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Old 08-29-2010, 08:36 AM
 
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Hello all,
Looking for some input/opinions of these towns. Will be relocating to So Cal for my job. Looking for a small town with good schools (3 elem age kids) and affordable housing (under 250k). So far, we've narrowed it down to 2 areas - Beaumont or Elsinore. I'll work out of my house most of the time - and drive to all areas of So Cal - (Barstow to San Diego to Santa Barbara - etc...). Wife will be returning to school - probably UC-Riverside.
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Old 08-29-2010, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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Beaumont is nicer & cooler then lake elsinore. Housing is affordable & crime is low. Schools are good & overall beaumont is a better choice.
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Old 08-30-2010, 06:02 PM
 
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Both are not great areas.Neither one of them are even nice looking cities. I disagree that crime is low. There is no such thing as low crime anywhere in Cal.
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Old 08-30-2010, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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LE: Very hot. Lake can get really stinky at times.

Bmt: Hot and windy.
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Old 08-30-2010, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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The crack is fresher in lake Elsinore.
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Old 08-30-2010, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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Not the crack I've had the displeasure to smell.
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Old 08-30-2010, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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They are very different towns. I would strongly suggest visiting both, so you can see what you like.

Lake Elsinore is right on the 15, and is close to Temecula and Murrieta - and Orange County is just on the other end of the Ortega Highway - which is a beautiful drive. It has a little downtown area, and an outlet mall, and every kind of chain store you can imagine. It also has the lake, and all the recreation that comes with that - including sky diving - and a minor league baseball team.

Beaumont is right on the 10 - so if you go to Los Angeles often, it's a straight shot into the city. Beaumont and Banning sit side by side in a little valley, and it's a slightly higher elevation, so the weather patterns are different than you'll find in the more western parts of Riverside County.

I like both towns, but they are very different. This is just my opinion... but Elsinore feels more like San Diego and Banning feels more like the desert - very different feelings - and only you will know which one appeals more to you.

Good luck, whichever you decide!
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Old 08-30-2010, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Wife will be returning to school - probably UC-Riverside.
Are you in California now? My cousin grew up in another state, and just came back to California this month to start school here, and because she's technically not been a resident of California for the last three years, she's paying huge out-of-state tuition. Evidently the rules changed recently, and the time requirement went from one year as a resident to three years. Just something to consider, as you plan...
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Old 08-30-2010, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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I suggest the OP use the search function and look at previous threads on these towns.
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Old 08-31-2010, 05:03 PM
 
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Not the crack I've had the displeasure to smell.
I thought the smell is from Lake Smellymore?
To the OP, if you're planning on driving to San Diego that's over an hour from where your planning to live. Unless it's just for a weekend trip plan but count on constant Highway congestion to make what should be a short trip very long.
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