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Sacramento Eats Revisited

Good to see this older article’s restaurants come to fruition.  It lists restaurants, mainly in Midtown, that were coming on the scene in 2015.

I’ve been to most of them …. here’s some commentary:

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#1 –  Empress Tavern – If you didn’t know, this is the meat eaters version of MOTHER (a wonderful restaurant that serves no meat).  Or, at least the same owners, I’ve been told.  Killer, coved brick walls and ceilings that make you feel like you’re sitting in a speak-easy of some sort, except they have LED lights and mirrors (no windows) that brighten the place up.  I took my wife there on a special date – my fault for not confirming the reservation.  I made the rezo on an answering machine, um, I mean voice mail.  Do people still have answering machines?  “Wait honey, rewind the tape and play it back to me.”  We arrive and they don’t have my name on THE LIST.  The place is fairly empty on a Tuesday night at 6:00pm, but they tell me that everything is booked for a later party, blah, blah, blah.  We sat in the bar seating area, aka, people-that-didn’t-make-reservations-punishment place.  Okay, I exaggerate.  It was still cool a joint and delicious food, but the initial impression soured my experience.  I will go back a 2nd time.  We just ate a bunch of appetizers – loved the brussel sprouts

#2 – Hawks Provisions and Public House – I must try this place.  Darling, if you are reading this, put it on our next date night, please.

#3 – Braisserie Capitale – never heard of it – any good?  anyone?

#5 – Fish Face – Heard it was delicious!  Out of sight, out of mind.  Kru is legit and one of our go-to’s when wanting to see a sushi chief boggle your mind with his fluidity.   Billy’s like the high-end, night club DJ of sushi, with the sensibilities of Rembrandt. He does have a hand washing fetish though (I love you Billy) – but you want this when it comes toFullSizeRender fresh fish – right!  Just saw this today while grabbing a Peets coffee (think this may be #6 on the list).  Seems like everything Billy Nho touches turns to gold.  Is it just me, or is he blowing the lid off this town?!

#7 – Bottles and Barrow – Trendy concept.  Maybe I’m just jealous of guys who actually can style their hair, or have hair?

#8 – Iron Tavern – It’s kind of like a modern day TGI Fridays with decent beer and really good food.  I was surprised, and kind of wanted to not like it, but I actually do.  The poke nachos are delicious… and my wife got this bloody Mary that was more like a meal than a drink.  It had a strip of bacon in it for god sakes!  Another trendy thing, which I like… if only I liked tomato juice.

#10 – B-Side Bar – Great local bar with a boom box frontage – yeah, it looks like an old school radio like I had in the 5th grade.  Put it on your shoulder and turn it up.  B-side has records in the window, taking it to a whole … nuther… level!

#11 – Coin Op – Ah yes, then there was a bar with old video games.  I actually went there and had an informal Donkey Kong battle with a few guys – none of us got very far, but it brought back some memories, of me spending a zillion quarters on this game when I was a kid.  Very good selection of brews and tasty pizza too.dk__46436.1381332517.1280.1280

#13 – Chandos – … nuff said.  Actually I’m going to say something that may be controversial.  I like Chandos, but I don’t love Chandos, like everyone else.  There are better tacos out there.  There, I said it.

#15 – Track 7 Natomas – The only reason I go to Natomas – to sell a house, or go with buyers to show a house, or visit my homie Earl (shout out to 8 Track Masacre – and who doesn’t love a rockin’ 80’s cover band!).  Curtis Park Track 7 is my hood.

#16 – Magpie – I’m a big fan.  Been there a bunch of times and have only good things to say about it.  Besides, my wife loves it… men, you need to tune in to what your spouse likes, and do that – whatever it is, even if you don’t like it.  Just so happens, I really like Magpie.  Yeah, yeah – it’s hipster-ville at it’s finest.  The people watching is great fun.  I think the hostess had on a plaid 70’s dress which made me feel like I was at a dress up, decades party.  I didn’t mind it at all.

#17 – The Barn in West Sac. – Still being built out – this place has some fantastic architecture flow going on, and I can’t wait until it’s done.  Should be a great hang spot if they do it right.

#20 – (the new location) Shoki Ramen House – Just went there a few weeks ago, at the old Trails Restaurant on 21st, near Broadway – only 4 block from my house, which the old one was 2 blocks away (on 24th st and 2nd Ave.) – Noodles to Thai for is now in that location, which you need to try – I liked it way better than Shoki.  Maybe their Ramen is just not my thing.  Their menu mainly consists of a build-a-bowl of Ramen that is a little too much decision making, and gets expensive.  A dollar more for green onions – com’on!  I’ll pay a dollar more for an egg, but not onions.  I just ended up getting a standard  bowl and it was okay.  Just okay.  If you like Japanese soup, you’ll probably love it like everyone else.  I actually like my friend Dennis’ ramen up at Kansai – great sushi too (Dennis – glad you started hitting up Jiu Jitsu.  You’ll be submitting me before you know it… well, actually it’ll take a long time, but maybe you can tap out Nate – ha ha ha).

