Sacramento Lifestyle

Water Meters in Land Park Installed at My House Today

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Water meters in Land Park are being installed today at a Realtor’s home.

It’s amazing to have lived in Sacramento for 15 years now and we have no water meters in Land Park. This is a major metropolitan city that is no stranger to drought, but no water meters. I’ve lived all over the country. Never have I lived in a place where we didn’t pay for water based on usage via a water meter. Well, that is all coming to an end today. We knew water meters are coming to Land Park since last May.

Of course, as you can tell by the photo above, I’m not sure if I will be able to get out of my driveway today. What I need to do is stop typing and go outside to engage with the workers and plead with them to let me out. Last Friday was tough enough. I had one of those emergency listing appointments, the kind where the seller absolutely needs to meet with me immediately, so I have to quickly reschedule other activities or drop what I’m doing and run . . . which, let me tell you, is why I am a top producer. read more

Saigon Street Eat is Vietnamese Fast Food on Broadway in Land Park

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Saigon Street Eat is now open on Broadway in Land Park.

Saigon Street Eat has picked up where Pho Bac Hoa Viet left off. We noticed the place had closed over the summer, and I’ve heard rumors that Pho Bac Hoa Viet Restaurant’s lease had expired. This was not my favorite Vietnamese restaurant in Sacramento, but it would do in a pinch. I actually liked its hole-in-the-wall-ness about it. A bit of grunge and neglect. Service was often slow but the food was fairly decent. So we were curious to see what Saigon Street Eat had to offer over its predecessor. read more

Watching the Eclipse Through a Pinhole in Sacramento

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Pinhole reflection of the eclipse August 21, 2017 in Sacramento.

If you were trying to watch the eclipse through a pinhole in Sacramento, you might have been disappointed. I talked with a few of my friends in the afternoon who said they had tried watching the eclipse through a pinhole and it didn’t work. Well, the reason it didn’t work is because they didn’t do the right steps. Hey, I couldn’t figure it out, either, you know. I had to ask my husband specifically how it works because everything I had read was so danged vague. Even the newspaper said things like put a pinhole in a piece of paper and look at the eclipse on the ground. Which didn’t work. read more

The Downside to Buying Homes Near Dairy Farms in Elk Grove

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Dairy farms in Elk Grove are scattered in the countryside.

Dairy farms have convinced me. Much as I appreciate the countryside, I am an urban girl at heart. It’s not often that I get out to the country. Living in Sacramento, the country is actually very close at hand. There are lots of places you can drive to from downtown Sacramento and be in the country in 20 to 30 minutes. Which is where we went yesterday afternoon to bring our adopted cat Horatio back to the Sisters Animal Sanctuary on Fogg Road. We drove past a bunch of dairy farms. I’ve never seen so many cows that close up. I asked my husband to stop the car so I could shoot a photo, which you see above. read more

Using Restaurants and Nightlife to Sell Sacramento Homes

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Orphan barrel flight: Rhetoric, Forged Oak and Barterhouse at Ella Dining Room & Bar.

A while back I had a freelance writer call me about an article she was working on about how real estate agents use restaurants to sell homes, and Alexa Collins, who writes for Homelight, asked if I sell Sacramento homes in that manner. Well, at first blush, I didn’t think that I did, but the writer called attention to a blog I recently wrote about a home I sold in South Land Park. She pointed out that I talked quite a bit about the nearby restaurants, and a favorite Mexican restaurant at that. You can do that in a blog, talk about nearby attractions, but it’s difficult to do in MLS. We are limited to 500 characters and spaces in MLS. read more

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