Buying - Custom Homes
Benart Custom Homes
Benart Custom built homes are in a class of their own in California’s great San Joaquin Valley. As one of the premiere custom home builders in Central California, all Benart Homes are built with state of the art, world class building materials by the best craftsmen in the area.
Dallas-based Centex was founded in 1950 and is one of the nation's leading home building companies. Centex operates in major U.S. markets in 25 states and delivered more than 39,000 homes in the United States in its most recent fiscal year ended March 31, 2006. They have developments in Fresno and Clovis including: Lafayette Square in Clovis; Ladera Ranch in Clovis; Maple Run in Fresno; Amber Point in Fresno; and The Vineyards in Fresno.
Corky McMillin Homes
The Corky McMillin Companies was founded in 1960 by Corky McMillin who led the company until his passing in September 2005. Today the company is run by Mark and Scott McMillin, Corky’s sons. Mark and Scott have each assumed the role of Co-Chairman/CEO and direct the Executive Committee responsible for strategic planning and corporate decisions for all entities including land acquisition and development, homebuilding construction, sales/marketing and customer service. The Corky McMillin Companies now operates across five divisions: San Diego/Riverside, Bakersfield/Visalia and Imperial Valley/Yuma, Arizona; as well as in San Antonio, Texas. The company employs approximately 1,000 people plus about 500 real estate agents with 11 offices throughout San Diego County and one in Bakersfield, California.
Gary McDonald Homes
Founded by Gary L. McDonald in 1970, Gary McDonald Homes has dedicated itself to the construction of custom estates in the Central San Joaquin Valley.
There are certain things from the past that just have a lasting effect. Like great style. Like enviable craftsmanship. Few places like this exist, but they can be found in abundance right here in the San Joaquin Valley, brought to you by Generation Homes. Rediscover the past with Arts & Crafts influenced style and see the future with extraordinary modern features like solar homes – all in the same place. So if you’re looking for a new home in Fresno's Central Unified School District, Sanger Unified School District or King Canyon Unified School District, please check us out.
Granville Homes has been the Central Valley’s premier local builder for over 25 years. Recently voted Best New Home Builder in the Central Valley People’s Choice Awards, Granville Homes is a locally owned and family operated company with a strong commitment to providing the latest innovations in green building technology coupled with timeless architecture and unmatched levels of service and value. Their communities include: La Ventana in Northwest Fresno; Solera in Northeast Fresno; Sunnyside Grove in Southeast Fresno featuring Granville's Green Park neighborhood and the new Tuscan Villas gated neighborhood; Copper River Ranch in Fresno surrounding the Copper River Golf Course; and Ventana Hills which is an exclusive Gated Community Featuring 91 Custom Home Sites (2-5 Acre) spread Out Over 302 Acres with Trail System.
A gated lakeside community in the Fresno-Clovis region with a wide range of amenities and opportunities for building a new custom or pre-designed home of your dreams.
With Raven Development you get the attention of the builder. We specialize in residential homes, bring us your plans or select one from the many we have available. We encourage you to look first at the homes available in your area and then come to Raven Homes LP where our special ideas, superb location and affordable prices will help you decide to join the ranks of our many satisfied homeowners.
For more than 70 years, the Wathen name has represented excellence in residential development in the Central San Joaquin Valley. Developments in Fresno and Clovis include: Town & Country at Harlan Ranch; European Bluffs gated community in Northwest Fresno; European Grove in the New Fig Garden on the Figarden Loop in Fresno; the European Collection at Harlan Ranch; and the Capri Court at Harlan Ranch.
Western Homes has been building quality homes in the central San Joaquin Valley of California for the past 56 years. More than 13,000 quality homes and still counting. We are the premier "on your lot" custom home builder. We build in Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced and Tulare Counties. We invite you to compare, you will find that no other builder has as good a reputation or as much experience in building custom homes on your lot or ranch. No one else will give you as much home for your dollar as Western Homes!
Building the valley for over 45 years, Wilson Homes continues to set the standard for custom homes and planned neighborhoods and communities. Each Wilson home site and neighborhood is located to ensure lasting value, convenient access to the surrounding community features and always, excellent schools. Though the Wilsons have built throughout the Central Valley their focus has most notably been the North Fresno and Clovis areas. In a list of projects and developments that truly is a list of "Firsts", Wilson was the first to build an entire custom home planned community at Royal Coach Estates, the first lakeside development with Lakeview Condominiums, the first master planned community, The Dominion, and the first natural ecosystem lake project at Lake Van Ness. Other projects include Barclay Square, Rivage and Devonshire in Harlan Ranch and Camden Place in Loma Vista.
Buying - Mortgages & Loans
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Government Assistance & Resources
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Fresno Area - Business
Chamber of Commerce - Fresno
The Fresno Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber of Commerce - Madera
Madera's chamber of commerce.
Chamber of Commerce - Sanger
Sanger's chamber of commerce.
City of Clovis
Clovis city's website.
City of Fresno
Fresno city's website.
City of Madera
Madera city's website.
City of Reedley
Reedley city's website.
