Apartment Guide Reveals the Best Cities for Closet Space

Apartment Guide Reveals the Best Cities for Closet Space

If spacious closet real estate is high on your apartment priority list, Apartment Guide has information you need.

In cities across the country, closet storage varies greatly. Apartment Guide analyzed its own nationwide rental listings, looking specifically at storage square footage.

In May, the Huffington Post and Triangle Business Journal reported on Apartment Guide’s research revealing the cities with the largest average closet space.

Phoenix, Dallas-Fort Worth, and the Kansas City-Lawrence, Missouri areas topped the list for generous, out-of-the-way storage.

After the jump, check out the full list of cities offering more spacious storage.

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Green Business on the Rise in Sacramento

Growing support for green business in Sacramento may also mean more jobs for the city’s residents.

The fast-growing green business industry has been attracting a lot of attention, and the spotlight is on Sacramento. California’s capital city is a hub for earth-friendly companies. With a state-wide focus on limiting emissions, Sacramento is leading the way by supporting green businesses and creating new green jobs.

Why so green?
Sacramento is known for becoming one of the greenest cities in the world thanks in part to legislation that requires utility companies to get one-third of their electric energy from renewable resources by 2020.  Several utility providers are already nearing this goal, with major provider Sacramento Municipal Utility District already sourcing about 25 percent of its power from renewable sources. 

But it’s not just energy companies in Sacramento that are going green.  There’s a growing green-tech sector in Sacramento, as well, and even small businesses are adopting environmentally-conscious practices. 

Characteristics of a green business
In Sacramento, companies that get a certification from the Green Business Bureau enjoy a reduction in operating costs and a reputation as a company that cares. Besides reducing their carbon footprint by relying on renewable energy sources, these businesses may also engage in sustainable business practices like recycling, using eco-friendly packaging materials and bags, or contributing a portion of their profits to charities which work to protect the environment.

For consumers, supporting these businesses means supporting companies which are actively trying to lower pollution and leave the world a better place.  It also means strengthening the local economy, as green businesses typically source materials and labor locally.

More upside for residents
Supporting Sacramento’s green businesses may also mean more jobs for residents. Between 1995 and 2008, Sacramento led the state of California in green job growth to the tune of 87 percent. During that time, green jobs in Sacramento grew at three times the rate of all jobs created in California—and they continued to grow even during the recession. As entrepreneurs capitalize on California’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gasses, you can likely expect to see green job growth continue to take off.

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Best Vegetarian Restaurants in California

vegetarian restaurants in california

These vegetarian restaurants in California are so good, you’ll never miss the meat.

California’s healthy, eco-friendly mentality is so prevalent that it spreads to practically every aspect of the lives of its residents, so it’s no surprise that some of the best vegetarian restaurants in the country can be found in this sunny state.

If you want your plate to be filled with healthy, meat-free options, check out these vegetarian restaurants in California.

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Find the Best Food in Sacramento

Whether you’re looking for fast and cheap, mid-range or fine dining options, Sacramento, Calif.’s got them all.

Looking for good eats in the capital of California? Whether you’re looking for fast and cheap, mid-range or fine dining options, Sacramento, Calif.’s got them all.

Eating on the cheap
When what you want is good, old-fashioned, excellent home-style cooking, look no further than local favorites like Plates and Mo Mo’s Meat Market. While they may not be fancy, these food destinations have online reviewers raving.

Located in the Tahoe Park neighborhood, Mo Mo’s is your best bet for barbeque in Sacramento, serving up hot links, ribs and pork. Just choose two, three or four different meats for your plate and pony up a surprisingly paltry amount of cash. Most entrees are under ten dollars here.

Plates Café is another unique eatery, staffed by residents of a local shelter. The workers learn marketable skills while serving up comfort foods like pulled pork on jalapeno biscuits, sweet potato fries with sea salt, and a variety of sandwiches and salads. It’s a cheap meal that supports a good local cause.

The best food in the mid-range
According to Time Magazine, Sacramento is one of the most diverse cities in the United States. A glance at some of the most-loved mid-range-priced dining options in the city may help you understand how the city claimed that title.

Whatever kind of international fare you’re looking for, you’ll find it in California’s capital. For vegan and vegetarian dishes with a southeast Asian flair, there’s Andy Nguyen’s. If cabbage rolls and schnitzel sound good to you, try popular Midtown joint Café Marika. Spanish tapas, fruity sangria and live music are on the menu at Tapa the World. And Centro Cocina Mexicana, a staple on the Sacramento dining scene for 20 years, serves up fresh Mexican dishes and over 150 tequilas.

