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2571 California Park Drive Suite 200 Chico, CA 95928
cell: 530-864-5407
email: [email protected]

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FREE New Year’s Eve Night Fun Run! Chico California Park Neighborhood

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Join us on Saturday, December 31 at 5 p.m. for a free fun run in California Park. We are meeting in the parking lot of the California Park Pavilion on California Park Drive. The course is 3 (or so) miles – just enough to get your New Year’s Eve Night started on the right foot! We will serve coffee and sparkling cider at the finish. We are also pleased to provide chip timing! Bring your headlamps and festive spirit!

Fine print: This event is a free, fun run and is not supported (no aid stations on the course). The roads are NOT closed to traffic so runners must obey all traffic laws. Even though the run will be timed, it is not a competition! There are no awards – just a fun night out with some fellow runners. We hope to see you there!

The course: Runners/walkers begin in the parking lot of the California Park Pavilion and will run up California Park Drive and turn right on Yosemite. Participants will turn right at the roundabout at Idyllwild Circle. They will follow Idyllwild Circle all the way around and turn left on Yosemite. They will then turn left on California Park Drive and make their way back to the parking lot at the California Park Pavilion.

Registration/Check-in: There is no need to pre-register! Just sign up at the run. We will have registration from 4-4:45 p.m.

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California Park Neighborhood in Chico, CA at Sunset

Words are not always necessary…

Cal Park Neighborhood in Chico, CA at sunset

Cal Park Neighborhood in Chico, CA at sunset

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Beware of Craigslist Fraud and Chico CA Rentals!!

 

Craigslist fraud.  Who are the victims?

 

I posted an ad on Craigslist last week for  a wonderful home I have listed at 2617 Lakewest Drive in California Park, Chico CA.  The house is FOR SALE with a listing price of $342,000.

2617 Lakewest Drive Chico, CA  CALIFORNIA PARK neighborhood!

Some industrious individual STOLE  my photos of the home, my description of the property, my name, my  personal photo, and my phone number to create a flyer advertising the house as a rental.   He or she added this email address:  [email protected], which is not mine, but certainly looks like it could be mine.

Why the person used my phone number, I’ll never know.  But thanks to that ingenious inclusion, I must have received an additional 150 phone calls over two days time.  My phone already rings off the hook day and night, so the increased volume almost put me over the edge.  My apology goes out to the many individuals that did not receive a return call from me.  I simply could not keep up with the volume.

The lovely homeowners of 2617 Lakewest witnessed a constant stream of cars stopping to pull flyers from the box located on the yard sign, and people gawking at their house.  They eventually resorted to posting a big sign out there stating that the house was not for rent.

Many potential renters replied to the email address provided.  After an email or two exchanged, “Sandi Bauman” sent them this letter:

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2009, 10:54 PM

Attn Applicant,
Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house. I am Sandi Bauman, the owner of the house you are making enquiry of. Actually I did reside in the house with my family, my husband and my only daughter before and presently we have moved out due to my official job transfer or posting, whatever you may call it, which has now found me in Warsaw, Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for $850 USD per month (which includes utilities), though i intended selling it off but on a later thought changed my mind and have decided putting it on rent. More so now, I’m currently in Lagos, Nigeria for an international Christian follower’s crusade taking place at the Nigeria national stadium, by one Pastor Chris of the Christ Embassy Ministry.
I want you to understand that I spent a lot on my property that you have requested to rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and would want you to treat it as your own because cleanliness they say is next to Godliness. It is not all about the money to be paid on rent or spent; it is all about a good maintenance culture which I want you to adopt on the property. I want you to keep it tidy all the time so that I would be full of smiles whenever I come and above all, a good, strong and tight relationship between us when I come for a check up. Please one more thing, I wouldn’t like to have any benefit of trust in you because I want to stand in your words that the property would be well taken care of all the time.
Here is the address of the House again: 2617 Lakewest Drive, Chico CA 95928 as to really see how lovely it is if from only the pictures you saw in my posting compare to the 100% comfort to be derived from it as an occupant.
It has a dramatic entry foyer with ceramic floor. Extremely spacious rooms throughout with lots of big windows…nice and light! New neutral paint and some newer carpet. Very quiet, low traffic area. New fridge (7/07)…I believe it’s absolutely a perfect home for you and your family. Utilities include Water, Trash, Sewer, Gas etc.
SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW.
RENT APPLICATION FORM.
FIRST NAME:__________
MIDDLE NAME:__________
LAST NAME:__________
PROFESSION:__________
PHONE: _______________
(CELL)PHONE__________
(WORK)PHONE__________
(HOME)PHONE__________
KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
CITY: _______________
STATE:______________
ZIP CODE: ____________
HOW LONG ___________IF RENTING
WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________
IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING ____________
WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN ______________
IF YOU HAVE A PET: _________
NAME OF PET: _____________
KIND OF PETS: _____________
HABITS: ___________
DO YOU SMOKE ______________
DO YOU DRINK ______________
DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT ____
Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that I can present it to my family, pray over it (because I consult the Almighty God before making any decision) and if accepted, and then have them stored in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you. Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you, please we are giving you all this based on trust and again I will want you to stick to your words, you know that we are very far apart now and only putting everything into God’s hands and hope that you will not let us down.
The house will be available for rent for a period of five and a half years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there… Here is my number 011-234-803-080-9184 or +234-011-803-080-9184, I will be expecting to hear from you.  Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements.
God Bless,
Sandi Bauman

