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Thirty-Nine of 122 Sacramento Homes Already Sold in BlackPine’s ‘The Creamery’

“We decided early not to create ‘faux’ Victorians to preserve and respect the areas flavor, but rather to bring new elegance to this formerly forgotten neighborhood.” – Michael Paris, owner and president of BlackPine Communities

Sacramento’s The Creamery at Alkali Flat is located in the city’s oldest neighborhood on the former site of the historic Crystal Cream & Butter Company. In collaboration with BSB Design, BlackPine Communities’ designed the urban contemporary homes as part of an eight-acre, two-and-a-half city block, infill development in downtown Sacramento. BlackPine has earned its reputation as a leader in creating unique urban settings in infill locations.


Move-ins have begun as 39 of the 122 single-family, tri-level homes have already sold since sales opened December 2015.  See the floor plans here.

Photo courtesy of Presidio Residential Capital.

BSB Design Business Director Burke Bair, from our Sacramento office, attended the re-grand opening of the 2nd phase at The Creamery at Alkali Flat on October 15, 2016, hosted by BlackPine Communities and partner, Presidio Residential Capital.


Graphic courtesy of BlackPine Communities.

‘The Creamery’ residences and modern amenities were designed to attract people with a wide range of backgrounds and interests, but who all prefer a metropolitan lifestyle. The 1,745 to 2,309 square feet homes feature numerous options, like rooftop patios, and the community boasts urban gardens and a 9,000-square-foot ‘bark park’ with water stations.

“It’s a lifestyle move,” said Michael Paris, owner and president of BlackPine Communities, of the interest in ‘The Creamery.’  “We’re getting first-time buyers. We’re getting a lot of professionals. We are attracting a lot of folks in the medical industry, as well as empty-nesters and retirement people.”

Located across from two city parks and five blocks from the new Golden 1 Arena entertainment district, the community is also close to major employers, shopping, recreation and public transportation. Residents can easily access both midtown and downtown Sacramento.

Sacramento’s oldest neighborhood reimagined.

The last new residence was built in Alkali Flat was in 1910. ‘The Creamery’ development is an important piece of the revitalization initiative for the downtown neighborhood which fell into disrepair in the 1960s. In partnership with the City of Sacramento, BlackPine Communities is spending more than $5 million in infrastructure improvements and to pilot an alternative ‘gray water’ irrigation system for its extensive landscaping.

Sacramento is among the top ten most diverse cities in the country. Support of diversity in the capital city can be seen in how local neighborhoods, companies, and buildings have evolved to meet the changing needs of the residents and patrons – while still striving to honor its history.

“We’ve crafted a vibrant community, not a subdivision.”  – Michael Paris, Founder and President, BlackPine Communities.

‘The Creamery’ community was crafted to breathe new life into the Alkali Flat neighborhood and at the same time draws inspiration from the site’s origins as home to the Crystal Cream & Butter Company.

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