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Guide to Fresno
Fresno Apartments For Rent
The snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevadas overlook the San Joaquin Valley, wherein lies a peaceful and calm city in California. Fresno is a city in which you can find a colorful and rare mixture of nationalities, along with a beautiful landscape. Located almost dead center in the state of California, Fresno is a good distance from all the hustle and bustle of the major cities of the state, but close enough to go visit at any time.
The county of Fresno was formed in 1856, with its name inspired by the multitude of ash trees that lined the San Joaquin River, and was larger than it is today. Fresno, like many other towns in the west, became a place for wood construction and suffered various fires during the nineteenth century. In 1882 an entire block of the city was destroyed due to a fire, with another devastating fire taking place the following year. The city of Fresno was established in October of 1885.
Fresno’s population began to grow in the latter half of the twentieth century, entering the ranks of the U.S.’s 100 largest cities. Fresno continued on this increase throughout the years, reaching 428,000 people in 2000, making it the 37th largest city in the country. Prior to WW II, Fresno was home to many ethnic neighborhoods to include Little Armenia, German Town, Little Italy, and Chinatown.
Things to Do in Fresno:
As the fifth largest city in California, you might be skeptical about what Fresno has to offer. With Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, and San Francisco all being larger and extremely popular, you’ll be surprised to see that there are lots of things to do in Fresno. The attractions, shopping, events, recreation, and arts of Fresno are just as in-depth and culturally diverse as the rest of California, and more so than some areas.
When it comes to attractions in Fresno, this city knows how to have a good time. For some adult fun and drinks, you have to visit the Club One Casino. Play some poker, get in on a big prize pool tournament, and enjoy the daily and special events hosted there. Let the kids go exploring and learn science in a hands-on environment at the Discovery Center Museum, for free. Get close to the animals of the world at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo. Find your center and gain inner peace at the Shinzen Japanese Garden as you enjoy the koi pond, the meditation area, and its other fine features.
Shopping in Fresno can all be done in one of the major shopping centers, but you would be missing out on a lot of great finds if you didn’t visit any of the local boutiques and independent shops. Enjoy the variety of shops that can be found at the Fashion Fair Mall, the Manchester Center, or in the River Park Shopping Center, as you can buy anything from apparel to electronics and everything in between – and grab something to eat.
Have a great time outdoors as you indulge in the many recreational activities in Fresno. There are more than 50 parks in the city limits and you can spend hours playing tennis, basketball, volleyball, baseball or golf, or you could go for a swim, play hockey, grind on the skate park, hit the trails, or play with your furry friend at the dog park. For some real fun in the sun, make a splash at Island Waterpark.
Arts and culture in Fresno are truly beautiful and include a combination of the different nationalities that make up the population. Thought-provoking art exhibits and one-of-a kind artist interactions can be found at the Fresno Art Museum. Add more of a Latino cultural mix to your art exploration as you visit Arte Americas for poetry, film, photography, and other art mediums. Experience one of the leading arts organizations in the area as you watch and listen to the Fresno Philharmonic. See shows of all kinds, from all over as you sit in the midst of elegance at the Saroyan Theatre.
What to Consider When Moving to Fresno:
There are eight neighborhoods in Fresno and when moving to Fresno it is important to review them all as one of them will soon be your home.
The far, southeastern part of Fresno is the Sunnyside neighborhood. Home to the Sunnyside Country Club, this neighborhood began developing in the 1950s and recently underwent a large development of new home construction.
Tower District is centered around the historic Tower Theatre and is a very popular area. Considered to be vibrant and diverse, Tower district has a large amount of retail as well as residences. This neighborhood is also home to many restaurants, nightclubs, live theaters, bookstores, and several of the city’s community events.
West Side is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Fresno. This area is also extremely diverse. Many homes in the West Side date back to the 1930s and earlier. There are few markets and retail establishments in this area.
Woodward Park was founded by a long-time resident named Ralph Woodward that allowed for a major portion of his estate to provide a regional park and bird sanctuary to Fresno. Located on the South bank of the San Joaquin River, Woodward Park is 300 acres of amenities, including an amphitheater, Japanese Garden, dog park, playgrounds, and much more. Annual events are hosted here as well, such as the California Interscholastic Federation’s State Championship cross country meet and the Woodward Shakespeare festival.
Sierra Sky Park is a residential airport community; in fact, it is the first aviation community ever built. This public use airport has developed a truly unique neighborhood, and has stirred up interest and given inspiration to other communities.
Why Fresno Apartments Are Hot:
Fresno apartments house a wide variety of cultures and experiences, as Fresno has a mixture of more than 80 nationalities between its borders. With its own collection and array of attractions and amenities, Fresno apartments allow you to easily travel to other fantastic sites, such as Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Sierra National Forest, and Sequoia National Park. A place for families as well, Fresno has a large range of public and private schools for K-12 and secondary education.
Overall, Fresno is a great city and the views in the San Joaquin Valley are hard to pass up. Living in this gateway city, everything is right at your fingertips and waiting for you to move and explore.
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Nearby Colleges & Universities
- Fresno Pacific University
- Fresno City College
- California Christian College
- Heald College Fresno
- Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary
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- Fresno is home to several universities, including California State University, Fresno.
- An extensive park system includes Roeding Park, home to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, and Woodward Park.
- The other-worldly beauty of the Forestiere Underground Gardens, a unique historical location.
- The expansive Fresno Metropolitan Museum houses more than 3,000 works or art spanning over 400 years.
- Fresno is home to three historic districts: Chandler Field, Wilson Island, and the Porter Tract.
- The San Joaquin Valley is home to the ruggedly beautiful Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.