Splurging in Sacramento
Some of the country’s best restaurants make up the fine dining scene in Sacramento. Expect to pay a premium but enjoy a unique dining experience –assuming you can get a reservation — at these popular spots.

Downtown Sacramento’s Ella Dining Room and Bar, which has been called one of the United States’ most innovative restaurants, is helmed by celeb chef Randall Selland and serves family-style portions of fine, locally-sourced fare. Biba Ristorante Italiano is also helmed by a famous chef, Biba Caggiano, a TV show host and author. Biba’s is known for serving authentic Northern Italian dishes. (Tip: try visiting the restaurant during the week to sample its affordable prix fixe menu.)

Looking for more?
Still hungry to learn what else you can chow down on in Sacramento? Try scouring your favorite online review sites for tips on Sacramento’s best restaurants. Also, visit local foodie dining resources like SacFoodies, Munchie Musings, and the Sacramento Food Blog on Urbanspoon.

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Grab a Brew at One of These Sacramento Breweries

Whether you fancy yourself a beer connoisseur or you’re just an occasional beer drinker, Sacramento has several breweries in town to test out new beers. These breweries typically include a well-planned menu and a staff that can explain beer pairings. And the beers are carefully and expertly brewed to be the best around. So, treat yourself and head out to one of these Sacramento breweries for a great meal and a smooth ale.

Track 7 Brewing Co.
Named for its proximity to the old Western Pacific railroad tracks, Track 7 was created as a creative outlet for unique and artisanal beers. The brewers experiment with all varieties of beer, and it extends further than just American beers to Belgian, English and German inspiration. If you’re looking for something different to do on the weekend, visit the tap room with your friends and overlook the Track 7 brewery. For an added bonus, the tap room is dog friendly. Sit down, relax and try an Alkali Wit, a Belgian-style wit bier, or a Big 4 Strong Ale, an American strong ale.
Where: 3747 W. Pacific Ave., Sacramento, CA 95820

Hoppy Brewing Company
Head to this neighborhood brewpub for unique ales and food that goes above and beyond traditional bar fare. For the food, try the Hoppy Chop Salad with basil vinaigrette or the Fish and Chips. If you’re headed there with a group, share an order of the house made kettle chips or the Hoppy Fries, which are tossed in garlic and Parmesan cheese  – need we say more? Head to Hoppy for happy hour, and you’ll hit great specials, like $12 pitchers and $3.50 pints. Wash down the Hoppy Fries with a cold, fresh-brewed Total Eclipse, a porter-like brew that features chocolate and black malts. If you’re looking for a lighter beer, try the Liquid Sunshine Blonde Ale, which has a grapefruit-like flavor and aroma.
Where: 6300 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95819

Rubicon Brewing
Not only do they have great beer and good food, but the service and overall ambiance of Rubicon Brewing is enough of an excuse to skip out of work a little early and meet up with friends for a relaxing night. This is Midtown’s original restaurant brewery, and since the late ‘80s, it has yet to disappoint the residents of this neighborhood. Check their website for their daily specials, which include $2.50 pints, all-you-can-eat fish and chips and $2 tacos. And for the beer, Rubicon has something for everyone. If you’re looking for a cider, try the Blood Orange cider, if available. For pale ale drinkers, order the Monkey Knife Fight, known for its perfect balance of hops.
Where: 2004 Capitol Ave., Sacramento, CA 95811

River City Brewing Company
Whether it’s been a rough week in the office or you’re just looking for a relaxing place to hang out with friends, the fun atmosphere at River City Brewing is your answer. Located in the heart of downtown Sacramento, River City Brewing Company offers up a spacious venue with extraordinary food and great craft beers. Share the Crispy Eggplant Napoleon appetizer, which is eggplant served with goat cheese, basil pesto and sun dried tomato tapenade. But what goes better with beer than pizza? River City offers up several wood-fired pizza options, including BBQ chicken, a Brewmaster’s specialty and rosemary-garlic marinated portobello mushroom. And for the beer, River City brews up 22 different beers throughout the year. Some of the favorites include K Street Kolsch, IPA and Woodenhead Ale.
Where: 545 Downtown Plaza, Suite 1115, Sacramento, CA 9

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Frugal Fun in Sacramento

Taking a stroll across the Old Sacramento Bridge at night is a frugal way to enjoy the city.

