(Last UPDATED 2/3/2021) Description and review of McKinley Village, a new infill development located in East Sacramento.
The highly anticipated McKinley Village open house took place this past weekend. This was the first opportunity for the public to look over the site and tour the model homes.
I am sure that many of the attendees were like me – from the adjoining neighborhoods and curious.
The event seemed well-organized. After parking in a dusty unpaved area (site of future homes) there were golf carts and other modes of transportation to take attendees to the clubhouse and around to the model homes if so desired.
It was a pleasant day and the distance not very far so I opted to walk.
The first thing I noticed was that I did not hear the sound of the highway traffic. However, as everyone who lives in the vicinity knows, you are more likely to hear the sound of highway traffic late at night when everything else is quiet.
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While I could not hear the highway traffic, I could see the highway billboards towering over the sound wall. A bit of an eyesore for sure. Maybe the billboards won’t be quite as noticeable once the development is filled in. It will take several years before construction is completed.
I did not notice any trains going by while I was on the property.
The clubhouse was very nice, with a large pool. I thought that the exercise room was small – but I imagine some type of calculation was made as to the size needed based on projected use.
All of the open house model homes were two-story, with what seemed to me fairly steep steps. The Alder Parkside “flats” were not open for the tour.
It appears that the development is going to be even denser than I had anticipated. Folks living there will definitely want to make an extra effort to be considerate and ensure they get along with their neighbors given the close quarters.
As a general rule, the downstairs rooms of the model homes were more open than not, and the kitchens were nice-sized. The living rooms seemed on the small side. Each home was very attractively staged with furniture, art work, etc.
Each model home had a small patio. Some homes had a small balcony. The patio configurations varied, but each was clearly designed to be low (or no) maintenance.
I was surprised at how small most of the bedrooms were. I suppose this is as a result of what apparently is the building trend – having an open space at the top of the stairs. This open space was staged with, for example, a sofa, chair and wall-mounted TV. In another model home a larger open space contained a pool table.
After touring the model homes I walked to the small park across from the entrance of McKinley Village. This area was also staged with umbrellas and seating areas. In addition to the open space this park is the location of two bocce ball courts.
McKinley Village seems pricey – but then there are people who are buying older homes in East Sacramento, demolishing them, and building new. I do not have any facts to speak of – but it seems to me that must be even more expensive.
(2/3/2021) Links added.
(10/20/17) McKinley Village received several awards in 2017, including the National Association of Home Builders’ National Award for best in the nation for the category “on-the-boards community” and the Sacramento Valley Section of the American Planning Association 2017 Award for Merit for urban design.
(4/16/18) On a recent visit to McKinley Village with a friend who wanted to tour the model homes, one of the builder representatives told us that they were offering a single-story home – the only developer to do so within McKinley Village. Models of the one-story homes are available for viewing in Davis. I think that this is smart on the part of the developer, as there is an increasing demand for one-story homes as the baby-boomers age.
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