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Real Estate: Fresno home building permits up in October

(Bee File Photo 2010.)

Update: The new home building market in Fresno is gaining some steam after taking a fall in September.

Like Visalia, builders in Fresno pulled more single-family building permits in October than they did the month before.

Last month, Fresno issued 84 single-family building permits compared to 66 in September, according to the city’s latest monthly building report. In August, builders pulled 111 permits.

Original Post Nov. 4: Single-family homebuilding may be on its way up in Visalia.

Homebuilders pulled more permits to build new houses in October than the month before, according to a city report released Friday.

Last month, builders pulled 57 permits compared to 26 in September. A year ago, only 17 permits were issued for the construction of new homes.

Fresno building permit numbers for October have not been released yet, but the September report shows 66 new home permits were issued that month. In August, builders pulled 111 permits.

Real Estate: Habitat to build nine houses in southeast Fresno

(Submitted photo. Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin announces a $845,000 award to Habitat for Humanity Fresno County.)

Habitat for Humanity Fresno County will build nine new houses in southeast Fresno next year thanks to some help from the city of Fresno.

The nonprofit housing agency was awarded $845,000 from the city’s Home Investment Partnership Program for the project at Belgravia and Laval avenues, east of Chestnut Avenue.

Mayor Ashley Swearengin joined City Council member Sal Quintero and Habitat representatives for a news conference and official kick off on Tuesday morning.

The plan is to build three-, four- and five-bedroom houses that range in size from 1,300-square-feet to 1,600-square-feet.

Construction is expected to begin in March or early April.

Real Estate: Building permit requests up in Visalia

Single-family homebuilding may be on its way up in Visalia.

Homebuilders pulled more permits to build new houses in October than the month before, according to a city report released Friday.

Last month, builders pulled 57 permits compared to 26 in September. A year ago, only 17 permits were issued for the construction of new homes.

Fresno building permit numbers for October have not been released yet, but the September report shows 66 new home permits were issued that month. In August, builders pulled 111 permits.

Real Estate: Last weekend to tour the St. Jude Dream Home

(Courtesy of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Rendering of the St. Jude Dream Home built by De Young Properties.)

The St. Jude Dream Home in Clovis will be open for viewing one last time this weekend before it is raffled off for charity.

Built by De Young Properties, the 3,300-square-foot,  four-bedroom, three-bathroom home in the CountryCourt community, at Gettysburg and Armstrong avenues, will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The $100 tickets, for a chance to win the house, are available until all tickets are sold or up to Nov. 10 when the drawing will be held during a live television special on KMPH (Channel 26.1).

This is De Young’s seventh St. Jude Dream Home. The builder has raised more than $5.4 million for the children’s research hospital.

Real Estate: Lennar Homes will unveil new Next Gen floor plans in NW Fresno

(Submitted photo. Lennar’s Omnilliant Next Gen floor plan.)

Lennar Homes plans to unveil two new Next Generation home floor plans during the grand opening of its latest development in northwest Fresno this weekend.

The Next Gen home offers multi-generational families a private suite that includes a bedroom, kitchenette and full bathroom. The suite has a separate front entrance and one into the main house.

It was first introduced to the Fresno market in October 2011 to fit the changing demographics of buyers and has quickly become a best selling product for the national builder.

There are now five Next Gen floor plans. The two newest models include the 2,600-square-foot Omnilliant, a single-story, four bedroom, three bathroom, three-car garage home. The second is the Revelation, the first model to have a two-bedroom suite in a 3,404-square-foot, two-story home with three to four bedrooms, three ½ bathrooms and a three-car garage.

“There are so many uses for this concept,” said Susan Wilke, vice president of sales and marketing. “Grandma can have her own space. Or maybe it’s your teenagers abode when he starts college or returns from college.”

The plans are available at Elderberry on the Bluffs which celebrates its grand opening from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Real Estate: Granville Home of Hope winner to be announced Saturday

(Courtesy of Granville Homes. Rendering of the Mia model, this year’s Home of Hope.)

Granville Homes will announce the winner of its eighth Home of Hope giveaway on Saturday.

There’s still time to grab your $100 ticket for a chance to win a two-story, 2,216-square-foot home valued at more than $270,000. The three bedroom, 2 ½ bathroom, two-car garage is located in the Sunnyside Grove community near Fowler and Church avenues in southeast Fresno.

If you don’t win the house, don’t worry. There’s a bunch of other prizes available including a helicopter ride, a tennis membership, use of the Save Mart Center Skybox for 16 Fresno State men’s basketball games, a massage package, a television and gift cards to spend on gas or at local businesses.