City of Sanger
Sanger city's website.
Fresno Economic Development Corporation
Connecting our clients to resources in Fresno County is the Economic Development Corporation's (EDC) number one priority. We connect you to our community and provide you with relocation strategies, demographics, GIS searches and more.
Guarantee Real Estate
This is the site of my main office - the company I work for.
Kings County's website.
Fresno Area - Health Services
Children's Hospital Central California is one of the 10 largest freestanding pediatric hospital in the nation, and the only one west of the Rockies with Magnet Nursing Certification.
Community Medical Centers
As a central California health care leader for more than a century, Community Medical Centers has a rich history of medical excellence and compassionate care. With about 6,000 employees and 1,000 physicians, it also is the largest and most comprehensive hospital system in the San Joaquin Valley.
Saint Agnes Medical Center
Saint Agnes Medical Center seeks the latest advances in medical treatment as evidenced by: First hospital in Fresno to introduce balloon angioplasty; First hospital with a cardiac rehabilitation program; First hospital to perform minimally invasive cardiac surgery; First hospital to use interventional neuroradiology; First to bring PET scan technology to the Valley; First to use neuro navigation in brain surgery; First hospital on West Coast to use robotic surgery in a cardiac bypass operation; First to use IMRT radiation therapy for cancer treatment.
Fresno Area - Schools
California State University, Fresno
California State University, Fresno was founded as Fresno State Normal School in 1911, became a teacher's college in 1921, and has offered advanced degrees since 1949. The university's popular nickname is "Fresno State." Our mascot is the Bulldog. Fresno State is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University, one of the largest systems of higher education in the world. The university is accredited by the California Board of Education and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It has 26 nationally accredited departmental programs, among the highest number within the CSU system. The university enrolled more than 20,000 students, and approximately 4,080 students completed work for bachelor's degrees by Commencement 2006. There are 1,250 faculty members; 96 percent of the tenured faculty hold doctoral or other terminal degrees in their areas of study.
Central Unified School District
The Central Unified School District is the third largest district in Fresno County. With a total of 88 square miles located seven miles northwest of downtown Fresno, it is the result of an election in 1981 when constituents in seven small school districts voted to unify. The district now has a student population of approximately 12,000, an outstanding staff of over 1,200, and strong, consistent leadership. As one of the fastest growing districts in the state, Central Unified projects to open thirty new schools in the next twenty years. The district offers many outstanding academic, athletic, and extra-curricular opportunities for students, including schools that consistently perform above the county average in API results, three California Distinguished Schools and a nationally recognized FFA program.
Clovis Unified School District
Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Fresno/Clovis area lies at the foot of the Sierra Nevada, in the geographical and economic heart of the agriculture-rich San Joaquin Valley. The Clovis Unified School District is a K-12 public school system that serves the cities of Clovis and Fresno, some unincorporated areas of Fresno County, and the rural community of Friant. The District covers approximately 198-square miles, and has a student population approaching 38,000.
Fresno Christian Schools came into being because Christians in the Fresno area desired a school which would combine strong Christian faith and teaching with strong academic training.
Fresno City College
Fresno City College, California's first community college, is a comprehensive learning community offering innovative instructional programs in anticipation of and responsive to the lifelong learning needs of our diverse population. The College provides a wide variety of supportive services to assist our students in achieving their educational goals. Moreover, we are dedicated to working collaboratively with our community to enhance the economic and social development of the region.
Fresno Pacific University
Fresno Pacific is the Central Valley's only accredited Christian university, offering leading academic programs, ethical and spiritual development through traditional bachelor's degree, adult degree completion, master's, certificate and credentialing programs.
Fresno Unified School District (FUSD)
FUSD is California's 4th largest school district; there are 79,383 students, 61 Elementary Schools, 19 Middle Schools, 8 High Schools, 76 different languages represented over the last 5 years, 1,575 children attend preschool, 25,400 adults attend adult education classes and FUSD has a $869 million budget (2004-2005 Figures).
Golden Valley Unified School District
Another school district near Madera (just north of Fresno).
Kings County Office of Education
Kings County is south of Fresno.
Madera Unified School District
Located in the geographic center of California in a growing community of 50,000. Madera Unified School District serves 18,000 students and has 2,000 employees.
Reedley College is located in Reedley, California, 30 miles southeast of Fresno. In this rural setting, the campus community enjoys the unique combination of urban sophistication and rural values. Reedley College provides day, evening, and Saturday classes.
San Joaquin Valley College
San Joaquin Valley College is an accredited private junior college committed to the professional success of its students and graduates. Founded in 1977, SJVC has 9 campuses located throughout California—including an Online division—and offers more than 20 accelerated Certificate and Associate of Science degree programs in the business, medical and technical fields.
University High School
University High School is a public charter high school located on the California State University, Fresno, campus. UHS provides an accelerated college preparatory education to approximately 400 students who share a common interest in music. Students receive a strong foundation in music and the liberal arts and sciences in a small high school environment, while benefiting from the opportunities available on a large public university campus.
Fresno Area - Things To Do
Local golf course and country club.