What’s your take on any of these haunts?

Cheers,

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Keith Klassen, Real Estate Broker

916.595.7900

 

 

 

Curtis Park Village Developement, Sacramento CA

As a Curtis Park resident, I’ve been following the most recent news on the Curtis Park Village development – here’s a recent piece that goes a little beyond our Viewpoint news.

http://www.sacbee.com/2013/05/05/5393743/petrovich-to-break-ground-on-long.html#mi_rss=Business

Ten Years of Housing Inventory in Sacramento – from Ryan Lundquist

If you are like me, it helps to see a picture to help explain and understand complex concepts.  An appraiser friend of mine does an excellent job of this on a consistent basis – check out Ryan’s most recent blog post HERE

Market Udate, Sacramento CA

[last news letter to our property owners, for whom we manage their properties]

Hope you are finding the spring enjoyable.  As the weather heats up so are the sales.  We’ve assisted several more owners since our last communication in selling their properties at the highest price and in a short time frame.  Others have taken us up on doing a property value analysis and many of the responses have been, “Not yet.”  Or, “I need to wait maybe six months before I sell.” Or, “When the value comes in at $ ______, then let me know and I’m willing to sell at this price.”  I did comps on one owners condo 6 months ago and now the value has come in at nearly $40,000 higher!  These figures have surprised us too and have shocked other sellers.  Take a look at the graphs below that visually show what the market is doing.  Give us a call or email us to take your next step. 

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As you can see, the trend is upward.  Now may be the time to buy as well, as some are concerned about being priced out of the market, or wondering if properties will every cash flow again.  We also began to hear some of our clients buzzing about 1031 exchanges (tax free).  Properties with equity, but a depreciated base can sometimes be parlayed into two or three properties that generate more cash flow and have potential for some great appreciation.  Let’s talk soon to determine your next steps.

Sincerely,

Keith Klassen, Broker                                                                                                    

(916) 669.9030  

Can Anything Good Come Out of West Sacramento?

Yes!

West Sac. has gotten a bad rap over the years, but this article give some hope toward their progress, in the arena of solar energy and the environment.

Check out the article

Enjoy,

Keith Klassen – Real Estate Broker

916.669.9030

Renovation in Curtis Park, Sacramento

It’s always great to see things happening in our neck of the woods.  Business thriving, homes restored, and new things coming to life all around us.  The local women’s gym, Figure 8, seems to be a big hit.  For the last month they have been undergoing a face lift, redoing their storefront and perhaps reconfiguring the entrance.  This renovation should be an attractive upgrade to the already thriving neighborhood.

Stay tuned for the finished product.

Enjoy,

Keith Klassen

Real Estate Broker

The Value of Neighbors – Curtis Park, Sacramento and Beyond

It is so important what neighborhood you live in, whether it be mediteranian doorfor distinctiveness or convenience of locale, people should spend a good amount of time getting a feel for where they are buying and what they are buying into.   When I purchased my first home in Sacramento, I knew that I was not just buying a house, but a neighborhood too.  I just had a gut feeling that my little East Sac. home and neighborhood was a winner, even though I did not know much about it.  However, I found out, over time, the people no my street kept to themselves and were a bit cold.  At the first meeting of my direct neighbor I said, “Hey, we’re thinking about having a BBQ to get to know everyone on the street.  I’ll let you know when we plan it.”  She quickly replied, “Oh, we won’t be coming to that.”  I was speechless.  “Uhhh, okay.  I guess I’ll see you around.”  I couldn’t believe it!

While you can do research on the potential home and neighborhood, it is very difficult to do in depth research on the people that will be your neighbors.

Before we moved our current home in Curtis Park we drove around the neighborhood extensively, walked up and down the street where our potential home was located, and attempted to talk with as many neighbors as possible.  Picture1I’ll never forget the first woman I spoke with… “Are you looking to buy that house?” the neighbor asked.  “Yes, we are in contract,” I replied.  She went on to introduce herself and tell me all about the neighborhood.  The former owners told us that they were saddened to leave because they’d grown so close to their neighbors.  The evening we finally got everything moved in, our neighbor across the street brought us freshly baked cookies and apologized for only bringing a particle ½ gallon of milk!  The next day a man from down the street dropped off brownies he made for us.  A few weeks later our other neighbor gave us a bundle of kindling for fire wood.  After only several weeks I knew we had move onto a unique and special street.

This is the “Front Porch” ethos – an attitude of community that I find deeply rooted and perpetuated on my street.  I applaud and say a big thank you from my family to our neighbors.  Who cares about home values, when you’ve got neighbors like ours!