Land Park, one of Sacramento’s best neighborhoods:
Land Park is one of Sacramento’s most well established and desirable neighborhoods, with mature trees and spacious streets, located just a bicycle ride south of downtown, with plenty of classic homes and quiet neighborhoods built around its signature park and natural isthmus where the XYZ river bends.
Land Park neighborhoods and location:
Land Park encompasses many great neighborhoods that are always popular among homebuyers, including South Land Park Hills with Reichmuth Park, Cooledge Park, and Argonaut Park, as well as Curtis Park, Greenhaven, and The Pocket areas. Land Park sits south of Broadway, with Sutterville Road to the south, Interstate 5 to the east and Freeport Boulevard on the east.
Real estate and homes for sale in Land Park:
With plenty of long time residents, even spanning several generations, homes for sale in Land Park hold their values and move quickly when they hit the market. The median sales price is now $537,500, precipitously higher than the median for Sacramento. That represents a 7.7% increase in values year-to-year. But the great news for Land Park home buyers is that that almost no one gets priced out of that neighborhood, thanks to the diversity of real estate – duplexes, halfplexes, condos, smaller ranch style homes, and sprawling two story custom homes. Homes for sale in Land Park sell for 101.4% of list price, representing the high demand to live in that neighborhood.
William Land Park:
Of course the area of Land Park is named for its green jewel, William Land Park.
The 166-acre park was a posthumous gift from William Land, who donated the land in his passing mandate, “to purchase a public park within a suitable distance of Sacramento to be used as a recreation spot for the children and a pleasure ground for the poor.”
The result was William Land Park, designed in the 1920’s with picnic areas, 3 ponds stocked with fish for fishermen, baseball diamonds like Dooley Field, soccer fields, basketball courts, a 3.4 mile jogging course, and a golf course, as well as outdoor amphitheaters and performance areas for live music, plays, and events. The park includes Sacramento’s first golf course, a 9-hole public course built in 1924 and named to honor William Land, as well.
About William Land, the man:
All of this was possible thanks to William Land, a local hotelier and businessman and community leader who helped Sacramento grow during its early years. But Land actually was born to a poor family in New York State in 1836, working his way out of indentured servitude to a farmer, before putting himself through college and eventually making his way west to California in 1960. During his life in Sacramento, Land not only succeeded at his business interests but gave generously to the poor and disenfranchised in his city, donating half a million dollars. But Land’s charitable gifts didn’t end with his passing in 1911, as he left $250,000 of his estate for a public park and $200,000 more to help the city’s poor.
Great schools in Land Park:
Many of Land Park’s eight high schools, four middle schools, and 22 elementary schools are rated very well, including Crocker-Riverside Elementary School, two private K-through-eight schools, Holy Spirit and Brookfield, California Middle School, and McClatchy High School. Sacramento City College, a 2-year college with an annual enrollment of over 25,000 students, also is located in Land Park.
The neighborhood is also home to the Land Park Academy, a well-known school for children and young adults with Autism or Asperger’s disorders.
Dining and drinking in Land Park:
The Tower Café on Broadway, Vic’s Ice Cream (established in 1947), Dad’s Kitchen Jamie’s Restaurant, the Riverside Clubhouse, and the Freeport Bakery (serving the area for 25 years), are all favorite eateries and watering holes for Land Park residents.
The Taste of Land Park is a food and wine festival that takes place every June, and Land Park is also host to the Land Park Farmers Market, selling fresh regional fruit, produce, and goodies every Sunday at 4001 21st street.
Land Park attractions for the whole family:
There is plenty of culture in the neighborhood with the Shakespeare Festival gracing the William Carroll Amphitheatre every summer since the late 1960s, showing productions of Romeo And Juliet and As You Like it.
Land Park is also a haven for fun-loving kids, Funderland entertaining gleeful children and families since 1959, Fairytale Town, and the Sacramento Zoo with its 140 native, exotic, and even endangered animals.
Famous Land Park residents:
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy was raised in Land Park and lived there until his court appointment.
Phil Angelides, former California State Treasurer and 2006 gubernatorial nominee, was a Land Park resident.
Charles Calderon, California State Legislator, lived in Land Park.
Some of the members of the great local band, the Deftones, are from Land Park.
Joan Didion, famous writer and author, grew up in Land Park.
Robert Fong, Sacramento City Councilmember from the 4th district, lived in Land Park.
Anne Rudin, former Sacramento Mayor, was a Land Park resident.
Jimmie Yee, Sacramento County Supervisor and former Sacramento Mayor, lived in Land Park.
Things you didn’t know about Land Park:
When a young William Land first made his way to Sacramento by way of San Francisco, he only had three dollars to his name so he walked whole way to save the cost of transportation.
Sir Mix-A-Lot sang about Land Park in his 1992 rap song, "A Rapper's Reputation".
In the 1860s, the area where Land Park now sits served as a military camp called Camp Union.
Local residents so love their neighborhoods, that about 90 people have joined the Land Park Volunteer Corps, which trims shrubs and bushes, plants flowers, clears ponds, and helps in other beautification projects.
Famous architect Joe Eichler expanded his architecture practice from the Bay Area in 1955, building 60 modern homes. But at the time, the ultra modern designs weren’t widely accepted, so he abandoned the project with many lots left unbuilt. That’s why to this day, there’s an Eichler Street in Land Park but none of his homes are on it.