• +4
  • Compiled by Bakersfield Life
  • 0

Just like fashion, interior design undergoes major changes year in and year out with trends coming and going and fads taking the scene by storm. The inside of Bakersfield homes are as unique as the homeowners themselves, acting like an extension of their personalities, making the possibiliti…

  • Compiled by Bakersfield Life
  • 0

When you walk into Blue Elephant, the first thing that jumps out at you is the elegant, intimate feel of the room. It’s a cozy little spot, perfect for date night or a quiet, relaxing meal.

  • By Julie Plata
  • 0

As the servicemen returned home from World War II, the nation experienced both a baby boom and a housing boom. Planned communities dotted the landscape and the GI Bill, with its promise of VA loans, made the dream of homeownership a reality for many veterans and their families.

  • Stories and photos by Mark Nessia
  • 0

Housing over 3,000 animals, including 30 species that are endangered or threatened, across 125 acres, the Phoenix Zoo is an entertaining and educational way to take advantage of Arizona’s cooler temperatures while getting your 10,000 steps for the day.

  • By Kasey Meredith
  • 0

Brown rice and whole wheat have been well integrated as pantry staples over the last decade, and even quinoa is getting easier to pronounce. What makes one grain better than the other? We talk to, Pooja Vyas a registered dietician, to get to the bottom of what makes whole grains better than others.

  • 0

When Castle & Cooke created Seven Oaks over two decades ago, it quickly became one of the most coveted areas in which to live in Bakersfield. The Seven Oaks legacy continues to grow with Castle & Cooke’s newest addition of Highgate at Seven Oaks. This master-planned gated community o…

  • By Marcos and Lotta Rodriguez
  • 0

The rolling hills, crisper air and each home showcasing its unique character, these are just a few qualities of the Bakersfield Country Club neighborhood in northeast Bakersfield. To natives, this northeast neighborhood is a hidden gem and to the newcomers, it’s a pleasant surprise as they m…

  • By Kasey Meredith
  • 0

The Belle Rae has been brewing since Shannon Hough and Michelle Meadows’ days at West High School. But the Belle Rae is more than an event space that daylights as a coffee and flower shop – it’s an extension of Hough and Meadows’ home.

  • By John Karlik
  • 0

Shade trees in Bakersfield have a range of appearance, from the pleasing to the grotesque. Unlike fruit trees, pruning for shade trees, usually done in autumn, should not be considered an annual necessity, especially if structure has been established when trees were young. We recall that tre…

  • By Olivia Garcia
  • 0

I’ve been looking forward to Women’s History Month since last semester when I began working with my Bakersfield College colleagues, history professors Erin Miller, Tina Mendoza, Rosa Garza and a host of other trailblazers, in planning key events for campus this March.

  • By Kasey Meredith
  • 0

Bakersfield is wealthy with Celtic music. Founding member and multi-instrumentalist Brenda Hunter said she usually answers the question of, “How does a Celtic band start up in Bakersfield?” with, “How can there not be one?”

  • By Kasey Meredith
  • 0

The overarching goal of health care and hospitals is to get patients healed as soon as possible. Time is a devious element in all wings of the hospital. But with biomedical technological advancements, that light at the end of the tunnel is appearing brighter and brighter.

  • By Nina Ha
  • 0

The first home I can remember was a large house in Chungli, Taiwan, built by my dad for our entire paternal family. Plentiful plants adorned the weathered wooden doors and raw concrete floors of the three-story building. It was the perfect playground for me and my trusty tricycle.

  • By Maureen Buscher-Dang
  • 0

When Dave and Tessa Williams moved into their Park Stockdale home 23 years ago, they remodeled its kitchen themselves, making only cosmetic changes. After more than two decades, the couple decided it was time to make some real changes.

  • 0

North of Bakersfield, along 7th Standard Road, is a master planned community that combines beautiful homes with everything residents need to live, play and thrive.

  • 0

Belcourt Seven Oaks by Woodbridge Pacific Group is thriving, with new home choices expanding ownership opportunities, key community amenities nearing completion and neighborhoods coming to vibrant life as residents move in, get acquainted and tell their friends about Belcourt. Adding to the …

  • By Glenn Hammett
  • 0

Lexus first introduced the RX in 1998. The luxury SUV crossover was an instant hit and, over its 20-year life span, its popularity has never waned. It has been the best-selling midsize luxury SUV in the U.S. each year with annual sales hovering around 100,000 units and last year, it was the …

  • By Kasey Meredith
  • 0

Don’t fall off your New Year’s resolution wagon just yet: Here are a few of the farmers markets in Bakersfield that are running now to help you stick to that goal of eating healthier. All of these offer fresh produce, but there are some hidden perks at each one.

  • 0

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a hopeless romantic (with an occasional emphasis on the “hopeless”).

  • By Kasey Meredith
  • 0

Caitlin Wren wouldn’t have been able to finish high school or leave her house regularly if it wasn’t for Jenny. Anxiety had taken over her life and no matter whom she was with, it became unbearable to be outside her home. But Jenny was different: Wren felt having Jenny there by her side almo…

  • By Lisa Kimble
  • 0

Our pets teach us to be patient, to love, to lose and to never forget. It’s the natural order of things. They aren’t supposed to outlive us, though we wish they could. And when they are gone, they leave paw prints on our hearts forever.

  • By Liarida Yoakum
  • 0

Have a fur baby that needs some helpful guidance? Or maybe just looking for a fun, social interaction for them? Well, now’s your chance to meet other local residents who also have a great love for their fur baby.

  • By Glenn Hammett
  • 0

If one were to make a list of the things buyers are looking for in a large SUV, passenger and cargo space, comfort, safety, ease of driving, quiet interior and good looks would likely be at or near the top. The totally redesigned 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir puts a check mark in the box for all…

  • By Chris Thornburgh
  • 0

Kiss the old tax rules goodbye after you file your 2017 tax return. Tax laws were majorly overhauled for 2018, which will likely affect you. In fact, it is the most significant change in the U.S. tax code in 30 years. Out of 1,000-plus pages of the new tax law, below is a list of highlights.

  • By Kasey Meredith
  • 0

These days, dating can look a lot more like flirty text exchanges, rather than sharing a bite to eat at the new gastropub. Approaching your crush might be less intimidating than face-to-face interaction, but that two-way anonymity can also be dangerous and deceiving.

  • Compiled by Bakersfield Life
  • 0

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover. It’s equally true that you can’t judge a restaurant by its exterior. Crab-in-a-bag is unassuming from the outside, but give it a try and you’ll be amazed at your dining experience!