Day 35: Cozy as a cottage

Do you know what today is?

If you guessed that it’s Thirsty Thursday, you might be partially right. The truth of the matter is that today is the Autumnal Equinox. For those of you non-earthy types out there, that means that this morning at approximately 10:00am PDT, fall began. It’s fitting that we had some lovely weather on this joyous day. It may be a tad on the warm side still, but as I write this there is a lovely breeze coming in through my bedroom window. If only I could smell wood burning fireplaces and hear the pitter patter of rain drops to round out the changing season. Autumn bliss.

As we know, Fresno doesn’t see much change in the seasons. On the calendar, it technically lasts for three months. In reality, we only get a few weeks of mild weather before the fog rolls in. We have a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks. Soon the holiday season will consume most of us with abundant shopping, baking, planning, and working long hours to pay for it all! After months of smothering heat and bad air, I hope you find a smidge of joy in the fleeting Central Valley autumn season .

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Today’s house is a cozy Clovis charmer. Located near Sierra & Villa, it’s tucked away on a clean and quiet street and would be a perfect house for small family or investor. This 1955 cottage has the look and feel of the ever popular mid-century modern style, but with modern touches throughout, including a brand new roof! The kitchen has been nicely upgraded with new appliances and fixtures. The bathrooms have updated as well. It’s larger than one would expect for the price point and even has a man-cave worthy shed in the backyard!

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“Updated kitchen and baths, newer flooring, paint, re-dash exterior, roof installed 2016. Large family room with open floor plan to kitchen. Detached 280 sq. ft. building with 3/4 bath. Could be man cave, craft room or just storage.”

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As you can see by the photograph of my hand, the ceilings are not very high at all. My reach is not much higher than 6′ and my fingertips could nearly graze the ceiling in the kitchen. People have clearly gotten taller in the last few decades. Well, everyone except for me, that is.

Features that I love include a sitting/living room with a fireplace right when you enter from the front door. It’s nice to enter the house into such a cozy space before approaching the hustle and bustle of a busy kitchen. The backyard has decorator touches such as wrought iron railings and lantern-style light fixtures hanging from the covered patio. There is plenty of space in the backyard for kids to roam or a garden to grow. This house is a hidden gem. I hope it gets some love from a forever family soon.

Cheers!

Erica

 

Day 34: The sound of silence

Silence is golden. The endless chatter of our busy lives can be incredibly overwhelming at times. I dare anyone to dispute that. Kids, jobs, housework, personal care, exercise, hobbies…the list of responsibilities creating noise and havoc goes on and on. Sure, there are some enlightened ones out there who have discovered the key to balance and peace, but most of us are not those ones. Most of us stumble through our noise lives grabbing bits of relaxation whenever the opportunity arises; searching for silence.

What in the universe does this have to do with real estate? Well, for me it has everything to do with it.  The fact of the matter is that for the past two weeks the noise in my life has caused me to falter in my goal of daily blogging. I realize there are precious few of you, my dear readers, who are keeping such close tabs on me. I’m sure no one is wagging a finger to shame me for my neglect, wondering where my apology is hiding. But I keep pretty close tabs on myself and the apology owed is more to me than to my faithful followers (although you may also consider it yours).

Here’s the deal. I have over a week’s worth of houses ready to go to be written up and shown to the world. The problem is that there aren’t enough hours in the day to get it done! My children: the light of my life, the cherry on my sundae, the creamer in my coffee, the butter on my baked potato…those two adorable little boys started soccer season.

I’m sure most parents understand the significance of this. Soccer is a wonderful skill and confidence building sport that SUCKS THE LIFE OUT OF FAMILIES. Two practices per week times two kids and games at two different schools every Saturday, nevermind FIVE games for seeding weekend. When, WHEN can there possibly be time for anything else? Ugh. So, I let myself get sucked up into the chaos of soccer and something had to give. I had to find a few moments of silence to preserve my sanity. Unfortunately, the blog is what ended up on the cutting block in order to make that happen. But no more! I’m back. Just cut me some slack every now and then during the next eight weeks of soccer insanity.

