Revitalizing Northern California Through Innovative Design

By Kerrie Kelly, ASID

Kerrie Kelly is the award-winning interior designer behind Kerrie Kelly Design Lab. She provides advice on lighting, kitchen designs, and smart home technology, among many other things. 

As Northern California prepares for a brand new arena, it means much more to Sacramento than just a place for sporting events. The result is a hub for new housing, entertainment, culinary experiences and shopping, too. While this downtown area holds a rich history, plans are in motion to create homes packed with innovative designer details and home automation features to attract homeowners of all ages. Whether your hot button lies in customized finishes, architectural character, or pre-wired home automation packages (which allow homebuyers to control, charge up, and even entertain with a touch of a button), several groundbreaking builders have options for you.


CURTIS PARK VILLAGE: Developer Paul Petrovich and builder Mike Paris of BlackPine Communities are leading the revitalization charge. 11 years after Petrovich acquired the former rail yard site in Sacramento followed by an expensive cleanup and lengthy approval process, home construction is finally underway with model homes currently now open. An overall 267 single family residences including brownstones, craftsman, cottage, and Spanish styles that will delight with architectural detail and interior offerings.

With a heavy focus on keeping the spaces true to their architectural style and scale, Paris touts the use of local artisans and authentic building materials. Elevation shifts and natural light create both volume and interest in even smaller square footage plans, while rooftop patios offer the height of California living. Chic courtyard spaces accessible from kitchen and living areas invite potential homeowners to sit and relax for a while to enjoy garden and fountain features.


RENAISSANCE PARK: New Faze Development President, Mark Harris, is in full motion to enhance a challenged area of Sacramento in the Del Paso Heights neighborhood. His team is cleaning up area parks while head of construction, Doug Robinson, is outfitting three model homes to reach a tech-savvy demographic via home automation features. Smart homes full of solar efficiency, Wi-Fi thermostats, USB-port outlets, and electronic essentials can even be controlled by the touch of a smartphone.

"The constant evolution of the Sacramento area's business and economic environment has made it one of the most diverse cities in the nation. We envision a celebration of individuality and innovation with the design of Renaissance Park and wish to serve not only today's needs and demands, but those of tomorrow," says Harris.

With an emphasis on a diverse and younger home buyer, design details include a reclaimed design aesthetic paired with contemporary finishes. The typical three bedroom home model even features a dual master suite concept with office/gym space to appeal to two working professionals who live together instead of the typical married couple with kids.


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LAND PARK & EAST SACRAMENTO: Brothers Brian and Donnie Hanly, CEO and President of Next Generation Capital, make up the investment group specializing in acquiring distressed assets and executing value add remodels and restorations in the Sacramento area. Their sweet spot lies in the neighborhoods of Land Park and East Sacramento where houses are not only restored from 1920-1940s construction, but modernized to efficient and beautiful homes for families. Redesigned square footage, updated wiring, statement and automated lighting, thoughtful tile specification, thermostats, and charging centers (all controllable from smart devices) are just a few of the included bells and whistles.

700 BLOCK OF K STREET: Ali Youssefi and Developer Bay Miry of D&S Development recently solidified a redevelopment funding deal on the mixed use project located at the 700 block of K Street. While the revitalization project is months away, the company expects more opportunity over the course of the next few years as interest in downtown is expected to skyrocket with a new arena in the works.

The vision, hard work and persistence from the developers and home builders in the Northern California area continue to provide the framework and momentum to create a vibrant downtown area for Sacramento. Residents can live, work, and play while taking the environment into consideration, eliminating the need for major commuting. The arena and rail yard development paired with the state-of-the-art features and innovative housing designs shine a bright light on not only the history, but the renaissance of Sacramento.

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