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De Young Properties Targets Energy Efficiency


De Young Properties has built a portfolio of more than 7,000 homes.

For De Young Properties, operating as a family business has not only allowed the Fresno, Calif.-based company to work more efficiently, but more easily conquer challenges by working as a team. “We are grateful and appreciative to work alongside each other,” Executive Vice President Paula De Young says.

Her family’s legacy in construction goes back more than 70 years, when her father, John Bonadelle, offered land development and homebuilding services in the Central San Joaquin Valley. Paula and her husband Jerry began building in 1974 “to help families realize the American dream of homeownership,” Paula De Young says. Today her children, Ryan, Brandon and Ashley represent the third generation in the company and the family’s commitment to extending the legacy of quality homebuilding.

Since 1974, the company has built a portfolio of more than 7,000 homes. “The mainstay has always been developing desirable communities and the quality, single-family detached homes for homeowners to enjoy,” De Young says.

De Young Properties also assembled a staff that it considers part of its extended family. “We have fostered a team of top professionals who are dedicated and proudly rooted in the San Joaquin Valley,” she says. “It’s where we live and raise our families so we share a deep commitment to serve our community.”

The firm also partners with outside architectural firms that work with its in-house design and engineering teams. “Our creative team of top professionals is passionate about designing new, modern floor plans with a classic base relevant to tomorrow,” De Young says. “[These] are thoroughly livable with flex space for customers to reach a balance of authentic living to meet their needs and lifestyle.”

Extra Steps

De Young Properties’ latest project designed to meet modern needs is The Highlands by De Young, a neighborhood in the 3,300-acre Loma Vista master-planned community in Clovis, Calif. The homes offer residents De Young SmartHome technology, which is standard in each of the company’s projects.

“The De Young SmartHome is all about control, convenience, peace of mind, increased comfort and overall efficiency,” Paula De Young describes. “It’s an extra step we take to ensure our homeowners are living in a state-of-the-art home with greater financial control, more security and overall improved quality of life.”

This is achieved with ControlSmart home automation technology, and the company’s own EnergySmart features, including floor plans that incorporate efficiency building science and technology. Clients also can choose one of its Zero Energy homes designed to produce as much clean energy as they consume annually.

The units generate energy through means such as solar panels, which create electricity and send excess power back to grids so it can be used later. “De Young Properties has been working to develop its Zero Energy homebuilding technology for over a decade,” De Young says, noting that The Highlands is its second Zero Energy community.

The community also features floor plans that range from 1,900 to 3,950 square feet and include trendy features, such as indoor-outdoor connectivity and open-air courtyards, gourmet kitchens with large islands, and office and flex space. “We do a lot of research to select high-performing, stylish and timeless features so our new models highlight some of the newest personal selections available in our homes,” she says.

A Fresh Start

The Highlands’ neighborhood gained worldwide attention during an episode of HGTV’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” In summer 2019, the show visited Clovis for an episode featuring Cal Fire Captain Nick Reeder. “After the loss of his wife, Nick, his mom and three young daughters were living in a cramped apartment and needed a fresh start,” De Young says.

De Young Properties — along with volunteers, show presenter Jesse Tyler Ferguson, its designers and special guest Jasmine Roth — built the Reeder family a new home in less than a week. “We first worked on ‘Extreme’ a decade ago, building a custom-tailored home for a local hero,” De Young recalls.

Ten years later, the show again turned to De Young Properties to build a home for the deserving family, which was completed in five days. “This was a home built with lots of love and donated supplies,” De Young says. “Our team was forever changed by this experience.”

Legacy in Homes

De Young Properties plans to stay current with trends as it delivers quality work. “From 1974 to well into the next century, our family and team have focused on one goal: building homes that families will cherish for many years to come,” Paula De Young says.

“We hope to continue the legacy and for our company to continue to thrive and serve as a proud homebuilder and contributor in the Central Valley,” she concludes.