Bakersfield, an inland city in southern-central California, is the focal point of its area and a central hub of agriculture, commerce, and industry in its region of the state. In terms of its residential options, Bakersfield offers home buyers a wealth of choice, from lavish, Spanish style villas that echo the beauty of southern California to very reasonably priced bungalows perfect for small families. The homes in Bakersfield are ultimately customizable, representing just as much extravagance or sensibility as the buyer desires.
The regions of the city of Bakersfield are organized by direction: Central Bakersfield, North Bakersfield, Northeast, East Bakersfield, Southeast, South Bakersfield, Southwest, and Northwest. The Northeast district encompasses and fits around East Bakersfield, which actually used to be the town of Sumner. Within each district, numerous smaller neighborhoods and communities exist. While the Northeast is quite rural in parts, the Southeast is primarily industrial and residential, as are South Bakersfield and Southwest. A small financial district and center of business and commerce lies near the downtown area close to California Avenue, while the downtown itself is marked by the Truxtun Tower, the second tallest building in the city next to Stockdale Tower. No matter where you reside within Bakersfield, the beautifully scenic Greenhorn Mountains form the landscape backdrop of the city skyline.
Bakersfield’s Kern County is known as the most prolific county in the country in terms of oil production. As such, the Bakersfield economy relies on the two pillars of oil and agriculture. Dozens of companies that have corporate interests in these two industries have made their headquarters in Bakersfield, including Grimmway Farms and Bolthouse Farms. Manufacturing and distribution are also major employing sectors of the city, which proudly produces everything from ice cream to highway paint to race cars. Other top employers in the area include the County of Kern, the Guimarra Companies, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, the City of Bakersfield, and Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield.