Here at De Young Properties, we are big Earth fans. We think it’s a pretty special place and that’s why we take pride in building energy-efficient homes that are environmentally-friendly and sustainable in Fresno and Clovis. Not only do we celebrate the Earth on Earth Day, but we do it year-round! We believe that as a builder, it’s our responsibility to create homes and communities to promote green living.
As a way to celebrate environmental protection and awareness, we invite you to celebrate Earth Day with De Young Properties. Visit a De Young Welcome Center this weekend for a special Earth Day giveaway that can help the environment and will be nice to look at, too! If you want to learn more about what our homes offer and what they are doing for our Earth, our Sales Associates will be on hand to discuss our De Young SmartHomes with EnergySmart and ControlSmart technology. It’s the extra step that we take to give our homeowners increased control, convenience, peace of mind, comfort and overall efficiency. The building science and technology that’s included in our homes sets us apart from others. You can rest assured that we set the standard of smart living with the Earth in mind.
We don’t just say we are green, we prove it! Did you know that in 2013 partnered with PG&E to build a Zero Net Energy Home? And you can tour it at the Armstrong Welcome Center? This home supports the California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan that will eventually require all new homes in California to be Zero Net Energy. This concept home is being used as a model home so De Young and PG&E can monitor and analyze the energy usage. This is just one example of our commitment to industry-leading energy efficient homebuilding.
You can also visit our Celebrate Earth Day blog to learn more about events taking place in Fresno and Clovis.
Happy Earth Day!
Author: Ashley De Young
We are proud to announce that De Young Properties Sierra Crest community was named “Community of the Year” by Green Home Builder Magazine for 2016!
The “Community of the Year” award is presented to the community that receives the most votes from the readers of Green Home Builder Magazine. The voting is posted to GHB’s website in the fall and is also sent out in the magazine’s newsletter. We would like to thank all of our customers and followers for supporting us and giving us your vote!
The De Young Sierra Crest community is a 39-home site with lots up to 9,795 square feet. These large lots provide families with large backyards along with beautiful mountain views. Sierra Crest introduced the De Young SmartHome Icon Series; a series built with some of the most advanced energy-efficient and building science technology. These homes are designed to save homeowners money on their energy bills, allow them to live more comfortably, and help preserve the environment.
This transformative community received a very positive response after its launch and sold all available homesites quickly.
To learn more about the De Young SmartHome Icon Series floorplans, please visit a Welcome Center.
Author: Ashley De Young
How Are You Celebrating Earth Day? Here’s Some Tips!
At De Young, we take pride in building homes that are environmentally friendly and sustainable. We believe that as a builder, our responsibility is to create homes and communities that promote green living. As a way to celebrate environmental protection and awareness, we encourage you to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd. There are many ways to celebrate, here are a few events taking place in Fresno and Clovis:
Opportunities to Celebrate Earth Day:
- Earth Day Fresno Festival – Saturday, April 22nd, 10am-4pm: Our local Earth Day Chapter will host this event at Radio Park on First and Clinton. The event will have green vendors, fun activities for kids, bike show, local food vendors, and live entertainment. Admission is free. Join the community to celebrate Our Planet.
- Clovis Botanical Garden Tour – Saturday, April 22nd, 10am-12pm: Take a free tour of the three-acre water-wise demonstration garden which is composed of beautiful plants and landscapes. You’ll have the chance to learn more about sustainable gardening methods that are appropriate for the hot summers and cool winter of California’s Central Valley.
- Art of Life Healing Garden Fundraiser –Saturday, April 22nd, 8am-3:30pm: Enjoy a day filled with numerous fun activities such as: yoga, interval fitness classes, art projects, a “volunteer to plant” activity organized by the local Girl Scouts, and more. All donations from this event will benefit the Art of Life Cancer Foundation.
