The Outer Ceres/Keyes area expands over long quiet country roads. It may be defined visually by the large ranch homes,
but if asked, the folks would define this neighborhood in the San Joaquin Valley as paradise. The year-round warm weather, rolling hills and views of the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains and Coastal Range Mountains on either side encourages residents to stay. The open-range feel of the neighborhood provides a window into what the West. Located only a short seven miles South of Modesto, California, this neighborhood still allows a uncomplicated lifestyle in the beautiful countryside.
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Restaurants & Nightlife
has lots of local places to grab a bite, while Modesto offers more fine dining establishments as well as popular nightclubs and bars. Between the two cities, you can find whatever you desire.
Check out Jabou Gyros in Ceres on Whitmore Avenue for delicious Mediterranean food at an affordable price. This establishment has some of the nicest staff in town, and they make you feel welcome from the moment you walk in. Try the gyros or chicken kebab sandwich for a sensational experience of Greek goodness right in the heart of the valley.
If you happen to be in Modesto, be sure to check out Concetta. This small-plate restaurant has big-city flavor. Many locals consider it the best restaurant in the area. The creative staff forges a menu with lots of traditional American options as well as internationally inspired dishes. Find a local favorite in the Brussels sprouts. Pair your delicious food with a glass of wine for a fantastic evening meal.
Most locals just looking to get a beer with their pals head to Family Pizza & Cocktail Lounge on Whitmore Avenue. This cozy establishment provides a nice setting for some conversation with other community members and friends. Best of all, the kind staff serves pizza all the way up until the bar closes.
Folks looking for the up-all-night experience can check out the Palladium Nightclub in Modesto, or stick a little closer to home and head to Sweet Lu's 4th Street Lounge in the heart of Ceres for live music, karaoke, hot deejays and drink specials.
History & Culture
The San Joaquin Valley provides a large amount of food to the entire United States. This area has had roots in the western style of agriculture for over a hundred years, and the nearby city of Ceres was named after the Roman goddess of agriculture. Although it was settled in 1867, the city was not incorporated until 1918. The area has grown to be at the center of big agriculture in California.
More recently, the area has been developing quickly due to the cheap price of land. The recent water crisis has also been threatening the future of agriculture in the area. No matter if you live in Ceres, Modesto or Turlock, folks are talking about how much water they will have for the growing season. To learn about the history of Ceres and its neighbors, check out the McHenry Museum in Modesto.
Most everyone in the Outer Ceyes/Keyes neighborhood gets around by car, so getting around to the nearby cities of Keyes, Ceres, Modesto or Turlock should not be an issue. Nearby Highway 99 offers quick access to all of these cities. The long roads are hard to cover quickly for commuters on bikes and are not always safe, as there are few designated bike lanes. Public transportation options don't really exist in the outer areas, so it may not be realistic to rely on bus transit in this neighborhood. While cabs and Uber run in most of Ceres, they are not available in some of the outlying areas of the Outer Ceres/Keyes
Locals find it very affordable to live in this area compared to many other areas of California. A one-bedroom
apartment in Outer Ceres/Keyes cost about $643 a month. Gas prices here are 14 percent higher than the national average. You can find affordable beer in the area, typically anywhere from $3 to $6 a brew at a local pub. A bus around Ceres will cost about $2.
While there are some local shops in Ceres for day-to-day needs, as well as a few specialty shops, a lot of residents travel to Modesto for brand name shopping options. The Vintage Faire Mall right off Highway 99 in Modesto offers many well known high-mid range stores such as Macy's, American Eagle Outfitters, Coach, and Victoria's Secret. Chances are if you have a store in mind, the mall will probably have a branch of it.
If you would prefer to hang around Ceres, check out Stuart David Home Furnishings for beautiful handmade furniture made in the USA. The staff here are helpful and parking can always be found without issue by locals. With a spacious showroom, it won't take long to see all of the beautiful options the store provides.
If you need some nice flowers, pop by the Floral Cottage. Whether you want a last-minute gift or have a romantic evening planned, you'll find exactly what you need, and locals say that the lovely arrangements keep them coming back.
Most people in the area just head to Food 4 Less, Savemart Supermarket, or the Cost Less Supermarket in Ceres. For more specialty produce take a trip to Modesto and check out the Trader Joes, or Modesto Certified Farmers Market on 16th Street, which starts in April each year from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays.
For an exercise-centered dog friendly
park check out the Dry Creek Regional Park in Modesto off El Vista Avenue. This free local park provides lots of trails for runners and joggers, and plenty of shade during the summer months. A scenic creek that feeds into the Tuolumne River bisects the park and sets the scene for some beautiful creekside jogging.
Summer days in the valley can get pretty unbearable, so it helps to have a nearby swimming hole. If you have a free day or two on the weekend bring your family to the Turlock Lake State Recreation Area. Bring some charcoal and barbecue while the family swims, or just kick back in the shade and enjoy the scenic beauty of the area. If you feel so inclined, book a campsite before you visit.