Fresno, California There's no better place to call home.
Welcome to Fresno! As lifelong residents of the Central Valley, we believe that there is no better place to call home. From the strong sense of community to the award-winning schools and growing local business market, the Fresno area has something for everyone. Fresno offers a central location with convenient access to all of California. Drive two hours in one direction and hike the Sierra Nevadas or two hours in the opposite direction to experience California’s world-famous beaches and rugged coastline. Located in between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Fresnans have easy access to metropolitan cities while also possessing the luxury of returning home to the peace and quiet of a large city with a small town feel. With the recent opening of more gourmet restaurants, shopping destinations and local attractions than we can count, this is an exciting time to be a Fresnan. We love our city and we want you to love it as much as we do!
History and Demographics
The city of Fresno, now the fifth largest city in the state of California, is located in the heart of the fertile San Joaquin Valley. It was founded by the Central Pacific Railroad Company in 1872. Today, with a population of over 500,000 people, many consider Fresno to be the perfect size- offering the best of urban amenities and opportunities along with the unique charms and easy living of a small town. Fresno is the financial, industrial, trade and commercial capital in the San Joaquin Valley, a region rich in agriculture, heritage, resources and people.
Fresno is a city that celebrates its diversity. A unique mixture of 80 different nationalities call Fresno their home and sharing and preserving these different cultures is an important part of Fresno life. Fresnans are not only diverse, but also hard-working, warm and friendly people. This is a city in which you’ll enjoy getting to know your neighbors and business associates.
Fresno is home to some of the most historical and architecturally impressive neighborhoods in the state of California. Downtown Fresno is filled with beautiful, hidden architectural gems like Warnor’s Theater, The Meux Home and the Old Fresno Water Tower. With the current transformation of Fulton Mall, it’s the perfect time to explore all the businesses, dining, shopping and community events that Downtown Fresno has to offer.
In the center of the famed “Tower District,” you’ll find Tower Theater. Built in 1939 and renovated in the late 1970’s, Tower Theater appears on the National List of Historic Places. In the Tower District, you’ll find an eclectic mix of cafes, art galleries, boutiques and coffee shops surrounded by residential streets lined with 1930’s style houses.
The Old Fig Garden neighborhood was developed in the early 1900’s based on the vision of J.C. Forkner. Forkner convinced residents to grow figs for profit on their 10 and 40 acre parcels. Over time the neighborhood evolved to become one of the most prestigious and desirable communities in the Fresno area, offering a fine range of beautiful historic homes, including adobe, period revival, bungalow, and ranch style designs. Many include sitting rooms, libraries, basements and other features that are unique finds today.
Van Ness Extension is another of Central Fresno’s most affluent neighborhood’s, with its scenic lake and river views, spacious homes on large lots, and lush landscaping. This upscale community offers beauty, security, and a leisurely place to come home to.
Other desirable Fresno neighborhoods include Sunnyside, one of the earliest upscale neighborhoods in the area, featuring unique homes and large lots, along with some new development and Woodward Park in Northeast Fresno, where you can find gorgeous custom homes and a variety of outdoor amenities like walking trails and a large regional park. Copper River, surrounding Copper River Country Club, and Woodward Lake are popular developments within this area.
Recreational Activities, Shopping and Dining
In the Fresno area residents and visitors can find endless options for how to spend their free time. Looking for interesting cultural or educational experiences? Check out Forestiere Underground Gardens, The Fresno Art Museum, Shinzen Japanese Gardens, Arte Americas or The Fresno Philharmonic. The arts are thriving in Fresno! Local parks like Roeding Park and Woodward Park offer relaxing places to spend an afternoon. Another great recommendation for families is The Fresno Chaffee Zoo, which you’ll find to be a surprisingly spectacular oasis, especially with its impressive recent expansions like Sea Lion Cove and African Adventure.
Don’t forget to check the calendar for the Save Mart Center, Fresno’s state-of-the-art 430,000 sq. ft. arena that hosts world-class musicians and entertainers in addition to Bulldog basketball games and other events. You’ll also find a variety of events held year-round at the Fresno Convention Center and Saroyan Theatre.
Fresno is filled with exciting shopping and dining destinations. Start out with River Park and Fashion Fair Mall and don’t forget the many local Farmer’s Markets and the thriving local food truck scene. Check out Raymer Realty Group’s blog for up-to-date recommendations on the best restaurants and recreational activities in the area.
We can’t talk about Fresno without recognizing its close proximity to Yosemite National Park and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Take the day off and do some hiking, camping, boating, river rafting, fishing or skiing in the National Parks or at Millerton, Bass, Shaver and Huntington Lakes; China Peak and Badger Pass Ski Areas; or the Kings or San Joaquin Rivers. The options to get out and enjoy the great outdoors are endless!
Want to learn more about Fresno?
If you’re new to the area, we highly recommend that you and your family take the time to explore the nearly limitless range of cultural and recreational experiences available in and near the city of Fresno. The friendly agents at Raymer Realty Group would love to show you around our city, help you understand the different neighborhoods and maybe even help you find your perfect Fresno home!
The City of Fresno Website: http://www.fresno.gov/default.htm