salton city (new home, subdivision, place to live)
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Getting back to the original thread, I drove through Salton City yesterday. I was more observant than usual, I noticed a lot of the homes are actually double wide trailers on ground level, not the typical single wide that is on blocks. Although there were some of those too. But the double wides look like houses essentially.
There is also a bar, some other restaurant, some mechanic garages and a motel in Salton Sea Beach. There is also a few places that sell permits for the dunes nd off roading. It seems like Salton Sea Beach is the more settled or populated of the two towns, Salton City is more random scattered houses spread about. Also, Salton City seems to have newer houses and no trees, so you can literally see them all from the 86S. Salton Sea Beach has been around longer and has older homes, homes with larger trees, is where the businesses are located and has more development closer to the Sea.
Both towns have semi-finished subdivisions west of 86S....so that is newer housing. A lot of it looks like it has people living there, fenced yards and the homes looked reasonably well kept up.
I also forgot to mention, there is a large development planned for this area, right where Riverside County meets Imperial County. Who knows if that will come about, I think it's supposed to be housing. It is esentially a high point with an awesome view near the freeway. But again, this, if it comes to fruition, will bring more growth...so people looking for hermit living might need to look to the other side of the Sea down the road.
I want to hear from a SC resident so badly, I'm willing to raise them to celebrity status.
Fontucky, what do you want to know exactly? Granted I don't live there, but I drive through it quite often. Or do you want a narrative on day to day life??
It seems to me that it's your standard desert rats, tweekers and people who commute to the Coachella valley and are outpriced from that market.
There is no farming or agriclture surrounding the area until you cross over the county line into Riverside, and then it's Date farms and grape vines that are resistant to heat...and closer to Coachella, all sorts of crops.
The cable there gives them the local Yuma/El Centro channels, as well as some of the Palm Springs' ones. The radio is all Coachella Valley stations, but you can pull the Mexicali stations as well (same as Imperial Valley-El Centro stations).
There isn't much going on there...it's like a little outpost with your basics in older buildings, stores and the like. It really is not that different that other rural desert communities other than it's larger and more spread out.Lots of available lots inbetween the homes....there is cell phone service....no center area where people appear to congregate. It is kind of like living in the country but having neighbors just close and just far enough for pivacy but not too much to go mad. It probably is a nice balance for retired people who want to do their own thing in cheap California.
I also think that the communities around the Salton Sea will grow down the road in the next boom cycle...there is land and it is scenic, despite all the negatives.
What's it like living there? I'm fascinated with that whole area.
Don't listen to those talking trash about Salton City. It is a beautiful place to live. It is safe, clean and there are beautiful modern homes both for sale and for rent. I live in a very quiet subdivision of all new homes. It looks as though homes were being built and the funding just ran out. There are some framed homes that are just unfinished dotting the area but most of the area that I live in are new homes with all the modern conveniences.
People walk around the neighborhoods, they ride bicycles, children play outside without fear of something happening. There is a community park and swimming pool as well as a baseball field and places for kids to play. There is a country club that you can join which boasts golf, a pool as well as classes you can take and a hall that you can rent for special events. There is a local volunteer fire dept that also sponsors events for the area. There are community dinners, fish fry's, boating events, fishing derby's. There are Free dinners for the different holidays to bring the community together, Easter Egg Hunts, Christmas Parades, Halloween Parties, 4th of July fireworks displays. There is a Chamber of Commerce, a new Charter School, a hardware store, a few restaurants, a bar that hosts different events like Karaoke and Halloween parties.
The Red Earth Casino is less than 2 miles down the highway from us that has a convenience store, a Subway, A new grill, plus the slots and the least expensive gas and diesel fuel in all of Southern California and the store and casino are open 24 hours. AM/PM is also down the road the other direction (about 5 miles from the Casino) It is a truck stop so it has showers, washer/dryer, a lounge area with TV. You can rent movies, buy racing fuel as well as many supplies for truckers and the traveler. If you are traveling and want a place to relax for awhile they allow you to go into the lounge area to watch tv or nap.
Every Saturday across from the grocery store (which is across the highway from the AM/PM) people set up their wares for sale, kind of like a small flea market. The grocery store has very nice clerks and owners and you can pretty much find anything you need in there as well as some local souvenirs and a post office with boxes for rent. There is a liquor store next to the grocery store. You can also fill your water jugs outside of the store for .25 a gallon or you can fill your 5 gallon jugs too.
We don't have pan handlers or bums hanging around because its not tolerated. The police are on them quick.
There is a senior center that hosts events as well as meals. There is a medical clinic that is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
I have lived here for a year and a half and there is no smell permeating the air, in fact you have to be right next to the water in order to even smell anything and even then it isn't intolerable.
There are churches, and a group that gives out boxes of food once a month and a group that hands out bread once a week. We have high speed internet, digital cable and phone as well as Satellite service
During the winter we are a hot spot for those who like to play in the desert on their toys. Wide open spaces for their dune buggies and dirt bikes. Hundreds of people come out in their RV's hauling their toys during the weekends.
It is very quiet out here, people pretty much mind their own business. Life out here isn't for everybody. Most people have to travel to Indio, or Palm Springs areas for their jobs as there aren't many available jobs in this area.
From the outside looking in it may not seem like there is much going on here but when you live here you realize all it has to offer. Small town life isn't for everyone and if you thrive on being part of the crowd and want to live where things are hopping or you want to blend in with everyone else then this definitely isn't a place for you. There isn't much to do for the younger crowd but when you are older and looking for solitude this is a great place to be.
The Salton Sea area had great potential. I say had because the idea of saving the sea is not economically or politically feasible. When it does make it to the political forefront it will already be too late and I would not want to live or own any property near the sea.
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