I still have 11 months to go on this journey. There is plenty of time for me to catch up. Mark my words…this soccer mom / Realtor WILL succeed in seeing 365 houses in 365 days. I’ll get on it right after tonight’s soccer practice :/

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Preview of coming attractions:

A cozy Clovis cottage

An impressive bird mural

A Northwest Fresno single story house with a pool

My first listing (whaaaaaat???)

And many more

Cheers for now!

Erica

 

Day 33: I’ll see you on the creek side

Today’s tour is another home in Quail Lake. I’m trying to provide a lot of diversity in the types of homes I write about, but some days it’s just crazy hard to get to one that’s any further than a half a mile from my own home, which means Quail is my default on those time crunch days. The beauty of today’s house is that, although is is in Quail Lake, it is in a section of the community that many people don’t even know exists!

The Quail Lake community is divided into many small sub-neighborhoods and they all have names. There is Meadowside, which is very close to the park with a playground; Mountain View, which has a spectacular view of the Sequoias; The Cove, which is a secluded nook with a private waterway, and several more. The neighborhood where today’s house is located is named Creekside.  It’s a section that has it’s own entrance gate and is only accessible from the interior of the community via a charming foot bridge.

 

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“Immaculate Home in The Quail Lakes Community is move in ready. As you arrive you will find a spacious corner lot, beautiful landscaping with perfectly matching stacked stone that compliment the exterior stucco inviting colors. You will be delighted by the open floor plan living area with high ceilings, cozy fireplace & tons of windows that let the natural sunshine in. Kitchen overlooking the living area complete with granite island, beautiful cabinets, custom tile back splash and matching appliances including refrigerator. Down the hallway you have 2 bedrooms, 1 full bath & indoor laundry room. The master bedroom has a huge walk in closet and a over sized master bath with separate tub and shower. You can open up the french doors and enjoy the fresh air from the backyard and mature landscaping. All windows and doors have custom fitted plantation shutters. Full access to Quail Amenities and best of all is the 24 hour on site security”

This adorable 3/2 house is nearly 2000 sf and looks brand new. It is situated on a generous sized corner lot that looks out onto the bridge and pathway to the main gate section of the community. Walking in, I was amazed at how clean it is! From the cream colored carpets and walls to the immaculate kitchen and bathroom fixtures, if I didn’t know better I would think this house had never been lived in. The spacious and open great room area makes the house feel much bigger than it actually is. The large master bedroom has adorable, shuttered French doors that open out to the beautifully, yet simply, landscaped backyard.

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Being the kitchen fanatic that I am, of course I noticed the stylish granite countertop on the massive island.  A whole lot of food prep or party mingling can happen in that kitchen!

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This house is definitely a winner. Not many homes for sale in Quail Lake are in the sub-$350k  price point, so when one comes around and it’s in as great shape as this one, it won’t be available for long. Sure enough, between the time that I toured this house at 9am and when I got to the office at 10:30, it sold! Incredible. So, dear friends, this gem is no longer available. If Quail Lake is where you’d like to call home, let me know!   I’ll be happy to keep my eyes peeled for more great opportunities.

Cheers!

Erica

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?

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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.

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“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!

Cheers!

Erica

Day 31: A Hidden Gem

When you hear the name FresYes, what comes to mind?

  • Downtown revitalization?
  • The majestic mountains surrounding us?
  • Our top notch university?
  • The incredible artistic talent that resides here?

All of those things are a part of what makes Fresno and Clovis special, but they are also incredibly visible. What about the things that aren’t so obvious?

One of my favorite aspects of this blog is that I have discovered parts of Fresno and Clovis that I never knew existed. I’ve lived here four decades, so I truly didn’t think there were any stones left unturned, but I’ve been proven wrong time and time again. Granted, Clovis was never my native stomping ground growing up, but still. After all these years, I truly thought that I knew my way around here pretty well.

One such pleasant surprise is a neighborhood tucked away near Gettysburg and Temperance. I have never given this part of Clovis much thought. I know that new homes are being built near there, but what I did not know is that there is a pocket of beautiful homes on large lots, complete with mature landscaping and unique design. The homes in this neighborhood are 10-15 years old, but with the huge lots and established foliage, it feels more like a mature neighborhood than new tract home community.

