Foothills Sun-Gazette: "Visalia homebuilder opens 150-home subdivision in Fresno County"

Summerlyn Mediterranean exterior with white stucco

Posted by: Posted date: July 31, 2019 In: Business, News


KINGSBURG– A Visalia-based homebuilder just opened a new subdivision with 150 homes on the edge of Tulare County.

San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) and Presidio Residential Capital held a grand opening at Summerlyn, a new community with 150 single-family homes in southeast Kingsburg, Calif., on Saturday, July 27. The home prices start in the $260,000s.

“The gorgeous homes in this community will be very appealing to first-time buyers and first-time move ups in this market, which is ripe for new housing stock,” said Joe Leal, co-founder for Visalia-based SJV Homes. “Summerlyn offers the best of all worlds –country living that’s easy for commuters to Fresno and other cities in the Valley at an attractive price. These homes are in high demand, as we witnessed last weekend at our pre-sale event.”

To ensure they got the home they wanted, three families camped out at Summerlyn the night before lots were offered for pre-sale at SJV Homes’ office at 5607 Ave de Los Robles in Visalia. After a hot, wet night in which temperatures hovered around 100 degrees (the sprinkler system provided an unpleasant midnight surprise), two families secured their coveted lots.

“We were anxious to get our spot, and we heard rumors of others going ‘Black Friday’ on this pre-sale, so we did one better and started the line the Friday morning before the presale began Saturday morning,” said Katie Yanes, who grew up in Kingsburg and plans to build a home with a Mariposa floorplan in Summerlyn with her fiancé, Jake.

Yanes is leaving a Craftsman home in nearby Selma to build her home in Kingsburg, so she will be closer to her church and the couple’s parents. “We love the open layout and energy efficiencies of a new home,” she said. “We also love the Kingsburg School District.”

Michael Ruiz, who took turns with his wife, Meagan, camping out and watching their daughter, Olivia, is thrilled to report they got the lot they had their eye on. “Summerlyn offered the price point we wanted, and the community is outstanding,” he said. “For the price, this was not going to be beat.”

SJV Homes provided the campers with plenty of water and gift cards for dinner at a nearby restaurant, as well as breakfast burritos in the morning. “They really took care of us,” Ruiz said. “We love supporting a local business! And SJV is always so quick to respond to any questions we have.”

Summerlyn is offering six thoughtfully designed plans in Tuscan, Mediterranean and Craftsman styles, ranging from 1,443 to 2,314 square feet with open living spaces tailored to fit a variety of lifestyles. Plans include three to four bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half baths and two- to three-car garages. Kitchens have pantries and center islands, and owner’s suites include walk-in closets and adjoining baths. Some plans include flexible room options that can be personalized for select homes. The community will include a park and a pond.

Summerlyn is located in southeast Kingsburg and is easily accessible to downtown and Highway 99. Kingsburg is approximately 22 miles northwest of Visalia on the Tulare-Kings County boarder.

This is a joint venture project with Presidio Residential Capital, a San Diego-based real estate investment company that funds 100 percent of the projects and operations of SJV Homes. Founded in 2013 by Joe Leal, Jim Robinson and Randy Merrill, SJV Homes closed on its 1,500th home this summer, making it one of the region’s most active homebuilders. Founders Joe Leal, Jim Robinson and Randy Merrill share a vision to build quality new homes in carefully planned neighborhoods for people who love the Valley and want lasting value. In 2013, SJV Homes combined forces with Presidio Residential Capital, a real estate investment firm in San Diego. It has since closed 1,500 homes and is now one of the busiest homebuilders in the San Joaquin Valley. For more information, please visit