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hello. it has been a loong while since i have posted-cery busy with packing-moving-and everything else,..right now ds and i are in portland oregon waiting for dh to pick us up in a couple of months and drive us to california...we come from a small small town in alaska, so i am a little nervous of moving to what i hear is a big city..anyhow i was wondering if any of you mamas lived there and if so, what is it like? where is the best area to live around? how expensive is it to live there? ( everyone says california is expensive to live in) and if you can think of anything to else to tell me about sacremento that would be cool too..i'll try and check this more but the computer connection is slow, and i don't always have access to this computer..thanks
 

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We've been in the Sac area for just a year now. It is a good sized city, but unles you're right downtown it doesn't seem that way (at least to me). It's expensive (all Cali is), but not so bad by Cali standards. Houseing is on the rise, though. I woud, look at West Sac, Elk Grove and Citrus heights.<br>
There are severalother Sac area mamas here, so i hoep they will give you some input.
 

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Just wanted to let you know that I grew up in Davis, California--very close to Sacramento. You might want to consider there too.<br><br>
It is a college town (UC Davis) and is very progressive in politics. The downtown is very quaint, with lots of walking and shops and pretty much everything you could want.<br><br>
It has grown so much since I grew up there, but is still a very nice place to live, I hear. Nice parks, too. Every Wednesday night there is a fair in the downtown park--they close off the streets and have live music and food and a produce market. My son loves the pony rides and climbing wall, and there are tons of kids everywhere. There are some natural food co-ops, as well as a pretty good sized AP community.<br><br>
Just a suggestion <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> We now live in the Bay Area, but I use to love going back to Davis to visit my folks before they moved to Roseville (Delwebb retirement community).<br><br>
Good luck.<br>
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thankyoou...i will mention to dh davis, but i think he is set on sac town cause he would like to start a buisness there-if he can...hmmm i think will mention those places to dh and kwwp in mind them when we look for a place to rent, thankyou...
 

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Hot in the summer (think 105 deg) and sacramento is in the top 5 dirtiest air in the nation.<br><br>
I hear they have a trader joes in citrus heights I think and there is a coop.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> i don't like taht about the air....hmmmm...it is not my choice to move there,dh wants to for reasons, and i said i will try it out...i wonder where the coop is? i am trying to search on the ineternet for stuff about thje place, but i mostly get visitor info..
 

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Hi Mamabee,<br>
I did some checking for you. Here is the website for the Davis Food Co-op:<br><a href="http://www.daviscoop.com/" target="_blank">http://www.daviscoop.com/</a><br><br>
and the city of Davis website with pics.<br><a href="http://www.city.davis.ca.us/AboutDavis.cfm" target="_blank">http://www.city.davis.ca.us/AboutDavis.cfm</a><br><br>
Most of the people that live in Davis DO work in Sacramento. The commute is not bad at all. We lived there growing up and my dad worked in Sac all of those years. I did not appreciate it growing up that much (could not wait to move to San Francisco to go to college!) but now of course I see it in a different light. Davis is a very free thinking, funky town. It is known as the "bicycle capital of the world" because there are more bicycles per capita than anywhere else--I don't know if this is factually true, but it is a very bike oriented town...great bike paths everywhere and I rode all over as a kid.<br><br>
Downtown and near the college there are wonderful mature trees and lots of housing. There has been lots of growth in the last 10 years, and lots of new housing has been built. It seems very reasonable to me as far as costs--but I live in the Bay area now where an average 4 bedroom like ours goes for 800,000 to over 1 million<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: . The housing prices in California are very high, but the Sacramento/Davis are are not so bad.<br><br>
I actually found some Sacramento links too--<br>
Here is the Sac Food Co-op website:<br><a href="http://www.sacfoodcoop.com/" target="_blank">http://www.sacfoodcoop.com/</a><br><br>
and a general "neighborhood guide" and home search tool for Sacramento.<br><a href="http://www.sacramentorelocationservices.com/find_a_new_home.htm" target="_blank">http://www.sacramentorelocationservi...a_new_home.htm</a><br><br>
Good luck!<br>
Lisa<br><br>
 

