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Where to find Sacramento homes near desirable neighborhoods on a smaller budget | Dollars and Sense

There are coveted neighborhoods around Sacramento that come with a premium price tag however you can find homes nearby on a smaller budget.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Some homes in the Sacramento region can seem unattainable with price points near or over $1 million.

However, there are homes that sell in those coveted neighborhoods at a lower price.

“You could be in a $350,000 house and be a mile from a $1.5 million house, and you’re still there,” said Tina Suter, a real estate agent with Dunnigan Realtors. “The opportunity is in Sacramento. Prices are high but they’re high everywhere.”

Del Paso Manor/ Garden of the Gods

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Arden Park and Arden Oaks are desirable areas within Arden for their spacious lots and location. It’s not unusual to hear of homes go for over $1 million. Still, there are homes nearby for under $400,000.

“There’s Del Paso Manor and Garden of the Gods and they’re right next to each other,” Suter said. “In Del Paso Manor you’re sort of looking at an average of $275 a square foot and so your average square footage is 1,400 looking at $375k to $380k which is a really good entry price point especially when interest rates are so low.”

Tahoe Park/ Tallac Village

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If you’re interested in being in East Sacramento there are several options nearby for under $400,000 such as Tahoe Park and Tallac Village.

“There’s room to grow there,” says Kim Squaglia, real estate agent at Dunnigan Realtors. “I’ve sold homes there that have half-acre lots, and that’s between 65th and Stockton adjacent to East Sacramento, and very easy to get on the freeway.”

Woodlake

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If you like East Sacramento for the Tudor style of homes Squaglia recommends checking out Woodlake. Average homes run for $475,000 for 1,700 square feet. Woodlake is located above Highway 160 off Del Paso Boulevard in North Sacramento.

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College Greens/ College-Glen

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If you’re a family looking for a home close to downtown but looking for more space and a home under $400,000 check out the College Greens and the College-Glen area located east of Sac State.

“When I have a family and they say 'OK, my max is 400 [thousand dollars], we need a four-bedroom and two bath with a yard, and maybe a pool, that’s usually the first area I go to,” Squaglia says.

Real estate agents say there are a lot of opportunities in the Sacramento region. However, if you find a home priced accordingly and under $600,000 it may get competitive.

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