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Info for Homeowners Affected by Fires

Dear Homeowners,

Here is an important letter from Madera County outlining potential property tax relief for homeowners affected by fires:

Date: September 13, 2017
To: Public Service Announcement Recipients
From: Gary Svanda, Assessor
Re: Calamity / Disaster Claim Notice

Property Owners who were affected by the recent fires in Madera County and have suffered a disaster or calamity as defined in Revenue and Taxation Code Section 170 (such as fire, earthquake, flood or accident). Due to such loss, you may be eligible for property tax relief.

To qualify for property tax relief, you must file a claim with the county assessor within 12 months from the date of damage or destruction. The loss estimate must be at least $10,000 of current market value to qualify the property for this relief.

In such cases, the county assessor will immediately reappraise the property to reflect its damaged condition. In addition, when it is rebuilt in a like or similar manner, the property will retain its prior value (Proposition 13) for tax purposes.

This property tax relief is available to owners of real property, business equipment and fixtures, orchards or other agricultural groves, and to owners of aircraft, boats, and certain mobile homes – it is not available to property that is not assessable, such as state licensed mobile homes or household furnishings.

Property owners can obtain a printed Disaster Relief Application by calling (559) 675-7710, or by visiting the Assessor’s Office or sending a written request to:

Madera County Assessor’s Office, 200 W. 4th Street, Madera, CA 93637.
Or by email


Download copy of letter

Find Your Fall Vacation By the Lake


This 4BR/2BA marina view area home will not disappoint those in search of a wonderful Bass Lake vacation! Fill your days with swimming, water skiing, hiking and fishing, or just relax and take in the gorgeous view. Easy access to local trails for mountain biking or hiking, and just 15 minutes to South gate of Yosemite National Park. 

Relax in the spacious great room with spectacular views of the lake. Plenty of parking, and within walking distance to private marina with boat launch and private boat slip.

Lake View Schmidt LV221

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Bass Lake Home Tour 2017


September 14, 2017

The Bass Lake Home Tour originally scheduled for Saturday, September 9th was postponed until Saturday, October 7th.

Because of air quality, road closures and general uncertainty due to local wildfires, the Lions Club decided to reschedule the annual event on Saturday, October 7th from 10 am to 3pm.

Included in this year’s tour is the lovely, “fully-automated” Duhn lake front home on Mono. This tri-level home features a circular wet bar, ice cream parlor and private theater with three oversized flat screen TV’s. Outside you may enjoy the kidney shaped spa with waterfall, over-water deck and new private boat dock. It is an amazing home!

Several other custom homes will also be graciously offered for touring by their owners. Self-guided tours will begin in The Pines Village at Bass Lake beside the Bass Lake Realty office. The Lions Club will prepare and serve a delicious BBQ hamburger lunch, included in the price, for tour participants from 11 am – 2 pm.

The Bass Lake Home Tour was proposed as a way for the Lions Club to continue funding its charitable activities. Proceeds from this year’s tour will benefit people affected by recent local fires. This annual fund raising event is sponsored by the Bass lake Lions Club in conjunction with Bass Lake Realty. Donation boxes are available at the Bass Lake Realty office where you may drop off clothing, canned goods and household supplies now through, Monday, October 9th.

Advance ticket purchase of $20.00 per person (adults only) is available from any Bass Lake Lions Club member or from the Bass Lake Realty office in The Pines Village. Tickets are $25.00 per person on the day of the event. Further information is available by calling Bass Lake Realty at 559-642-3600.

Please join us on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 for this unique opportunity to visit Bass Lake and to help provide funds for local deserving people.

Contact: Beth Carver
Bass Lake Realty

Escape to Bass Lake

It’s not too late to spend some of your summer by the lake! This week’s featured rental in Slide Creek Park has everything you need for a comfortable summer or fall vacation, including a spacious living room, modern kitchen and community pool and spa. This rental has room for everyone with 3 BR and 3 BA, and even small pets will be considered. Less than a mile from the northern tip of Bass Lake, and just a five minute drive from Pines Village.

Lake Area Leal CA205

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Relaxing Rental at North Shore Estates


Celebrate the return of spring with this fantastic lake area rental that’s just a short stroll from Bass Lake.

This spacious vacation home includes 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, 3 outdoor decks, a large open floor plan, loft with entertaining multi-game table, a community pool, hot tub and tennis courts, and all amenities to ensure you a fabulous vacation at Bass Lake and Yosemite National Park.

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Charming New Rental Right Near Marina

This charming new vacation rental is located just a short walk from the lake, and from the shops and restaurants at the marina. Can comfortably house 8 people with 3 bedrooms and 2 bath. When you don’t feel like eating out, fire up the BBQ and enjoy a meal out on the deck.

Don’t let another week go by without booking a relaxing vacation for you and the family. Experience the joys of Bass Lake that keep families coming back year after year.

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New Pines Tract Home Next to Lake

New Pines Tract home offers you a comfortable vacation right off the lake. Bring the whole family to this perfectly located 4 BR, 3 BA rental.

Take advantage of the large dining room table and modern kitchen with marble countertops and stainless steel appliances to dine in and sit by the fire. Large windows in the dining area provide a wonderful view while you eat. Don’t forget to time on the home’s spacious deck, with wonderful lake views.

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Happy New Year 2017

Here’s wishing all the best to you and yours and a very Happy New Year!

Your Bass Lake Realty Team 

Forest Service Office in Oakhurst Closed for the Season



Here is an important notice from Visit Yosemite:

The Oakhurst office of the US Forest Service is CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. It will reopen in April, 2017.

For those wanting wilderness permits, woodcutting permits and campfire permits, the nearest office is the Bass Lake Ranger District in North Fork, open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Note that the last day to secure wood tags is November 30.

Permits to burn brush are available from the Fire Department, by True Value.

Judi Hussain
Visitor Center Coordinator
Visit Yosemite | Madera County

Tree Mortality Funding Available for Private Landowners



Here is an important notice from NRCS. The Madera NRCS number is (559) 674-4628. Attachment below:

To: Supervisors & CAOS: Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Fresno, Kern, Lake, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Nevada, Placer, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Tulare and Tuolumne counties
From: Cara Martinson, CSAC Legislative Representative

RE: Tree Mortality Funding: Private Landowner Assistance

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California released a notice on Friday that they are expanding their initiative to assist private forestland owners in addressing tree mortality and other drought-related damage to improve forest health. NRCS will provide financial assistance for landowners with dead and dying conifer forest trees in certain counties. Removing dead tree debris and other woody material will also help reduce the spread of invasive pests and reduce the threat of wildfire.

Landowners with dead trees on non-industrial private conifer forestlands in Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Fresno, Kern, Lake, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Nevada, Placer, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Tulare and Tuolumne counties may be eligible for financial assistance.

Funding is available through the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program. For more information, please see the attached press release and visit the NRCS website.

Thank you,


Legislative Representative, Environmental Issues


Download press release here.