Nestled among orange trees in one of Fresno’s most long-established residential neighborhoods is 4549 North Van Ness Blvd. Since the early 1970s, it’s been the home of former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Philip Levine and his family. Now, this piece of literary history is for sale, asking $500,000.
The home is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom bungalow spanning 1,599 square feet. Built in the 1920s, it’s one of the original homes in Old Fig Garden and enjoys the gracious property lines that mark Fresno’s early single-family homes. The more than 3/4-acre lot features lawns, gardens and citrus trees. These trees bore locally famous oranges during Philip Levine and his wife France Levine’s tenancy.