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Fresno, Ca.- Agro-Industrial and Educational Center
by Howard Giske

Fresno California has a population of almost 500,000 people. It is located in the Central Valley of California, and has a metropolitan area population of 1 million. Fresno is in the center of an agricultural region, and has a lot of food processing industries, though not as much as it used to. Fresno is also the gateway, and the largest city near the kings Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks. The climate is sunny and dry. A good way to get to see the Fresno area is by walking the 67-mile Blossom trail, which goes through miles of fruit orchards and vegetable farms. Companies such as Kraft Foods and Foster Farms have plants in Fresno. There are also other manufacturing and distribution plants in the area.

Fresno is an educational and medical center for the Central Valley. This is one factor that can make Fresno Real Estate more attractive, when it is near major medical and educational facilities. California State University ( Fresno State) has many undergraduate, graduate and other programs. It holds 23,000 students on a 327 acre campus. There is an additional 1,000-acre University farm adjacent to the University. There is also Fresno Community College, with 21,000 students and the University of Calif. San Francisco Medical School (in Fresno).

The Save Mart Center was completed just several years ago, and is home base of the Fresno State Basketball teams and the Fresno Falcons. It is located next to Fresno State University and also is the site of many popular music performances.

Downtown Fresno is one of the last remaining examples of untouched pre-war architecture in California, though it has also undergone a certain amount of urban renewal. The historic Fulton Mall and Chinatown are two downtown areas with historic buildings. The 10-square block Fulton Mall area also contains public art, sculpture, and fountains throughout this central business district. Two miles northwest of the Mall is Roeding Park, which contains the Fresno Zoo. The performing arts are centered at the William Saroyan Theatre which features the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra and the Fresno Ballet. The downtown district also features the Fresno Convention and Conference Center, which a 168,000 square feet exhibition hall, and an 11,000 seat arena.

Neighborhoods to check out for Fresno real estate include Sunnyside on Fresno's far east side, a fairly affluent area, and Old Fig Garden, a fancy neighborhood of about 6 square miles. Van Ness Avenue goes from downtown to a boulevard that leads to Fresno's most expensive and impressive homes.

Fresno Yosemite International Airport is the largest airport in the area. The airport serves an estimated 1.2 million passengers annually on both domestic and international flights. Fresno Chandler Executive Airport is located 1 1/2 miles west of downtown Fresno and serves as a general aviation airport. Passenger rail service is provided by Amtrak. Fresno is on the main Amtrak line, and potentially, the high-speed rail-line that it is hoped will be built from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The main passenger rail station is the recently renovated historic Santa Fe Railroad Depot located in Downtown Fresno. Several railway lines that carry freight cross the Fresno area.

About the Author

Howard Giske writes about nationwide real estate. For more on Fresno homes see,