- Millerton Clean-Up Day-Saturday April 22nd 8:30am-12:30pm: Enjoy a day at beautiful Millerton lake, while giving back to the state park in our community. This volunteer opportunity will include planting trees, removing weeds, laying fresh mulch, and replacing drip line irrigation. One of the best ways to spend Earth Day is by helping to clean it up.
To celebrate Earth Day, you don’t have to go to an event and you don’t have to install new solar panels or buy an electric car to make changes that have an environmental impact. This day provides a great chance to evaluate your green awareness and commit to making changes. If you are already green-savvy, that is awesome but know that there’s always more you can do. For instance, take a look at these ideas to become greener:
Tips to Live Green
- Reduce the use of your car: Here in the Central Valley we understand the importance of good air quality. To try and keep the bad air days at bay, consider riding your bike rather than driving your car for nearby errands. Another thing you can do is start a carpool with your coworkers; not only will this save you money, it will also reduce the emissions helping us move towards better air quality.
- Plant something: Starting a garden is one of the most rewarding things you can do. Plant your favorite fruits and vegetables and watch them grow. Be the proud gardener that serves a meal with produce from your own garden. You can even do small things in conjunction with gardening such as starting your own compost; not only with this help you be green but it will also promote a healthy garden. Or maybe adding some beautiful flowers to your front yard is more your style. Enjoy the beautiful variety of colors and the curb appeal that come with sprucing up your yard. The options are endless; the only limit is your imagination.
- Conserve water: Want to save money and help the environment? Water conservation is easier than most people think. Small, everyday things like taking shorter showers, washing clothes in cold water, using the fastest spin cycle, and turning the water off while you brush your teeth all contribute to water conservation.
- Everyday lighting: With the use of energy-efficient light bulbs, you can light up your house with the same amount of light while saving money. Typically these bulbs only cost a few more dollars and last longer, so you get better bang for your buck. New bulbs are an easy way to go green, while saving money at the same time.
Being green sounds harder than it really is; small everyday changes can help us move towards a more sustainable future. Whether you participate at an event or adopt new green living habits, you are making a difference; this is what Earth Days is really about. No matter what you chose to do, we wish you a wonderful Earth Day as we all come together to make the Earth a better place.
(1) Google Images, (2) The Art of Life Cancer Foundation Facebook, (3) 10 Steps to Beginning a Garden, (4) Google Images.
Springtime Strawberry Banana Bread
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1½ cups fresh strawberries chopped & tossed in 1 Tablespoon of flour
- Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Spray two 9×5 loaf pans with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, using an electric or stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
- In a small bowl, beat eggs using a fork. Add eggs to sugar mixture and beat until combined. Add mashed bananas and mix until combined.
- Sift all dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add sifted dry ingredients to banana mixture and mix until flour is just combined. Do not overmix! Fold in floured covered strawberries.
- Pour batter into prepared loaf pans and bake at 375F for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350F and bake for an additional 30 minutes until edges are slightly brown or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool completely before removing from loaf pans.
Recipe and photo from The Recipe Critic
This week, De Young Properties began construction on their 11th St. Jude Dream Home that will be given away to a lucky winner this November. The Groundbreaking Ceremony, covered live by FOX 26, included major donor and builder De Young Properties, Celebrity Designer Michael Moloney, trade partners, business affiliates and volunteers. The 2,500 sq. ft. home in the De Young Holland Pointe community located in Clovis will be offered as the first place prize to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to fight cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
This year’s home has been named “Lucky 11” to share good luck and hope for the patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. One hundred percent of the proceeds of the giveaway are donated to St. Jude. Serving as major donor and builder of the St. Jude Dream Home for the past 10 years, De Young Properties has successfully raised over $9.7 million for the hospital to date. This year, 11,000 tickets will be available in the hopes of raising $1,100,000 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which works around the clock to develop cures to save the lives of boys and girls, including children in the San Joaquin Valley.
