A northwest Fresno house with views of the San Joaquin River, the San Joaquin Country Club and the mountains was the area’s most expensive home sold in 2014.
The North Gentry Avenue house, which sits on almost two acres, was on the market for two years before it sold last February for $2.38 million, said Realtor Rama Ambati, of Guarantee Real Estate who listed and sold the home.
“I think the most distinguishing factor (of the house) is that it is on the San Joaquin golf course,” Ambati said. “It has the views of the golf course plus the river and it sits on a large lot and it has been updated.”
The four-bedroom, six-bathroom house is more than 7,200 square feet in size. It was built in 1989 and renovated in 2004. The house has walnut and limestone floors, a gym, a service or chef’s kitchen, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, five dishwashers, a wine cellar with room for hundreds of bottles, and a full-service bar with onyx counters.
Outside, the house has an elaborate outdoor kitchen with pizza oven, an infinity pool and a horse stable on one acre.
The recession put a damper on the luxury home market, or houses that typically cost more than $1 million, Ambati said, but since 2012 it has slowly improved.
Last year, 30 houses in the Fresno and Clovis area sold for $1 million or more, said Joe Sciarrone, a luxury real estate agent with London Properties. Two of those houses sold for more than $2 million, he said.
In 2013, 27 high-end homes in the area sold compared with 2012 when 19 luxury homes sold.