The Creamery – New Downtown Infill Home Development to Start Sales Soon

Sacramento Business Journal

November 25, 2015

In a more quiet corner of downtown Sacramento, a big infill housing project is about to make a formal debut.

Next week on Dec. 5, homebuilder BlackPine Communities will host an open house for The Creamery, which will eventually be 117 single-family homes on the site of a former cream and butter factory.

BlackPine’s Mike Paris said he feels good about the interest to date.

“We’ve done virtually no advertising, except for one billboard,” he said. Even so, nearly 50 people signed up for a special event at the project’s design center to learn more about the concept, he said.

“Several folks who have called have said, ‘We’re coming from the suburbs and you’ve got something we like,’” Paris said. Though the square footages, topping out at about 2,300 square feet, are smaller than many suburban homes, buyers aren’t compromising on design. That means three-story homes with such features as a rooftop deck and neighborhood paseos at the project site on 10th and 11th streets and between C and E streets.

Paris said the Dec. 5 event will be the first time buyers can begin formally reserving homes, the first of which will be available in late spring or summer of next year. About 40 homes on the south portion of the site, between 10th and 11th, will be in the first release.

While The Creamery may be experiencing good timing as many people embrace more urban-style living again, Paris said, it’s not just that. Many of his buyers, he expect, have long wanted to live in the urban center, but didn’t because new housing was nonexistent.

“They didn’t want to sell until they found what they wanted,” he said.