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Know the Neighborhood: Curtis Park



Curtis Park is one of Sacramento’s more established neighborhoods with Land Park to the West, Oak Park to the East, Sutterville Road to the South, and Broadway to the North. It is very central with Oak Trees towering over the unique homes. This is your one-stop shop to gather information on the neighborhood itself along with the surrounding community.


Neighborhood Amenities, Food, and Drink

Perhaps the most popular amenity in the neighborhood is Curtis Park itself, an 18.2-acre park running through the center of the neighborhood with a 1-mile jogging trail around its perimeter. Within the park, you’ll find a playground, 2 ball fields, 1 basketball court, and 2 lighted tennis courts.

You’re in luck if you’re a foodie! Enjoy a meal and a glass of wine by the fire pit on Cafe Dantorels’ patio followed by a sweet treat at Gunther's Ice Cream. If you’re more of a beer person, hit up Pangaea Bier Cafe or Track 7 Brewing Company. In the morning, stop by Pancake Circus on Broadway- it has some of the best pancakes in town. There are also a plethora of local cafes in the neighboring neighborhoods such as Espresso Metro in Land Park and Broadway Coffee in Oak Park. According to walkscore.com, "There are about 56 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Curtis Park."

Cafe Dantorels

Shopping Centers

There are a few shopping centers in the area, the first being the newly developed Crocker Village on the Southwest side of Curtis Park. Crocker Village contains Safeway, Five Guys, Firehouse Subs, Peet’s Coffee, Panda Express, Happy Lemon (tea), Pet Supplies Plus, among others. Additionally, new Crocker Village townhomes are located within this development.

There are also shopping areas just outside the neighborhood, such as The Ice Blocks 10 minutes away in Midtown; you’ll find Phil’s Coffee, Beast + Bounty, West Elm, Bonobos, and other restaurants and breweries. If you are looking for an actual shopping mall, the closest is Arden Fair which is a 10-20 minute freeway drive depending on traffic.

Newly Developed Crocker Village

Public Schools

If you have kids and want to send them to a good school, expect to set funds aside for a private education. While the neighborhood itself is desirable, the public schools are not ideal. Here is a list of the assigned public schools and their ratings from https://www.greatschools.org/:

  • Bret Harte Elementary School serves grades K-6 with a rating of a whopping 1/10.

  • California Middle School serves grades 7-8 with a rating of 5/10.

  • C.K. McClatchy High School serves grades 9-12 with a rating of 6/10.

Private Schools

Some of the alternative private schools in the area that may offer a better education are St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School in Midtown and Holy Spirit Parish School in Land Park, both serving students from Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade. Local private high schools near Curtis Park include St. Francis High School for your daughters in East Sacramento and co-ed Christian Brothers High School in Oak Park. Jesuit High School is another private high school for the young men, but it’ll be more of a drive as it is located in Carmichael.


Age of Homes

Curtis Park is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Sacramento featuring Tudor Revival homes, Craftsman Bungalows, and a smaller number of newly constructed homes. While many of the homes date back to the early 1920s, there are some newer homes in the Crocker Village with more that are continuing to be developed. However, you'll find that most of the neighborhood is older, which gives Curtis Park its character. The average selling price of the homes over the past 6 months is $575,626.

Curtis Park

Walkability Scores

Curtis Park is the 5th most walkable neighborhood in Sacramento with a Walk Score of 72/100. According to walkscore.com, “People in Curtis Park can walk to an average of 2 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.”


Transportation

Much like the rest of California, cars are the most common transportation in Curtis Park. There are, however, other alternatives; bus stops run along the major streets around the perimeter of the neighborhood (Franklin Boulevard, Sutterville Road, Broadway, and 21st Street). There is also a light rail along the west side of Curtis Park trailing from Elk Grove through Downtown and North Sacramento.


Curtis Park is certainly an area worth considering if you are looking for a well-established neighborhood with trees, parks, restaurants, bars, and a few minutes from downtown. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!



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