“Thank you to our trade partners, Celebrity Designer Michael Moloney, De Young team members, business affiliates and volunteers for helping us kick off the 2017 Central Valley St. Jude Dream Home. At De Young Properties, we strongly believe in our responsibility to help others, and our entire team is grateful to our community’s continued support of our business and this great cause. We are even more passionate as we were in 2007 when we first partnered with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and we are honored to be a donor and builder of our 11th St. Jude Dream Home in this war against childhood cancer. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital positively affects the lives of families across the country, in addition to giving us the opportunity to change the life of a local family,” said Paula De Young. This amazing pediatric research center, that not only treats life threatening cases in children, also freely gives guidance to doctors around the world and here in the Central Valley.”
The 2017 St. Jude Dream Home will include a signature designed suite from Michael Moloney. De Young Properties worked with Michael on the Emmy Award-winning television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, where they teamed up to build and design a home full of inspiration for a local hero.
Due to the overwhelming success of last year’s Dream Home, Michael will once again donate his design talent and resources to one very special project, “Michael’s Mystery Suite”, which will remain off-limits during the construction and will be unveiled at a September event. “Michael’s Mystery Suite” will transform the master living quarters into an all-encompassing suite of colors, textures and the unexpected. De Young Properties and Michael Moloney are excited to collaborate on this special project which will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The 2017 St. Jude Dream Home is one of the newest De Young floorplans and will offer four bedrooms, three bathrooms, generous sized loft and a popular private entry complete with a Drop Zone area to be used as a catch-all for everyday items. The winner’s dreams will come true with the home’s long list of special features, including a beautiful Cottage elevation, durable quartz counters, stainless steel Bosch appliances with gas cook top. In addition, the home offers water sense and elegant Brizo premium faucets, an Energy Star-rated Rinnai tankless water heater, premium-grade hardwood and tile floors by Shaw Floors, spacious 10’ ceilings, professional front and back yard landscaping and Energy Star approved Eagle Brand Cool Roof Tile.
The 2017 St. Jude Dream Home is designed with De Young SmartHome technology to provide exceptional energy-efficiency, environmentally-friendly features, security, financial control and an overall improved quality of life while maintaining quality craftsmanship and true comfort. These EnergySmart homes are energy-efficient and come with a host of earth-friendly features and apply green building practices that create a healthy environment in which we live. These building practices include high energy-efficiency, improved indoor air quality, water conservation and sustainable building practices. Additionally, De Young SmartHomes have independent inspections for third-party review. Taking the technology a step further, this SmartHome features De Young ControlSmart technology to make your home intuitively smart.
The prime Clovis location of the St. Jude Dream Home is within walking distance to Regan Educational Center and located within the greater 3,300-acre Loma Vista master-planned community designed by the City of Clovis. In addition, it is a short drive from Clovis Community Medical Center and a variety of entertainment and dining options including the Sierra Vista Mall, The Square at Campus Pointe, Old Town Clovis and even Wild Water Adventure Park. Easy access to Highway 168 and Herndon Avenue can provide a fast work commute during the week and a family outing to Shaver or Huntington lakes on the weekend and even more.
Tickets will be available for purchase in August and you can tour the St. Jude Dream Home beginning in September. The winner will be announced on FOX26 in November.
Author: Paula De Young
De Young Properties realizes that finding the perfect home is only part of building the American Dream…. financing it is the other. With nearly 70 years of family experience, De Young Properties remains committed to providing affordable home ownership. Building upon that commitment, De Young Properties is pleased to recommend the competitive lending advantage of their affiliate, De Young Mortgage, Inc. De Young Mortgage has been servicing excited new homebuyers who are purchasing homes in the newest De Young communities.
A De Young Mortgage professional will be available to meet one-on-one with potential homebuyers on Saturday, March 25th from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the De Young Armstrong Welcome Center located on Armstrong, south of Gettysburg in Clovis to discuss what is needed for resale of an existing home, financing of new home construction or investment property or refinancing an existing loan.
