Urban living at The Mill at Broadway
Guest Contributor | The Mill at Broadway
In 1926, before downtown Sac had high-rises, before Broadway was Broadway, and before hops farms were transformed into Land Park, a young man opened a sawmill that would eventually be known as Setzer Box Co. Nestled on the southern border of downtown along the river, this sawmill brought new life to the region, producing fruit crates that would carry the region’s produce throughout the United States and Europe.
Today, new life is once again emerging from this forgotten industrial area as The Mill at Broadway – a new home community that features a park, public market, urban farm, and a bike trail that connects the community to the Riverfront Promenade near Old Sacramento.
Urban living with benefits
The Mill at Broadway is located just south of Broadway between 3rd and 5th streets, a short bike ride from downtown Sacramento. The community offers 12 unique home models in three distinct neighborhoods, though the homes themselves are only one part of the vision for the community. More than 250 homes are being built in this development phase with future phases expanding the community to 1,000 homes, all centered around a four-acre park and an 11,000 square foot community resource center that is tentatively slated to become a full-scale fitness and health facility.
Additionally, Mill residents will have direct access to downtown via a bike bath that runs through a former train tunnel under I-5 to connect to the American River Bike Trail at Miller Park and the marina. A prior Setzer Mill building rich with historical character will soon become a public market – the perfect place for community residents and the public to grab local produce and grocery items. Initial plans are also in the works to include a local coffee shop.
The new American Dream
The Mill at Broadway was inspired by the simple idea that owning a home shouldn’t mean settling down. The American dream has shifted for many over the past few years and has become less about making a living and more about building a meaningful life. The desire to own a large home with a three-car garage, huge yard and pool is being replaced with a desire to venture into the world and experience new things. Both first-time millennial buyers and seasoned move-down buyers realize the large house, yard and pool all translate to extra responsibilities and financial burdens that prevent them from living their best life.
The Mill has been built to answer this call. The homes have been designed from the ground up to maximize available space. They include everything a resident needs and provide a sense of freedom that isn’t achieved in a typical home. Mill residents aren’t financially burdened by paying down a mortgage on more house than they need or maintaining a big yard or pool. Best of all, Mill residents are just a $5 or $6 Uber ride to anywhere in downtown or midtown.
The Mill at Broadway offers a totally different lifestyle than suburban living; it allows residents to be more connected to the things most important to them. There is no other community in Sacramento that offers so many unique points of value to buyers, all within a short walk or ride to downtown Sac.
Visit DowntownSac.org for more info about downtown’s emerging development projects