Downtown Visalia: If you’re the type that is always looking for a good time, Downtown Visalia has your number. Featuring a vibrant nightlife, 50 locally-owned eateries, free concerts, festivals, and events at the Fox Theatre, residents never suffer a dull moment. Homes here are single-family, some a bit older, and range from two-five bedrooms. Apartments downtown are part of a mixed work/live atmosphere. Above the restaurants, boutiques and antique shops sit new apartments and condos, ripe for the picking. The apartments here are typically one and two bedrooms, making them the ideal choice for young, single professionals, roommates, and young couples. Another perk of living down here? The “outdoor gallery,” an installation that features more than 50 murals spread throughout the community and offers residents a fun view to wake up to. $$-$$$
North Visalia: Neighborhoods in North Visalia are generally upper middle class, and quite coveted. The homes here range in size from grandiose (HUGE lawns, four to five bedrooms) to average. The streets are lined with lemon, cherry and olive trees, making this part of town more picturesque and suburban than others. The luxury apartments here feature fireplaces and wet bars for romantic nights in, and after-work cocktails. A perfect spot for families and singletons alike, this part of town offers good schools, quiet streets, and golf courses while remaining close enough to Downtown for you to get loose on the weekends. $$-$$$$
Oval Park/Lincoln Oval: Referred to by both names, this end of town is Visalia’s eldest. With it’s best and oldest schools, this area is great for those relocating with children in tow. The park (aptly named Lincoln Oval) is located in the center of the neighborhood and comes in handy for joggers and those who need their kids to burn some energy before naptime. In the heart of Oval Park the housing is made up of single-family and semi-detached homes (almost like duplexes or row houses). However, right outside of Oval’s center there are newer, luxury apartments up for grabs that feature a slew of amenities such as spas, Jacuzzis, and fitness centers. $$-$$$$
Mooney: Located in the historic southwest region of Visalia, Mooney features single-family homes (three-four bedrooms) and apartments. Cozy and unique, dwellings here come equipped with garages, private balconies, picnic areas and computer labs, and are home to young, upwardly mobile singles and families with young children. This young and fun loving community gathers throughout the year coordinate festivals and parties. Oktoberfest anyone? $$-$$$$
Trolleys, Shuttles and Freeways:
Visalia is located near several highways and freeways. For those who are intending to brave California traffic, Route 198 will take to you east and west while Route 99 brings residents north and south. Route 63, which is known locally as Mooney Blvd. will take you to the neighboring town of Tulare, as well as Kings Canyon for a day of spelunking in the sun.
If you’ve always wanted to ride a trolley (go ahead, blame Mister Rogers), this is your big chance. The Visalia Towne Trolley serves all of downtown and will bring you to the many restaurants and activities Visalia has to offer. The Sequoia Shuttle service is another local public transit system that provides transportation from Visalia to Sequoia National Park. For those moving with school-age children, The Loop is an ideal public transportation system. First of all, it’s free! Secondly, children can hop on and ride to the rec or community centers after school and throughout the summer. For working parents, this is a safe way to ensure your children are active and entertained.
Offering fresh agriculture, perfectly seasonal weather, and breathtaking views, Visalia is one of California’s best and longest kept secrets. Come discover for yourself why this town continues to thrive and why amongst the Sierra Nevada’s, you will too.
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