03-26-2012 11:56 AM
I've lived in SoCal about 12 yrs, all of it in the OC but have spent a fair amount of time in the IE for business. I've always toyed with the idea moving out there for reduced housing costs but just can't seem to make the leap. For those of you who live out there, what are the pros and cons?
03-26-2012 12:43 PM
I can only speak to my experience here, but yes, I do. We moved from from the Palos Verdes Penninsula about 3 years ago, purchased 3 x the house we had there for 1/3 the price. If you like a rugged rural area the vistas are beautiful. There are many well maintained communities with excellent amenities near two major freeways. There is an unbelievable variety of birds, something new and fascinating to observe every season. It's very dog friendly. The best things about the Elsinore/Murrieta/Temecula area, however, are the people. In the 3 years I've lived here, I've never had a complaint about service people, waitstaff, sales assistants, public servants, or neighbors. Even the kids around here are polite, friendly and helpful. I'm sure there are unpleasant areas, and unpleasant people here, but I certainly haven't found them.
03-26-2012 01:24 PM
I have to agree with Happy - and for all the same reasons. I live on the outskirts of Temecula and Murrieta in Winchester and it's really nice out here and, yes, driving down Winchester Rd. and being able to see the snow-covered mountains is really breathtaking - I wish I had that view from my actual house though. It's a tradeoff, obviously, living in the IE as opposed to the city because most people commute fair distances to work and that can be costly, time consuming, and tiring. I lived in San Diego for 20 years before buying my house here and in all those years I had to live in the lower income type areas because San Diego is so expensive and I could never afford to rent anything in the nicer areas - let alone be able to buy in the nicer areas - so not having to see homeless people everywhere, trash, the socially undesirable folks, etc. is priceless to me. And Winchester is still kind of rural so it's really quiet out here, which I really like, although some shopping centers are in the works as well as more houses being built, but my house is kind of in the middle of my neighborhood so I don't think the noise from new shopping centers and traffic will affect me.
03-26-2012 03:21 PM
I NEVER thought I would ever say this, but I like living in the I.E. alot! I never want to leave!
Rural with beautiful views
much less traffic yet close to everything
laid back but very active residents with varied interests (my neighbors were from a 150 mile radius of where I live so no one is a stranger, we're all new immigrants here)
relatively low crime
walk, bicycle, drive - your choice
my area reminds me of the small agricultural community where I grew up in the Central Valley of CA but NO FOG here.
winters can be cooler (but the snow and Idyllwild is only 30 minutes away!)
some areas experience windy conditions at times
not as many choices for things (but who needs all those stores you never go to?)
no In-N-Out Burger or Trader Joes or Costco Hot Dogs convenient to where I live (20 minute drive away)
Commuting to a job in O.C. would be intolerable for me
03-26-2012 06:21 PM
I agree with everyone above. The views from basically anywhere in the IE are amazing. I'm not sure what city you are thinking of but I used to live in Placentia OC and when I discovered Phillips Ranch I didn't doubt it for a second. Then it was Chino and now it'll be Riverside soon. If you can organize your day in order to avoid traffic (or kinda), I guarantee you, you'll be happy you moved out of OC where you posibly live in an overpopulated neighborhood . I work in Anaheim and I only feel some pain on my way back but the 91 is improving the flow with the time. You'll apreciate the blue sky mornings while at the OC all they can see is a thick white FOGGY sky. I think that all we live at the IE, we love to have SPACE for ourselves and for our toys as well..lol
03-26-2012 06:37 PM
We lived in Lake Arrowhead for a decade before moving to Redlands three years ago. We love Redlands and hubby enjoys his 10 minute commute. My only complaint is the summer heat. However our cooling bills in Redlands are much lower than our heating bills in the mountains.
Hubby used to commute 1-2x a week to Lake Forrest and I commuted 1-3x a week to Oceanside. It was a crazy schedule to have one of us home with the kids after school. We discovered we really don't like to commute and hubby can't believe he did it for so long. He loves his job in Redlands.
Our youngest graduates high school in 2013 and plans on going to culinary school in Napa. The oldest has a few years to go to graduate college. We're starting to plan for retirement and are not sure where we will end up.
03-26-2012 08:42 PM
The IE can be great if you pick the right area. And it can suck if you dont! (hey, just like the OC)
Pros, great value for your money
Lots to do (hiking, biking, skydiving, boating, golf, shooting etc)
All kinds of cool stuff only an hour away (skiing, beach, palm springs, san diego etc)
Vegas is only 3.5 hours away
Lots of entertainment (indian casinos, golf etc)
Everthing is an hour away ;-) Yea you cant get to the beach in 15 minutes.
It can get hot!
It can get Smoggy, (not so much an issue South of the 91 (south Riverside/Corona, Murrieta, Temecula etc)
03-28-2012 08:32 PM
My wife, 3 kids & I moved to Temecula about 2 years ago. We both grew up in the L.A. area (Long Beach, O/C, etc) and also spent 15 years in the San Francisco Bay Area.
We're surprised everytime we say it...but, we absolutely LOVE it out here.
03-29-2012 07:04 AM
I feel a little bit reluctant to say this, but we think the IE is So Cal's best kept secret--and I'm not crazy about that secret getting out. We bought some investment property here about a dozen years ago and of course, knew it would be only temporary. It did not take us long to fall in love with this place.
We understand that no location has everything. If youre in santa barbara, you are far from all points south. Ditto San Diego and all points north. It quickly made sense to be somewhere in the middle between Palm Springs (which we adore), San Diego which we love, the beaches in OC, and the events in LA. But we cannot stand the overcrowded roads and neighborhoods of the larger cities. If you love to do just one thing, or in just one area, you should probably try to live there, or near there. We are just curious at heart and love to go lots of places and do lots of things--we're crazy about day trips! We live in Riverside and we really do love it. The architecture, neighborhoods, history, but most of all the people. Never met so many friendly people in our lives. Relaxed, no attitude, rather happy folks everywhere. I wake up every morning to a view that simply takes my breath away--seriously. As I said, no place is perfect and of course it has a short list of shortcomings (name a place that doesnt...) One final note: from time to time, we're somewhere else in So Cal and the "where do you live" comes up--and Riverside gets trash talked, and I never could understand why. Eventually I figured out the proper response: "really? when were you there last?" In not one sigle instance was the answer ever other than: "oh, um, well I've never actually been right in Riverside itself..." Not once! And there you have it.
I cant believe I'm actually going to repeat myself but: ...we think the IE is so cal's best kept secret. But dont tell anyone... ;-)
03-29-2012 12:21 PM
grew up in Redlands and now in Upland..........
really the only negatives are heat, smog, and traffic. But when you consider that two of those negatives (heat and smog) really only exist about 3 months out of the year, and the other (traffic) is more or less inevitable anywhere in socal, I consider it a pretty good ratio of good vs bad.