Meet the Team: John Bonadelle, President

John Bonadelle has been involved in the homebuilding industry since the young age of 12. It was in grade school when Bonadelle’s father, John Bonadelle Sr, began showing him how to properly build a quality home for residents of the Valley. Unlike most children who spend their summers by the pool, Bonadelle spent his out on the construction site swinging a hammer and picking up construction debris. Bonadelle admits his summers were not the most glamorous, but he attributes his understanding of basic construction and his strong rapport with the men at the sites, some of whom are still with Bonadelle Neighborhoods today, to those hot summer days.

Bonadelle eventually made his way from the construction site to the sales office after having graduated from the University of Southern California. It was from his years spent in the sales office and being mentored by his father, who was president of the company at the time, that he began to truly understand every aspect of the business.

Now,  34 years later and filled with new experiences, more knowledge, and having built thousands of homes, we sat down with the Bonadelle Neighborhoods President to discuss his perspectives on the industry and his company.

Q: What do you love most about being a part of the homebuilding industry?

Bonadelle: “I have two favorite parts of this job. I really enjoy watching a project that you once saw as a cow pasture turned into a neighborhood. I like seeing the construction and something being produced that was really nothing before we got there, but we turned it into a valuable neighborhood of homes where families will live for decades. The second part of the job that I really like is the sales part. I really enjoyed being in the sales office making a sale, watching the home get completed, and handing the customer their keys.”

Q: How do you see your role as president?

Bonadelle: “My role is to continue the 75 years of tradition of building communities in the San Joaquin Valley. I take a lot of pride in it and I’m looking forward to the next generation of our family continuing our success in the Valley like the generation before us.”

Q: Why buy a Bonadelle Neighborhoods home?

Bonadelle: “I think someone should buy a Bonadelle because of our local roots, our local contributions to the community, and our personal management of the company that goes above and beyond a service that they would get from other builders.”

Bonadelle’s future plans include acting as a mentor for his children in the same way his father did for him and continuing to build valuable homes for families to enjoy for generations to come.

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Declutter 101: Seven Steps to Simplicity

Living a simplified, clutter-free life in your Bonadelle Neighborhoods’ home sounds attractive, doesn’t it? The benefits of owning fewer possessions sound appealing: less stress, less debt, less to clean and organize, more money and energy to devote towards hobbies/activities. It all sounds idyllic and heavenly until you get to the looming question… how do I even start?!

Let us help, with Declutter 101: Seven Steps to Simplicity!

  1. Start with just 5 minutes! Zen Habits recommends 18 different 5-minute decluttering tips as a perfect starting point for decluttering your life. Pick one. Start there, commit 5-minutes to it and continue on!
  2. Give away one thing each day. We all have a lot of stuff… too much stuff. Instead of tossing it in the trash, give it away. How about that pair of shoes that you’ve worn twice? Those skis that haven’t seen the slopes since ‘84? Or the case of vinyl records that are collecting dust in the attic? Slowly, but surely, giving one thing away each day will make this daunting task fly by with ease.
  3. Fill one trash bag. Turn it into a game: “how quickly can I fill this trash bag with donations?” Make it a family event and get everyone involved! This will turn the chore of decluttering into a fun exercise that gets everyone smiling.
  4. Try the Oprah Winfrey Closet Hanger Experiment. Starting today, take all of the clothes in your closet and turn the hanger in the reverse direction, facing out. When hanging up a garment, put it back the correct way. After 6 months, see which pieces of clothing are on hangers facing the opposite direction. This is a great way to tell you which clothes you wear and which ones just fill your closet. 
  5. The 12-12-12 Challenge. This challenge is another great way to turn a boring task into a fun family activity. The simple task of locating 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate and 12 items to be returned to their proper home can be a really fun and exciting way to quickly organize 36 things in your house.
  6. Change your perspective. You may think you’re home is clutter free, but is it really? Change things up and try to see your home through another lens. Snap a photo and see what stands out. Invite a friend with a toddler and see what they get their hands on. Invite your boss over for dinner and see what areas you clean up first. 
  7. The Four-Box Method. Grab four boxes and label them like so: trash, give away, keep and relocate. Go through your room and start delegating items to each box. Place items from every room into one of the four categories. Do not pass over any item. Some projects may take an hour, while others may take days or weeks, but the technique and principles will remain the same.

