The largest city in the Central Valley and the fifth largest city in California overall, Fresno is an inland hub of diversity, culture, and commerce. In Fresno, many of the homes are influenced by the Spanish and southwestern architecture that is part of the area’s heritage, which is evident in the terracotta coloring and adobe exteriors of many houses. Still, many other homes possess a character that shows influences from other housing styles, such as Victorian balconies or even old English Tudor facades.
Fresno is clearly divided into a number of different districts, all of which have their own sense of community. The Downtown bustles with renovation activity, historic restoration projects, and mixed-used developments that include both residential and commercial buildings. Sunnyside, located on the southeast side of Fresno, is known for its country club and the recent booming developments that are taking place there. One of the most culturally active communities, the Tower District, centers around the historic Tower Theatre and holds many arts and nightlife enterprises, in addition to fine dining and entertainment. Huntington Boulevard is another enclave that is home to many residential areas, including a number of grand estates. One of the oldest neighborhoods in Fresno, West Side, also contains a large residential area. While Woodward Park, in the northeast, offers 300 acres of green space, Sierra Sky Park is a unique residential aviation community.
Within the primarily agricultural San Joaquin Valley and Fresno County, Fresno is the major epicenter of commerce and employment. Healthcare, government, and business are the major industries that dominate the economic landscape. In Fresno, the Community Medical Centers alone employ over 7,200 individuals. Other major sources of jobs include the City of Fresno, the Saint Agnes Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, Pelco by Schneider Electric, the Children’s Hospital, Ruiz Foods, Chukchansi Gold Resort/Casino, Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino, and Foster Farms.