Sacramento’s Fabulous Forties

One of the finest and most desirable areas of Sacramento is East Sacramento’s Fabuolous Forties, an area bounded (more or less) by J Street on the North, 37th or 38th Street on the West (depending on who you ask), 47th street on the East, and Folsom Boulevard on the South. Here it is, as a Google Map.

The fabulous forties is an area of upscale custom built homes, many of which were built in the early 1900s, especially in the 20s, 30s, and 40s. The area features a variety of architectural styles, from Craftsman homes to Mediterranean Villas and Tudor style mansions. Dan Murphy’s excellent Curtis Park History site has a fascinating discussion of the impact of the architectural firm of Dean and Dean on the area. These men, the same architects who designed Sacramento’s Memorial Auditorium, were steeped in the popular Revival style of the period.

Every year since 1973, the fabulous forties have been the scene of Sacred Heart Parish School’s Christmas benefit, the Holiday Home Tour of East Sacramento. I think Elite Properties should have our Christmas party this year in conjunction with that event. I’ll bet it’s a blast. Too bad I’m having this idea in February. Someone with a good memory needs to remind me in November.

Here are some homes that are currently on the market to give you a feel for the beauty and variety of the area. (Click the homes for more photos / listing details).

  • Christopher

    Something to be said in regards to old craftsman ship homes of the early era. Elegant comes to mind when you picture these lovely homes. The great thing is with a little bit of research and help from a knowledgeable Realtor such as John you can find these majestic homes in almost any city!

  • John Lockwood


    Thanks for stopping by. I do love this area, and I should point out that not all the homes here are this pricey, although the current inventory leans that way. Another area that’s also loaded with really great homes is McKinley Park — I’ll have to write about that one of these days.

  • Teresa Boardman

    Nice houses. i could maybe buy one with a 50 year no doc mortgage.

  • John Lockwood

    That’d be fine, Teresa. Did you have an idea of what move-in date you’d like to shoot for? I have some appointments open next week if you’d like to pencil in a time… :)

    We throw in great California weather free with every purchase.

  • Jim


    Please explain why we don’t build neighborhoods like East Sac anymore, since they are so well regarded and such good investments.

  • John Lockwood

    At the risk of sounding like I have no idea, I have no idea. :)

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  • Lawrence Eberhard

    Yes, this is one of Sacramento’s great neighborhoods. The people are first rate, too. A great doctor who practiced medicine at Mercy Hospital–a man whom my parents told us a lot about–lived in this neighborhood as well as a woman who played the piano for my mom and sister many years ago. She was generous with her talent even years and years after her concert career days were in the past. Classy people in a classy neighborhood. Kudos for East Sac.

    • John Lockwood

      Thanks for the comment. Happy Thanksgiving.

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