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Land Park profile:
Land Park is located in the Southwestern portion of Sacramento, a well-established enclave of single-family homes amid tree-lined streets. Its residents enjoy a haven away from the busier city grid at its doorstep to the north, with sleepy communities, distinguished older family homes, and plenty of parks and river access for the most avid outdoorsman.
Neighborhoods and community:
Land Park contains its own sub-neighborhoods, including South Land Park Hills with Reichmuth Park, Cooledge Park, and Argonaut Park in its fold, to nearby associated Curtis Park, Greenhaven, and The Pocket areas. Designated as Area Two of Sacramento, Land Park sits between Broadway to the North, Sutterville Road to the South, Interstate 5 to the West, and Freeport Boulevard to the East. Homes for sale in Land Park often go quickly and earn great value.
William Land: the man/the myth:
Land Park and Sacramento owe a debt of gratitude to William Land, who had an incredible life and left a positive legacy. When he died he was a successful businessman and community leader, having amassed wealth as a hotelier for the Western Hotel on K Street in 1875. But Land was born in desperate poverty in New York State in 1836, one of 14 children. His family was so poor that his father sold the young William into indentured servitude to a local farmer for $50 per year. William worked hard and eventually bought himself out of the agreement, working his way through college before heading west in 1960.
He came to San Francisco with three dollars in his pocket and actually walked all the way to the boomtown of Sacramento to avoid the cost of transportation. Not many would guess this resourceful, self-effacing young man would become a hotel owner, community and have his namesake on a park, a neighborhood, and a school, among other civic achievements
Over his life, he gave generously to the poor and disenfranchised in his city, donating nearly half a million dollars, an astronomical sum in those days. But his philanthropic opus came when he died in 1911. In his will, William Land portioned $250,000 of his estate for a public park and $200,000 to go to the poor of Sacramento.
William Land Park:
William Land’s gift to Sacramento at passing was “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.” So William Land Park was founded in the 1920’s with the golf course built only four years later. It sits on 166 acres and includes picnic areas, 3 ponds stocked with fish for fishermen, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, basketball courts, a 3.4 mile jogging course, and a golf course, as well as outdoor amphitheaters and performance areas for live music, plays, and events. Land Park real estate is considered some of the most prized property in the whole city.
The very first golf course in all of Sacramento was built in Land Park in 1924 and named to honor William Land. The Land Park Golf Course is a 9-hole public course for all to enjoy.
Education and schools:
Land Park is part of three school districts – Center Joint Unified, Sacramento City Unified and Washington Unified, but most of the area’s students belong to Sac Unified. The area encompassing Land Park is home to eight high schools, four middle schools, and 22 elementary schools, many of them rating very well.
Land Park is also the host to Sacramento City College, a 2-year college with an annual enrollment of over 25,000 students.
The neighborhood is also honored to have Land Park Academy, a top-flight school for children and young adults who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
Forks and glasses:
The Tower Café on Broadway is practically a Sacramento institution, with long lines on weekend mornings for people to enjoy coffee and an amazing brunch among the unique garden seating.
Vic’s Ice Cream is a cold and creamy summertime rite of passage for any child (ok, and some adults) in Land Park.
Riverside Clubhouse is one of the most fun local spots for happy hour or a romantic dinner, with so many familiar faces from the neighborhood that someone is sure to recognize you and say hello.
The Freeport Bakery has had a mutual love affair with Land Park residents for over 25 years, making wedding cakes, birthday treats, and cupcakes every special occasion.
Land Park is host to a great California certified farmers market ever Sunday morning with fresh regional fruit, produce, and goodies.
Things to do and see:
Taste of Land Park is a well-anticipated celebration of food and drink that takes place every June, with neighbors and visitors alike walking and biking between local restaurants and area wineries.
William Land Park has also been home to the classic Shakespeare Festival, where residents have enjoyed productions of Romeo And Juliet or As You Like it in the William Carroll Amphitheatre every summer since the late 1960s.
If the kids aren’t tired out from all of that, you can take them for a trip to Funderland, a Land Park institution that’s been entertaining gleeful children and families since 1959.
Fairytale Town is also a little kid’s dream, where they can play inside a fairy tale setting for the day.
Probably the most unexpected Land Park real estate, the Sacramento Zoo allows visitors to see, interact, and learn about 140 native, exotic, and even endangered animals.
Notable Land Park Residents:
Phil Angelides, the former California State Treasurer and 2006 gubernatorial nominee, was a Land Park resident.
Charles Calderon, California State Legislator, has a home in Land Park.
Some of the members of the great band the Deftones are from Land Park.
The famous writer Joan Didion grew up in Land Park.
Robert Fong – Sacramento City Councilmember, 4th district
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy was raised in Land Park and lived here until his appointment to the court.
Former Sacramento Mayor Anne Rudin was a Land Park resident.
Jimmie Yee, Sacramento County Supervisor and former Sacramento Mayor, calls Land Park home.
Land Park trivia:
William Land Park was actually a subject in a rap song, Sir Mix-A-Lot’s 1992 “A Rapper’s Reputation”. I bet your friends won’t know that one!
A memorial to neighborhood founder and patron William Land was erected in the park after his death. Designed by famous architect Leonard F. Starks, it displays the time of his life (1837-1911) and a quote by Virgil that aptly characterizes the great man: “The noblest motive is the public good.”