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thankyou so much lisa,i will look into the links now<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Ummmm.. I'm from Sacramento and you DO NOT want to live in those areas, lol! Elk Grove is the better out of the 3 and some of Citrus Heights is ok but West. Sac..yuck!<br><br>
Look into Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay and Lincoln. They are communities on the outskirts of Sac. but very family oriented and clean. Orangevale is decent too<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Good luck with your move<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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oh i'm JEALOUS!! i lived in sacto for about 6 years, graduated college at sac state...i LOVED it! i would give anything to go back! moved away in 1996 for a job down south and then met my hubby-to-be and ended up where i am now, fresno, the armpit of california. actually its not too bad, but i'd really love to move back to sac if we could. but all our family's here and that is more important to me, being that i didn't know any of my extended family growing up and my dd is very close to my parents, as am i. plus there's dh's family which we don't see that much, but every birthday and holiday, so i don't want to deprive my kids of that.<br><br>
anyway, about sac...the one thing i have to say about sac is even though its hot (which is true of much of california, especially the valley) it does cool off at nite. the river makes a HUGE difference i think...living now in fresno where our closest river is not close...i really miss living in sac where the river goes right through the middle of town and cools things off at nite. you also get wildlife in town sometimes that come down the river, which is interesting in a city, i think! lol! anyway i used to always sleep with my windows open at nite and it was nice cool air even in the hottest part of summer, and then just close everything up during the day and not have to put the ac on til i came home from work later cuz it took most of the day for my apt to warm up after being so cool all nite. pretty neat. its not like that here...even hot at nite in fresno, ugh.<br><br>
also, old sacramento ROCKS! i just love the quaintness of it...the cobblestone streets, the horsedrawn buggies, the train, the delta king hotel (riverboat hotel...on the water! always wanted to rent a room there...the rooms are so small, look like they were built for midgets...so cute! everytime i go to old sac we walk all around the delta king and look in windows...so fun!) great food, and when its jazz festival time (memorial day weekend) the whole area is filled with the sound of dixieland jazz! i'm wiggling in my seat just thinking about it! you don't have to pay for the jazz festival, which is famous across the state and even the nation! you can just walk around old sac and there's tons of musicians playing in the streets and restaurants for free! plus even when they set up tents, you can still hear them clearly! i ADORE the jazz festival and am going to start the trek to sac for it this coming year because i want my dd to experience it...its really awesome!<br><br>
another thing i love about sac is the downtown plaza. when i lived there they built this outdoor mall...its gorgeous! heat lamps keep things warm in winter...but winters are mild in sac. if you were tired of harsh winters, you'll love sac! i never had to wear mittens or winter coat (moved there from NJ, i LOVED the change in temp!) so summers suck, but winters rock!<br><br>
also, you are fairly close to the mountains and lots of other great CA areas, including davis, which is an adorable little town...not far drive from the bay area (i used to go all the time...its only about 2 hours as i recall) and sacramento being the capital of calif, you get all kinds of opportunities there like great concerts and educational opportunities like there are waldorf schools (we don't have any here, argh) and the rudolf steiner college is in fair oaks, one of the suburbs. there's also an amazing preschool there run by bev bos. if you want info, let me know...she's AMAZING!!! went to one of her workshops. her school is in roseville and i hear is just incredible...very child-centered.<br><br>
also, sac state is an awesome college, as well as there are 2 city colleges...so if you are ever interested in learning something new, you have great opportunities. davis is a good school too and not far. so if you are looking ahead to the future...kids can go to a good school locally, if they choose. (like i said, sac state is my alma mater...so i am biased, hehe) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
oh how i go on..there's much more...they have a kids discovery museum that is fantastic! and the effie yeaw nature center is wonderful. there's so much to do with kids in sac! the jelly belly factory in fairfield isn't far...i think its an hour or so from sac as i recall...marine world africa usa is only a couple of hours away in the north bay area...sac has a great zoo and storyland/playland...being california, you are never at a loss for fresh fruit/veggie stands...they are all over town! i think there are several trader joes in sac now...there was one when i lived there but sac is expanding daily...and the natural foods coop that someone gave you the link to is awesome! i used to shop there all the time...they have fantastic pizza bagels! lol! used to buy my henna in bulk there to dye my hair.<br><br>
another thing i always loved about sac was like someone else said...its doesn't feel like a big city til you go downtown...its all kinda suburbish around town, then downtown has the highrises and big city feel...but its such a cool downtown! there are victorian houses all over the downtown area that are just GORGEOUS! i used to drive downtown whenever i was depressed and just wanted to see the pretty part of town...its really cool downtown...kind of a mini-new york...great theater! all the streets are lined with very large, very old trees surrounding all the victorian houses and just has such a soothing, wonderful feel to it, i always was happy when i drove around downtown. not like fresno's downtown that is just plain ugly. sacramento is truly beautiful. its so old and quaint. all those architecturally beautiful buildings right next to the big shiney modern ones...and the restaurants...oh man! there are SOOOOOOOO many FANTASTIC places to eat in sac!! and downtown its all street cafes and such! LOVE IT!! people walk and ride bikes a lot all around town and the mass transit is pretty darn good with lots of buses and even a light rail.<br><br>
ok, now i really want to move back...lol. i guess i've rambled on enough...just wanted to give you my take on my MOST favorite california city! like i said, i'd move back there in a heartbeat if i could talk my dh into it. i had always planned on raising kids there til i married a fresno native. *sigh* maybe some day.<br><br>
tina<br>
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Hi Tina!!! Boy..you described my home to a t! I used to live downtown, btw..and I LOVED it! I would just love to get back down there! I love all those huge trees and the little city feel to it all. Dh and I (before we were married, lol!) used to walk for our evening mocha/esspresso almost every evening. I used to be in a roller blading club that rollerbladed all around the downtown area. It was so awesome!<br><br>
We don't live in Sac. right now (we're further north now) but we'll always consider Sac home. In fact, we may be heading that way again next wee! Dh got promoted and we're being relocated and it will either be Sac. or Chico.<br><br>
BTW...did you notice my dd's name in my siggy???? McKINLEY!! After..McKinley Park!! YEP!!
 