Not only have I never been to Poland or Nigeria, I cringe at the thought of people actually believing that I could write in a manner that sounds like I am a foreigner with a questionable grasp on the English language.

Those renters that actually filled out the application received this response:

Hello,

Thanks for getting back to me with the completed Rental Application
Form and i must let you know that i bless the minute you picked
interest to rent my house and consider it a huge blessing on my path
from God and yes, i have put it in pray that God will give me a
responsible and God fearing person to rent my house and also one that
walks in his ways and precepts and i can’t thank him enough for
bringing us together. Well, I just want to let you know that we have
decided that you rent our house, as we have found your application
very satisfactory and acceptable. So we would want you to go through
this email and get back to us on what you feel so we could proceed in
renting the house to you…

We will be sending the following documents to you via UPS to the
contact address you sent to us and also with the tracking number with
which the UPS service will operate, as to enable you pick up the House
Keys / Documents from their office over there in order to have a full
access into the house. Please once again, i want to trust you and i
hope you do not disappoint us and I promise you that, you will love
the house and not only that,you will also enjoy a good relationship
between us.

The following documents are here with us as I couldn’t find anyone
whom i could trust to drop them with for this purpose. But never mind,
the UPS service will do for that.

In doing this, you will need to make a security deposit payment which
is refundable (should incase you don’t like the house) to enable you
secure the house and also,the shipment of the Keys and document to
your current address that i have here in the rental form, after which
you could move in at your convenience. The rent starts counting after
24 hours of moving in, you will be required to make the first month
rental fees.

Here are the contents of the Parcel that Will be sent.

1) Entrance and the rooms Keys
2) Paper/Permanent house form
3) The house documentary file.
4) Full Description of the house
5) Payment Receipt

I will be receiving the security deposit of $850 from you via Western
Union because l think it reliable, secured and fast, and moreover, my
Christian team and I, got into Nigeria just few weeks back and we have
been trying to settle down for our purpose. This has made it difficult
for me to set up a bank account here for transaction like this. But
never mind, I will be setting up one (Joint Account, for us) with the
security deposit by July/August for future rental payments.

With respect to this acceptance, i will be waiting to hear from you as
to proceed with the delivery arrangements.

Thanks and Remain Blessed
Regards,
Sandi

Please…   if you are looking for a Chico CA rental, exercise caution.

Kudos to those of you that called my number or the number off the yard sign to see if I was really out of the country!  Try to keep in mind that if the deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.  This house was advertised at $850 per month, when homes on the same block rent for as much as $2200 per month!

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2617 Lakewest Drive Chico, CA CALIFORNIA PARK neighborhood!

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Walking distance to Bidwell Park and Marsh School. Extremely well maintained home featuring a comfy family room with fireplace and built in bookshelves, sunny breakfast nook with window seat, formal living room with fireplace, wonderfully updated bathrooms with custom cabinetry, unique fixtures and beautiful tile, quaint kitchen with garden window. GREAT outdoor living space with a 3 year old pool, extended patio, mature landscaping. All this at a fabulous price in California Park!
Features
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Year Built: 1998
Subdivision: California Park
Lot Size: .16
Garage Size: 2
School District: Marsh, PV High, Marigold
Square Footage: 1800
Agent Name: Sandi Bauman
Broker: Chico Homes
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Chico Fire June 11, 2008.

On a normal day, I will always choose to work at home, rather than at my office. I just get more done that way.

Chico Homes Real Estate at California Park

Serene though it may seem, I only use my office when I have to meet clients. There’s just too much going on to get anything done! In addition to my own phone ringing off the hook, there are several other lines jangling along with the fax machine. The front door is constantly beeping from people coming and going, and someone always wants to come in, sit down, and chat. (Love it… I just have work to do!) Alternatively, when no one else is in the office, I find myself gazing out at the lake instead of tackling my to-do list.