Looking for some places to have fun on the cheap in Sacramento? This lively city offers plenty of activities that won’t break your budget. Below are just a few ideas to get you started on the road to fun.

 

Paintball

If you are looking for some extreme outdoor fun, paintball might be just the thing to unwind. Sacramento hosts several paintball facilities where you can hide behind castle ramparts, slither through culvert-style pipes, and use sniper trails to sneak up on your enemies. Check out Santa Clara Paintball (six locations), Davis Paintball and Midway Paintball. These facilities are reasonably priced and perfect for an afternoon of cheap fun.

Music and Theater

If your tastes run more to the artistic side of life, you’ll love Sacramento’s many theaters and concert venues. The Sutter Street Theatre in Folsom (www.sutterstreettheatre.com) offers regular plays and other productions. The Sacramento Theater Company (www.sactheatre.org) is one of the oldest and largest arts institutions in the area, and offers more than 300 performances a year. If you’re a student or a senior, ask the box office about discounted tickets.

In the spring and summer, many area parks host small, free concert events, where people can listen to everything from classical to rock. Some parks will even host free movie nights.

Tour Old Sacramento

Old Sacramento is an historic area and park on the banks of the Sacramento River. This 28-acre town is straight out of California’s Gold Rush days, complete with wooden sidewalks, horse-drawn carriages, and historic buildings constructed in the 1800s.

Old Sacramento has many free attractions, including the Wells Fargo History Museum, and a replica of an 1800s one-room schoolhouse.

Go for a Walk

Sacramento is beautiful in fair weather, and there are plenty of interesting sites that won’t cost you a dime to see. Pick up a free copy of the Sacramento Visitors’ Guide at the Old Sacramento Visitors Center. There is a whole section entitled “Walking Tours of Sacramento.”

Sacramento is a wonderful, historic, vibrant city with great weather and a lot to offer, even if you’re on a tight budget. So try out some of these ideas and, while you’re out, look for even more frugal fun in Sacramento.

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Participate in these Breast Cancer Awareness Month Events in Sacramento

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, serving as the second leading cause of cancer death. To aid in the fight against breast cancer, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the most prevalent breast cancer organization in the United States, organizes a number of local and national events each year to raise awareness. If you’re in the Sacramento area during the month of October, here are a few events you can participate in.

Wacoal’s “Fit for the Cure”

Did you know that most women are wearing the wrong bra size? Wacoal, a national Komen sponser, will be hosting bra fittings throughout the region, donating $2 from each fitting and additional $2 for each new bra purchased. The Sacramento area fitting will be held at the Vintage Faire Mall in Modesto.

Details: Oct. 19, Macy’s at Vintage Faire Mall, 3401 Dale Road, Modesto, CA 95356

“Party in Pink” Zumbathon

If you haven’t yet discovered the new fitness craze that is Zumba, now is the perfect opportunity, as proceeds for the two hour “Party in Pink” Zumbathon benefit the Komen Sacramento Afficiliate. Lace up your athletic shoes, don your best pink workout gear and Zumba your heart out for a good cause. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door, and 75 percent of the ticket fee is donated to Komen.

Details: Oct. 20, 10 a.m. – noon; Lord’s Gym, 25 Massie St., Sacramento, CA 95823

Artists for the Cure

If you’re a supporter of the local Sacramento art scene, head out to Artists for the Cure, a night of art, fashion, live music and a silent auction. Each guest that attends is automatically entered into a raffle for a three day Las Vegas vacation package for two. A $20 general admission ticket includes unlimited appetizers, a raffle ticket for the Vegas trip, admission to the fashion show and access to bid on art and jewelry items, while $30 VIP admission gets you all of the above plus a complimentary drink ticket and a swag bag packed with cool goodies.

Details: Oct. 20, 6 – 9 p.m.; Creative Vera Studio, 1200 S St., Sacramento, CA 95811

Gala for the Cure

The second annual Gala for the Cure is guaranteed to be a memorable night. The evening will include a delicious dinner from Mulvaney’s, music performed by the Camellia City String Quartet and a live auction featuring a number of spectacular items, like a winemakers dinner at Formaggio, an oil painting by iconic local artist Bob Miller and a San Francisco 49ers game weekend package.

Details: Oct. 21, 5:30 – 9 p.m.; The Center at Twenty-Three Hundred, 2300 Sierra Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95825

Masquerade for the Cure

For something classy and chic, head to The Masquerade for the Cure where $35 of your $75 ticket will go to Komen. Held at the beautiful Antiquite Maison Privee, attendees will get an up close and personal glimpse into this private venue that also doubles as an art gallery. Food and drinks will be provided, and semi-formal attire and masquerade mask are required.