Granville has built and given away a house every year to raise money for eight charities since 2006. The builder has raised more than $2.4 million.

The charities are: Community Food Bank, Poverello House, Hinds Hospice, Assistance League, Renaissance Scholars at Fresno State and the foundations for Clovis, Sanger, and Central Unified schools. To buy a ticket, call (559) 440-8388.

In November, builder De Young Properties will also hold its drawing for the seventh annual St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway. The winner will be announced on Nov. 10 during a live television special on KMPH (Channel 26.1).

De Young has raised more than $5.4 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The St. Jude home is a 3,298-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-bathroom home in the CountryCourt development at Gettysburg and Armstrong avenues in Clovis.

Real Estate: Golf course housing development to get started in Dinuba

A long-awaited housing development surrounding a golf course designed by a former PGA-level golfer is finally coming to fruition.

No, it’s not Running Horse, the defunct southwest Fresno project once courted by famed developer Donald Trump. This project is south of the Valley at the Ridge Creek Golf Course in Dinuba.

The Dinuba City Council approved the site map this week and took a look at the first renderings and floor plans for the custom and semi-custom development on the city’s western edge.

“The recession delayed the project but we feel the time is right now,” said Mark Davis, managing partner of Ridge Creek Partners. “Dinuba is growing and there are no homes like this in the greater Dinuba area. The golf club has a great reputation and we will build on that.”

Ridge Creek Partners is the developer. The builder is Ted Intravia of TTI Development in Los Banos.

The development will have two communities. The Golf Estates at Ridge Creek will be a gated community with 55 custom homes on lots ranging from 10,000 to 26,000 square feet.

The Golf Villas at Ridge Creek will have 115 semi-custom homes from 1,780 to 3,400 square feet. Buyers can choose from eight floor plans designed by Visalia architect Stan Canby of Teter AE. Prices will range from the $200,000s to $400,000s.

The project is expected to be developed in four phases. A boutique hotel and recreation center are also proposed for the community.

Real Estate: Lennar Homes building in northwest Fresno

(Submitted photo. Lennar’s next generation home, called the Camelot, at the homebuilder’s newest development, Elderberry on the Bluff Estates.)

Lennar Homes is continuing to grow in the Central Valley with the grand opening of a new development overlooking the San Joaquin River in northwest Fresno.

Elderberry on the Bluff Estates is a 139-home neighborhood at Herndon and Riverside avenues, next to the Riverside Golf Course.

The homes will range in size from 1,766 to 2,969 square feet with three to four bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms and up to three bay garages. Eight floor plans are available.

The national builder will also introduce its new Next Generation home design, called the Camelot, at Elderberry, the company said.

The Next Gen two-story house includes a private suite on the ground floor with its own separate entrance, bedroom, kitchenette and full bathroom.

“As time passes, lifestyles can change and the Next Gen, the Home within a Home, floor plans make design history by offering a dual living layout that so many families want and need and are finally discovering courtesy of Lennar, said Susan Wilke, vice president of sales and marketing.

The grand opening will be held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Real Estate: Gazarian Real Estate Center to host housing symposium

The Gazarian Real Estate Center at Fresno State is gearing up for its annual Fresno Housing Market Symposium.

Registration is now open for the Oct. 4 event with guest speaker Richard K. Green, director and chairman of the University of Southern California Lusk Center for Real Estate.

Green has researched the state and regional housing markets and will share his insights and give a forecast in a presentation called “Is California Back? Will it Lead Again?”

Several other local housing experts will also participate in a panel discussion on today’s market conditions. The participants include:

The symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Alice Peters Auditorium at the University Business Center. Visit gazarian.info for more information or to register. Registration is free, but limited.

Real Estate: Two parcels of residential land in Fresno are for sale

A land brokerage company has listed for sale two Fresno properties zoned for residential development.

The first is a 12.06-acre property called Hamilton Estates next to the Sunnyside Golf Course in southeast Fresno, according to Land Advisors Organization. The owners are listed as Bernard Alan and Rebecca Te Velde.

The property is approved for 45 lots averaging about 6,750 square feet in size, the brokerage company said.

The second property for sale is a 15.5-acre parcel on North Blythe Avenue and West Dakota Avenue, west of Highway 99.

The property, owned by Sharp Norcal Partners LLC, has an expired map for 64 single-family detached lots. The seller is remapping the site to allow for 77 lots that are about 6,000 square feet in size.