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Old 11-23-2011, 12:08 PM
 
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I'm not sure what you would describe as a cool neighborhood or even your price range. Those areas are middle, upper middle, and upper class neighborhoods mainly built starting in the late 70s thru the 90s although some parts are only a couple of years old like the new Copper River Country Club area.

Those high schools are in an area that is a mix of suburban tract and custom housing. Give me a little better idea of what you are looking for and we can talk specific neighborhoods to look at.

I'd also be careful about location because of potential for shifting attendance lines. With the opening of Clovis North there are 3 high schools only about 3 miles from each other. I would not be surprised to see another attendance area shift in the next few years. If you look at the Clovis boundary map you'll see the lines are a bit jumbled.

Also, Gemdiver is correct that you can live in one area and apply for an interdistrict transfer into a Clovis school.

But CIF probably has regulations about how that is done and the paper trail needed to avoid athletes being illegally recruited by high schools. You are probably more aware of it than I am since I am sure you want to protect your son's eligibility.
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Old 11-24-2011, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Seal Beach,CA
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Nice clean and safe areas. I prefer newer homes, but the wife prefers older homes. So, most likely it would be an older neighborhood. We like mid century modern homes and old craftsman style.
So far in my research the best schools for basketball look like Clovis West,Buchannon and Bullard.
Would probably rent first and then buy within 6 months to a year. rent up to 2000/ mo. When we buy up to about 275k.
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Old 11-25-2011, 02:31 PM
 
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Nice clean and safe areas. I prefer newer homes, but the wife prefers older homes. So, most likely it would be an older neighborhood. We like mid century modern homes and old craftsman style.
So far in my research the best schools for basketball look like Clovis West,Buchannon and Bullard.
Would probably rent first and then buy within 6 months to a year. rent up to 2000/ mo. When we buy up to about 275k.
Sounds like the home style choice goes to the wife.

You won't find older mid century or older craftsman style homes in Clovis West or Buchanan areas since they are newer development. You might find a more modern version of say a craftsman or bungalow or cottage style, a few builders have tried to use some of those exterior look and features. But I find much of Clovis West and Buchanan's areas to be the suburban stucco and tile stuff found in other California areas.

Your budget looks OK for lots of choices. Its just finding someplace that matches the lifestyle choice.
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Old 11-29-2011, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Seal Beach,CA
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If I lived in Clovis, would it be a long drive to Lemoore Naval Air Station? I mapped it, but I don't know what the traffic is like.
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Old 11-29-2011, 07:39 PM
 
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If I lived in Clovis, would it be a long drive to Lemoore Naval Air Station? I mapped it, but I don't know what the traffic is like.
Depends on the time of the day.

This part of the 168, 180, and 41 get congested in the morning and evening. Sometimes the traffic heading south on 168 would be backed up to shields ave.

There's also the 2 lane part of 41 where you may get stuck behind a semi going 55.
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Old 11-29-2011, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Seal Beach,CA
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We are thinking about visiting before deciding on the job. I lived there along time ago, but my family has never been. What would be the best area to stay in a hotel? And we would love hotel recommendations.
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:45 PM
 
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Gemdiver has pretty much mentioned the traffic problem areas, the only other one I'd mention is that Freeway 41 can be congested during the commute (southbound in the morning, northbound in the afternoon) if you decide on north Fresno for Bullard or Clovis West areas.

Be careful and check a map when reserving since many of the chains now have multiple Fresno/Clovis locations. Also besides the ones I'm mentioning there are lots of other hotels that are fine but these are usually my first suggestions without knowing a preferred part of town or price range.

If you want to stay in Fresno I'd probably suggest first looking at one of the hotels around Herndon and Freeway 41, near RiverPark. Lots of choices and close to the restaurants/shopping/etc in that area.

Places near RiverPark I'd recommend would be the Hampton Inn, the LaQuinta RiverPark, Homewood Suites, Holiday Inn Express RiverPark, Springhill Suites, or the TownePlace Suites.

If you want to be near Fashion Fair Mall on Shaw then I'd recommend either the Best Western Fresno Inn or the Courtyard.

Clovis has seen a lot of new motels open in recent years too, any of these should be good. The Clovis Holiday Inn Express and Hilton Garden Inn are on Shaw east of Fresno State and only a couple of years old. The Clovis Hampton Inn and Clovis Homewood Suites are near the Sierra Vista mall at Shaw/Clovis, also only a couple of years old. Near Old Town Clovis the choices are Fairfield Inn (also about 3 or 4 years old) while the Comfort Suites and the Best Western are about 10 years old.

If for some reason you want to stay around Lemoore I'd suggest looking at the Best Western or the Tachi Palace Casino Hotel (about 10 miles from the base gate). An alternative might be Harris Ranch on I-5 (about 20 mins west of the base)
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Old 11-30-2011, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Seal Beach,CA
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Thanks again! Most likely we will stay in Fresno or Clovis. I think we will take in a FSU basketball game on Saturday.
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Old 11-30-2011, 10:24 PM
 
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This Saturday 12/3? This Saturday is a day game against Utah. I think Fresno State's team is still developing under the new coach but I'm optimistic about what Coach Terry will accomplish.

Go early to the game and park at the arena then walk across Shaw and have lunch at Doghouse Grill, great tri-tip sandwiches.
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Old 12-03-2011, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Seal Beach,CA
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I didn't read your last post until after the game. The team looked good. But the game was a little boring because they beat Utah by 30 points.
Fresno has changed a bit since I lived here. I drove by my old school Fresno High. The homes still looked pretty cool like I remembered but the area is pretty gheto now. I don't think I would live there with a child.
I drove my son by Clovis West, Buchanan and Bullard. He was really impressed with Clovis West. Even though he still has a year and a half before high school.
My company offered me the job transfer the other day, so now we just have to decide if we want to leave the central coast.
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