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Unread 11-08-2010, 09:01 PM
 
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As another poster mentioned, Arrowhead will save you at least thirty minutes over Big Bear when going "down the hill" (locals refer to Big Bear as 'the Hill', and if you're not from here, you're a 'flatlander'.) You'll appreciate the shorter drive when you want to go to the big box stores in SB and Redlands, plus the movie theaters and the beaches.

Big Bear is boring. People come here to die. OK,.... it is a great place for recreation. At least Arrowhead is closer to civilization. In my opinion, Arrowhead is prettier, with lots of narrow winding roads and little shops (make sure you have a good 4x4) but I don't think you can boat on Arrowhead lake, as you can Big Bear lake.

Arrowhead gets more concentrated snow and depending on your location, you can be in for a lot of shovelling from mid December through to the end of March and Big Bear has more alerts during fire season. Be absolutely sure to have fire insurance - you may need it. I wouldn't worry about the 'crime' rate, especially in Arrowhead, and the people are mostly very friendly. Big Bear has had its share of meth lab busts but I think this type has now mostly migrated (to places like state prison.) The local economy in BB has been hit hard with foreclosures and closed businesses.

Both places are bible belt but are not exactly Kansas.

Best BB restaurants by far are Peppercorn Grill and La Montana. Stay clear of Pong's and Sonora Cantina.

Good luck with the move!

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Unread 11-09-2010, 02:33 PM
 
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Lake Arrowhead is not a "Bible belt." I live here and know better. As I stated earlier, Big Bear is impossible to live in when you're commuting. Lake Arrowhead is a 25 min. drive down the hill. Lake Arrowhead is private for a reason, it keeps the riff-raff off the lake. Big Bear lake has diapers floating in the lake. That is no exaggeration and a big reason to avoid it. I can't imagine anyone who would choose to live in Big Bear over Lake Arrowhead, there is just no comparison.
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Unread 11-09-2010, 02:39 PM
 
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Lake Arrowhead is not a "Bible belt." I live here and know better. As I stated earlier, Big Bear is impossible to live in when you're commuting. Lake Arrowhead is a 25 min. drive down the hill. Lake Arrowhead is private for a reason, it keeps the riff-raff off the lake. Big Bear lake has diapers floating in the lake. That is no exaggeration and a big reason to avoid it. I can't imagine anyone who would choose to live in Big Bear over Lake Arrowhead, there is just no comparison.
Yup, already covered.
Avoid elitist, go to Big Bear.
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Unread 11-09-2010, 04:32 PM
 
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Lake Arrowhead is not a "Bible belt."
Very well, Arrowhead may not be bible belt but Big Bear certainly is.
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Big Bear lake has diapers floating in the lake.
Diapers in the lake? No it doesn't. That's a huge exaggeration. It's probably happened on some occasion but it's nothing you're ever likely to see. In more than a dozen years I've seen only small amounts of floating litter at the edges. The lake is lined by multi-million dollar homes and is very well cared for.
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Unread 11-09-2010, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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Arrowhead, Starbucks on every corner.
The city seems more like a mall than a mountain community.
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Unread 11-11-2010, 12:13 PM
 
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Really? Arrowhead has NO Starbucks. The only Starbucks in the vicinity is located in Blue Jay (not Lake Arrowhead), and it is tucked away unobtrusively inside a Supermarket. There isn't even a Starbucks sign outside the market so it's about as invisible as it gets.
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Unread 11-12-2010, 12:46 PM
 
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I like Big Bear a lot more than lake Arrowhead
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Unread 12-16-2010, 06:29 PM
 
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I like Big Bear a lot more than lake Arrowhead
Depends what you're looking for. Big bear is a bigger city, more snow, more 'good' people, and 'not so good'.

Arrowhead is small, quiet, quaint, and private. Smaller town feel. The lake is better kept because its private- that'd only be natural with the state of affairs our state is in. If you live within the lake rights area of Arrowhead you can get lake membership.

I'd stay in LA over BB any day.
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Unread 12-16-2010, 06:30 PM
 
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Yup, already covered.
Avoid elitist, go to Big Bear.
I think people in other countries think American's are elitist- but then again they all want to come here too
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Unread 12-16-2010, 06:32 PM
 
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Arrowhead, Starbucks on every corner.
The city seems more like a mall than a mountain community.
Thats funny... I thought Big Bear was the city with a Wal-Mart....?
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