When my husband and I began looking for a place to live in Sacramento last year, we knew nothing about the city or its neighborhoods. We only had three weeks to find a house to rent, so we chose a nice little mid-century modern (MCM) ranch in Tahoe Park. The house had been nicely updated and fed our obsession with all things MCM, so that was a plus. But we chose it mostly because of its close proximity to the UC Davis Health Systems office my husband had been transferred to from San Jose.
Little did we know we hit the neighborhood jackpot. One of Sacramento’s original suburbs, Tahoe Park is filled with compact cottages and sprawling ranch houses, neatly kept yards and burgeoning locally-owned businesses. Since I’m a history buff, I immediately began doing research on Tahoe Park (thanks to Google) and discovered quite a bit of fascinating information about the area.
Bounded by Highway 50 to the north, 14th Avenue to the south, 53rd and 57th streets to the west, and 65th Street to the east, Tahoe Park was established and flourished after World War II, declined decades later, and then resurged in the 21st century, according to Wikipedia. The section of Tahoe Park north of Broadway, where my husband and I live, is informally referred to as Tahoe Terrace, named after a subdivision established in 1945. Several other neighborhoods are recognized as South, West and East Tahoe Park.
When my husband, an architect and project manager, learned from coworkers that the hospital campus was once the site of the California State Fair, I dug a little deeper into my research. Sure enough, I found that Tahoe Park was once a neighbor to the state fair. For almost 60 years, from 1909 to 1968, the fair made its home on 100 acres at the current site of the UC Davis Health Systems campus, according to bigfun.org.
Without the help of Google, we soon discovered that the jeweled centerpiece of Tahoe Park is the park itself – 19 acres of greenspace, mature trees and recreational amenities, which include a jogging trail, swimming pool, wading pool, playgrounds, picnic and barbecue areas, softball and soccer fields, basketball and volleyball courts and horseshoe pits. Community events, such as monthly food truck gatherings and concerts, are held at the park throughout the year. My husband and I love that the park is within easy walking distance of our house, and we take advantage of the paved walking trails there as often as we can.
In fact, Tahoe Park’s “walkability” is one of its many perks. Besides the easy stroll to the park, the hubs and I can also walk to one of Sacramento’s trendiest restaurants, Bacon & Butter, for breakfast, brunch or lunch, as well as the popular Café Lumiere. And if we’re craving Chinese, Temple Garden is just around the corner. All three eateries are located on Broadway. Other popular locally-owned businesses within easy walking distance of Tahoe Park residents are Posh 29, Medusa, Hair Revolution, MoMo’s Meat Market, Village Drive-In, Public House Theater, A Bakery & Thai Food, French Po-Boys One, Broadway Boxing, Supreme Barber Lounge and many others.
So all in all, we’re very happy the neighborhood roulette wheel stopped on Tahoe Park when we spun it last year. It’s a great place to live, walk, eat and play, and we look forward to learning more about the neighborhood as we continue to explore.
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GUEST BLOGGER Kristi Parker Johnson is a freelance editor and writer. She lives in Tahoe Park with her husband and two very demanding cats.
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