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Old 12-18-2006, 05:55 PM
 
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Is Corona nice place to live? What are the good and bad areas? Western Corona is close to Orange County, so that seems like a good location to live if you have an Orange County job.

Even though Corona real estate has gone up a lot in value over the past 4 years, it is still a bargain compared to Rancho Santa Margarita and Mission Viejo. I see plenty of beautiful single-family detached houses in Corona under $450,000.

Is there a gang problem in Corona? What are the industries and jobs there?What ethnic groups make up that city? Is it true that Corona has a bad smell (my co-worker told me that) because of the dairy farms? How is the smog there?

I have driven through Corona on my way to the Temecula winery and casino, but I have never stopped in Corona.
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Old 12-18-2006, 08:09 PM
 
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Corona is the closest Inland city to Orange County, and it is a little cheaper than nearby Yorba Linda. That said, the price difference is not nearly what it was 5-10 years ago for comparable housing. The farming smell is more Norco and unincorporated Riverside County than Corona, but it is apparent by the Prado Dam area. Schools are just so-so, relatively speaking, and while there are jobs, the major employers are a major (and clogged) commute away. It's a little cooler and a little less smoggy than cities 10-15 miles east, but it does suffer from some air woes in the summer. Downtown is not appealing (nor is the surrounding area for housing), and while Dos Lagos has some interesting shops, the retail overall leans heavily toward familiar chains. Life here in 2007 would be more about settling than thriving.
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Old 12-19-2006, 01:37 PM
 
Location: South Bay, California
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Look into the housing tracts..forgot the name..that's your best bet to the best community in Corona!
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Old 12-20-2006, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Eugene Oregon
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Corona is nice. I spent a lot of time there because all my friends lived there. I still go back occasionally. It has seen a lot of growth! Mostly the new developments are really nice. The 91 Fwy which you would most likely use for commuting is awful in either direction and most people will commute to work. If you can find a job within Corona then that's great. Corona is WAY cheaper than the Orange County locations you mentioned. I have family that lives there and it is VERY expensive. You get what you pay for though and those neighborhoods are more "white" and safer also. Mission Viejo is always rated the safest place to live when they do those surveys. There are pockets of Corona where it's a bad area like a couple of the mobile home parks and also an area over by Paseo grande or something like that on the Western end. I know there were a few gang members there but it's not dangerous like LA.

Corona has a high percentage of latinos (I think the census says like 45%) so if that bothers you that's something to keep in mind. The latino neighborhoods are the ones with the older homes and are usually ones you want to avoid living in. The bad smell comes from Norco which is further toward the eastern end of Corona and a little bit north of it. That never bothered me and I doubt it would bother you unless you were living right in Norco or Chino.

Here's crime stats comparing Corona to Mission Viejo

Actual Reported Population and Crimes for 2005:

_________________________Corona, CA______Mission Viejo, CA
Population: _______________146,363 __________96,892
Murder: _____________________4 _______________2
Forcible Rape: ________________33 ______________3
Robbery: ___________________140 ______________36
Aggravated Assault: __________144 ______________69
Burglary: ____________________926 ____________225
Larceny Theft: ______________2587 _____________953
Vehicle Theft: ________________935 _____________81

In any case, if you are going to commute to Orange County be sure to factor in the cost of toll road fees and all that. When I was living in the O.C. commuting to work I spent around 50 bucks a month on toll road fees. It depends on where you work to which freeways you would take. Freeways in general are pretty bad in that area.
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Old 12-21-2006, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Cody WY Off Of Belfry Hwy
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I live in Norco right now, but I used to live in Corona. It is a nice area, especially western Corona. Higher end houses, and a lot closer commute. Sierra Del Orro off of the Green River exit is one of the communities that comes to mind in Western Corona.
Oh, and hey guys, quit telling us Norconians that we smell Actually, now that most of the dairies have moved out of Mira Loma, the smell has gone down considerably
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Old 06-11-2007, 05:07 PM
 
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I also live in Norco....and love it here! It has a wonderful small town feel and everything you need is close by. The people are so friendly, and the community is very supportive of the youth. As far as the smell.....it is actually Eastvale (unincorparated area of Corona) that stinks! Nice community, one exit down from Norco, but it is built on dairy's so it is smelly and lots of flies. But it is getting better as more houses are being built. unfortunately, we are moving to CO in a few months. It will be a fun adventure, but we are sad to leave Norco! We are keeping our house and renting it out just in case we want to come back some day.....
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Old 06-11-2007, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Cody WY Off Of Belfry Hwy
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I also live in Norco....and love it here! It has a wonderful small town feel and everything you need is close by. The people are so friendly, and the community is very supportive of the youth. As far as the smell.....it is actually Eastvale (unincorparated area of Corona) that stinks! Nice community, one exit down from Norco, but it is built on dairy's so it is smelly and lots of flies. But it is getting better as more houses are being built. unfortunately, we are moving to CO in a few months. It will be a fun adventure, but we are sad to leave Norco! We are keeping our house and renting it out just in case we want to come back some day.....
Where in Norco are you? I live on Third and Hillside (upper Hillside that goes from third to Eighth St.)

I take it you're not moving to CO by choice?
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Old 06-15-2007, 01:20 AM
 
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Acually we live on Hillside a block from you! Small World! It is our choice to move to CO. It will be an exciting adventure and we are only locked in for 5 years, than we can move back if we choose. Or cash out the Norco house. As much as I love Norco, I am looking forward to CO. Know anybody who wants a mini pygmy goat for a pet? How about buying a few horses and a pony? Just thought I'd ask....Small town and all!
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Old 06-18-2007, 06:13 PM
 
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Default Corona is very nice and family-oriented

Our family loves it here! There's all kinds of new shopping (Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Banana Republic, Z Gallerie, Trader Joe's...) and new restaurants (King's Fish House, BJ's, Wood Ranch BBQ...). 2 brand new golf courses plus Eagle Glen that's been here a few years now.

We live in the Southwest part of Corona near Lincoln and Foothill Pkwy - 92882 zip. The school (Eisenhower Elementary) by our house has a 898 API score which I believe is the highest in Riverside County. Parks and Rec dept. has great youth sports programs as well.

Sure there are bad areas of town just like any town with 140,000 people. But for the most part Corona is a very family-oriented town. You can buy a nice house with over 2000 sq ft now for just over 500k. Same house in OC would run about $100k more.

It does get a little hot here in the Summer months, and the 91 traffic can be a bit of a pain. What helps is the 2 Metrolink stations and that the 241 Toll Road is close by. Just stay west of the 15 and you should be ok. We have even taken the beach train a few times to San Clemente which our kids love.

There's no bad smell whatsoever in our area. I believe that the Eastvale area to the North about 8-10 miles is where most of the dairy farms once were. Our area sometimes smells like citrus in the spring, but that's about it.

What I've found is that most of our neighbors are real salt of the earth types, many of whom moved to Corona from the OC in order to live more within their means - what a concept! Good luck!

-Steve
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