Clovis, California The Gateway to the Sierras - Enjoy the Clovis way of life.
Welcome to Clovis! In recent years the City of Clovis has developed a reputation for being the perfect community for young families, but people from all walks of life call Clovis their home. Located in the north-eastern quadrant of the Fresno-Clovis Metropolitan Area, Clovis is ideally situated in the midst of the agriculturally rich San Joaquin Valley. Since its incorporation in 1912, Clovis has been called the “Gateway to the Sierras.” With beautiful mountain views and a rich history that includes miners, trappers and cowboys, today Clovis is dedicated to promoting planned growth and modern living while retaining its unique western atmosphere. Availability of housing, quality hospital care, excellent schools with modern facilities, responsive safety services, easy access to various recreational opportunities, a strong community identity all contribute to Clovis’ reputation as a great place to live. Whether you walk the beautifully manicured trails, browse the local shops, sip a glass of wine on a relaxing patio, or take the kids to the Clovis Rodeo– you’re guaranteed to enjoy the Clovis way of life!
History and Demographics
The City of Clovis was named after its public spirited pioneer, Clovis M. Cole, a man who spent nearly all of his life in the vicinity. At the time, the area was known for its thousands of acres of wheat, which he had developed in the Fresno County area. The first thoughts of settlement, however, are credited to Padre Martin, who explored the area in 1806 while looking for a site for a mission. Missionaries and trappers were the first people to roam the area. Miners soon followed during the “gold rush” period. The city eventually grew up around the San Joaquin Division of the Southern Pacific Railroad, which played an important role in the founding and growth of Clovis.
Today Clovis is a thriving and vibrant city that is home to a diverse range of people all looking for a relaxed, community-focused lifestyle. The population has more than doubled since 1985- reaching the current level of 108,000 people, spread over 23 square miles. In a recent ranking that scored California cities in five categories which included school ratings, home values, home ownership costs, household income and income growth, the City of Clovis was ranked #1 City in California to Raise a Family by leading money blog NerdWallet.com.
Many young couples eager to set down roots choose to buy their first home in Clovis, but as those families age, many have chosen to stay put in Clovis too. And so today, Clovis is home to many families with older children and couples now considered “empty-nesters” as their children have grown up and moved out. Single adults, young and seniors, also find their niche here.
In most neighborhoods there are varieties in home size and price range, so that anyone can choose to build a life in Clovis. The median house price is under $315,000, so in addition to beautiful luxury homes, you can find a variety of affordable homes at every price point.
Living in or near Old Town Clovis offers residents a unique western way of life. Many of the homes in this area are architecturally diverse, with a variety of layouts and historical styles. This neighborhood offers easy access, often walking distance, to downtown, where residents can find restaurants, antique stores, local boutiques, coffee shops and more.
Quail Lakes is an upscale community that surrounds a 57 acre private lake and offers breathtaking mountain views. Multiple neighborhoods are seamlessly integrated with lush vegetation. In addition to the stunning lakeside custom home lots, South Bay is a semi-custom home neighborhood with homes starting in the mid $400,000s and Creekside is a quaint development with homes starting in the low $300,000s.
Harlan Ranch is a vibrant, master-planned community designed to encourage residents to enjoy the outdoors. Featuring homes for first-time homebuyers, growing families, empty nesters and everyone in between, Harlan Ranch is certain to create a diverse community with all of the style and sophistication you’ve come to expect from the renowned local homebuilders Wathen-Castanos, Inc. and Wilson Homes. Amenities include eleven lush neighborhood parks, a Junior Olympic sized swimming pool and a community clubhouse.
K-12 students who live in Clovis attend Clovis Unified Schools. Clovis Unified School District is a distinguished school district made up of 42 schools that have been recognized numerous times with the honor of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program and California Distinguished Schools. Learn more at www.cusd.com
In addition to nearby California State University Fresno, Clovis also offers many opportunities for higher education including Clovis Community College, San Joaquin College of Law, Institute of Technology and ITT Technical Institute.
Recreational Activities, Shopping and Dining
Clovis has succeeded in maintaining a small town community spirit as envisioned by its early founders, which is exemplified by community events such as Rodeo Days, Big Hat Days and Clovis Fest celebration. On Friday nights during the summer, people come from all over Clovis and Fresno to enjoy the Old Town Farmer’s Market.
Residents and visitors alike can also discover endless options for shopping and dining. Old Town Clovis is a collector’s dream, with more antiques and collectibles shops per square mile than any other city in California. Sierra Vista Mall, at the southeast corner of Clovis and Shaw Avenues, is the place to go for brand name stores, chain and local restaurants and Sierra Vista Cinemas movie theater.
If you enjoy an active lifestyle, you have to check out the Trails of Clovis, which range from the easily walkable Old Town Trail with paved, tree-lined concourses and rest stops along the way to the more challenging Dry Creek Trail which starts and stops along a natural creek bed.
For fine dining, our friends in Clovis recommend Trelio in Old Town Clovis. And make sure to check out popular local coffee shop, Kuppa Joy, also located in Old Town. Some more casual favorites are House of JuJu for burgers and salads, Mother Mary’s Italian Kitchen and Pizzeria at Willow and Nees and Sequoia Sandwich Company at Willow and Herndon.
In addition to the world class entertainment that Clovis and Fresno has to offer, once you’re in Clovis, you’re only a short distance away from the natural attractions in the Sierra Nevadas, like Shaver Lake, Bass Lake and Yosemite Valley. It couldn’t be easier to escape the stresses of everyday life and explore the great outdoors!
Want to learn more about Clovis?
If you’re new to the area, the friendly agents at Raymer Realty Group would love to show you around, help you understand the different neighborhoods and maybe even help you find your perfect Clovis home!
The City of Clovis Website: http://www.ci.clovis.ca.us/