I’ve written previously about “Streng” homes in the Sacramento area. If you don’t know what a Streng is, in short it’s a mid-century modern (MCM) home built by the Streng Brothers and designed by Carter Sparks. Strengs are distinct because they have a modern architectural feel to them. Some Streng characteristics include a flat or low-pitched roof, high windows, skylights, plain colors, terrariums and overall a minimalist vibe. Strengs were influenced by Bay Area builder Joe Eichler.
Strengs are often found sprinkled throughout communities in Sacramento, and sometimes we’ll see an entire street of Strengs. This is not the case though with River City Commons because this community is comprised of nine streets of Streng homes. River City Commons is a PUD subdivision in southern Natomas (near Truxel & W El Camino) and was built between 1978-1981 and consists of 196 units (single family detached and halfplex). There is a minimal HOA fee, a fenced park, tennis courts and two pools. It’s also worth mentioning the community has a rule to limit rentals to 25% or less.
Here are some photos of Streng homes in River City Commons:
As shown below, there really haven’t been too many sales in River City Commons over the past few years. It’s easy to see that prices have come down from the boom years though, right?
Here are some links in case you’re interested in Streng properties. If you have other link suggestions, do let me know.
River City Commons Neighborhood Website
River City Commons Original Architecture (pdf)
Floor Plans for Streng Homes
Modern Valley Blog
Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Tour
Streng Brothers Homes
Questions: What do you think of Streng homes? If you live in River City Commons, I’d like to hear your thoughts on the neighborhood. What do you like best? Why did you move there?
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