Day 32: Christmas in September

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Anyone who has lived in Fresno for a stretch of time has probably been to Christmas Tree Lane. Am I right? It’s grown since I was a kid, but so much has remained the same and even gotten better! I now love taking my own kids on a drive down Van Ness when it’s all gussied up for the holidays. The thing about old Van Ness is that it’s a beautiful street all year long. I remember cruising down the lane as a kid and wishing with all my might that I could someday live in one of those grand houses that looked like mansions to my young eyes. Oh, what a fairytale it would be to call that street home.

Well, my wish has not come true (yet), but I did get as close as about two blocks away while living at home with my mom as a teenager. In those days, traffic during the holiday season was still two-way for the entire length of Van Ness and cross streets were still open to turn off at any time, so I would often detour onto the winter wonderland for a couple of blocks on my way to or from my house just to soak up the beauty of the season. What are some of your favorite memories from Christmas Tree Lane?


From time to time homes on Van Ness hit the market and I just got lucky to find one that is vacant and available to tour.

Insert an absurd amount of excitement here!!!

“Wonderful Old Fig family home on Christmas Tree Lane! The location is prime,on a corner lot on Fairmont and Van Ness,for easy access during Christmas. This home has been extensively updated throughout, but still maintains the classical charm of the neighborhood. There are several windows in the home offering great natural light,and lots of storage. The kitchen features granite,upgraded cabinets,a gas burner stove,a sub zero refrigerator,and a nook area. Off of the kitchen is a formal dining room, family room,and a living room off of the entry. The master suite has two closets,and a balcony overlooking the backyard. There is a large room upstairs that has its own private stairway and entrance, that would be perfect for an office,game room,media room,or mother in law suite. This room also has its own bathroom with shower, laundry hookups, bar sink,and stove! There is a basement that could make a great potential wine cellar.”

This house is about half a block from where Van Ness lets out onto Palm, just before Shaw, in other words, just past Santa. I was in heaven while walking through the house. I have a major soft spot for homes built in the early to mid 1900’s and this one squeaked in at the mid-point, built in 1950. There is so much charm in these older homes that you just won’t find in newer tract home developments. This one did not disappoint one bit! There was so much to see and talk about here that my video is more of a short film this time.

(Pardon the shaky video, I was having some technical difficulties with both my iPhone and DSLR cameras.)

I hope you enjoyed this. Please share it with anyone you know who might like to see this beautiful house.  I would love to help a lucky family make this their new home!