Details: Oct. 27, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.; Antiquite Maison Privee, 2114 P St., Sacramento, CA 95816

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Starting a New Job and New Life in Sacramento

If you’ve just relocated to Sacramento, follow our tips to find out how to adjust to starting a new job and living in this great city.

So you’ve just relocated to Sacramento for a new job? You’ll be happy to know that your new home is the capital city of the state of California, and the fourth largest metropolitan area in the state. Constantly cited as one of the nation’s most livable cities, Sacramento was named America’s most ethnically and racially integrated city by Time magazine in 2002.

Not only will you be starting a new job in Sacramento; you’ll be starting a new life, too. In any new job, it takes some time to adjust to your new coworkers and office environment, but when you have the added pressure of having to get used to new surroundings, relocating can seem stressful and overwhelming. But by following a few simple tips, you can make the transition much easier. Read on to find out how to adjust to starting a new job and living in Sacramento.

New Job

  • Show your appreciation for anyone who might have helped you to get your new job. If you went through a recruiter to find your position, or knew a contact at your company before moving, say thank you with a simple card or thoughtful email.
  • Go out of your way to introduce yourself to coworkers. Take some time to go to lunch with different people throughout the week to show that you’re making an effort to be interested in your company. When you feel comfortable enough, take it to the next level and schedule away-from-the-office social gatherings with colleagues.
  • Strive to achieve a good work ethic by concentrating on your work and doing a good job. Don’t worry if you haven’t learned all of the “office ropes” within the first week – it can often take some time to adjust to a new email system or learn the eccentricities of the office vending machine, but stay focused and hard working and you’ll gain confidence.
  • Remain visible and involved by attending company events or in-house seminars. Join professional organizations and attend networking events. The more people you meet within your company and out in the industry, the bigger and more secure your network becomes.

New Life

  • Sacramento is a community-driven city, so get out and get involved in your neighborhood and new city. Take a class at a local college to improve your skills. Attend a church service, join the PTA or volunteer for a local charity or organization, like Hope Productions Foundation, a nonprofit that provides support and training for charities benefiting children and youth. You’ll meet new, like-minded people while giving back to the community.
  • Take some time out of your busy work life to visit some of Sacramento’s attractions. Take in the newest exhibit at the Crocker Art Museum, the oldest art museum west of the Mississippi River. Sports lovers can check out a Sacramento Kings basketball game at the Power Balance Pavilion. Or, have a romantic night on the town by strolling through historic Old Sacramento and then catching a performance of the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Above all, keep an open mind and welcome new experiences. Change, while sometimes scary, can be a good thing. Embrace this new experience in your life and take advantage of any opportunity presented to you.

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Retiring in Sacramento

Golfing in Sacramento

With so many things to do in Sacramento, including golf, Sacramento is a great place to retire.

Ready to retire? After working almost every day of your life for what seems like your entire life, the thought of relaxing and unplugging is nice. So, how exactly should this process start? Where should you retire? What is there to do there to stay busy but at the same time relax? According to 55Places.com and CNN’s Money Magazine, Sacramento makes for a great retirement destination. Here are a few tips to finding the best places to retire in Sacramento and how to make the most of your time.

Why Sacramento?
Situated on the Sacramento and American Rivers, Sacramento is a true gem of Northern California. The Mediterranean-like climate boasts hot, dry summers and mild winters, which is typically ideal for active adult retirees. Snow is rare, but you will see an occasional flurry or light dusting.

Sacramento Neighborhoods for Retirees
Sacramento covers an area of about 100 square miles, so finding the right neighborhood to retire might be a little harder than expected. To get you started on your search, here are our picks for best Sacramento neighborhoods to retire.

