7 Reasons to live or play in midtown, Sacramento.
The history of Sacramento is really the history of California and even the western United States, as the area was largely populated and settled when gold was discovered in the nearby foothills. Still to this day, Sutter’s Fort stands in midtown as a reminder of founding father John Sutter and the first European settlement in Sacramento. History enthusiasts can also visit the Governor’s Mansion, State Capitol, and plenty of the historical exhibits in midtown and downtown museums.
It may be just over the cusp into what’s considered downtown, but the state capitol building is still a jewel of midtown living. The historic neoclassical building was modeled after the White House and built between 1861 and 1874, along with an expansive park and rose gardens. It now stands as the home of the bicameral state legislature and the office of the governor, its ornamental spire rising 247 feet above the grounds.
There are plenty of free tours and the Sacramento Capitol Museum on site is a must-see for visitors.
Eating and drinking.
Did you know that there are more than 20 restaurants, bars, and cafes every square mile in midtown Sacramento? No matter what kind of cuisine you’re craving – from Mexican to Italian, sushi to Mediterranean, or 5-star gourmet establishments to fun Americana fare, midtown Sacramento really has something for everyone. Midtown even has its own local winery, microbreweries, and coffee houses.
Sacramento is also considered America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, bringing the best of the surrounding agricultural communities to farmers markets, co-ops, and restaurants and every week, including the largest Certified Farmers’ Market in California.
Art and museums.
Midtown is mecca for arts and culture, with so many events, galleries, and museums to view that you’d need a whole month, not just a weekend, to see them all. Galleries and art spaces in the midtown area include the Elliot Fouts Gallery, the Urban Hive, Viewpoint Gallery, Sacramento Art Complex, Kennedy Gallery, Tom Collom Gallery, mySTUDIO, and Maiya Gallery, just to name a few. And if that’s not enough, the Second Saturday Art Walk festival during good weather months united more and more Sacramento residents in midtown every year.
But if it’s raining, don’t despair – there are nearly 30 museums in the midtown and downtown Sacramento neighborhoods to learn about our history and culture, including the State Capitol museum, the Crocker Art Museum and the one-of-a-kind California State Railroad Museum.
Parks, trails, and trees.
Sacramento is often called the City of Trees, not because of natural Northern California arbors, but due to the efforts of the city’s founders in the late 1800s, who endeavored to plant thousands of trees. More than 150 years later, we now enjoy one of the best urban forests in the whole world, with numerous of species of mature trees that provide shade and character.
One of the most charming facets of midtown living is the ability to park your car and walk around or bike almost everywhere on the grid. Any given weekend, you’ll see plenty of residents taking a pleasant stroll, and recreationalists can jump on the 32 miles of bike trails that touch midtown, including the American River Parkway.
In the midtown or nearby downtown area in Sacramento, there are a host of great parks to enjoy, including the 19th Q Street Park, Cesar Chavez Plaza, Crocker Park, Fremont Community Garden, Fremont Park, Grant Park, James Marshall Park, Johnson Park, Matsui Waterfront Park, Muir Children’s Park, O’Neil Park, Pioneer Landing, Roosevelt Park, Saint Rose Of Lima Park, Southside Park, Stanford Park, Sutter’s Landing Park, Tiscornia Park, Washington Park, Winn Park, and Zapata Park.
Original neighborhoods mixed with luxury modern living.
As one of the oldest cities in the western United States, Sacramento has plenty of pockets of history and tradition to offer, many of them in midtown. Victorian, colonial, and mission-style homes in neighborhoods like Alkali Flats, the Sutter District, the Handel District, and East Sacramento will keep architectural enthusiasts busy for a long time. But midtown also offers modern living for even the most cosmopolitan trendsetter, with plenty of signature luxury condos, townhouse, and loft spaces in its midst – and more popping up every year thanks to the downtown revitalization and new arena. The blossoming of downtown is another great reason why homes and real estate in Midtown are set to boom in value. The current median value of homes for sale in midtown is $369,433, and homebuyers in midtown have plenty of options to choose from.
Easy to get anywhere.
Midtown is really the gateway to every part of Sacramento, with easy access to I5, Highway 99, Interstate 80, and Highway 50 running through it or nearby. Residents can get around on the many bike lanes and trails that run through the Sacramento grid, or hop on the Sacramento Regional Transit District’s light-rail lines or bus lines that run anywhere in the central city.
While regular day-to-day life is enjoyable in midtown, things really get fun during the area’s myriad fairs, festivals, and special events. In fact, the Sacramento Visitor’s Bureau and Convention Center is not far off, and Second Saturday Art Walks, free concerts at Caesar Chavez Park, community events, fun runs, and just about everything else you could imagine takes place in midtown. And it’s easy to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s going on with Sacramento365.com, our year-round events calendar.
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