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“Beautiful 2 story home on very large lot in quiet neighborhood on Cul Du Sac. Built in 2006 the home has 4064 Sq ft. Room off entry way can be an office or bedroom. 3 more bedrooms upstairs. Master has large additional space attached. Granite counters in Kitchen and Masterbath. Open game room upstairs. 18,126sq ft.lot. Room to do anything. Master could be split to make 5th bedroom.”

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The house I toured is a two story, 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 4000 sq ft wonder! The bottom story has beautiful tile floors with custom detailing, a granite fireplace, and a very modern kitchen with backsplash to match the floor tile. In addition to the kitchen and enormous pantry, the lower level has a living room, formal dining room, and another space that could be a second living room, game room, isolated bedroom, or office.

Going up to the second floor, you will find three bedrooms and a master suite that is worthy of royalty. The main section of the room is an oversized bedroom with a fireplace, walk-in closet large enough to be a bedroom, and a luxurious bathroom. The bedroom has an extension that is very nearly the same size as the main room. I imagine this area could be set up as a lounge or reading nook.  It could easily even be partitioned off into an additional bedroom. Hands down, my favorite part of the second floor…the laundry room. It’s a standard laundry room with some counter space and a sink, but it’s ON THE TOP FLOOR! Why, oh why don’t more builders consider the pain of lugging laundry up and down stairs? Such a simple luxury.

The backyard is expansive and looks like a neighborhood park with mature trees. There is also a side yard that is fenced off which could a perfect area to construct an in-ground swimming pool, or add a basketball or tennis court.  I had my son with me when I toured this house and he went nuts over that yard.

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Cheers!

Erica

Day 30: Go Tiny or Go Home

We sure do like big things in this country, don’t we?

Big cars.

Big houses.

Big macs…

But, hidden among the bigness that spans our nation as far as the eye can see, there is a growing movement toward tinyTiny houses to be exact. They are multiplying like rabbits all across the nation. What could be the motivation behind this movement that seems to be so counter-intuitive in the land of Super Size Me?

This infographic, taken from www.thetinylife.com, does a great job of explaining it.

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From financial freedom to an escape from materialism, there are many draws to the tiny house lifestyle. Guess which city just happens to be the first in the nation to approve tiny homes on wheels as permanent residences?

Go on…take a guess. That’s right, FRESNO!

Well, folks, it looks like this movement is legit. And right here in our fair city is the leading west coast manufacturer of tiny homes, California Tiny House. Owned and operated by a father-son duo, Pat and Nick Mosely, California Tiny House custom builds your tiny dream house on wheels. You can park it in your own backyard and rent out your main house. You can buy some land on the outskirts and live in nature. You can travel across the country, staying in RV parks along your route. The road is your oyster in one of these babies. Like a turtle…wherever you go, your house goes with you.

I had the good fortune to tour the California Tiny House facility just this morning, and what a treat it was to actually walk around in tiny houses just like the ones you see on television shows such as FYI’s Tiny House Nation and HGTV’s Tiny House Builders. It was so cool! Pat and Nick gave a fact-filled presentation about all the awesome features of the tiny houses they build. They can pretty much do anything, as long as the design adheres to ANSI RV standards for safety. So, basically, you can contact these guys, tell them your dream tiny house features and they build it! Each build is entirely unique and customized to the customer’s wishes.

Photo Source: California Tiny House Build Photos

 

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Hey! I know that guy

 

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Photo Source:  Taken on-site by me at California Tiny House

Though tiny houses can vary in size, these mobile houses come in three size options:

8’6″ X 18′ (10,000lb trailer)  Starting price – $19.5 K  

8’6″ X 20’ (10,000lb trailer)  Starting price – $ 21.5 K 

¹8’6” X 24’ (12-14,000lb trailer with dropped axles)  Starting price – $ 28 K ¹

Pat and Nick said their most expensive build to date was just over $100k, but most average tiny houses cost $65k-$75k. There really is no upper limt to how incredible these houses can be. The price goes up from base on cost of materials and complexity of the build. The houses I saw today were two bedroom, one bathroom, with kitchenette and laundry. Every square inch is turned into usable space. Even the kitchen sink doubles as extra counter surface with the removable cutting board made to fit right over the basin! Isn’t it amazing to consider how much you can actually squeeze into ~300 sf when you put your mind to it? There are so many cool features to these houses that I could easily write another 1000 words on the topic. I will suggest, instead, visiting the California Tiny House website, Facebook, or Instagram to learn more.  I bet you could even get Nick or Pat on the phone to personally answer your questions as well!

