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Old 03-14-2012, 10:12 PM
 
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I really need your help. I have read a lot about Fontana, some good, some not so good and I want your honest opinion please.

We live in the OC, I grew up here, moved away from here and moved back 5 yrs ago because it was familiar, but its too big, too hmmm dare i say pretentious? And too concrete for our taste.

I am not "that OC girl" and since being away I have realized how much I don't fit here.

I have noticed there are a lot of beautiful homes for sale in Fontana and as we are in the second stage of our life (mid 40's-late 40's) we want to find a safe neighborhood / community that we can get involved in, make some nice friends, find a church we will feel a part of and a home our kids and potential grand kids can come home to. Were big walkers so it has to be a walkable community that loves dogs.

I am concerned about crime. I have some disabilities and I'm not the tough girl I once was. I need to feel safe in my community and safe when I'm alone.

So I am clueless about the area and really need your opinions.

Thanks so much!!
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:36 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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I've lived here (South Fontana) since July of 04. I will help where I can. I too used to live in OC (from 1960 to 2004), South OC to be exact.

To start off, South and Central Fontana isn't where you want to be. Yes, I love it here, but I wouldn't if I still had kids at home. The crime isn't as bad as you've heard, but things do happen, although I've managed to avoid it so far. Might be the dog, might be the riot gun, might be the insane Ted Kaczynski look about me.

Anyway, the crime index for Fontana is fairly low, for this part of the IE at least. At 224.2 it's almost 100 points lower than the national avg of 319.1.

If you concentrate your real estate searching North of the 210, you'll find what you're looking for. Find some properties that interest you, then come back here for some fine-tuning on neighborhood desirability.

Adios for now.
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Old 03-14-2012, 11:10 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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By the way, the above is quite possibly the only opinion you'll get from an actual resident of Fontana. People LOVE to chime in about the city, but most of it is ancient history or rumor/conjecture.
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:08 AM
 
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I've lived here (South Fontana) since July of 04.

To start off, South and Central Fontana isn't where you want to be.

If you concentrate your real estate searching North of the 210, you'll find what you're looking for.
I have a colleague who lives in Fontana.

Every time I ask him a confirmation question like, "Hey, you live in Fontana, right?"

He would say, "I live in NORTH Fontana."

He seems very adamant about tagging on that north part to his area of residence.
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:27 AM
 
Location: GLAMA
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Ain't that sumthin how we want to be perceived? I always insist on the South part because I don't want anyone to think I live in the vast tracts with tyrannical HOAs, rather than the funky 70-year-old farmhouse on 2 acres with mature fruit trees and grapes that I actually do live in.
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:58 AM
 
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Thanks so much everyone. I really appreciate your help.
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:19 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles County, CA
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I am not "that OC girl" and since being away I have realized how much I don't fit here.
If you call Orange County "the OC" - you are right.
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:48 AM
 
Location: GLAMA
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How did I miss that? Must be getting old.
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:55 AM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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How did I miss that? Must be getting old.
It's that crazy Ted Kazinsky thing you got going on, 'Tuckers!
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:39 AM
 
Location: SW MO Aux Arcs
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How did I miss that? Must be getting old.
No kidding. Even I caught that and I haven't lived in OC since 1973. Don't make me have to start worrying about you.
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