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Old 05-23-2010, 06:25 PM
 
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Default Where to Live in Fresno???

Hi Folks,

I have to move to Fresno due to work. I have two kids (8 and 4 years).
I am looking to buy a house and of course decent schools and safe neighborhood is my priority.

any thoughts on what areas are better to raise a family?

cheers!
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Old 05-23-2010, 10:44 PM
 
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Do you have a budget in mind?

Clovis is nice and has good schools. Very family-oriented there. Check out zip codes 93611 and 93619.

Northeast Fresno is another good option (this area is also in the Clovis Unified school district). Look up 93720 and 93730.

All of the areas above have lots of amenities, parks, trails, and are safer as well.
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Old 05-24-2010, 12:00 PM
 
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I just put some info on another thread yesterday. Without knowing your budget or other needs it may not be relevant to you. But check out this thread then if you have individual or specific questions just ask.
Fresno, Madera, Visalia...
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Old 05-24-2010, 01:01 PM
 
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Adriatica is pretty well right on... though Fresno does have some nice areas if you want older, more established areas. 93711 (near Bullard High School and/or Fig Garden) has some neat areas. Fresno isn't lacking good schools... the district is just less predictable than Clovis.

Budget info, and what kind of house you want, would help.
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:29 PM
 
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Thanks for your replies. My budget is approx 200k. Does that help narrow it down? Thanks
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:38 PM
 
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The Central Unified School District is pretty decent. The 93722 zip area has some reasonably-priced homes, and in modest but newer subdivisions, as well as rural homes. Central Unified is a smaller district, with a diverse population and, IMHO, better overall than the troubled Fresno Unified school District. Clovis has some excellent schools, but the home prices in Northeast Fresno and Clovis tend to be much higher than in the Central Unified School District. PLease feel free to send me a message if you want more info.
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Old 05-25-2010, 02:26 PM
 
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Depending upon the square footage you want, 200K is doable in a decent area.

melora1812's info is correct, north Fresno and Clovis will be higher prices than elsewhere.

Besides the Central Unified area she mentioned you might also look in the the newer areas in southeast Fresno, also called the Sunnyside area. Depending upon the neighborhood that area attends Fresno Unified, Clovis Unified or Sanger Unified.

New built homes in Sunnyside/southeast Fresno or in the Central Unified area west of Highway 99 run right now at about $200K for a 1600-1800 sq ft 3 bed/2 bath single family home.
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Old 05-26-2010, 01:26 PM
 
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Prices are getting low enough where you can do fairly well for $200k... but I'd still stay in Clovis because the 'better' areas of Fresno might cost you more. There was a ton of building, thus short sales now, in southeast clovis. However, be careful because much of that area is under the airport landing path and that'd drive me nuts. Plus, it's a long drive into Fresno which is where most stuff is. I'd stay northeast of Willow and Herndon if it were me. Good schools, very safe and mostly removed from the crap. The 168 freeway makes getting into town fairly painless.

If you can find something in that price range, anything located north of Herndon and east of the 99 freeway, aside from much of the crap in Pinedale, is probably pretty safe. Something nobody has mentioned here... the 41 and 168 freeways are a mess in the morning. Depending on where you work, 30 minutes might not be enough time for your commute. People in this town can't drive. So, if your kids aren't close enough to a school, thus forcing you to drop them off every morning, you might factor that into your commute.
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Old 05-26-2010, 05:15 PM
 
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From what I've heard, schools are decent, but the area isn't exactly up there in intelligence.
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Old 05-26-2010, 06:20 PM
 
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Um... so the OP has to move here for his job and your contribution alludes to the fact that the population IQ is low? Wow... thanks from us all. I suppose if we all were a little brighter we'd be sipping martinis while overlooking the sunset in La Jolla.
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