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The outer north suburbs of Sacramento, including the North Sac neighborhood, Natomas and North Highlands, all give Sacramento residents the opportunity to live in affordable apartments close to the entertainment of downtown Sacramento. Like many suburbs surrounding the city, these neighborhoods appeal to residents who prefer the quiet life outside the city, but appreciate access to it whenever they want.

Residents in the northern neighborhoods benefit from a 20-minute drive into central Sacramento, as well as plenty of land up in the outer areas near Antelope and Rio Linda. These outer northern areas prove a good option for people who like a suburban lifestyle within commuting distance to nightlife and festivals.


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As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Sacramento, CA is $1,111 for one bedroom, $1,355 for two bedrooms, and $1,914 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Sacramento has increased by 6.9% in the past year.

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The majority of restaurants and bars in the northern Sacramento neighborhoods center in Natomas, particularly on Truxel and Del Paso roads. While other restaurants are scattered around North Highlands and other areas, locals find the most highly regarded places in Natomas. The majority of spots feature American and Mexican fare, though a few Asian fusion eateries can be found.

El Pollo Feliz Grill, a popular Mexican place in North Highlands, specializes in freshly cooked chicken. Try the four-piece BBQ chicken meal, or order chicken breast with rice, potato salad and tortillas. North suburb locals can feed their families for a minimal price on a meal at El Pollo Feliz, enjoying some asada fries along with the meal.

People in Natomas who can’t decide between a burger or some Asian food go to Plaza Café and Grill, a small restaurant that serves both teriyaki chicken and hamburgers. Taste the bacon burger, or go for the Asian fare and try a stir-fry or bowl of pho. This combination of unique cuisines in one restaurant draws in many northern Sacramento residents who like variety in their menu items.

At Natomas’ local breakfast and lunch place, the Waffle Experience, customers enjoy the popular Benedict Arnold waffle and the Smor’Tella, a waffle covered in chocolate and marshmallows. Waffle sandwiches such as the Foghorn, made with fried buffalo chicken, bacon, and feta cheese, keep waffle lovers satisfied for the rest of the day.

Locals looking for a beer or a night out can stay in Natomas and visit a few dive bars, such as Fiji Kava Dive Bar, where they can enjoy a bowl of kava. Dancing fans can go to Stoney Rockin Rodeo for country dancing and music, or they can go downtown or to Arden-Arcade for more club options. T2 Nightclub and Lounge in Arden brings in crowds who want to sing karaoke until the morning hours.


Sacramento began as a mining outpost for the miners who came to California to seek their riches during the Gold Rush. The town grew to such a status that lawmakers chose it to be the state capital in 1854. Farmers developed Sacramento’s agriculture and helped it grow into a modern, large city with sprawling suburbs in both the north and south.

Most travelers find Sacramento’s museums in the downtown area. The California State Capitol Museum gives access to the capitol building, and hopeful pharmacists can check out the California Pharmacy Museum in Natomas. The Crocker Art Museum downtown appeals to art fans, and the Benvenuti Performing Arts Center puts on pageants and performances.

North Sacramento locals also go downtown to participate in Sacramento’s annual events, including beer festivals, holiday gatherings and Autorama.


Like other Sacramento suburbs, the sprawling neighborhoods and homes in the north make it hard for pedestrians to walk to many errands. The outer parts of Natomas, North Sacramento and the North Highlands don't contain enough shopping plazas and other commercial spaces for people to walk to those places quickly. Therefore, most people choose to drive, with easy access to Interstate 80 and Highway 99 from the north suburbs.

Sacramento’s bus system, the Sacramento Regional Transit District, provides a few bus lines through the northern neighborhoods. Locals who live closer to South Natomas benefit more from nearby public transportation. Fortunately, locals can call city cabs or use Uber and Lyft to get where they need to go without the help of public transit.

The spread-out nature of most shopping and commercial centers in north Sacramento make it easy for people to find parking in those regions. Bicycling in those places proves to be good exercise — Most roads are flat and have bike lanes for bicyclists to use.


Life in Sacramento has a higher cost than the national average. A one-bedroom apartment costs an average of $859 to rent per month. A ride on Sacramento RTD buses to get to downtown costs $2.50 for a one-way trip.

The cost of a tank of gas runs about 16 percent higher than the national average. Additionally, a beer in north Sacramento can be affordable, at an average of $3.50 a glass at a local bar.


Residents in the outer north Sacramento areas travel to Natomos for their primary shopping. Sacramento Gateway houses typical mall retailers, like Bath & Body Works and Old Navy. Others can shop at Ulta Beauty or Target for clothes or other accessories. Arden Fair, the major mall of Arden-Arcade, gives north Sacramento locals a chance to do some high-end shopping at Nordstrom.

North Sacramento houses a few boutique and specialty shops, but residents find most of these downtown or in Arden-Arcade. Capitol Store Fixtures in Natomas assists business owners in stocking their stores with fixtures and other small items that they can use in their shops. Enhance By Linda Reib, located near North Highlands, functions as a specialty clothing store that helps women undergoing cancer treatments find clothes that fit them well.

People who need to go grocery shopping in the north Sacramento area generally visit Bel-Air, Raley’s and Safeway to pick up the necessary food items. Natomas residents can visit Nutri-One or Nutrishop for vitamins and supplements, and North Highlands locals like to pass by Que Huong Market for authentic Asian ingredients. Those seeking farmers markets enjoy the Natomas Farmers Market for its homemade goods and its live music.


North Sacramento provides access to a number of local parks. One of the largest parks, North Natomas Regional Park, draws in residents who can have fun in a number of ways. Dog owners can bring their dogs to the dog park, and children enjoy the adventure playground and water spray area. Adults can get exercise by taking a walk on one of the free park’s many walkways or by bicycling on the bike paths.

The Hansen Ranch Park Site in north Sacramento, also called Carl Hansen Park, functions as a nature preserve within the city, with fishing, hiking and mountain biking available in the park space. People who like to get out in nature and check out the wetlands appreciate the Hansen Ranch Park.

North Natomas Regional Park's amphitheater hosts local performances and concerts every summer, as well as a small farmers market. William Land Regional Park near downtown Sacramento puts on festivals such as the Banana Festival, and possesses popular attractions like the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town.


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7200 Pepperwood Knoll Ln, Sacramento, CA 95842
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3825 Little Rock Dr, Antelope, CA 95843
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3700 Navaho Dr, Antelope, CA 95843
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4400 Shandwick Dr, Antelope, CA 95843
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6830 Walerga Rd, Sacramento, CA 95842
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3930 Tarmigan Dr, Antelope, CA 95843
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8303 Walerga Rd, Antelope, CA 95843
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4339 Galbrath Dr, Sacramento, CA 95842
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Apartments for Rent in Outer N Sac Natomas N Highlands, Sacramento, CA

The outer north suburbs of Sacramento, including the North Sac neighborhood, Natomas and North Highlands, all give Sacramento residents the opportunity to live in affordable apartments close to the entertainment of downtown Sacramento. Like many suburbs surrounding the city, these neighborhoods appeal to residents who prefer the quiet life outside the city, but appreciate access to it whenever they want.

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