Best Neighborhoods in Fresno, California

Located just 200 miles north of Los Angeles, Fresno is the largest inland city in California. Fresno is the Spanish name for Ash tree, and the tress is represented on the city flag. Fresno's first and oldest synagogue, Temple Beth Israel, was founded in 1909. By populous, Fresno is the 5th largest in the state and the 35th largest in the United States. Fresno is considered the economic hub of the San Joaquin Valley, with top employers like community Medical Center, the City of Fresno, and Kaiser Permanente.

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Average High - 94.8, Average Low - 38.4


There are no professional teams in the Fresno Area.

Crime Rate

Just as with a number of major cities, Fresno has a relatively high crime rate.

Top Neighborhoods

Downtown was a community largely untouched until the late 1990's. There are historic pockets that still remain intact in the area, but they are becoming fewer and farther between. Revitalization has changed the landscape of the historic downtown area, and the new Grizzlies Stadium, now called Chukchansi Park is reflective of that. The Fulton Mall is one of the areas that has been preserved. Comprised of six blocks of pedestrian mall shopping, Fulton is home to an array of shops, restaurants, public arts and stores for the Downtown community to enjoy. The mall is listed on the California Register of Historic Resources.

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Old Fig Garden is one of Fresno's most affluent and prestigious communities. Old Fig Garden, a 6 square mile area, lies on the northern edge of the city. The famous Christmas Tree lane is a part of Old Fig Garden tradition, and now is one of the longest running Christmas tree displays in the country. The housing stock in Old Fig Garden continues to be some of the most expensive in the Fresno area. There are great schools, both public and private, in the area.

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The Tower District is a popular neighborhood in Fresno centered on Tower Theatre. The Tower District is located in northern Fresno and is considered one of the most culturally diverse and vibrant communities in the city. There are a number of small specialty shops and stores in the District. The District is the center for cultural events in the community, such as A Taste of the Tower, Mardi gras, and Jamaica My Weekend. the housing stock in The Tower District is wide and varied not only in price point but in style. There are great private and public schools in the area as well.

Central Fresno is a neighborhood bounded on all three sides by expressways; 57 B, 132, B, and Yosemite Freeway. Community Regional Medical Center calls Central Fresno home. The housing stock in the area covers a variety of price points. There are a number of apartments and condominiums located in the Central Fresno area. Dicky Playground is a big part of the community and gives families and children in the neighborhood and opportunity to enjoy some green space. There are both public and private schools in the area, and public transportation is easily accessible.

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Huntington Boulevard is one of the more upscale neighborhoods in the Fresno area. There are many large stately homes in the area, and they have been maintained for several decades. Huntington Boulevard has a small but efficient business district, with restaurants, shores and shops to meet the needs of the residents. Recently, a number of the homes in the Huntington Boulevard community have been refurbished by new families and young professionals who have moved into the area. The style of homes on the Boulevard is varied as well as the price points. There are some lease and rental opportunities in this historic neighborhood. Public and private schools are available and public transportation is accessible.

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Sunnyside, located on the southeastern side of town is a neighborhood that has recently experienced a great deal of growth. New homes have been constructed which has brought a number of new residents into the Sunnyside community. Sunnyside is considered a county island within the boundaries of the city of Fresno. Sunnyside is bounded by Chestnut Avenue to the west. Sunnyside's major golf course in the area is Sunnyside Country Club.

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Wood Park is a community that is famous for its green spaces and green ways. Wood Park is south of the Joaquin River. The only regional park of its size, Wood Park offers a host of amenities to its residents and the surrounding communities including and exotic bird sanctuary, exercise course, equestrian trail, multiple playgrounds, an authentic Japanese Garden, Amphitheatre, three small ponds and a fenced dog park. For these reasons, Wood Park is a very desirable place to live in the Fresno area.

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