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Classic Land Park Tudor homes are unlike any other — in my book, anyway. The charm and original touches take you back in time. Today, I was working in Land Park on a new listing by the Tower Theater. Carol Crestelo, one of our exclusive buyers’ agents, was accompanying me as we had a lot of work in the area.
While driving along the tree-lined streets, we noticed an open house sign. It was an old friend from a previous brokerage, holding open a fabulous classic Land Park Tudor home. We stopped to say hello of course, after all, we are Realtors, we love looking at homes too, lol. This property did not disappoint; it was amazing. The front yard was massive, with a huge redwood tree and mature landscape. The pitched roof in the front was impressive.
Pastrami is not a thing I long for, do not dream about, never buy at the grocery store, but it was our intended purpose yesterday to visit Selland’s Market Cafe on Broadway in Land Park and consume pastrami. Man, I remember when Selland first put out reports that it would build another Kitchen in that location on 10th and Broadway. We were so excited. That’s one of our favorite restaurants, and the only reason we don’t go there more often is it’s a hassle to get a reservation and a longer ways to drive.
When we heard it was coming to Land Park, we were besides ourselves with giddiness. Yes, we could crawl home if we had to. We could finally throw caution to the wind and enjoy those wine flights without one of us having to be the designated driver. But then, none of that came to pass. Selland’s Market Cafe was deemed a better fit for the demographics of our neighborhood. Home of the dinner for two with a bottle of wine for $25.
Generally, the lines are long and the parking lot is insufferable. You can’t even pull out on 9th. You’ve got to head the wrong way into Midtown. So perhaps this is more a Midtown restaurant than a Land Park dining spot. But with the prices of homes in Land Park lately, who can afford to eat out anyway?
My husband heard it was a celebration of pastrami and a pale ale yesterday. He chose the Nice to Meet You pale ale, while I selected the more aptly named pale ale for my age, Memory Upgrade, and we’re not talking about computers. The pastrami is house made, and so utterly tender it fell apart in pieces. My entire sandwich pretty much disintegrated. Plus, I had no fork just two steak knives, for some reason.
Sauerkraut and pickles fell onto my plate, along with the sauce. I just used my fingers to clean it up, and then handed my plate to my husband who finished off the little pieces. No photo because I was too busy eating.
And staring at those modern houses that were recently built on Yale Street, which face the freeway. Cool design. Awful location. The last 3 that sold this year closed between $620K and $629K. As a top Sacramento Realtor I had to ask the question of who would buy a home facing the freeway like that? But I know the answer. Today’s Millennials, LOL. Interestingly enough, all 3 buyers for those homes were represented by out-of-area agents. Perhaps they came from the Bay Area where freeway noise is considered a good location.
Yet, I have this perfectly good Land Park listing at 709 7th Avenue, a few houses away from the freeway wall on Santa Buena. Yes, come see this two bedroom, two bath with a bonus room at $399K. Which is open today, May 20th, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Come on by. Hey, you can’t hear a sound inside this adobe built home.
Tip: a good time of day to stop at Selland’s Market Cafe is after the lunch rush and before the dinner crowd arrives. We were there around 2:00 PM. I also recommend the Memory Upgrade pale ale. It’s from San Francisco, a hazy pale ale from Barebottle Brewing Company. Creamy. Just the right bite of citrus.
There is no better market for sellers of homes in Land Park than a seller’s real estate market. That’s because the beautiful homes in Land Park will sell for far more than they could ever fetch in a normal market, and even the ugly homes look much prettier after a few drinks at the midnight bar of Sacramento real estate. Everybody is happy, dancing in the streets, except for the home buyers. Some buyers hoping to purchase their first home in Land Park keep losing out due to the competition and low inventory.
Well, here is your chance, Land Park home buyers, to buy your first home in desirable Land Park, and you all should have an equal playing ground. You might have noticed this home as a Coming Soon listing in Zillow over the past few days, but today your dream home is officially on the market and available to see. If you haven’t yet called a mortgage broker to obtain a preapproval letter, which you will need if you want to make a purchase offer, get hoppin. Put down that Starbucks latte, whip out your cellphone and call your loan officer Dan Tharp at 916.257.1470. We are holding an open house on Sunday, too, from 2 to 4 PM. If all goes as planned, the sellers would like to select an offer by Sunday night. You’ve got plenty of time to get your finances dolled up to buy your first home in Land Park.
This is a home built in 1950, so it has much of the original detailing that made homes in that period so popular: hardwood floors, tiled kitchen counters and baths, large rooms, a raised foundation constructed when workers still professed pride in their professions, built-ins and a brick fireplace, plaster walls to insulate against our hot Sacramento summer days, but it also has modern conveniences such as central heat and air, plus a bonus room on the second floor for an office and a step-down family room with a screened-in porch out back.
In addition to the double sunlit bedrooms, the home features 2 baths, which is a hard-to-find feature in homes under $400,000 in Land Park. The second bath is captivating, with a jetted bathtub, brilliant blue Spanish tile, an antique pull-chain toilet, a skylight, extra storage and a vanity of timeless design. Your guests will love this bath, which is located off the family room.
Of course, there is a garage and a big yard. The yard is drought resistant and wonderfully landscaped with many gorgeous spring flowers in full bloom. You will discover cleverly crafted entertainment areas, a giant redwood tree shades part of the yard, and a fenced in vegetable garden. It doesn’t get any better than this. If you’re looking to buy a home in Land Park, come see.
Photos: Elizabeth Weintraub