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Old 10-31-2012, 03:50 AM
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Looking for advice on the best/worst places to live within 30 minutes of Fontana. Currently I rent a 495 sq. ft. 1BR in an older building for $860, though rents are up around $1050 for new tenants. Rents seem to be cheaper around Fontana, and it looks like I could probably find a decent 1BR with A/C under $1000, does that sound right? I'm 27, so younger communities would be a plus. (One site I used to do a quick search brought up a lot of senior communities, it's not an old folks' area is it?)

Currently I live near Oakland, and statistics show crime in my current city to be worse than Fontana, so I guess that's not a huge concern for me. Of course, in any city there are areas to avoid, so I'd love any advice there.

I walked into Ontario Mills when I flew down to interview, and there seemed to be a largely Hispanic population, which I don't mind at all. One of my initial fears was the heat, but when I noticed girls still wearing short shorts this late in the year I decided it's something I could get used to.
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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Fontucky should be here shortly to give you the lowdown on Fontana. Just beware that many of the larger professionally apartment complexes in the inland empire give you promotional pricing the first year (10-15% lower than published) and jack the rent up when you go to renew your lease. I think you can find an acceptable 1BR for $1100-1200 but I think it's going to be tough to stay below $1k unless you can handle a studio apartment. Rancho Cucamonga is the closest and nicest place to live. Corona is good, and slightly more affordable, but about 30 minutes away. The only area in Ontario I'd consider is the apartments on 4th street east of Foothill (I worked in Ontario for 5 years.) There may be some acceptable places in Fontana closer to the Rancho Cucamonga border but be sure to see the place before you sign a lease.
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Old 10-31-2012, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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I'd love to help, but I'm useless when it comes to recommending apartment communities, especially 'younger communities." I'm an old fart and I've never lived in anything but detached houses.
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:10 PM
 
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I think you should be able to find a place cheaper than what you're paying in Oakland.

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Fontana: 113.9 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Rancho Cucamonga: 116.3 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Oakland: 137.0 (high, U.S. average is 100)
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Old 10-31-2012, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Fontana California
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...there seemed to be a largely Hispanic population, ...
The entire Southwestern U.S. BELONGS to mexico. If you can't admit that, you must live elsewhere.

Worst place to live around here is Moreno Valley. Northern Rancho Cucamunga is good.
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:52 PM
 
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The entire Southwestern U.S. BELONGS to mexico.
There is a simple explanation for the OP's observation. Ontario and the areas that immediately surround the Ontario Mills Mall is a working class / blue collar area. In Southern California that generally (but not always) means a large percentage of Hispanic residents. Go up I15 to the more upscale Victoria Gardens mall and you'll see more of a mix of white, hispanic and asian people roaming around.
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:33 AM
 
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The entire Southwestern U.S. BELONGS to mexico. If you can't admit that, you must live elsewhere.

Worst place to live around here is Moreno Valley. Northern Rancho Cucamunga is good.
The horror of crappy subdivisions and average crime rates...Oh no not Moreno Valley!

Rancho Cucamonga, esp towards the hills is boring. Victoria Gardens area is fine, again it's kind of sterile and fabricated. If you're looking for something younger, and don't mind commuting, downtown Redlands is okay.

It's the only town that attempts at having a bar scene (albeit it's still in suburbia, so it's not exactly LA or SF). Coming back home to Moreno Valley from college, Redlands was pretty much the only place I would hang out at.

As for the vaguely racist and completely unfounded comment about the SW, so what if there are people that are not of anglo descent? In what way does that impact your daily life? It's pretty ludicrous IMO to allude to race/ethnicity and livability as two intertwined things.

In what ways are you defining worst? In terms of crime, San Bernardino ranks as the worst. In terms of pollution, Mira Loma ranks as the worst. In terms of average commute time, Temecula ranks as the worst. So, in what way is Moreno Valley the worst? Also what does that have to do with anything?
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Johnstown, CO
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Yes, Moreno Valley should have absolutely nothing to do with this conversation.
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:09 PM
 
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Rancho Cucamonga is just west of Fontana and you may want to look there. Although, most of the rents are pretty high as it's a considered a nicer area. But the crime rate is lower, great shopping, a mix of people and freeway close to everything...(airport, mountains, beaches, deserts, and close to the 15 if you like Vegas weekends.)
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:39 PM
 
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Right outside Rancho is a lot of great smaller communities such as Alta Loma, Upland, Claremont, etc. Rent will be a little higher, but these are nice areas, close to freeways, shopping, etc.
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