Nancy Berberian Thompson
Shhh! Did you realize that Kingsburg is the jewel of the Valley and the place to live, work and enjoy life? Is there is a reason that so many are seeking homes here? Is it because of the school system, which is among the best around California? Or is it because of the quaint quiet town that welcomes you down the main street with boutique shops, restaurants, and all you need at your fingertips? How about the Kings River Golf and Country Club, or the Kings River itself?
What is it that draws people into Kingsburg? In this writer’s opinion, it is that small town feeling where you can walk the street and stop and visit with a neighbor a friend or a visitor. It is the warmth felt by anyone who lives here. It is the festivals, the community events, the concerts in the park, and the housing!
Kingsburg, like every other town around us, has an interesting real estate market right now. It seems the prices keep going up with no stopping in sight. And there is no crystal ball to tell us when that rise may stop or even if it will. We are finding people are setting their sights on Kingsburg from other areas. People are moving here from the Bay Area and even the southern California area. The homes in those areas sell within 1 – 2 days and they bring that money and purchase a great home here or in the surrounding areas. How long will this keep up? No one knows that answer. Time will tell.
As most know, it is a seller’s market with few houses for sale and many buyers wanting to purchase. At the beginning of this year, we barely had 3 – 5 houses on the market. At the time of this article, there are 12 houses on the market for sale. 35 houses pending sale, and 86 sold within the last 6 months. Many of the 86 sold are from a new development. Many who sell are moving out of state and as much as they may love where they go, we get phone calls from some who say how much they miss it here.
Many of those moving to Kingsburg are commuting to outlying areas so they can retreat in this quaint town. Of course, with the recent Pandemic, it caused many to work from home and there are those who still are doing so.
To the cities north of us and to the south of us, there are battles among buyers to get their offers accepted in order to purchase a house. In our town, it is not as bad with maybe three to five offers per house depending on the price and location. Location is still the number one, two and three most important consideration of purchasing a home. It must be the right location to be the home of someone’s dream.
With all the new developments going on here, more and more people are coming in daily. Can our little town take the increase? We will have to wait and see. So far, so good. Hopefully, our community services, Fire, Police, and especially the schools will be able to absorb and expand as needed. Within the next five years, with some 6 or more developments we expect to see approximately 550 or more new homes sprouting up around the perimeter of the city.
Some to the east of Mendocino, some to the west but everywhere you turn, there are signs up leading you to these developments. Kings Estates is starting Phase II of their building with approximately 59 homes to be built. There were 60 in their first development which went up within one year’s time of breaking ground. Summerlyn from San Joaquin Homes continues to build to the south of Sierra St/Ave. 400. On Academy, Century Homes is building.
Off Kamm between Academy and Mendocino will also be another new development.
Exciting times, maybe. Changing times, definitely. Who know what tomorrow will hold for Kingsburg; so, like the rest of us, we will just wait and see what develops?