Density is Destiny

Posted on March 3, 2017

Downtown, midtown, all around the town-living in the city provides front-row access to all the newest developments.

Photography by The Creamery

YOU’VE ALWAYS KNOWN you can work in downtown or midtown Sacramento.

Now you can actually live here, too—in a Bohemian-style loft, a Manhattan-style luxury apartment or a chic new tri-level home with a two-car garage (yes, a two-car garage in downtown).

Urban doesn’t do justice to the lifestyle blossoming from the city’s once under-populated core. Cosmopolitan may be a little premature—but metropolitan seems like the right word. It seems to capture the renaissance vibe that began first when the Sacramento Kings agreed to stay in town (and the National Basketball Association let them) and, second, when ground was broken on Golden 1 Center, a space-age entertainment/sports complex dropped into the hub of California’s capital.

Practically every week brings an announcement in the business media of a new mixed-use 14-story high-rise in midtown, a work/live loft development along the R Street corridor or compact homes being built along alleyways.

And people who fled to the suburbs in past decades are realizing they don’t have to leave behind comfort to restart their lives in a setting that offers professional and community theater, art galleries, multicultural dining, high-style boutiques, ballet and opera, music from all genres, farmers markets and museums—all within walking and biking distances from their new digs.

Density is finally becoming destiny here.

Renters have far more choices than they may realize—both in terms of pricing and comfort. That creative vibe is alive and well in the Warehouse Artist Lofts at 1108 R St. and the 800J Lofts, for example. Those who like places that lean to the posh are finding them at 16 Powerhouse (1606 P St.) and Linq Midtown (3111 S St.).

And in West Sacramento—still closer to downtown Sacramento than most of Sacramento itself, though it’s in a different county—Habitat (500 Garden St.) and Capitol Yards (777 Fifth St.) offer off-the-grid-but-still-close-to-everything possibilities.

As for current and future homeowners, there are some surprising new options. Mike Paris, founder and president of BlackPine Communities, saw the future but admits he was still surprised by the depth of that image. He’s been building The Creamery at Alkali Flat, creating the area’s newest residential neighborhood in its oldest one. Paris says he wanted to give likely buyers—empty-nesters, young professionals and members of the creative sector—options they would rarely find in a downtown community.

“Moving to an urban area doesn’t mean you have to compromise the things you worked hard to achieve,” he says. Each home features a two-car garage, for example, as well as numerous options for upgrades, such as rooftop patios and what he calls “flex room” choices. Urban gardens will dot the perimeter of the 8•••-acre community located between 10th and 11th streets and C and E streets. At build-out, in the first quarter of 2018, the net density of The Creamery will be 16.2 homes per acre, a desirable statistic in a city striving for walkability. For four-legged walkability, the developer has also created “Bark Park,” a 9,000-square-foot recreational area, complete with water stations, for homeowners’ pets.

From the Crocker Art Museum in the western portion of the city, to the soon-to-be-reimagined Sacramento Convention Center complex that anchors the east end of K Street, the city is fulfilling a municipal planning ideal: connectivity. You can get there from here—and never leave home.