I’d would love feedback. Talk to me about tiny houses. Could you live in one?

Cheers!

Erica

 

¹Source: http://www.californiatinyhouse.com/californiastarter/

Day 29: A Tale of Two Condos

Every once in a while a great investment opportunity surfaces, and if you are looking at just the right time (or have a Realtor looking on your behalf), you might be able to grab one.  A couple of days ago, I received a lead about someone wanting to see a condo in South East Fresno.  I cringed a bit when I looked up the location, only because that part of town has a reputation for being a little rougher than most.  The condo complex is fairly close to Fresno Pacific University, though, so I figured it might be a nice mix of owners, long-term renters, and students in temporary housing while attending college.

Upon researching the listing, I discovered that there were actually a handful of units for sale in the complex. In anticipation of my client wanting to see a variety of investment options, I pulled detail sheets on all of them.  It never hurts to be over prepared! Since safety always comes first, I informed my husband and a couple of people in the office where I would be and headed out to meet my client.

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I really did not have high expectations for this condo, given its price point. Much to my surprise, the nicely landscaped grounds and well-maintained common areas were a welcome sight. There were two large swimming pools with spa, tennis courts, and a large green park for children to play. The location of the condo was tucked away from the center on a private corner lot with the backyard along Lane Ave. The inside also did not disappoint. It had been recently renovated with new carpet, paint, appliances, and custom tile in the bathroom. It also featured a recently built rustic raw wood mantle framing the fireplace. As an added bonus, there was an indoor laundry room, which is a huge improvement over standard apartment units with centralized laundry.

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“Lovely 2 BD. 1 BA. Ranchwood Condominium. Good investment whether to live in or to hold. This ground level home has been updated with fresh paint and newer appliances.Complex is gated at night and has many amenities to include 2 pools, club house, tennis, volleyball court, green area, covered parking and a lot of mature trees. 24 hour security. Central air & heat & washer and dryer. Walking distance to shopping, Fresno Pacific University, and public transportation. Why rent when you can own?”

Luckily for my client, the offer that had been made on the unit earlier in the day ended up falling through making it available to her, should she choose to make this her next investment property. I wish the tale ended there because she liked the condo a whole lot. So much so, that I got the impression we might submit an offer that night. Alas, the saga continued on to another unit in the complex. This is perfectly fine, of course, because it would be awful for a buyer to feel like she left something on the table. The other unit she wanted to see was occupied by a tenant and the listing indicated that a 24-hour notice was required before showing it. I figured it was worth a shot to see if we could see it that night since we were already there and all. Luckily again, we were able to get in!

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The floor plans of each were very comparable.  Both have a living room, kitchen, laundry room, and two bedrooms.  The main difference between the two is the second bathroom in #2 and wood laminate flooring, which gave it a very modern and sleek look. Condo 2 was near the pool and very much central within the complex, making it less private. Overall, I was quite impressed by the complex and both units.  I think either would make a good choice for income producing rental property. No decisions were made after the showings, but I have high hopes of putting one of these condos into escrow soon!

Cheers!

Erica

 

 

Day 27: A Stark Comparison

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A May 2016 survey¹ revealed that nearly 3/4 of Americans are in favor of land use regulations that increase access to public transportation and other non-vehicle transit options. The overwhelming majority of people in favor of these changes are younger than age 50. Given current efforts in and around Fresno to make such changes with high speed rail and bus rapid transit, it seems that Gen Xers and Millennials around here may soon be pleased.

One transportation option that often gets overlooked is bike commuting. Fresno claims to be a bicycle-friendly city, and it has certainly increased the presence of bike lanes on many city streets, but not nearly enough for bike commuting to be easy around here. Insufficient bike lanes makes bike commuting dangerous if you don’t take proper safety measures. This is particularly true in regions that don’t actively promote such activity because drivers are not accustomed to sharing the road with non-vehicles. I would love to see a major overhaul in Fresno and Clovis that would allow for an increase in the presence of bike and pedestrian trails and lanes to give residents another viable option for their daily commute. The owners of Sunnyside Bicycles in Fresno are also committed to increasing bike riding as sport, exercise, leisure, and commuting. They are so dedicated to the cause that they are hosting a clinic called Bike Commuting 101: Go By Bike later this month.

