Regional Transit has two nearby regular bus routes on Howe Avenue which is the eastern border of Campus Commons. One route continues up Howe Avenue and down and west, I believe, to a main transfer center at Cal State Sacramento. The other route goes up Howe, east on American River Drive a short way, and then north on Munroe which becomes Fulton Avenue. There are connections to light rail on both routes.
I would also note that Safeway, CVS, cleaners, restaurants, and banks are all within one block or two from the eastern edge of Campus Commons - an easy walk. A little further are more restaurants, the upscale Pavillions shopping area, Loehman's Plaza, and Borders' Bookstore.... more
Hello Just Looking in Sacramento,
My boyfriend lives in Alameda, and I frequent Amtrak to get down to my man. I love taking the train, it's a great way to catch up with my reading and at the same time, enjoy the beautiful scenery. With the rising gas prices, I actually prefer taking the train. Let's hope the prices don't go up soon. Enjoy your trip.
Yours Truly, Claire... more
Hi Mie: I'm not a real estate "pro" like the other people that have answered this question. I'm just a normal everyday idiot that drives I-80 to work everyday. I have no choice since public trans won't get me to work on time from where I live. The market sucks up here, which is why I'm sure they're pointing you to purchase up here. Housing in this area is still very overpriced and mebbe your realtor (or any other ones for that matter) see a goldmine in you if you were to purchase here. You can get a very similar comparable house closer to Sac for at least 1/3 of the price you would spend in this area. Depending on what you are looking for up to 3/4 of the price. Unfortunately, the housing marked sucks pretty much everywhere...and I'll tell you I love where I live; I hate, loathe, dispise the drive.
Right now I live in Loomis (kinda between Rocklin and Lincoln) and commute to Downtown Sacramento everyday..in rush hour traffic. It is a VERY LONG and hateful drive. I do drive like a speed demon...when I can. Normally it takes about 45-1 hour...on a "normal" heavy morning, its more like 1-1.5 hours. It has taken me more than 2 hours before...and if some idiot gets in an accident (like every damn morning)...its worse. And that's just in the morning. In the afternoon, on the stupid freeway, it could take and HAS TAKEN me more than 4 hours on a day with traffic. I was going to list the really horrific days, but when thinking about them and which to put down, I started laughing, well because, its everyday. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.
I am actually looking for a house to purchase "down the hill" because I can't afford to keep driving to work - I spend about $650+/month just to drive to work and another $200 (and that's discounted because of my employer) for the privelige to park - in an open, unmonitored, uncovered parking lot.
I would really think twice about moving into the area knowing you'll have to commute to Sac. Honestly, Hwy 50 is a much nicer and easier drive. if you don't want to live in Sac, I would suggest something off Hwy 50 or somewhere south of Sac. There are some really nice area's that way and you would be going the opposite way of the traffic. Hope this helps.... more
You can map a route from an area of town to a specific address downtown using http://infoweb.sacrt.com/. I agree with Stephanie and Jim; it is difficult to suggest specific areas without knowing more about what you are looking for in a home and your price range. The closer to downtown you get (East Sacramento, Land Park, Curtis Park, etc.), home prices climb. However if you live in an outlying area, prices tend to be more affordable. Different areas also represent different styles of living...
For example, if you are coming from Arden & Eastern - you could take Bus Line 29 at 7:13am in the morning, and be downtown at 7th & H Streets by 7:34am with no transfers. Within walking distance from Arden & Eastern, there are homes that range in price from $305,000 - $1,249,000.
You could try to "reverse" engineer this a bit too. Where downtown are you trying to commute? You could determine what the local bus line stops are, and backtrack what areas those lines stop in.
I hope this helps a little...if you post perhaps some of your home search criteria, we might be able to better assist you.... more
Areas of the city and suburbs have public transportation (light rail, buses, etc.). Downtown Sacramento is probably the easiest to navigate without a car. I would definitely plan on keeping your car.... more