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Local Resources

Take a look at some of the great things Bakersfield has to offer. These resources are designed to help you move and get settled, and to acquaint you with the area after your move.

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Country Clubs
  Bakersfield Country Club - One of the toughest golf courses in the area, with the most undulating terrain in the city. Gorgeous Spanish Bay style clubhouse, tennis courts, dining facilities. Memberships available. Located off Oswell and Hwy 178 in northeast Bakersfield.
  Rio Bravo Country Club - Located in the northeast foothills of Bakersfield beyond the Mesa Marin Raceway, the 18-hole golf course is located off Hwy. 178 and Miramonte Drive, in a security-guard gated community.
   Seven Oaks Country Clubs - Seven Oaks Country Club is the newest and most luxurious in the city, with the highest density of million-dollar-plus homes surrounding the 18-hole golf course with tennis courts, plus an additional 9 hole course west of Buena Vista. Contact Gayle Tape, Membership Director at 664-6038.
  Stockdale Country Club - Stockdale Country Club is located in the heart of Southwest Bakersfield, off Stockdale Highway in the Olde Stockdale community. 18-hole golf course and tennis facilities, elegant dining and grille. Contact Stockdale Country Club direct at 832-0310 and Membership Director Susan Greer will provide you with a membership package. Current website host requires a membership # to access site.
   Women's Council of Realtors - Mary served as the 2011 California State District Vice President of WCR and as 2007 President of the Bakersfield Chapter and remains an active member. WCR is the 12th largest professional women's organization in the nation, and provides a great referral network for finding the top realtors to assist you wherever you are relocating! The strong networking and professional leadership training attracts top realtors!
  Association of Petroleum Wives - An international non-profit organization whose goal is to promote friendship and moral support between women whose husbands are associated with the petroleum industry.  I am a 25 year member and produce the monthly newsletter.
   School Information - free school profiles
  State dept. of education - school reports, statistics, demographics....
Area Information
   Community Information - free community profiles
  Local Information - research local area info, stats, and events
Home Staging
   Home Staging - Mary is a certified home staging professional realtor, trained by the originator of home staging, Barb Schwarz. Her skills and contacts can assist you, the seller, in effectively preparing your home to sell for top dollar in the quickest amount of time in this competitive market.
Local Philanthropy
  Alliance Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault - I have enjoyed donating and hosting annual Margarita Fiesta Party for 25 couples to the Alliance's Mardi Gras fundraiser, for five consecutive years. The Alliance is a cornerstone in our community, with programs to Prevent abuse, provide Protection for victims, and through Advocacy work towards their goal of stopping domestic and sexual assault within our community. The Alliance is a member of United Way.
  Kern Community Foundation Women's & Girls' Fund - The Mission Statement says it all: "We will transform the lives of women and girls in Kern County by mobilizing the power and passion of women working together." Women Educate and create awareness; women Endow the fund, and Women Empower one another and our girls to become philanthropists and advocates of positive social change. This is a cause that I am strongly committed to support, with an annual donation from each closed escrow transaction during the year.
Local Publications
  Bakersfield Californian - Largest daily newspaper serving the San Joaquin Valley.
  Bakersfield Life Magazine - Bakersfield's Premier City Magazine is published and inserted into the Bakersfield Californian on the last Saturday of each month. To subscribe, cal 661-392-5777. Email:
  Bakersfield Magazine - Largest local bi-monthly publication.
Local Weather
  Local Weather - forecasts, weather patterns, radars....
   Mapquest - maps, driving directions, road trip planner....
Relocation Links
  Bakersfield Real Estate - Yahoo! Real Estate offers a wealth of to help with every aspect of your move
  Moving Center - Moving Estimates, Truck Rental, Moving Supplies and Storage
   National Weather - find weather info anywhere in the US
  Official City Sites - find area info sites across the world!
  US State Departments of Education - see the list of all 50 states
  USPS' Movers Guide - CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS--US POSTAL SERVICE--also help for planning and executing your move!
Tax Information
  First-time homeowners -
  Homeowner deductions information -
  How to report moving expenses -
  Selling your home -

Mary Christenson
Watson Realty ERA

9101 Camino Media
Bakersfield, CA 93311
Phone: 661-301-6279
DRE: 00818891

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Mary, Where do I begin to thank you for everyting you did to get St. Cloud closed! Count me among your many fans who marvel at your drive, enthusiasm and professionalism. I simply cannot imagine using ayone else to sell a house, particularly in this economy. Thanks for your hard work, your friendship and your professionalism. R. Beene, CEO, The Bakersfield Californian; Haggin Oaks Home Seller
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