Many children look forward to Halloween-The one day they can dress up and collect as many candy & treats their hands will allow. At Guarantee, we want all of our neighborhoods to enjoy the festivities of Halloween, but we want to encourage safety as well. Below are three important safety tips to keep top of mind when handing out treats this year.
Use Lots of Lights and Avoid Using Candles
A dark home can tell people you’re not expecting visitors. It could also be an accident waiting to happen. Be sure to keep the pathway from the street to your door well-lit. A glowing jack-o’-lantern makes your home warm and welcoming to children, but using a candle to illuminate a pumpkin can be dangerous. Costumes and paper decoration are easily flammable, so instead of using a candle, use fun light-up decorations that are battery operated.
Keep Your Walkway Clear
The fall season produces lots of leaves. Remember to sweep away dirt, leaves, and branches from your driveway or sidewalk. Trick-or-treaters are usually too preoccupied by counting their candy to pay close attention to where they’re walking, so it’s important to inspect your yard for hazards. Be sure your yard and walkways are free of water hoses, sprinklers, and loose gravel. If your home has an irrigation system, turn the system off so your lawn and walkways have a chance to dry.
Use Your Garage
The night before Halloween can be full of mischief, and the night of Halloween can lead to a yard full of kids. If your car is left outside of the garage, it can be a target for pranks, accidental dents and scratches. Be sure to park your car inside of your garage. If you don’t have a garage, try to park your car in a place with low traffic.
Have a safe and fun Halloween from your friends at Guarantee Real Estate!
Tucked away in Northwest Fresno is the special community of Stonebridge. There is something magical when you cross over the bridge and enter this beautiful village of 53 acres in a park like setting, with 10 lakes, and tennis courts.
Stonebridge is sought for its serene, secure, and friendly community atmosphere. It boasts “The Clubhouse”, a stunning gem on the water’s edge. As you stroll through the tree lined streets with the well kept homes and landscape, you are struck by the serenity of the village with its classic street lights and English titled streets.
Those who decide to make Stonebridge their home, are welcomed as residents of this lovely community and will enjoy the many frequent activities held in the Clubhouse.
So have you heard? A new neighbor just moved into the Pavilion West Shopping Center! Her name is Jenny and she is the owner/baker of BooBoo Bean Bakery and Cafe.
BooBoo Bean Bakery and Cafe is locally owned and has that “small-town” charm that’s felt once you walk in. The atmosphere is very friendly and laid-back. Everyone is greeted with a smile and after a chit-chat with some of the staff, you get the feeling that your day will get sweeter as it passes.
Love at First Taste
Honestly, one visit will have you hooked! I visited 2 times in one week and I was overcome with temptation. All the goodies glared at me through their display case, and I fell head-over-heels in love.
The menu contains sandwiches, salads, desserts, and gourmet hot/cold beverages. Jenny offers a delicious cookie sample every day, so be sure to look for the sample plate on top the cupcake display when you visit.
My first experience was a taste of the Special Pecan Tart and Chocolate Caramel Mocha. The pecan tart is made with toasted pecans and sweet caramel filling surrounded by a flaky buttery crust. The mocha was so divine, and made special to order-topped with a mountain of whipped cream, caramel drizzle, and chopped cocoa. Starbucks is now a thing of the past for me…
Jenny is super excited to be in the neighborhood, and her hope is that everyone in Central California will soon discover the sweetness that comes from the bakery. Be sure to stop by for lunch or just a quick pick-me-up at the end of your day. You will not be disappointed!
BooBoo Bean Bakery and Cafe is located at the southwest corner of Bullard/West. It’s open Monday-Saturday 6 AM – 3 PM and closed on Sundays.
One of my favorite Fresno neighborhoods is the quiet area of Bullard/West. Centrally located in the desirable Bullard High area – this little nook of a neighborhood has so much to offer. The tree lined streets create a wondrous fall season and the enormous autumn leaves are sure to leave you breathless. Being so well established, pride of ownership gleams from every front yard in this neighborhood.
