Shared from the 8/18/2018 The Sacramento Bee eEdition


A community for all ages


Scott Lorenzo Karen Aki, left, sits with her mother, Bettie Fox in their Arden Arcade home. Fox has lived in Arden Arcade for nearly 50 years.


Howe Park is a relaxing spot to unwind or to get a little exercise.


Where: East of Downtown Sacramento

Size: Approximately 19 square miles

Population: Approximately 96,896

Government: County Board of Supervisors

County: Sacramento


Howe Park is one of several parks in Arden Arcade. Eliseo Arguello often brings his family to the park.


Some of the homes on Morse Avenue have large lots with mature trees.


Town & Country Village shopping center has a variety stores including a Starbucks, Sprouts and Trader Joe’s.

Both long-time residents, recent residents and those who relocate back to the area like Arden Arcade for its lifestyle and location.

Bettie Fox has lived in Arden Arcade for 48 years and her daughter, Karen Aki, who was living on Maui, moved back to be with her mom about 10 years ago.

Fox, 93, lives in one of the named neighborhoods in Arden.

“My husband and I were living in South Sacramento and decided to buy a home.”

They chose the neighborhood named Garden of the Gods where they raised two teenagers.

Arden Arcade has between 29 and 36 named neighborhoods according to different maps of the area. Names include Arden Oaks, Sierra View, Mission Oaks, Wilhaggin Estates, Mira Loma and more. The community’s northern border is Interstate 80, its southern border is the American River, its western border is Ethan Way and the eastern border is Mission Avenue.

Fox said, “It’s easy to get most anywhere in Sacramento from here. And it’s an excellent neighborhood to live in. The neighbors are friendly and we wave and say, ‘Hi’”

Daughter Aki, 70, a Maui resident for 35 years, said the Arden area hasn’t changed that much except for new neighbors with young kids. Otherwise people tend to stay in the area.

“The stores (Whole Foods, Bel Air and Walgreen’s) are close.”

Location is one of Arden Arcade’s attractions, said Realtor John Byers. He and his wife, Marcy, are on the Byers Team with Dunnigan Realtors.

“The primary attractions are location, schools and pricing,” he said. “There’s a huge array of property in Arden Arcade ranging from condominiums up to million-dollar estates.”

In a follow-up email, he added balance to the attractions.

That’s “being able to have the best of both worlds. Living in Arden Arcade offers the opportunity to live a balanced lifestyle between work and play. Whether you work for a local business or you have a commute, living in Arden Arcade gives you easy access to work.”

John and Marcy Byers live in the Del Paso Manor neighborhood, in a home they bought in 2016. They were renting in midtown.

“We wanted something that was less than we were spending in rent,” he said.

And they wanted a neighborhood with good schools. They don’t have children, but are planning for the future, he said.

“I love living in the Arden area. I grew up on the border of Arden Arcade near American River College but we would go into the Arden area every day for school. (My three brothers and I went to Jesuit.) It’s nice to live close to where I hope to send my kids to school one day and be close to my big family who now all live in Arden.”

He added, “The exciting part of Arden Arcade is the opportunity to have fun within the community. There is something for everyone. If you like being active, there are great kids and adult sports leagues at Howe Park and Arden Park. If you want to walk, run and bike we have access to the American River Parkway. If you want great food there are incredible restaurants of all kinds. There are constantly new restaurants to try, like Mas Taco Bar that will be opening up in Arden Town Center later this year.”

Residents who work for Amazon, Intel and Dignity Health have easy access to them via Arden’s proximity to freeways, he said.

Byers spends most of his free time at Del Paso Country Club, a private golf club. Public courses are Haggin Oaks and Ancil Hoffman (on the border of Arden and Carmichael).

Arden Arcade has several public parks, such as Howe Park and Arden Park that offer tennis, softball and swimming. University Park has a dog park where the Byers take the family dog.

He also pointed to locally owned fitness and yoga studios, movies, shopping and bowling.

“There is something for everyone.”

There’s also diversity in housing from condominiums, townhomes, apartments, large properties and primarily single-family homes, Byers said.

Because it’s so diverse, he said, each neighborhood has its own “micro-market.”

Currently, 183 condos and detached homes are on the market. Prices range from $120,000 for a condominium, $215,000 for a single-family detached home up to a high of $2,695,000. The median price is $429,945.

Byers said that the community is experiencing a slight seasonal slowdown, which is typical for the last half of July and could be due to vacations.

However, he said, this time offers a great opportunity for both buyers and sellers.

“There is still not a ton of inventory on the market – meaning less competition for sellers – and during this time of year, there are fewer buyers in town competing for each house. This leads to a more ‘even’ market than the hot headlines you see in the spring. We see a slight increase of days on market and more price reductions, but homes are still being sold.”

He also notes the fact that a lot of people are relocating back to the Arden area.

“Maybe they grew up here and moved away, but they always come back for that family-friendly community,” he said. “Because of the diversity of home types and prices, buyers can live close to their family, no matter what price range they are looking in – whether it’s a first-time buyer looking near their childhood home, move-up buyers that don’t want to change schools or grandparents moving closer to the grandkids.”

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

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