Today the distractions were so unbelievable I couldn’t wait to run home. Work was all but abandoned as I sat at my desk with my jaw dropped. My reasons for wanting to get home, however, were not for the petty reason of wanting to get more work done. Phone calls, faxes, files and foreclosures suddenly became the least important thing in the world.

I wanted to get home to hold my family close, and ensure their safety.

Fire season hit the greater Chico area hard today.

The noise from the winds, sirens, and aircraft was unreal in the California Park neighborhood. The helicopters were using the reserves from the lakes to help squelch the rapidly progressing “Humboldt Fire.” Needless to say, I was not battling the normal distractions today. Because my office sits just feet from the lake, I had a front row view of the incredible job the pilots were performing.

The following photos were taken from my desk. To give you an idea of how close the helicopter was… my zoom lens is only 105mm! (Not very good!) The pilots swooped in on the left side of the building, dunked the bucket, and turned around to leave on the right side of the building.

Humboldt Fire Chico 2008

California Park Lake 2008 Chico Fire

CDF Chico Fire June 2008

As of this writing, the Humboldt Fire is said to have burned about 3500 acres since 12:00 today, and forced 1000 people to evacuate their homes. The fire began somewhere between Hwy 32 and East 20th, and is now being battled near Neal Road and Skyway in lower Paradise, CA. Click for a map of the fire, burned area, and evacuated areas.

Governor Schwartzenegger has declared a state of emergency for Butte County.

View the most up-to-the-minute news on the Chico Enterprise Record site.

My prayers and thanks go out to the many men and women out fighting the fire for the sake of the Chico and Paradise communities. I have only the highest regard for the unbelievably difficult and treacherous job they face. After watching them in action today, I have a whole new appreciation for the reality of their “work day.”

Likewise, my heart goes out to the families that have been forced from their homes.

At the end of a day like this, we are reminded of the things that are really important.

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Sycamore Beach Park in Chico, CA

Sycamore Beach Park- The view of Cal Park Lake in the fall.I just couldn’t resist stopping at Sycamore Beach Park yesterday to get this picture. I was driving through the California Park neighborhood in Chico, CA to preview a new listing. (It should be a nice Chico foreclosure property if you’ve been watching for something in this area! Drop me a note, and I will be sure to let you know when it hits the market.)Let me get back on track… Sycamore Beach Park is one of several beautiful park areas located in the California Park neighborhood. There are three green areas located on Idyllwild Drive alone! The Sycamore Beach Park is one of my favorites because of the large grassy area and gorgeous view of California Park Lake. The area is usually wide open- you feel like you have the whole place to yourself!Be sure to stop by and enjoy the fall colors reflecting in the lake… they won’t last much longer!More on the California Park neighborhood:The View from a Canoe- California Park in Chico, CA

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The View from a Canoe- California Park in Chico, CA

Take a ride with me!

The California Park residential neighborhood is the only one in Chico, CA that boasts lake frontage.

Truly, the view from the water is unlike anything you will see from the road!

The first time we put our canoe in the water, we were in awe of the variety of home styles: we saw everything from “southern charm” to “ultra modern.” Each back yard had something different to offer. There were private boat docks, a sand beach, hammocks, landscaped terraces, gorgeous waterfalls, weeping willows, and my all time favorite: bright red canoes!

If you have the opportunity to visit the California Park area, a tour from the lake is a fun way to explore. (Note: The lakes are private. You must actually be a resident or guest.) There are 2 lakes, and two of them connect under a bridge on Lakewest Drive. There are several idyllic coves in which you will find residents enjoying the lifestyle unique to Cal Park. You might wave hello to a grandpa teaching his grandson to fish, view one of several large, grassy park areas, or (if you are REALLY lucky) spot one of the turtles that calls the lake home.

The neighborhood also boasts a series of cascading duck ponds which delight young and old alike. It is such a treat to visit the lakes in time to watch the baby ducks! There are usually families that include lots of fluffy babies, all chasing after the mama duck. The lake is shallow enough in many places to view the fish swimming below. And, if you’re paying attention, you can hear the tell-tale “ker-plop!” of a bullfrog jumping in the blue-green water!

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Chico Homes is thrilled to have their new office located with water front views of California Lake at 2580 Sierra Sunrise Terrace, Suite 120.

Looking to buy or sell Chico CA Real Estate? Need a Top Producing Chico CA Realtor? Call Sandi Bauman 530-864-5407 or email [email protected] Specializing in REO, residential, relocation, investment & ag property.

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