The homes in this neighborhood were built mid-century to early 1980s. You can find some great custom craftsman homes, mid-century moderns, and 1970s/1980s tracts that have been wonderfully maintained and upgraded throughout the years. Home values start in the mid-$280k.
Imagine walking on a lazy Sunday to meet your friends for brunch at The Fresno Breakfast House (a neighborhood favorite). After breakfast, you all can stroll around the corner to Lake Oso de Oro Park to watch the ducks glide across the water and the gaggles of geese that gather on the grass.
Everything Within Walking Distance!
The Bullard/West neighborhood is rich with boutiques, small businesses, and great restaurants to dine. Can you believe all of this excitement is packed into just 4 corners? Not much driving is needed to enjoy a pleasant evening around Bullard/West. Enjoy a date night at The Manhattan, a delicious meal at Max’s Bistro, or enjoy a family fun night at G’s Creamery – where the ingredients are local, and organic!
Parks, Sports, and Schools
Little League, soccer, and football bring a great sense of community to the neighborhood!There are two city parks to choose from: Lake Oso de Oro (pictured below), and Holman Park just up the street. Holman is a smaller area with a playground for all ages, and on Saturday mornings, it’s the spot for league sports.
The neighborhood has a variety of schools for children to attend: Malloch Elementary, Starr Elementary, Tenaya Middle, and Bullard High schools. The ratings for each school rank between middle-to-high with great parent reviews. Malloch Elementary offers Pre-K and TK programs which is a huge stepping stone for young students.
If you are looking for a great neighborhood with EVERYTHING located within walking distance and a great community feel, check out the homes for sale in Bullard/West.
Welcome to the Bullard neighborhood, where old world charm meets modern style homes. The Bullard neighborhood is a desirable neighborhood to reside. The area is excellent for family life with great schools, lots of activities to enjoy, and a quiet community.
Can I tell you about a secret spot tucked away in the Bullard neighborhood? Oso De Oro Park. Oso De Oro Park is a family park that features a play structure, basketball court, and a tunnel. And if that isn’t enough, the park also has picnic pavilions with a barbeque area, open green space for lounging, and a lake for relaxation.
Although guests are not allowed to swim in the lake, there are other activities to enjoy. My godchildren and I enjoy playing basketball, flying a kite (when it’s windy enough), watching the ducks, and of course, my personal favorite is … having a picnic!
What better way to enjoy the summer this year than to explore what your own neighborhood has to offer? If you’ve never visited Oso De Oro Park, I highly recommend this spot to visit during your next day of leisure with family, or even time spent with yourself.
In the last year, I have witnessed homeowners consistently choosing to move out of 2003 or newer homes, and into older homes located within various county islands scattered throughout Fresno and Clovis. The fact there are several county islands to choose from, allows clients to move into an area that is most suited to their needs and often allows them to stay within their preferred school boundary. One of the county islands that falls within the Bullard-boundary line, is the island located near fig garden village.
Most county island boundaries are more geographically compact, such as Sunnyside, Tarpey, or Old Fort Washington. However, when farmland in NW Fresno was subdivided it was filed through Fresno County, because the city limits were much further south. Over the decades the City of Fresno experienced northern growth, and soon surrounded this subdivision, causing what is now an irregularly shaped county island.
This island may have several sub-pockets each with unofficial names: Maroa Heights, West Fig, Old Fig, Bullard, Van ness extension, Figarden, etc. But one thing that remains consistent is the increase in buyer demand.
5 Factors Influencing Buyer Demand
Here are the top five factors influencing buyers to forego newer construction, and seek out a home in this county island:
Small Town Feel
Fig Garden Village has a wide variety of restaurants, designer shops, ice cream parlors, lounges, to choose from. Its close proximity to office complexes keep a steady flow from mid morning into the late evening hours.
