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Community Profile: Arden Arcade has quiet neighborhoods with easy freeway access

By Tinka Davi

William B. Pond Recreation Area is part of the American River Parkway, which runs along the southern border of Arden Arcade community.
William B. Pond Recreation Area is part of the American River Parkway, which runs along the southern border of Arden Arcade community.

Jacqui Crabtree is among the newer residents of Arden Arcade. She bought there just a year ago and likes the older homes and the quiet neighborhoods.

“You get more bang for the buck - a bigger home for less money,” said Crabtree, who moved from East Sacramento.

She had looked at other areas in the region, but selected Arden.

“It’s easy to get on the freeway,” said Crabtree, who travels to the four Strands Salons she owns in Natomas, East Sacramento, Davis and Elk Grove.

She’s lived in the Sacramento area since 2003.

She didn’t look for a specific Arden neighborhood.

“I was open to all; it was more about the house.”

It’s a 2,000-square foot home that’s been updated and has a bigger yard than her previous home.

She likes being close to the American River Parkway where she enjoys walking and biking.

“Arden is a great area, lovely, quiet and peaceful with neighbors who have lived there a long time.”

Her Realtor, Leigh Rutledge, broker associate with Dunnigan Realtors, said that people like Arden Arcade because of the access to downtown and the freeways.

“It’s not downtown, but close in,” she said.

Residents also like the home styles and school district.

Homes in Arden were built in the ’50s and ’60s and are early ranch style and mid-century modern with nice hardwood floors and other features, Rutledge said.

“There’s more space for the same money and, in the last few years, remodeling has taken off,” she said.

“Schools are in the San Juan (Unified) School District and I sell a lot of homes to young families because of that.”

James Cowan Fundamental, Del Dayo and Mariemont elementary and Winston Churchill Middle schools all have a GreatSchools rating of nine.

The Arcade branch of the Sacramento Public Library was established in 1941; the Arden-Dimick branch opened in 1946. Other branches are nearby.

“Many people are employed by the state and work downtown, others own shops in the Arden area,” Rutledge said.

There also are doctors, who live close to the hospitals, and attorneys.

“Young families are moving in,” she said. “Many are relocating to affordable first-time-homebuyer neighborhoods. There are several good places to start out.”

Young people want a nice home, she said.

“They’re the minimalists who don’t want a large home, but they want yards.”

Currently, 179 homes and condominiums are on the market and range from $87,500 for a one-bedroom condominium up to $5.5 million, which Rutledge describes as a huge high-end home.

“There’s truly every price range and lots to choose from with access to shopping.”

Nearby are Loehman’s Plaza, Arden Fair Mall, Pavilions and Town and Country Village.

“It’s easy to get out and shop and eat out,” she said. “And with the parkway, people can exercise or walk the dog.”

As Crabtree said, “Arden Arcade is a great area.”

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


Where: East of downtown Sacramento

Size: Approximately 19 square miles

Population: Approximately 108,000

Government: Board of Supervisors

County: Sacramento


Arden Arcade has between 29 and 36 named neighborhoods, according to different maps of the area. The goal is to identify them on street signs in Arden and other communities in District 3, which is represented by Susan Peters, Sacramento County Supervisor.

It’s a joint effort of Peters and the Sacramento Association of Realtors.

According to Howard Schmidt, chief of staff to Supervisor Peters, Sacramento County had a pilot project where names of seven neighborhoods were installed on street signs.

They included four in Arden Arcade (Arden Oaks, Arden Park, Sierra Oaks Vista and Wilhaggin); two in Carmichael (Carmichael Colony and Carmichael Creek) and another neighborhood that falls in both Carmichael and Arden Arcade (Mission Oaks North).

Last year, the county installed the names for two additional Arden Arcade neighborhoods: Del Paso Manor and Cottage Park.

“Because street signs endure wear and tear due to the sun, the reflective coating can decline which necessitates sign replacement by our Department of Transportation,” Schmidt wrote in an email.

“In those instances where signs need to be replaced, SACDOT is adding neighborhood names . . . within the Third Supervisorial District including Arden Arcade, Carmichael and Fair Oaks.”

When current signs become defective, they will be replaced.

Neighborhoods that will be added as signs are replaced are six in Arden Arcade (Arden Manor, Byerford Heights, Bohemian Heights, Del Norte, Garden of the Gods and Sierra Oaks, nine in Carmichael, six in Fair Oaks plus signs in North Highlands and Foothill Farms, Schmidt said.

Some neighborhoods in Arden Arcade were named for the developers’ subdivision; others were named for streets. They include one called Dunmovin (on the county record it’s Dunmovin Heights) so named because people who bought homes there were done moving.

– Tinka Davi


The Community Profiles spotlight Sacramento-area cities and neighborhoods weekly. This schedule is subject to change:

  • Rancho Cordova, Aug. 27
  • Citrus Heights, Sept. 3
  • Greenhaven/Pocket, Sept. 10
  • Downtown Sacramento, Sept. 17
  • Tahoe Park, Sept. 24
  • Antelope, Oct. 1
  • Roseville, Oct. 8
  • Cameron Park, Oct. 15
  • Gold River, Oct. 22
  • East Sacramento, Oct. 29
  • Lincoln, Nov. 5
  • Fair Oaks, Nov. 12
  • West Sacramento, Nov. 19
  • Grass Valley, Nov. 26
  • Rocklin, Dec. 3
  • Auburn, Dec. 10
  • Placerville, Dec. 17


Julie Robledo, resale homes,

(916) 321-1295, jrobledo@sacbee.com

Roger Tafoya, new homes,

(916) 321-1373, rtafoya@sacbee.com