Pocket-Greenhaven is a middle/upper class suburban neighborhood located 10 minutes south of downtown, making it a popular destination for people who want a short commute, but the feel of larger homes and lots.

The Pocket side of the neighborhood is named for its semi-circle shape, which runs alongside the meandering Sacramento River. It is known for Riverlake, a gated community of luxury homes that overlook their own private lake on the north side of Pocket Road, and several very large homes overlooking the river with private boat docks and tranquil views on the south side of Pocket Road.

Aside from a few recent new construction developments, the Pocket neighborhood
consists mostly of architecture from the 1980’s and 1990’s. Large ranch and traditional brick homes are common, as are the more modern stucco and art-deco styles. Many of the homes have substantial backyards with pools and plenty of space.

The Greenhaven side of the neighborhood was built before the Pocket side (some of it part of a planned development from the 1970’s) and is known for its ranch-styles homes, ranging from modest duplexes and three-bedroom single stories to large riverfront properties and multi-acre lots. Like the Pocket area, Greenhaven families tend to take very good care of their homes, and stay in the neighborhood for generations.

The entire Pocket-Greenhaven neighborhood is known for its low crime rate and high-ranking schools. It experienced significant price spikes in the 2005-2006 boom, and still has not completely rebounded from the recession. But it still remains a very popular location for growing families and boating enthusiasts.

Geography: Bordered by Interstate 5 on the east, and the Sacramento river on the south, west and north.

Schools: Caroline Wenzel, Merryhill and Matsuyama Elementary Schools; Martin Luther King, Jr. and Genevieve Didion K-8 Schools; School of Engineering and Sciences (7-12); Kennedy High School.