Nestled among orange groves in one of Fresno’s oldest residential neighborhoods is 4549 Van Ness Boulevard North. Since the early 1970s, it has been the home of former American Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Philip Levine and his family. Now this piece of literary history is up for sale, asking for $500,000.
The home is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom bungalow that is 1,599 square feet in size. Built in the 1920s, it is one of the original homes in Old Fig Garden and boasts the graceful property lines that characterize early single-family homes in Fresno. The land of over 3/4 acres includes lawns, gardens and lemon trees. These trees bore locally famous oranges during the tenancy of Philip Levine and his wife France Levine.