When I think of Arden Arcade area I immediately think of Watt Ave and Fair Oaks Blvd. However that is where Arden Arcade starts. It is an established region with mature trees and houses build in the 30s and 40s. It has a variety of housing from low income to the most expensive homes in the region. Here are the areas that I love and are also the most exclusive in Sacramento County:
A. Sierra Oaks
From all the neighborhoods in Arden Arcade, Sierra Oaks is the most sought after area, with the most expensive homes. Most of the properties sit on a 0.5 to 1+ acre lots. Homes listed for $1M+ are normal and those that go above $2M are no surprise. My favorite street is Crocker Rd. Hopkins and Huntington Rd are very popular as well. In Sierra Oaks, the residents have a neighborhood association, Sierra Oaks Neighborhood Association (SONA). It seems that the association is very involved with bringing neighbors together and ensuring the safety of the residents by contracting with Off Duty Police Officers to patrol the streets on a regular basis. A lot of families choose this area because of two very important schools. One is Sierra Oaks K-8 school and the other one is Sacramento Country Day School which is a private school.
When it comes to architecture, you will find Spanish/Mediterranean homes, Mid-Century Modern homes and Ranch Style homes. If you are out there house hunting, it is inevitable that you will hear the Frank "Squeaky" Williams, which was a very famous architect that has designed a lot of homes in the area and in other neighborhoods in Sacramento.
If you take Sierra Oaks and Sierra Oaks Vista (see below) and compare it with other cities around Sacramento, you will probably think of Granite Bay. All these areas have flat surfaces where land can easily be built on and large size lots. And of course the price ranges are very similar. One notable difference between Granite Bay and Sierra Oaks is the location. Sierra Oaks is just minutes away from Downtown Sacramento with close access to freeway 50.
I like to call Sierra Oaks Vista, the sister of Sierra Oaks. These two neighborhoods are separated by Fair Oaks Blvd. Home styles are price ranges are very similar, however I have to say that Sierra Oaks, is somehow more popular than its sister. I bet it has to do with the fact that Sierra Oaks K-8 school and Sacramento Country Day School are both in Sierra Oaks.
One thing I have seen more in Sierra Oaks Vista, it’s a lot of new construction. Since properties are very popular they are snatched up by buyers and either remodeled or completely teared down to build new ones.
C. Arden Park Vista
Arden Park Vista is the biggest of the five neighborhoods I have listed here. In Arden Park Vista, you will find a little bit of everything for everyone, from starter homes, to medium size homes to mansions. To be sincere, you will find most of the medium size (move up) homes. If you are looking for luxury homes, you will have to look at Sierra Oaks, Sierra Oaks Vista, Mariemont and Wilhaggin.
I like to look at Mariemont as an up and coming neighborhood. But that will be an understatement, because home prices are the same as the rest of the areas, however I see a lot of new homeowners that are building, rebuilding and remodeling in the area. So that is why I like to call it up and coming. I love this area because it is right next to the Arden Hills Club and Spa. If you live in Arden Arcade, this is where you want to buy your next Country Club membership. There is only one other Country Club where I would drive farther just to be part of. It is the Del Paso Country Club.
Wilhaggin is located to the right of Sierra Oaks Vista just over Watt Ave all the Way to Arden Way. This area has some business offices as well. But the majority of space is occupied by residential homes. You will see Spanish style homes, Mediterranean and modern new construction. The most sought after homes are the ones on the shore of the American River. Wilhaggin has Jesuit High School which is a private catholic high school.
Arden Oaks is further up going on Watt toward north, but if you end up in the neighborhood you will definitely feel just like in the “Keeping up with the Joneses.” Lots of expensive homes, mostly two story mansions. The reason you will see mostly two story homes, is because the area has some tough restrictions and setbacks in order to preserve the lot sizes. But at the end of the day, the restrictions just make your home more valuable.