  • Carmichael – This quiet Sacramento suburb makes you feel like you’re living in the country, even though it’s in the city. Located 12 miles from downtown Sacramento, this family-friendly neighborhood is ideal for retirees because it’s quiet and quaint. Though this neighborhood is home to 58,000, there is a strong sense of community with a community-wide Fourth of July parade and fireworks show.
  • Winn Park – Located in midtown along the Capitol Avenue corridor, this walkable Sacramento neighborhood has a mixture of residents – from young families to active retirees. Winn Park is great for retirees because you don’t have to go far to enjoy your daily activities. It is emerging as a bustling dining, shopping and entertainment district. Although the neighborhood is growing, it still exudes a warm and homey charm, and residents here pride themselves on being on a first-name basis with one another.
  • Phoenix Field – This close-knit neighborhood is named after the once-bustling Phoenix Field airport, where residents in adjacent homes could taxi planes directly from their yards to the runway. The airstrip is gone now, but in its place are quiet streets and homes filled with middle-aged professionals, young families and retirees. The cul-de-sacs in Phoenix Field have evolved into micro-communities where neighbors host block parties and potlucks. Bake up your favorite casserole and join in on the party.

What to Do in Sacramento
As California’s capital, Sacramento has a lot to offer its residents. Not sure what to see first? Check out these suggestions.

  • Old Sacramento – Check out what other local residents are making and selling at vendors in Old Sacramento. You can also visit some of the city’s most historic attractions, such as Gold Rush-era buildings and museums. There are also more contemporary boutique shops. After browsing the shops, take a stroll on the charming boardwalk along the Sacramento River.
  • Golf – This is a popular pastime in Northern California, and it is no different in this capital city. Whether you’re an avid golfer or an amateur, the courses in Sacramento will provide you with a challenging but fun experience.
  • Art – You don’t have to step foot into a museum if you want to see great, local art. The public artworks in Sacramento are the pride and joy of residents here, and you can find more than 600 pieces of art in front of city and county buildings, the Sacramento International Airport and outdoors.
  • Volunteer – Join other active retirees by lending a hand in your community. If you’re not sure which charity you want to dedicate your time to, check out Community Services Planning Council’s Hands on Sacramento program, which arranges opportunities for residents to volunteer as much as you want at a variety of organizations.
  • Sports – Although Sacramento is home to only one team in the “big four” professional sports leagues, there are also a variety of different sports teams to enjoy. Here are a few of the Sacramento sports teams.

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Root, Root, Root for Your Sacramento Sports Teams

There is something for everyone to enjoy in Sacramento, including professional sporting events.

Whether you live in, plan on moving to or are just visiting Sacramento, you probably already know there is an abundance of activities to participate in around the area. You can stroll through downtown Sacramento and check out the public artworks on display on the fronts of city and county buildings. Music fanatics can check out live local music at one of the many venues, including the Park at Cesar Chavez Plaza, where there are free concerts every Friday. And don’t forget about the great local eateries in town. What about sports buffs? Well, there’s something for sports fans here, too. Here’s your guide to Sacramento sports teams.

Sacramento Kings
The Kings are the only team in the “big four” sports leagues located in Sacramento. This NBA team has been located in Sacramento since 1985, and it currently calls Power Balance Pavilion home. The Kings got their start as the Rochester Royals in 1945, making them one of the oldest basketball clubs still in existence. Before the NBA was formed, the then-Royals played in the National Basketball League, where they won the championship in 1946. They also won the 1951 NBA championship. Since then, they’ve added three division titles to their belt (1979, 2002 and 2003).
Where: Power Balance Pavilion, 1 Sports Parkway, Sacramento, CA 95834

Sacramento River Cats
The River Cats are the Triple-A affiliate of MLB’s Oakland Athletics. They moved to the Westside of Sacramento from Vancouver in 2000, after winning the Triple-A World Series as the Vancouver Canadians. The River Cats call Raley Field home, and they led minor league baseball in attendance during each of its first eight seasons. As a part of the Pacific Coast League, the River Cats won four consecutive Pacific South Division titles from 2000 through 2004, and they won back-to-back league championships in 2003 and 2004. They once again won the Pacific South Division and league championships in 2007, as well as the Bricktown Showdown. In 2008, they repeated what they did in 2007 with division, league and class championships. Some notable alumni include Andre Ethier, Eric Hinske, Ryan Ludwick, Kurt Suzuki and Nick Swisher.
Where:
Raley Field, 400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento, CA 95691

Sacramento Mountain Lions
The Mountain Lions are a professional American football team that plays in the United Football League. Prior to moving to Sacramento in 2010, the team played in San Jose and San Francisco under the name California Redwoods. The team is currently headed up by general manager and head coach Dennis Green, the former coach for both the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals. The team is owned by Paul Pelosi, who is the husband of U.S. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. In the 2010 season, the Mountain Lions did what no other team could do – they defeated the Florida Tuskers, and they also earned their first win of the season.
Where: Hornet Stadium, 6000 J St., Sacramento, CA 95819

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