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Real Estate: Benchmark Communities opens second Fresno neighborhood

Two of the five model homes at Dakota Square in Fresno which opened on Saturday. Morgan Hill-based Benchmark Homes is the builder.

Homebuilders are opening new neighborhoods again – a good sign that the new-home market continues to improve.

Benchmark Communities, based in Morgan Hill, opened its new Fresno neighborhood over the weekend.

Dakota Square is a 175-lot development on Temperance Avenue between the Gould Canal and Dakota Avenue. The neighborhood is in the Clovis Unified School District, but located just south of the Clovis city line.

Buyers can visit five model homes on site but choose from seven floor plans between 1,527 and 3,317 square feet in size. Prices start in the low $200,000s.

Families walked in and out of the models all day Saturday where children were treated to some fancy face painting with glitter.

I attended the opening with my husband and some friends, however, forgot to take detailed pictures to share. One of the models has a master suite that caught my eye. It had a sitting area big enough for a couch and an entertainment center and it’s hidden in the corner of the bedroom out of view.

Benchmark also has a model with an optional casita – a second living area that is attached to the main house, but has its own entrance. The casita has a bedroom, bathroom and living room with laundry hook up.

In early October, Benchmark opened the 79-lot Vantage at Harlan Ranch, a master-planned community in northeast Clovis.

Visit Benchmark Communities for more information or call (888) 823-3440. Stay tuned for details from another builder.

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