In addition, De Young Mortgage offers programs for down payment assistance and special financing. Learn more about pre-qualifying and receiving a free credit score, how to purchase a home after a foreclosure or short sale, your purchasing power and more! With years of lending industry knowledge, these experts will use their expertise to help homebuyers choose the best program to suit their individual needs.
Finance your new De Young Properties home through De Young Mortgage and take advantage of financing incentives toward your new home purchase. De Young Mortgage offers a variety of home loans including Conventional, FHA, USDA, VA and Jumbo Loans. Owning a De Young home has never been easier with low mortgage rates and a down payment assistance program, the team is sure to find an option suitable for almost anyone.
Can’t make it to the Armstrong Welcome Center today? You can also call to arrange an appointment with a De Young Mortgage Loan Officer at (559) 666-2277.
Author: Brandon De Young
De Young Properties has been recognized as a People’s Choice Award recipient for New Homebuilder, an annual honor given to three businesses per category by the Fresno Bee based on votes received from the community. De Young Properties would like to thank the community for their vote in this great honor.
“We are so grateful and appreciative to our loyal homeowners and community members for this show of support,” said Paula De Young, Executive Vice President of De Young Properties. “Thank you for noticing our passion for building homes, our desire to ensure each customer is satisfied and our dedication to invest in our community.”
The first priority of De Young Properties is their commitment to homeowners, as demonstrated by their industry-leading, 5-Year Fit & Finish Limited Warranty, the first of its kind in the area. De Young Properties has also placed itself at the forefront of its industry by being the first to offer and continuing to offer multiple homes designed to be Zero Net Electric. In addition, De Young collaborated with PG&E to build the first concept home designed to be Zero Net Energy in the Central Valley.
De Young’s family tradition extends beyond building homes. They contribute time and resources to our local community, including serving as proud builder and major donor of the Central Valley St. Jude Dream Home for the last ten years, raising over 9.7 million dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Whether raising funds for children or supporting local schools, non-profits and community groups, De Young gives dreams and hope to our community.
Established in 1974 and well into its third generation, De Young Properties continues a family legacy of helping families realize the American dream of home ownership. They’ve built over 7,000 homes, making De Young synonymous with quality craftsmanship, enduring value, world-class innovation and excellent customer service. Proudly rooted in the San Joaquin Valley, their team lives here, raises their families here and shares a deep commitment to serve the community.
De Young Properties will always be committed to our homeowners, the community and the environment. Thank you again for this recognition, we take great pride in Building Your Dreams For Three Generations.
Author: Ashley De Young
Shamrock Shake Recipe
- 3 Cups Vanilla Ice Cream
- 1¾ Cups Whole Milk
- ½ Teaspoon Peppermint Extract
- Green Food Coloring
- Whipped Cream and Cherry (if desired)
- In a blender, combine the vanilla ice cream, milk, green food coloring, and peppermint extract, and process until smooth, about 30 seconds.
- Pour the shake into a glass and top with the whipped cream and maraschino cherry.
Adapted via Baking Beauty
Did you enjoy watching the Super Bowl from the comfort of your own home?
It was a great game, full of exciting plays, lots of emotion and plenty of anticipation. Now, imagine watching that same game with a room that is fully tech savvy, that didn’t cost you a fortune. There are so many variables to consider when designing your perfect Multi-Media room, including how technical you want the room to be, and how much you want to spend.
Here are a few tips to consider when designing a media room on a budget:
Space – This room might be the Great Room, spare bedroom or a bonus room, like what is available in the De Young Residence 350i but it is recommended to have a relaxed, open-environment, suitable for watching the BIG game or movies with the family. Using the right space will be the foundation of your Multi-Media room.
Multi-Purpose – Maybe you want the sports headquarters of your dreams, or a social space to host events; considering using multi-purpose design techniques to give you the best of both worlds. Think a room that serves as your media room and also an office.
Prioritize -Make a decision on what is the most important to you; whether it is seating, picture quality, or sound quality, rank your priorities. This will allow you to “beef up” the most important aspects of your media room, while allowing you to be more budget-friendly in other areas.