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What are your thoughts on public transportation and non-vehicle commuting? I’d love to hear from you!

The house I toured today is on the same block and is the same model as one from a few days ago in Quail Lake. At first I was hesitant to profile a house so similar to one I already wrote about. However, my mind was changed when I walked in and realized just how different these two houses are, despite being exactly the same model. It’s incredible how much different design choices can change the aesthetics of a house. Take a look for yourself!

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“Minutes Away, World’s Apart! Quail Lake beauty!Located close to a private community park with Play Equipment,and just around the corner from the resort-like Clubhouse and swimming pool (with expansive Lake view).This well designed Single Story Centex features a formal entry with art niches.Tall windows and a volume ceiling add a light and airy feeling to the generous great Room .A gas only fireplace creates warmth on those cool winter days.The spacious kitchen with a center island is adjacent to the formal dining room.The master bedroom and bath are on one side, and three bedrooms and main bath on the other. the large laundry room is located next to the three car garage.Come and see all that the awesome Quail Lake community offers !”

The photographs on the left of each grid are from the first Fieldstone house, the ones on the right are from the second. They both have the exact same square footage, lot size, and number of rooms, but they look so very different just by adding a variety of finishing touches. Which one do you prefer?

Cheers!

Erica

¹Source:  http://www.hntb.com/Newsroom/News-Releases/Americans-overwhelmingly-favor-changes-in-land-use

Day 26: Where do I start?

I spent time today with a young family trying to purchase their first home. We visited a beautiful home in Sunnyside that would be the perfect starter home for them. It is 100% to be expected that first-time homebuyers have lots of questions about navigating such an enormous purchase. These folks, however, truly did not seem prepared for what to expect. Naturally, that is where a real estate professional steps in to fill in the gaps left by some lenders who may not fully educate their clients, which I did. After much debate, this couple and their eight-week-old baby left to consider whether or not to make an offer on the house. I left as well, but with consideration of a much larger issue on my mind.

It is such a shame that any potential buyer should leave their lender’s office without a crystal clear picture of what they can do and what comes next. There are myriad moving parts in the game of real estate and just as many critical players. The lender, agent, escrow officer, buyer, and seller, to name a few, all have important roles to play to complete the deal. When one of the players does not fulfill his or her respective obligation, everything comes to a screeching halt. The deal I highlighted above stalled out at the lender phase. My buyers thought they understood what they could do, but ended up realizing that some questions had not been answered during the loan pre-approval process.

In an effort to reduce problems of this nature, many agents like to refer clients to a local lender with whom they have a solid professional relationship. I would like to introduce one such lender, Susan Campise of California Home Loans-Fresno. Susan is a seasoned mortgage consultant who consistently goes above and beyond to help Central Valley home buyers reach their real estate goals. If you are about to embark on a house search or if you simply want a local lender who will be responsive to your needs, Susan will go the distance to educate you every step of the way. There are lots of choices in lenders out there, but a referral from your trusted Realtor can ensure you are on the right track from pre-approval through getting the keys to your new home. Tell her I sent you!

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So, on to the house!

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“Clovis Schools!!! Perfect for first time home buyers recently remodeled and priced to sell, this house won’t last. Newer granite countertops and newer floor coverings throughout. This home is centered near shops and easily accessible to freeway. Spacious backyard with crystal clear pool ready for entertaining.”

This little gem is tucked away on a quiet street north-east of Kings Canyon Ave. and Fowler Ave. From the outside, it appears to be your average 1990’s tract home, but upon entering, I discovered that it has been completely remodeled and modernized. The kitchen has beautiful granite countertops and upgraded cabinetry. There currently isn’t a dishwasher or range/oven, but brand new ones will be installed prior to the close of escrow. The wood laminate flooring is a lovely knotty maple pattern that coordinates well with the freshly painted walls throughout and plush carpet in the bedrooms. The bathrooms were not forgotten during the upgrades with granite and cabinetry matching the kitchen. Despite being 25 years old, this house has a completely modern feel. The spacious backyard has a pergola patio cover and very clean in-ground swimming pool. There is still lots of yard remaining around the pool as well. Perfect for a family to play and lounge.

