Sacramento’s coronation as California’s hottest city continues. On the heels of its inclusion on Sunset Magazine’s new list of “20 Game-Changing Places to Live” comes word that the city has now been deemed a foodie destination by Thrillist, who noted that Sacramento is “on the cusp of making it as a must-visit town for anyone who loves food,” and that, “The food scene in Sacramento is a throwback to the Old World, where chefs go to farmers markets and forge relationships with growers, crafting menus based on what’s in season and what fits best. In some ways, this isn’t a huge departure from what your favorite food city does. The difference is, here, you’re getting that produce when it’s still dripping with dew and flecked with moist soil.”

Perhaps the Sunset Magazine and Thrillist designations have something to do with each other. “It used to be that come Friday night, this cow town practically emptied out—its county and state capital employees fleeing for the suburbs or surrounding farmlands,” said the Sacramento Bee. “But in the years that followed the 2008 recession, real-estate development and a steady crop of new restaurants and boutiques took advantage of the low rents and property costs and slowly filled the streets of Sacramento. Today, its core of old Victorians are flanked by modern lofts, and weekends see once-sparsely populated neighborhoods bumping with sidewalk cafes and hip brewpubs.”

The median home price in Sacramento is $278,600, but luxury real estate in the city above the $1 million mark is rich with everything from traditional homes in family-friendly neighborhoods to waterfront gems to modern marvels. Below are three of the most coveted Coldwell Banker properties currently on the market.

 

4435 Garden Highway
Four bedrooms, four baths plus one partial, 4,145 square feet
$2,395,000

Surrounded by two lush acres and set directly on the Sacramento River, this impressive, gated, waterfront estate includes a sprawling one-story view home and a private boat dock. Perfect as a family compound and/or entertainer’s paradise, the home features a combination of formal rooms, comfortable gathering spaces including the chef’s kitchen with direct flow into the large family room, five fireplaces, and guest quarters with kitchenette and full bathroom. Outdoor is a pool, patio, one of the property’s five fireplaces, and access to riverfront restaurants and even the San Francisco Bay via boat. This home is co-listed by Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Sacramento-Metro real estate agents Maggie Sekul and Rich Cazneaux.

 

4321 Lantzy Court
Three bedrooms, two baths plus one partial, 3,724 square feet
$1,179,000

Listed by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Sacramento-Metro real estate agent Angela Heinzer and built in 1990, this home features striking contemporary architecture by modernist master Carter Sparks. From the show-stopping 16-foot, window-flanked door to the open floorplan with its one-of-a-kind entertainer’s kitchen to the park-like backyard with saltwater pool with waterfall, multiple fountains, and lighted palapa, the home is a wondrous example of how distinctive design can embrace and enhance modern lifestyles.

 

1818 L Street #809
One bedroom, two baths, 1,383 square feet
$1,000,000

It’s a location as grand as its amenities! This two-story penthouse loft at L Street Lofts puts you within the heart of downtown Sacramento’s arts, culture, and dining scene. The remodeled unit features massive walls of windows that drink in the views, a large balcony for entertaining, plus a gourmet kitchen with Thermador, stainless steel gas appliances, marble bathrooms, and a doorman. The loft is currently listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Sacramento-Metro real estate agent Michael Onstead.