Take stock of what you already have – Instead of buying all new equipment why not rearrange some items instead? For instance, by moving the television from your bedroom to the media room you can save money; money that can be spent elsewhere.
Buy refurbished – Best Buy and other retailers sell used and like new equipment for a fraction of retail cost. Utilize these programs to your benefit.
Creating your own custom media room can be very costly, but it doesn’t have to be. Through prioritization, you can focus on the important items, and save on what is not.
Let your imagination run wild while you design your perfect room for all occasions. If you are looking for a new home to watch next year’s Super Bowl in, consider visiting a De Young Welcome Center today. Our sales associates will be happy to show you floorplans that will fit your needs and your lifestyle.
Additionally, homebuyers have the opportunity to work with our professional Design Consultants in the exclusive De Young Design Studio. They will work with you to design your ideal home, giving you as little or as much assistance as you like and walk you through the step-by-step experience to personalize your new home.
Author: Brandon De Young
Due to popularity of their newest community, De Young is excited to announce that Phase 2 of De Young Trailside at Loma Vista will be released this weekend. This new phase will include new homesite selections in the Trailside community, including cul-de-sac lots and close proximity to the Gould walking trail and bird watching overlook. For best homesite selection, interested homebuyers are encouraged to visit today. Trailside Phase 1 sold 45% of homesites in the first 48 hours so they are anticipating Phase 2 to be highly desired.
Wondering if Trailside is for you?
Have you been searching for that special place where life is naturally connected? Outdoor living is easily accessible with nearby parks and walking trails? A top education center is located just down the street? A home that works together to improve efficiency, security, financial control and quality of life? Explore De Young Trailside at Loma Vista, where a synergy of natural connections easily accommodates every phase of life.
“At Trailside, there’s a lot to be excited about. We’re looking forward to moving into the home with great energy efficient features. We’re looking forward to the girls attending Reagan Educational Center; it’s so close and in Clovis Unified School District. We’re looking forward to the community, which includes trails for afternoon walks. And we’re looking forward to…” said Tony, a Trailside homebuyer. His wife Ariana interjected, “to having lots of family gatherings in our spacious new home, to share what we have, to just have fun and enjoy life!”
“We are so excited to release the new phase of this community to our homebuyers. Trailside allows you to live in a special place, at a price you can afford – close proximity to great schools, nearby parks and trails, industry-leading De Young SmartHomes with Icon Series technology, and well-suited to accommodate every phase of life,” said Ryan De Young. “This community offers it all; you don’t want to miss this opportunity. Enjoy the natural connections of life at Trailside located in East Clovis.”
The newest neighborhood from De Young Properties offers generous amenities, spacious homesites up to 11,750 square feet and affordable prices in the greater 3,300-acre Loma Vista master-planned community designed by the City of Clovis. All of this and no homeowner’s association fees, allowing homeowners to enjoy the natural connections within the community, without having to pay extra fees.
Trailside is located in a unique, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood of Loma Vista, at Leonard Avenue, half a mile south of Ashlan Avenue in Clovis. The idea of Loma Vista is to promote healthier, happier living in the Clovis area by encouraging people to spend more time outside. At Trailside, you will be able to visit the birdwatching overlook or park to be located within the community or take a relaxing walk or brisk jog along the Dry Creek and Gould pedestrian trails. Pump House Park and Gallery Park are located nearby for additional outdoor fun and activities with the family. These trails and parks are part of the developing 20-mile network of connected trails, parks and tree-lined streets planned in the greater Loma Vista area.
Trailside is located in the highly-acclaimed Clovis Unified School District, including the brand new Boris Elementary School. In addition, the Reagan Educational Center is located just down the street for your student to attend Reyburn Intermediate School and Clovis East High School. You will enjoy the close proximity and natural connection of these great schools for your children.
Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to be naturally connected at De Young Trailside at Loma Vista, visit today for best homesite selection.
Author: Ryan De Young