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I really hope my sweet little family from today decides to make an offer on this one.  It’s a great location and perfect size for a growing family.  With all of the updating, modern features, and an established backyard, it rivals new home construction in the area at a fraction of the price. I don’t expect this one to be available much longer at all.

Cheers!

Erica

 

Day 25: Wait, there’s more?

So , here’s a story.  Today just happens to be my husband’s and my 10th wedding anniversary.  We decided to spend the day with our kids and go on a light hike in Kings Canyon National Park.  We camp pretty regularly, and that is our park of choice so we are very at home there.  Since its a holiday weekend and also the anniversary of the park, we knew it would be uber crowded, so we planned to hike an area off the main tourist strip.  If you aren’t familiar with the awesomeness of KCNP, first of all…you are majorly missing out on one of the most beautiful areas of the country.  Secondly, you may not realize that the park’s history is filled with massive tree slaughter prior to its classification as a national park.  As a result, there are entire meadows of enormous tree stumps from the ghosts of Sequoias past. Our hike was going to be about 2 miles out and back from a trail head at Stump Meadow to the Boole Tree.  map

Probably 3/4 of a mile in, my eldest son suddenly started screaming. He was stung by what we thought was a bee. This was his first sting, so my mind started racing with thoughts of allergic reactions and anaphylaxis and OH MY GOODNESS WE ARE MILES FROM HELP! Ok, Erica, calm down. Odds are good that he would be fine. We looked around and realized there was a hive full of buzzing, busy bees at the edge of the trail. With the thought in mind that we may need to have photographic evidence of what exactly he was stung by, I leaned in to snap a photo of them. That’s when they attacked. I got stung once…twice…they followed me as we hightailed it out of there…THREE TIMES! More than half a mile away, there was still one following us. My hand, calf, and thigh were on fire with stinging pain. Luckily husband and youngest son did not get stung. When we finally made it home (no anaphylaxis for either of us!), we compared the photograph I took with pictures of insects in a field guide.

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Not bees. Yellowjackets. Which just happen to be in the top ten of insects with the most painful stings. I’m telling you, it’s no joke how bad it hurts. I do not recommend crossing paths with these suckers, ever. The boy is pretty traumatized and I am still in pain, but we will survive this.  Happy anniversary to us.

Luckily, I saw two houses yesterday with one of my clients and her family. This house is in an incredible location near Clovis West High School. Tucked in a cul-de-sac, it has an enormous lot with a pool and basketball court, and has one of the most unique floor plans I’ve seen yet. My client has an affinity for red front doors. This house did not disappoint with its charming, red, double door front entry that opens into a house filled with character.

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“A MUST SEE! STUNNING 5 bedroom, 4 bath custom home in Northeast Fresno! This beautiful and spacious two story home offers it all. This unique and one of a kind property features 2 kitchens, a formal living room, family room, 2 fireplaces, 2 car garage and so much more. The first kitchen features granite counter tops with stainless steel appliances. The floors consist of custom tile and hardwood floors. LED recessed lighting throughout. The spacious master bedroom has a large walk-in closet, with a separate tub and shower. Enjoy your evenings in a relaxing back yard that is resort-like with mature landscape, fruit trees and a pool. Located within the highly acclaimed Clovis Unified School District. This home is a must see to appreciate! Awaiting for its new owners to call it home. See it today!”

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The second level is rather standard with two smaller bedrooms and a master suite, but the ground floor has a truly unique footprint. It seems, upon entering the home, to be similar to other houses circa 1970-1980, but as you walk down the hallway from the main living area, things get interesting. It just keeps going! There is essentially a guest house attached to the main house, complete with a full kitchen, two bedrooms, a living room with fireplace, and an office. My clients fell in love with the idea of turning this space into a game and entertainment room.

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This is no cookie cutter house. It is perfect for a large family or a multigenerational household. You really have to see it in person to fully experience the layout. While additional updating would definitely be needed, this house has some features you most likely won’t find in newer homes.

Cheers!

Erica