Modesto, California

Real Estate and Community Information

Modesto, California Real Estate and Community Information Modesto, California, is the county seat and largest city in Stanislaus County. Approximately 210,000 residents live in Modesto, a city conveniently located about 70 miles south of Sacramento and 65 miles west of Yosemite National Park. San Francisco and Fresno are both about 90 miles away. The rich farmland in the area is known for its vegetable, almond, walnut and milk production. Modesto Junior College enrolls over 20,000 students, and it fields 21 sports teams.

History

Modesto was founded in 1870, primarily as a train stop between Sacramento and Los Angeles. When the city was incorporated in 1884, approximately 1,000 people lived there. During the high water season, grain barges transported the region's grain crop, and railroad traffic grew. Dams constructed in the foothills allowed for irrigation of the fields, and vegetable, fruit and nut production thrived.

Parks and Recreation

The Turlock Lake State Recreation Area is nestled in the rolling foothills just east of Modesto. The Tuoloumne River runs along the northern edge of the park, and Turlock Lake lies to the south. The facility offers a wide range of water-based recreation, including boating, water skiing and swimming. Trout fishermen occasionally catch rainbow trout 16-inches long. The Department of Fish and Game stocks the lake with approximately 5,000 pounds of trout every year. Anglers also pursue bass, catfish, crappies and bluegills.

Several parks stand out among the dozens of municipal facilities. Modern Freedom Park features basketball courts and play areas. Davis Community Park offers a special play area for toddlers, along with lighted tennis courts, ball fields and horseshoe pits. Historic Graceada Park dates all the way back to 1906, yet its modern amenities include tennis courts and basketball courts.

Modesto golfers have a number of fine area courses from which to choose. Dryden Park Golf Course is a scenic layout that meanders along the shores of the Tuolumne River. Towering pines and mature oaks guard the emerald green fairways. From the longest tees, Dryden Park stretches to 6,574 yards, and it has a 122 slope rating. The multiple water hazards, contoured bunkers and narrow fairways at Creekside Golf Course demand that you bring your "A" game. The 18-hole, par-72 course plays at 6,610 yards from the back tees, and it carries a slope rating of 117.

Activities and Attractions

The Gallo Center for the Arts hosts a wide variety of performances and gala events throughout the year, including musicals and other classic theatrical productions. The modern facility that opened in 2007 is home to the Central West Ballet, the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and the Townsend Opera Players. Touring Broadway casts have brought Cats, Evita and other well-known plays to Modesto. The Gallo Center also attracts top musical talents and concert performers to the city.

The State Theater of Modesto is the city's only remaining historic theater. When it first came to the Valley, residents enjoyed great entertainment in air-conditioned comfort for just 25 cents. The eight-decade-old facility now offers a new facade, refurbished marque, state-of-the-art sound system and updated lobby. The theater itself retains its Art Deco splendor, including hand-painted murals and towering sconces.

A number of museums offer an opportunity to get in touch with the area's rich history. In 1883, prominent local resident Robert McHenry built a dramatic Victorian-Italianate residence in downtown Modesto. Today, the McHenry Museum features a stimulating mix of permanent and traveling exhibits. Among the permanent displays you'll find the School Room, Blacksmith Shop and Agricultural Exhibit.

Festivals and Annual Events

Grafitti Summer pays homage to George Lucas and his iconic film American Graffiti. Lucas graduated from Thomas Downey High School in 1962. Over the years, the festival has been opened by such luminaries as The Beach Boys, The Isley Brothers, Frankie Avalon and Little Richard. The early-summer, month-long extravaganza also features movie screening, classic car shows and sock hops.

In August, the Xclamation! Festival brings more than 20,000 people to revel in the performances of top touring bands. It is billed as "The Valley's Biggest Party," and it has come to Modesto every year for over a decade-and-a-half.

If you are relocating to Modesto, you'll always find a wide range of homes on the market, from architectural gems in the heart of the community to amenity-filled residences in modern developments. Consider three and four-bedroom homes with more than 2,500 sq-ft of living space that may feature gourmet kitchens, energy-saving construction and home theaters. You'll find homes for every budget, including townhomes, quaint bungalows and updated two-bedroom ranches.

There's so much to do in this bustling community in the Valley. To learn more about the cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities here, please contact Karen Cadinha. I'd welcome the opportunity to get acquainted and to learn all about your housing goals and dreams.

Karen Cadinha
Karen Cadinha
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