Land Park, East Sacramento
and Curtis Park Specialist

LAND PARK COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION…ANOTHER CRAZY ELECTION

LAND PARK COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION…ANOTHER CRAZY ELECTION

LAND PARK COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION…ANOTHER CRAZY ELECTION

May marked the one year anniverary since there was a major upheaval of the Land Park Community Association board of directors and a larger and almost all new board. Much has been tackled in the past year to mend fences and create a renewed faith in the direction the board was taking. It has been an exciting time with positive results. We went from approximately 150 members to a sustained 450 members. We have included a business membership and have had wonderful support from our local businesses. Other items we have accomplished are such things as a successful “Taste of Land Park” (wine tasting, restaurant sampling and car show) that netted over $8,000. For the first time, we thanked our neighbors for their support by holding a free Family Picnic Day with games. Despite soaring heat, it was attended by approximately 100 neighbors. We initiated the Volunteer Corp to compensate for the disastrous cut in park maintenance personnel…now we go out and prune, plant and and clean up. We lent our support to our Curtis Park neighbors by endorsing the Curtis Park Village developement. We encouraged and discouraged cell towers, depending on viability of the locations and appearance. We co-hosted, along with the City, the annual Easter Egg Hunt which was attended by hundreds of children who picked up thousands of plastic eggs stuffed by the local boy scout troop. We are developing a better relationship with our councilman with monthly meetings. We are watching closely a move to expand the Sacramento Zoo…a great idea in theory, but a disaster for the existing park’s use. The election that just...
OUT OF AREA AGENTS…OUT OF TOUCH WITH SERVICE TO CLIENTS

OUT OF AREA AGENTS…OUT OF TOUCH WITH SERVICE TO CLIENTS

It can happen many ways…an old friend asks for help with selling their house, even though they know the agent doesn’t normally work that area; the agent receives a referral call from another agent for an area the agent isnt’t familiar with- the potential agent hasn’t had an escrow close in months and is hungry; the agent has listed their clients home and the sellers are willing to have the same agent represent them, even though they know that agent doesn’t normally sell where they are buying. Do you see a pattern developing? It is so easy to fall into the trap of trying to be all things to all people, especially when escrows are fewer and the agent needs to pay the mortgage. This is not an easy time in real estate. The adage of “Agents are working 3 times as hard at twice the cost for 1/2 of the income” is not really a joking matter…it is true. However, need is not an excuse to ignore the primary duty to the clients. The fiduciary responsibility to the client is to advise them as to what is best for the client. Working in an area that the agent knows little, if anything about, is not in the best interest of the client. Every neighborhood has nuances that an agent must know in order to properly understand market value. The same house could have two distinctly different values and only be blocks apart and only an expert in the neighborhood will know where that line is drawn. There may be a history in the neighborhood that could affect value...
MY NICHE FOUND ME!

MY NICHE FOUND ME!

I went into the real estate business specializing in residential sales in the Land Park, East Sacramento and Curtis Park neighborhoods. These are the neighborhoods I love and I have lived in Land Park for over 30 years. Little did I dream that I would develop a niche to my specialty. I wish I could say it was a well planned business plan. It wasn’t. It started with a property that I was asked to list about 2 years ago. It was dated, but otherwise a truly charming home. I knew that it would net the sellers much more money if they would be willing to put a little money into it. I had just started using a new stager and asked for her input as to colors. I found a wonderful contractor who could paint, take care of any electrical needs as well as do pest work. Other specialists who could work on hardwood floors, plumbing and cleaning also come into play and are an important part of the process. First, we needed to determine what needs doing as opposed to completing an all out remodel. Much of the time I need to be respectful of what the owner has loved about their home and assure them that we will keep that “aura”. I have now learned the key elements that should almost always be done in this situation. Fresh interior paint is almost always a given. Dated homes are most quickly identified by the choice in paint colors. The second might be surprising…new light fixtures. Large hardware stores have a great selection without paying a premium price....
THE JOY OF MY BIKE

THE JOY OF MY BIKE

I know that there are a lot of people who get their exercise walking and jogging. I hear that you can hit a transition point and after that, it gets easier. Some tell me that they feel exhilarated after their outing. For me, I get bored being a pedestrian. Simply put, it’s just too slow. I’m a tourist when it comes to my outings. I want to see what people are doing. I want to appreciate a unique home. I always try to route my outings through William Land Park. However, I don’t want to take a lot of time between scenes. My preference is my trusty bike. I can enjoy a little breeze, no matter what the weather. I can speed by the less interesting scenes and stop at the really cool stuff. I can stop and talk to people…no muscles will cramp up. My feet aren’t exactly user friendly and biking doesn’t make them hurt. Now granted, I don’t really bike just for exercise. I always need a destination. With saddlebags on my bike, I can run errands galore. I can buy a week’s worth of dinners and load it up in my bike. I can buy paint for my house, flowers for my garden or office supplies…and bring them home on my bike. The exercise is really a nice side benefit. Of course, there is always the benefit of saving money on gas, but really, I have to admit…it’s the last reason I ride my bike. I write this in the hope that more people will pause, just for a second, when they are heading out...
WILLIAM LAND PARK, THEN AND NOW

WILLIAM LAND PARK, THEN AND NOW

Camp Union soldiers marched where the Sacramento Zoo now sits and their parading grounds now enjoy 4 of the 5 baseball diamonds. A restroom was transformed into the present day Tiny Tots Preschool. Horses were rented from College Stables at the corner of Sutterville Road and Freeport Boulevard for Sacramentans to enjoy a day of riding. In 1953, the first Police Academy held its classes at William Land Park. Bartley Cavanaugh owned a ranch that featured his interests of race horses, hops kilns and barns that was situated near where the Sacramento Zoo now sits. Andrew Caruthers from Pennsylvania bought a 160 acre ranch in 1849 in the southeast corner of William Land Park. To say that William Land Parks 160 acres enjoys a rich history is an understatement. John Sutter wanted to ensure a city that would be above a consistently challenging flood plain. He located Sutterville at the southwest corner of what is now known as William Land Park. Spreading out from this establishment of a ships carpenter, doctor, brewery owner and brick layer the citizens made their homes. Due to poorly managed finances, Sutterville gave way to nearby Sacramento in 1852, when the brewery was torn down. William Land made his fortune primarily as a hotelier, establishing the Western Hotel on 2nd and K and then erecting the Land Hotel in downtown Sacramento. He died in 1911, leaving a legacy of $250,000 to “to purchase a public park within a suitable distance” of Sacramento to be used as a recreation spot for the children and a pleasure ground for the poor.” William Land Park was established...