A local casino with gambling, lodging, food and entertainment.
Fresno Convention Center
The site of a lot of concerts and performances.
Fresno's hockey team (most of the player's seem to be from Canada though...).
Kings River Expeditions
Kings River Expeditions offers Cailfornia's finest whitewater rafting trips. Join us for a deluxe one or two day whitewater rafting trip on the Class III Kings River just east of Fresno. Check out our web site, get some friends together and make a reservation!
San Jaoquin River Parkway
The San Joaquin River Parkway is a continuous greenway along 33 miles of river in the rapidly urbanizing Fresno-Madera region. In partnership with state and federal agencies and local governments, the River Parkway Trust has been successful in protecting land through fee title acquisition and wildlife habitat restoration. In addition, the River Parkway Trust provides outdoor education programs for school children and recreational opportunities for the community.
The site of a lot of concerts.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Sequoia is the second-oldest national park in the United States. It was established on 25 Sep 1890 to protect the Big Trees in Giant Forest, including the General Sherman Tree, the world's largest living thing. Sequoia also contains the Mineral King Valley and Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the U.S. outside of Alaska. A small portion of what is now Kings Canyon was originally set aside in 1890 as General Grant National Park. In 1940, General Grant was absorbed into the new and larger Kings Canyon National Park which eventually grew to include the South Fork of the Kings River and 456,552 acres of backcountry wilderness. Managed as one park, together Sequoia and Kings Canyon total over 863,700 acres.
A ski resort in the Sierra National Forest at Huntington Lake, approximately 65 miles northeast of Fresno on Highway 168.
Table Mountain Casino
A local casino with gambling, lodging, food and entertainment.
The Big Fresno Fair
The local fair, every fall.
The Fresno Art Museum
Since its inception as a regional arts center in 1948, the Fresno Art Museum has grown into an important museum of contemporary and modern art. The Museum evolved from a group of local artists who formed the Fresno Art League in the late 1940's for the purpose of critiquing and exhibiting their artwork. In 1958 the Fresno Art League joined forces with others interested in building a place to exhibit and study art, and the original building was constructed on Fresno city property at Radio Park. Originally called the Fresno Art Center and Museum, it changed to the Fresno Art Museum in the late 1980's. The Fresno Art Museum collects, preserves, and exhibits to the public tangible objects valuable to art and history. Exhibitions include a wide range of contemporary as well as modern works by local, national and international artists. With additional emphasis on Mexican art from pre-Columbian times to the present, and with the planned bequest of significant collections of pre-Columbian ceramics and French post-impressionist graphics, the Museum is working to serve as both an educational facility and a repository for important collections from the Central Valley.
The Fresno Chaffee Zoo
The local zoo, which is pretty cool.
The Fresno Cycling Club
The Fresno Cycling Club is a group of some 500+ cyclists who enjoy bicycling as recreation and sport. As a club we seek to offer cycling events and activities that span a spectrum of cycling interests. If you like your bike, FCC has a place for you! The FCC sponsors several major events each year: The infamous Climb to Kaiser, Bass Lake Power House Double Century, and others. Club rides are scheduled year round and range from novice level to 150 mile expert rides. We protect the rights of cyclists by following local, state, and national affairs as they concern cycling. Club members receive a monthly newsletter listing ride schedules and other information of interest to cyclists.
The Fresno Grizzlies
Fresno's baseball team.
The Fresno Metropolitan Museum
In order to facilitate a greater understanding for the extraordinary achievements in human knowledge and creativity, and to satisfy the natural instinct to investigate and learn, the Fresno Metropolitan Museum will collect, preserve, exhibit, and educate audiences in the arts and sciences drawing from these disciplines the individual and collective bodies of information essential to a comprehensive understanding of the world.
The Fresno Philharmonic
As the largest professional orchestra between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Fresno Philharmonic’s mission is to provide high-quality classical music and music education programs to audiences and school children throughout the Central Valley. Under the baton of Music Director Theodore Kuchar, the Fresno Philharmonic has grown to be one of the best among American regional orchestras.
The Island Waterpark
Another local waterpark with waterslides, etc.
The Pines at Bass Lake
A good place to hang in the summer: play at the lake, dine, lodge.
Wild Water Adventure Park
Located on 52 acres just 3 miles east of Clovis on Shaw Avenue. The park is filled with over 20 rides and attractions surrounded by trees, lakes and grassy picnic areas.
Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
An exciting 4-mile railroad excursion at Yosemite Park's south gate on highway 41. Ride into history where powerful locomotives once hauled massive log trains through the Sierra mountains. Where mighty lumberjacks felled the timber and flumes carried lumber to the distant valley below. The Sierra National Forest's majestic woods provide the backdrop for the narrow gauge journey back in time.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite offers outdoor adventures through all four seasons, the various areas of the Park and for all levels of activity. From easy self-tour bike rides to strenuous multi-day guided backpacking trips, from a child's first ski lesson to a rock climber's ultimate challenge, Yosemite has it all. Explore this site as you plan your visit -and get the most out of Exploring Yosemite!
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