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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Prescott Ave.

“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.



Day 17: I thought I saw a guest house…

While looking for properties with separate guest houses, I came across a listing in a desirable Clovis neighborhood that appeared to fit the bill.  Since the listing photographs didn’t clearly depict the location and size of the guest house, I decided to preview the house before taking my client to see it.

“Traditional Sale in award winning Clovis Schools! Beautiful DeYoung 4/3 with guest house with its own separate entrance perfect for guest/in-laws/rent. Tile and hardwood floors, tile roof, ceiling fans in all rooms, dual pane windows, built in cabinets in laundry, dual fireplace in formal and family room, enclosed back porch, hallway built-in cabinets for extra storage, concrete in back and sides, new front lawn, 2 car garage with auto opener. Open kitchen with island, pantry, microwave, electric stove, dishwasher and tile counters. Storage shed in the back. Large master bath with separate tub and shower, walk-in closet, double sinks, tile counters. Hall bath has tub/shower combo and tile counters.”

Looks good, right? And the list price seems great for a two house property, as well.


DeYoung Dr.

My first impression upon entering is that it’s a clean, well-maintained house and so very blanc. Blank slate, ready to be decorated by its next occupants…excellent! I wander into the kitchen (seriously…I’m obsessed with kitchens!) and take note of the cabinets, pantry, sink, appliances, and island.  All in good condition!

Moving along through the master bedroom, I notice lots of natural light illuminating the lovely wood floors.  Cozy in size, yet nice.  I then tour the two secondary bedrooms, hall bathroom, laundry room, and garage.  And that’s it.

Wait…what?  That’s it? This place is supposed to have a guest house.  WHERE IS THE GUEST HOUSE?  Seriously, there is no way there’s a guest house here.  I look in every room again for secret passageways to a hidden guest house.  Maybe it only appears when you truly need it…a room of requirement, if you will. Maybe it’s only visible on a Maurader’s Map for truly worthy occupants. Maybe…maybe…could it have been mismarketed??  No way, that’s a pretty significant oversight.  Why can’t I find the guest house?

By this time I’m completely second guessing my competence as a human being, let alone as a Realtor.  What well-adjusted adult can’t see a friggin’ guest house???  Riddikulus!

As I throw in the proverbial towel and go out the front door to leave…all the while pondering the mystery of the invisible guest house, I casually glance to my right at a door that I had assumed was the garage.  But why would there be a garage door right there… Could it be the missing guest house in disguise?  I’m skeptical, but I unlock the door anyway.  Helloooo guest house!  Well, guest room is more like it, since there’s no kitchen, but still.  I  found it.  Yayyyyyy!

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Backyard with enclosed patio

Mischief managed 😉