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Old 06-21-2007, 09:30 PM
 
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I live in the Souther Calif mountains above Palm Springs. The weather is absolutely beautiful 9 months of the year. The other 3 months can have a little snow, but usually melts the following day or so. It is in the middle of the National forest with beautiful pine and oak trees. We wake up to the birds singing and enjoy watching critters from our deck. The town of Idyllwild is a close walk from our house and is a little quaint town of shops and eating places. It is very safe (we don't even have a police department). If you like quiet little rural town in the beautiful forest, Idyllwild is for you.
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Old 06-21-2007, 09:38 PM
 
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I live in the Souther Calif mountains above Palm Springs. The weather is absolutely beautiful 9 months of the year. The other 3 months can have a little snow, but usually melts the following day or so. It is in the middle of the National forest with beautiful pine and oak trees. We wake up to the birds singing and enjoy watching critters from our deck. The town of Idyllwild is a close walk from our house and is a little quaint town of shops and eating places. It is very safe (we don't even have a police department). If you like quiet little rural town in the beautiful forest, Idyllwild is for you.
I know the area well and you speak words of Truth...
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Old 06-21-2007, 09:50 PM
 
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lived down the hill in Hemet for years and was bummed to see so many dead trees up there the last time I came up the 243. My buddy CHP officer Crandall patrols that little piece of paradise
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Old 06-23-2007, 03:30 PM
 
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It's been a long time since I saw Idyllwild. I think it is very expensive to live there, is it not? Are there a lot of artists, painters, living there? I know it is listed as an art town in some book. Maybe I'll go and check it out when I go back to Hemet where my Mom lives. A long time ago some German tourists got killed on the road up there. Is it safe to travel the roads alone or was that an anomaly?
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Old 06-23-2007, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Rolando, San Diego CA 92115
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It's been a long time since I saw Idyllwild. I think it is very expensive to live there, is it not? Are there a lot of artists, painters, living there? I know it is listed as an art town in some book. Maybe I'll go and check it out when I go back to Hemet where my Mom lives. A long time ago some German tourists got killed on the road up there. Is it safe to travel the roads alone or was that an anomaly?
I've looked at property up there. Prices are not that bad for SoCal and it's less than Arrowhead or Big Bear. The road is not great but not terrible (I think 18 is actually more dangerous). The main concern for me is the lack of services and the fire danger. The bark beetle / smog combo is killing off entire stands of trees up there. There is also some pretty substantial poverty in the area that you might not see if you spend the day hiking. Still a gorgeous area, our neighbors have a place up there and are up there every weekend.
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Old 06-23-2007, 05:27 PM
 
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Right now all the national forest in So. CA. are like a match head waiting to be lit. The bark beetle has done so much damage and yes the smog has been killing the pine trees for years. Now with the drought the trees are getting weak and the bark beetles are thriving! The last time I visited Big Bear I was so saddened by the way the forest looks. I have never seen it so horrible. Let's all pray they get some of that much needed rain and that they can get some control of those bark beetles. It's very sad!!!
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Old 06-23-2007, 05:43 PM
 
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Can anyone say drought?! Oh no! Seems like water will be a problem in the future in the South West. Well, seems like there are problems everywhere. I don't like long term extreme heat and Idyllwild seems to
have fine weather. Not having services or worse a fire would make me rethink
living there though. How is that big pool they opened last summer in Hemet? Is it nice or is it much too crowded?
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