While living in and around Sacramento for 7 years, I shopped, watched movies, ate, and sold office buildings in and around the Arden-Arcade area. Located on the eastern side of Sacramento running into the western border of Carmichael, the close-in suburb of Arden-Arcade contained some of Sacramento's most desirable areas as well as its leading shopping mall, Arden Fair.
The city of Arden-Arcade is extremely well served by freeways with access from US 50, Business 80, Interstate 80 and California 160. It also enjoys extensive bus service as well as being cut on the northwestern corner by the light rail. It contains a major auto mall, significant office development and some of Sacramento's best restaurants in the "Gourmet Gulch" area of Fair Oaks, east of Howe Avenue. Finally, it is home to Cal Expo and to the attached waterpark which provide recreational opportunities.
Although many areas of Arden-Arcade are extremely desirable, it is a bit of a checkerboard. Those considering this city should engage in due diligence to ensure that the part that they are looking into is not infested with drugs or gang activity. Staying close to Fair Oaks on the southern end of the district will help to ensure this.