Yosemite Gateway Properties and Lifestyles 
                                                                               April 2017  
Ed Bailey, GRI, MS, Broker, Ed Bailey Realty / BRE #: 01479711
Post Office Box 308, 39383 Honeysuckle Lane, Oakhurst, CA 93644
(w) 559.683.5193 (c) 559.676.2424

Email me EdBailey@sti.net

or Visit my web site                                                                                                             www.EdBaileyRealty.com





Ed Note

Mountain Area Home Prices are Improving. The median selling price of single family residential properties in our mountain area for the month of June, 2017, was $310,000! That is the first monthly report since 2007 where the median price was over $300,000!

The number of distress sale listings at end of June was 11, or 4% of total active listings. Pending sales (in escrow) were up 6%, from 68 to 72, above end of May numbers. Homes sold in June 2017 were on the market an average of 83 days Total sales volume for single family homes in June was $20,236,513. The median price for the past 3 months was $280,000, and the year to date median price was $275,350.

Inventory is still a bit of a problem but is improving. As of July 7, we had 256 active listings in our mountain area, ranging in price from $89,000 to $4,850,000. The median asking price of current listings is $399,500.

To view a more comprehensive market report click on Market report at top of page.








A Mountain Treasure

The Community Meal,  By Ginger Straughn

In July, 2004, on our back from visiting a church that served a community meal, I asked Pastor Jim, “Why couldn’t we do something like that?” And his reply to me was, “Why can’t you?” Well that put my mind to working. I brought the question to our governing board of New Community United Methodist Church, to get permission to start this ministry. I then put the word out to the congregation and set a meeting for anyone who was interested in joining me.

We decided on the day the fit our congregation best, which ended up being a Wednesday. Then we set a date, got the word out to the community the best we could and worked on an easy menu. On Wednesday, September 4, 2004 we served our first mean, which included spaghetti with meat sauce, green beans and salad. Several church members were in attendance, however, only one customer came. And would you believe he was a vegetarian? This man continued to attend Community Meal for several years.

Soon after we started this program we were gifted with an old “Wolfe” stove from the fire department. So we got rid of the two residential stoves and felt pretty good with this new “old” stove. We also received a large double door refrigerator and dishwasher. Our church purchased a new “Wolfe” stove in 2008.

Our attendance at the meal grew and grew. Soon we had to have a second sitting so we served at 5:00 PM and again at 6:00 PM.

Over the years we have had help and gifts from other organizations in our area to include Positive Living Center, Jewish Community, boy scouts, FHA youngsters and many others who just want to help. Also, seniors from Yosemite High School come help for the semester as their “Senior Project”.

We once received 750 pounds of sausage from the Food Bank. Yes 750 pounds, not a typo. I stored sausage all over Oakhurst in personal freezers, at Fresno Flats and in our newly purchased freezer down in Whittenburg Hall. You can make a variety of things with sausage, but after awhile I heard the remarks “sausage again?” We were all happy when the sausage was gone.

In October of 2009 Community Meal was named recipient of the “Monster Rummage Sale” by Yosemite Gateway Association of Realtors!! With that money we had our kitchen remodeled.

Now in 2017 we have many more folks involved with cooking, serving and cleaning up of this meal. We have the Angelian Church, Episcopal Church, Wellness Center of Oakhurst and the Church of Latter-Day Saints; along with the Methodist Youth. Bringing this ministry to the community has been a heart warming experience.

So come have a night out, dinner on any Wednesday night at the Community Meal, New Community United Methodist Church on Road 426, Oakhurst.