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The Fabulous Forties

Classical architecture, elegant homes

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Tudor, Colonial Revival, Arts and Crafts, California Bungalow—premier examples of these classic architectural styles keep your head spinning in this elegant collection of streets (numbered streets in the 40s) in East Sacramento. Long considered one of the city’s most fashionable neighborhoods, it makes for a delightful stroll with hints of a bygone era of elegance and privilege. Here, homeowners relax on broad front porches; squint and you can almost imagine them in crisp linen suits and frilly lace dresses, sipping cool lemonades on a sultry August afternoon. Kids ride bikes on wide streets—reminder that streetcars used to run through the area, and needed plenty of room to at turnaround points. During the holidays, the area takes on special glow when several houses get lavishly gussied up, then welcome the public during special home tours.

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