SOLD! | 1960 Vallombrosa Ave. | Chico, CA | $405,000

 LET BIDWELL PARK greet you every morning! This lovingly-remodeled beauty is so conveniently located just across from the park. Kitchen opens to dining and family rooms and features newer cabinets and stainless appliances (fridge stays), Kenmore Elite 5-burner gas stove, gleaming granite countertops, tiled backsplash and tiled floor. Dining and family rooms have beautiful engineered hardwood flooring. A cozy brick fireplace in the living room adds to the overall ambiance of peace and comfort, and both living and family rooms have sliding glass doors, bringing the “outside in.” Bathrooms have been remodeled as well, with granite counters and new sinks and fixtures. The back yard offers a large patio and outdoor grill for entertaining, plus extra parking in the driveway on the cul-de-sac side (room enough for two cars and a boat or small trailer). All this PLUS exterior paint and a new 50-year roof in 2013! Near so many outdoor recreational opportunities: Upper and Lower Park, Big Chico Creek, Hooker Oak Park, and all of the trails, playgrounds and picnic areas. Come see this lovely haven that could be YOUR next home!

 

SOLD! | 656 E. 9th Steet. | Chico, CA | $380,000

RARE OPPORTUNITY to own a beautiful 1929 historic Orville Tracy home secluded among Chico’s famed “Storybook” homes. Step through the entry gate (beyond a 13′ privacy hedge) into an enchanted secret garden and lose yourself in its lush setting. This home has it all! The owner has updated this true Chico Charmer to maintain its original vintage character, including gleaming hardwood floors, dual-paned windows, two walls of custom four-panel French doors and 40-year roof (in 2007). Insulation recently added to R-30. Check out the stamped “tin” ceiling in the main bathroom! The light-and-bright kitchen was beautifully remodeled to showcase the stunning reconditioned Merritt & O’Keefe range and features solid surface counters and integrated sink. There is 400 s.f. of additional laundry and climate-controlled storage, with washer/dryer & sink. Private outdoor living areas feature garden patios (perfect for sipping your morning coffee!), spa and hot-and-cold outdoor shower. Plenty of other storage areas (including a basement and enormous attic space with plans drawn for a lovely addition). Extra off-alley concrete parking area in the back with custom security gate. Coffee shops, restaurants, farmer’s market and the magnificent Bidwell Park nearby. This home is in the heart of all of the wonderful things Chico has to offer!

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SOLD ! | 555 Vallombrosa Ave #34 | Chico, California |$146,000

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LET BIDWELL PARK be your back yard! Beautifully remodeled upstairs unit with dramatic vaulted ceiling, fireplace, fresh interior paint, new carpet and luxury vinyl plank flooring. Light and bright, with track lighting, two skylights, new top-line security glass/screen storm door, and a balcony for enjoying cool Chico evenings. The lovely Woodoak complex is lushly landscaped and features a nice clubhouse, salt-water pool & hot tub, and sauna. New HVAC in 2014, new stainless kitchen sink & fixtures, new laminate counters, newer gas stove. Conveniently close to downtown, bike trails, and shopping. HOA pays trash, landscaping, water, exterior maintenance & insurance. Fridge and TV included; move-in ready!

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SOLD |604 Parkwood Drive| Chico, California | $445,000

ParkwoodThumb2Rarely available parkside location on idyllic cul-de-sac. This gorgeous home features updated red oak wood flooring. The remodeled eat-in kitchen is light & bright with loads of cabinet space, gas cooktop, and stainless appliances (including a Bosch dishwasher and suspended stove hood).

Entry opens to the living room, with view of the back yard and the park’s gorgeous sycamore trees through dining room double doors. Slate-faced fireplace with raised hearth and lovely white mantel in separate family room, with a “wall of glass” looking out to back covered deck. Third bathroom is off spacious laundry room & two-car garage for handy cleanup, and has a shower stall, pedestal sink and toilet. Master suite includes private bathroom with large tiled shower.

Energy-efficient features include mostly dual-paned windows, ceiling fans and solar tubes for natural light. The roof is one year new. Plenty of storage space throughout. The back yard boasts a mature Meyer lemon tree, and there is an electronic gate to our amazing Bidwell Park with walking/biking trails along Chico Creek. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to live next to The Park!

 

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Upper Bidwell Park – Take an Aerial Tour!

Just came across this video of Upper Bidwell Park filmed by Josh Lang using one of those fun drones (AKA UAV or “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle”)  and a GoPro camera. (Isn’t technology great?!)  The video includes such popular spots as Bear Hole, the Yahi Trail, and North Rim Trail (check out “Monkey Face” at app. 33 second mark; can you make out the monkey’s profile?).  Bidwell Park is truly a Chico treasure, with over 3600 acres of trees, trails swimming holes and creeks, which extend from Upper Park all the way through town, passing the CSUC campus.  It is one of the largest municipal parks in the country, and we have Annie Bidwell to thank for it.

As gorgeous as our park is, it is not without its hazards.  There is the occasional rattlesnake to avoid (make plenty of noise as you hike!), especially as the weather warms up.  And there have been mountain lion sightings, as this recent Chico E-R article warns.  (Sadly, the hiker’s dog–apparently in protective mode–did not make it out alive.) While they typically avoid us human-like creatures, if you see a mountain lion, remember:  DON’T RUN!  Raise your arms to make yourself appear larger and shout at the animal to scare it away.

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But one of the biggest wilderness pitfalls is injury, whether due to hiking accidents or risky activity in the cliff and swimming areas.  HikeSafe.com lists safety precautions and other helpful information such as hiking with your dog.

Chico is SO lovely in the springtime.  So get out there and enjoy…and be safe!DCP_5901

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