It doesn’t matter how you get started – whether it’s one of these seven steps, or a variety of others – the end goal is to take your first step. Behind all of that clutter is a world of freedom and fresh air – how you remove the clutter is up to you!


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More Than Halloween – Activities In October

If you enjoy the fall season, and all the things that lead into Halloween (like us!), there is more than just one day to have a great time in your community. From festivals to a wine walk, there are plenty of events to enjoy throughout Fresno and Clovis!

        October 21st is the annual Glorious Junk Days in Old Town Clovis! Glorious Junk Days was created to showcase items not normally seen at their regular Antiques & Collectibles Fairs, which limits what vendors can bring. Glorious Junk can include repurposed and refurbished items, DIY Projects, handcrafted items, shabby chic and architectural finds – as well as the antiques you’ve come to enjoy in Old Town. Who knows, maybe you’ll get some items to help fill your new (or future!) Bonadelle Neighborhoods home.

        Witness one of the Central Valley’s traditions of hot air balloons flying through the sky, followed by a carnival occupying Clovis Avenue and Old Town Clovis, at the annual “ClovisFest.” With 250 crafters and food booths, a family carnival, and the new cultural celebration, ClovisFest will surely be a memorable festival. It runs October 27th through 28th, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., so head out to enjoy the free event while exploring Clovis’s community and snapping some Instagrammable pics.

        Tour Fresno Chaffee Zoo at their trick-or-treating event “ZooBoo.” A family-friendly event within the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, where kids can wear their costumes and trick-or-treat with live entertainment and carnival games, while also seeing and learning all about the animals in the zoo. The event happens on Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27 with tickets starting at $16 for adults and $14 for children between ages 2 and 11.

        Wear your costume more than once and for a good cause at the “Monster Mash Dash.” On Oct. 27, participants will be able to run a 5K from Woodward Park, in their costumes to support the Make a Wish Foundation. 

There’s so much more to do in the Clovis and Fresno areas this October, and this list is just a touch on the variety of those activities! We hope you all have a good October, and a safe night trick or treating and celebrating the holiday!


–       OCT. 4 – 31 (Closed on Monday and Tuesday) | Hobbs Grove in Sanger

–       OCT. 3 – 14 | The Big Fresno Fair

–       OCT. 20 | Fresno Zombie Crawl in the Tower District

–       OCT. 19 – 20 & OCT. 26 – 27 | ZooBoo at Fresno Chaffee Zoo

–       OCT. 26 | BooFest at Sierra Vista Mall

–       OCT. 21 | Free Movie Night: Halloween at the Crest Theatre

–       OCT. 20 – 21 | Civil War Revisited at Kearney Park

–       OCT. 27 – 28 | ClovisFest in Old Town Clovis

–       OCT. 26 | Halloween ArtHop and PubCrawl in Merced

Pumpkin Patches

Make memories this Halloween season by picking and decorating pumpkins with your little ones. Find a pumpkin patch near you:

–       Pumpkin King – 100 W. Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93704

–       Planet Pumpkin – 640 E. Nees Avenue, E Nees Ave, Fresno, CA 93720

–       Sid’s Pumpkin Patch – 5011 E. Kings Canyon Rd Fresno, California

–       Vista Ranch Pumpkin Patch – 7326 East Highway 140, Merced CA 95340

–       Vossler Farms – 26773 S. Mooney Blvd. Visalia, California


5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

April 22 is Earth Day, a time when we pause to honor the best home of all — Mother Earth! Here are a few ways you and your family can celebrate.

  1. Plant A Tree

It might seem a little silly or stereotypical, but planting trees really does help our environment. Check out Tree Fresno for some volunteer opportunities.

  1. Pick Up Trash

Sometimes, people don’t clean up after themselves. If you see a piece of trash or something that needs to be recycled while you’re out and about, pick it up and throw it into a nearby trashcan. Continue reading “5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day”

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Presidents’ Day Weekend Guide

If you’re searching for plans this 3-day weekend, LOOK NO FURTHER!

The weekends can go by quickly when you’re having fun! Squeeze in all the fun you can by planning out your Presidents’ Day weekend packed full of events, trips, and even a little shopping! Don’t let planning stress you out, use our guide to find local events and activities in order to have a great time. It’s important to take advantage of every possible moment!

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