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i will look into those places too! htankyou again, lots of good info, i am now looking forward to moving there, less nervous...i like the idea of cobbleston streets, and i love trader joes...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I have a Trade Joes right down the street from me in Sacramento. Yes there is another one in Roseville by where I work. Love those places.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by TracyMom2Three</i><br><b>Hi Tina!!! Boy..you described my home to a t! I used to live downtown, btw..and I LOVED it! I would just love to get back down there! I love all those huge trees and the little city feel to it all. Dh and I (before we were married, lol!) used to walk for our evening mocha/esspresso almost every evening. I used to be in a roller blading club that rollerbladed all around the downtown area. It was so awesome!<br><br>
BTW...did you notice my dd's name in my siggy???? McKINLEY!! After..McKinley Park!! YEP!!</b></td>
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i'm glad to hear others see sacto similarly! i'm telling ya, after writing all that i really really want to go back...*sigh* but gotta make the best of where we are. fresno isn't bad, its just not sac. ***singing*** i left my heart, in sacramento!!<br><br><br>
tina
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by mamabee</i><br><b>i will look into those places too! htankyou again, lots of good info, i am now looking forward to moving there, less nervous...i like the idea of cobbleston streets, and i love trader joes...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"></b></td>
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no problem! well if you're anything like me, you'll fall in love with old sacramento too! and really, the whole city is just so neat. there's an energy to sacramento that i don't feel where i am now...and i miss it.<br><br>
i forgot to mention my FAVORITE coffee shop downtown, capital garage. used to go there alllllllll the time. especially neat if you go late at nite when all the weirdos are out...lol. back when i lived there it was kind of a goth hangout. you know, black clothes, black hair, tatoos & piercings all over, lol. always an interesting crowd. and live music from time to time. my brother used to bring his video camera sometimes when he went with friends and one time got footage of a guy showing him his pierced penis, lol. during the day its like any other coffee shop, but hopping after like 9pm with college kids and a mix of all kinds of people...pretty neat. sac has a really good nite scene, if you're into that...which i was when i lived there. of course now would be a totally different story, with a toddler and a bun in the oven.<br><br>
tina
 
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