Old World Charm
As soon as you turn off a main street and drive into a neighborhood you will feel as if you have taken a step back in time. Climbing ivy, exposed brick, mature landscaping, circle drives and the lack of sidewalks/street lights all add to the charm that can’t be found in new construction.
Opportunity For Equity
Although some buyers prefer new construction, which offers the latest designer trends in flooring counter tops and living space layouts (such as open floor plans or doing away with a formal living room). There is something to be said about purchasing an older home that needs updating.
Buyers that purchase dated homes can make changes according to their preference. Once their remodel is complete, they end up with a custom home that features the upgrades they value most.
Outdoor Living Space
It is not rare to find large lots coupled with large one story homes. This county island has proven to be an ideal fit for buyers thinking about moving into the countryside but not necessarily wanting the constant upkeep that comes with acreage ownership, or deal with a commute into town. There is an equal blend from younger families looking for added lawn space, to empty nesters wanting a quieter neighborhood feel.
Location, Location, Location
Its central location within the city as well as proximity to Herndon, Shaw and Highway 41 allows property owners to access any part of Fresno/Clovis without having to take additional detours and minimizes commute to and from work.
If you have been thinking about making a move, and/or in search for either a larger lot size or large one-story home, the Fig-area County Island may be a fit for you. Likewise, many homeowners may not be aware why now is a good time to make a move. We can provide you with valuable information to allow you to make the best decision for your household.
Join us in supporting Habitat for Humanity. Purchase your ticket today CLICK HERE
Guarantee Real Estate is proud to announce a fundraiser event for Habitat for Humanity Fresno County. The fundraiser will be held on May 11, 5-8 PM at the Fig Garden Office, and will include an evening of live music, food, and drinks. All proceeds of the event will go to support Habitat for Humanity Fresno County. Tickets can be purchased online at guarantee.com/habitatfundraiser OR, at the Fig Garden Office which is located at 5210 N. Palm Ave., Fresno, CA 93704.
Habitat for Humanity is a Christian international non-profit organization with a vision to help every family achieve the dream of home ownership. The organization has helped more than one million families improve their living conditions. For over 30 years Habitat for Humanity Fresno County has transformed many lives through providing affordable housing and rehab to over 150 families. Guarantee Real Estate is deeply touched by the efforts of the organization and the quality of life that it has provided to those who need and desire change. Therefore, Guarantee Real Estate is delighted to collaborate with Habitat for Humanity Fresno County and participate in their Raise the Roof campaign to benefit one deserving family.
“I am so pleased that Guarantee is sponsoring this event. We hope that our friends and business partners will purchase tickets and support this worthwhile community effort to help a family obtain the American Dream!”
“This is an ideal opportunity for our real estate community, neighborhood business, and valued clients to come together and celebrate an incredibly effective organization. I hope that many will join us for this wonderful evening of fun and laughter.”
Make a $500 Donation and Become a Partner
Together, Guarantee Real Estate and Habitat for Humanity understands that an event like this can only be successful with the joint effort of everyone throughout the community. Partnerships are available to those who desire to make a donation of $500 or more. The partners for this event will be given the following opportunities; name recognition on the event banner and printed material, name recognition as a donor at the property for which the funds are currently being raised, and 10 tickets to the event. Don’t hesitate to call Sandy Darling at 559-650-6030 if you are interested in becoming a partner.
“Building homes, hope and community has been a major cornerstone of Habitat for Humanity Fresno County since 1985. It has taken the generosity and love of our volunteers, businesses and community leaders, donors, and the countless families we have served to make the impact we have for generations to come. Guarantee Real Estate has been a major partner in this effort, and we are forever grateful.”
“As a company, Guarantee Real Estate wants to stand behind Habitat for Humanity, and really raise the roof for a family. This is going to be a huge party with a ton of people, good food, and drinks. At only $10 per person, you don’t want to miss this! I want to invite you to come by any time after 5 PM and join us for the celebration.”