Back to Basics: Our Foundational Relationship with 84 Lumber

January 7, 2015

84 Lumber Derek Rowe De Young Team

At De Young Properties, we’ve been in this business a long time, 40 years to be exact.

From day one, our commitment to the highest quality of work and our passion for customer satisfaction has been fundamental to our success. Each time we encounter a trade partner with the same set of values, it is magic.

Recently, one such partner, 84 Lumber, came for a visit and Derek Rowe reminded us of how much our customers benefit from their critical contributions to all of our homes.

The 84 Lumber Story

84 Lumber originated in Pennsylvania in the 1950s and opened their Fresno location in the 1980s. Their lumber is primarily Douglas Fir, from 20-30 year old, 60’ trees from Oregon. The team at 84 Lumber is hands-on at every stage of the process. (more…)

Bittersweet Retirement after 40 years at De Young Properties!

December 31, 2014

Over the years – and decades – many things have changed at De Young Properties, but the warm presence and hard work of Emilie Hayden was a constant. While the whole De Young team will feel the absence of “our dear Miss Em,” and her humor, dedication and kindness, we are excited to see her tackle this next chapter. Hopefully, retirement is ready, because Miss Em doesn’t do anything halfway!

Reflecting on Four Decades of Service…

The world was a different place when John Bonadelle Sr., Paula De Young’s father,
hired me in 1969. Nixon was elected President, Neil Armstrong landed on the moon and Woodstock was making headlines. I started working as a Computer Operator, (more…)

Raise the Roof: 5 Things To Know About De Young Properties Trade Partner, Eagle Roofing

December 17, 2014

At De Young Properties, we have been building homes for a long time, but we can’t do it alone. Especially at this time of year, we are keenly aware of all the people that help make it possible – our team, trade partners, business affiliates, community and of course, De Young customers.

One of those special partners is Eagle Roofing – and recently, I had the opportunity to tour one of the four Eagle Roofing plants located in the United States, (more…)

Cranberry Blue Cheese Pine Cones Recipe From De Young

December 16, 2014

Enjoy This Treat From De Young!



  • 4 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, cut into cubes
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 ounces blue cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. diced green onion (more…)

De Young Properties Thanks Community For Supporting Our Business For The First 40 Years

December 8, 2014

Established in 1974 and well into our third generation, De Young Properties continues a family legacy of helping families realize the American dream of home ownership. Building over 7,000 homes, the De Young name is synonymous with quality craftsmanship, enduring value, world-class innovation and excellent customer service.

We are sincerely grateful for our loyal homeowners. Our desire has been and always will be to ensure each one of our customers is satisfied with their De Young Properties home. Additionally, we are appreciative to our community and team of top professionals (more…)

De Young Properties Thanks Community For Once Again Raising Over $1 Million For St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!

December 4, 2014

With overwhelming support by the community who dug deep and donated, the 2014 Central Valley St. Jude Dream Home® Giveaway raised $1,075,100 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Built by major donor De Young Properties, the home was given away to Brian and Traci Martin of Clovis who were selected as the lucky winners of the new 3,100 sq. ft. home on an expansive 10,485 sq. ft. homesite in the De Young CountrySide community during the November 9th live television broadcast on KMPH FOX 26. (more…)

10 Things to Do This Holiday Season In Fresno & Clovis!

November 24, 2014

Santas, light shows, and skating, oh my! There may not be snow on the ground, but – look around – the holidays are here! At De Young Properties, it is our favorite time of the year! We know you will be busy with shopping, parties and school pageants, but be sure to carve out time for making memories with your loved ones and participating in some of the Valley’s seasonal traditions:

1. River Park Santa House:

Did you know there is such a thing as The Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas? Well, there is, and this Santa is one of them! De Young Properties is proud to be sponsoring the River Park Santa House, Fresno’s only Hi-Def Santa Photo Studio, where families can have a private experience with Santa,  enjoy free hot chocolate, snow flurries every hour and a gaggle of Christmas Elves. The fun begins on Friday, November 28th at 10am when Santa is expected to land by helicopter!

2. Christmas Tree Lane:

The longest-running holiday event in the nation (seriously!), for 92 years families have enjoyed the twinkling (more…)

3 Design & Technology Trends De Young Learned At The GE Monogram Experience!

November 18, 2014

As a design consultant for the De Young Design Studio, I had the opportunity to attend the GE’s Monogram Experience Center to learn more about the products and technologies we install in homes every day. I was able to learn about the latest and greatest GE proto-types and innovations in this VERY hands-on experience. Our De Young homes exclusively feature GE appliances so this incredible knowledge will benefit not only me and the De Young Properties team but also the homebuyers that I consult on a daily basis.

Here are a few of the highlights from the GE Monogram Experience Center and the latest from the De Young Design Studio: design inspiration, new technologies and kitchen trends.


De Young Properties Would Appreciate Your Vote As The Fresno Bee People’s Choice Best New Home Builder!

November 14, 2014

The Fresno Bee’s People’s Choice is an annual tradition, a chance for the community to share their voice on their favorite places, restaurants, businesses, local personalities, and so much more! In 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014, De Young Properties has been recognized as a People’s Choice Award recipient for New Home Builder, an annual honor given to three businesses per category by the Fresno Bee based on votes received from the community.

Voting is underway for the 2015 People’s Choice and De Young Properties would appreciate your vote again this year for Best New Home Builder! We are grateful for recognition in past years and would truly appreciate your vote again before the deadline of Sunday, November 30th!

For the past 40 years, we have had a passion for building homes, a desire to ensure each customer is satisfied and true dedication to invest in our community. We are excited to keep this tradition alive. (more…)

Referral Program – Earn Up To $1,000!

November 11, 2014


I don’t know about you, but when I discover a hole-in-the-wall in Fresno with the best burritos in town, a new band or the perfect jeans, I just have to shout it from the rooftops. Now, imagine getting rewarded simply for sharing your recommendations!

Introducing the De Young Properties Referral Program!

If you know someone who is considering buying a home in Fresno or Clovis, it’s easy to refer them to De Young Properties. Visit a De Young Welcome Center with the friend you are referring and notify the Sales Associate that you would like to complete the De Young Referral Card.referral-program-01

As soon as your referral closes escrow on a De Young home, we’ll send you a check for $1,000, if you currently own a home built by De Young Properties, and $500 if you don’t.

That’s right, cold hard cash! For the complete Referral Program rules, visit here or call 559.434.2000.

And why wouldn’t you want to refer De Young Properties? (more…)