Moving to Sacramento -- where to live, what to do?
April 11, 2011 4:30 PM Subscribe
Relocating to Sacramento -- where should I live? What do I need to know?
posted by peripatetic007 to Society & Culture (22 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Single, 30s guy moving to Sacramento for a 2 - 3 year work project (and definitely would consider staying if I love it). I'll be working on the "La Riviera" area, I think (Bradshaw Rd. exit off of 50).
I don't necessarily need to live right next to where I work -- I don't mind a limited commute (20 - 25 minutes). If it was close enough for a bicycle commute, that would be ideal. More importantly, I'm looking to live in a non-suburby area, with plenty to walk to and plenty of stuff happening. I only need a small place right now, and I know I'll want to go out and meet people. My budget is pretty flexible, and I'd even consider buying a small condo if it the situation is right (I'm currently selling a large house in South Carolina, and I know I don't want another big standalone place in CA).
So, is downtown the place I need to be? Are there other "pockets" of multi-use areas I should consider? My nightmare is to be stuck in a cookie-cutter apartment community off a freeway exit with nothing to walk to and no one my age around. I also can't stomach a commute longer than about 25 minutes. I did a 45 - 60 minute commute once, and it won't happen again. Too much life wasted.
(Info about places NOT to live is just as useful to me as places TO live!)
Finally, and this may be a separate question, while I'm living and working in Sacramento what ELSE should I do? I know I want to visit a lot of other parts of CA (I've never lived on the Left Coast before) such as SF, Tahoe, Napa, etc., but I'm not really familiar with what the Sacramento area has to offer. I'm a foodie, so I'll definitely be sampling the restaurants in the area, but I'll also have flexibility most weekends to explore. I want the full experience!
So, all you Hive Mind contributors, help out a Midwest and East coast transplant coming to sunny California!