naddy and Harrington are plugged into that idea.
Tinka Davi is a freelance writer and editor based in Folsom.
Where: 1 mile west of downtown Sacramento
Size: 23 square miles
Government: mayor-council-city manager
The Community Profiles spotlight Sacramento-area cities and neighborhoods weekly. This schedule is subject to change:
▪ Rocklin, May 14
▪ Rancho Murieta, May 21
▪ Campus Commons, May 28
▪ Cameron Park, June 4
▪ Gold River, June 11
▪ Carmichael, June 18
▪ East Sacramento, June 25
▪ Elk Grove/Laguna, July 2
▪ El Dorado Hills, July 9
▪ Sierra Oaks, July 16
▪ Land Park, July 23
▪ Folsom, July 30
▪ Woodland, Aug. 6
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