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Old 07-25-2013, 07:29 PM
 
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I am relocating from Northern California to Southern California with a high functioning Autistic teen.

I can choose to live anywhere from Moreno Valley to Desert Hot Springs. Since I don't know the area, I am asking for help

I can pay up to $1450 month in rent and would like a nice 2 bedroom, prefer house but condo would be okay. I just need a quieter area for my son so he doesn't get too stressed out.

I would really appreciate any suggestions you guys can make.

Thanks
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Old 07-25-2013, 11:54 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Rancho Cucamonga, Eastvale, Corona, Chino Hills, Redlands, Riverside, Upland. Pick any of those and only those.
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:27 AM
 
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Thank you. That gives me somewhere to start
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Old 07-26-2013, 04:30 PM
 
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General descriptions and observations from someone very familiar with the Inland Empire:

Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Rancho Cucamonga, Eastvale, Chino Hills are newer suburbs. Nice, large housing and good schools. Family oriented, lots of shopping centers, expensive compared to everywhere else in the US but cheaper than LA/OC.

Corona is a family oriented city but a little older than the above-mentioned cities. Northern Corona (towards Norco) is more working class. Southern Corona is the wealthier part of the city.

Upland is an older bedroom community. This is where I grew up. North of Foothill is nice and family-oriented. North of 18th street is where the rich live. The farther north you go in Upland, the wealthier it becomes. Mansions in the northernmost part of Upland and along historic Euclid Ave.

Redlands and Riverside are the old cities in the IE and were some of the first cities in Southern California to be developed. Redlands is a smallish city and is all pretty much nice. Lovely, old, Victorian homes. Lots of old folk. University of Redlands brings in private college kids to the crowd. Overall a lovely city.

Riverside is large and much more diverse. Downtown Riverside is quite nice with many unique restaurants, bars, museums, and centered around Riverside's crowned jewel, the Mission Inn. During the holiday season, Downtown basically becomes Disneyland for a month, with celebration, lights, fireworks, and festivals every night. Downtown Riverside is getting a lot of attention lately with many investors developing the area. Neighborhoods west and south of Downtown (the "Wood Streets") are made up by Victorian and other historic homes. Very old world and charming. Canyon Crest, Mission Grove, Alessandro Heights, Orangecrest, and Mockingbird Canyon, and the Viewpointe area are the wealthy parts of Riverside with grand homes with magnificent canyon views. The rest of Riverside are older homes with working class families. Many Hispanic families live in Eastside and Casa Blanca.

Cities that are generally disliked in the IE:
San Bernardino, Rialto, Colton, Fontana, Highland, Moreno Valley, and parts of Perris.
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Old 07-26-2013, 10:58 PM
 
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From what I have read.....much of SB county has a very Mad-Max feel to it.

OTOH, People speak quite kindly of much of Riverside.
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:58 AM
 
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Stay out of Moreno Valley...The towns mentioned above is the ones I would have suggested too...Chino Hills is nice, but don't know where you'll be working...
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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I'm a Riverside County native (Corona & Riverside), but I prefer San Bernardino County.

Aside from the San Bernardino Mountains (which is my ideal IE location), I could probably stand to live in Yucaipa, Calimesa, Banning, Beaumont, Mentone, Redlands, etc (yes, 2/3/4 are Riverside County), and probably be more than okay with it.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:15 PM
 
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General descriptions and observations from someone very familiar with the Inland Empire:

Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Rancho Cucamonga, Eastvale, Chino Hills are newer suburbs. Nice, large housing and good schools. Family oriented, lots of shopping centers, expensive compared to everywhere else in the US but cheaper than LA/OC.

Corona is a family oriented city but a little older than the above-mentioned cities. Northern Corona (towards Norco) is more working class. Southern Corona is the wealthier part of the city.

Upland is an older bedroom community. This is where I grew up. North of Foothill is nice and family-oriented. North of 18th street is where the rich live. The farther north you go in Upland, the wealthier it becomes. Mansions in the northernmost part of Upland and along historic Euclid Ave.

Redlands and Riverside are the old cities in the IE and were some of the first cities in Southern California to be developed. Redlands is a smallish city and is all pretty much nice. Lovely, old, Victorian homes. Lots of old folk. University of Redlands brings in private college kids to the crowd. Overall a lovely city.

Riverside is large and much more diverse. Downtown Riverside is quite nice with many unique restaurants, bars, museums, and centered around Riverside's crowned jewel, the Mission Inn. During the holiday season, Downtown basically becomes Disneyland for a month, with celebration, lights, fireworks, and festivals every night. Downtown Riverside is getting a lot of attention lately with many investors developing the area. Neighborhoods west and south of Downtown (the "Wood Streets") are made up by Victorian and other historic homes. Very old world and charming. Canyon Crest, Mission Grove, Alessandro Heights, Orangecrest, and Mockingbird Canyon, and the Viewpointe area are the wealthy parts of Riverside with grand homes with magnificent canyon views. The rest of Riverside are older homes with working class families. Many Hispanic families live in Eastside and Casa Blanca.

Cities that are generally disliked in the IE:
San Bernardino, Rialto, Colton, Fontana, Highland, Moreno Valley, and parts of Perris.

That's quite the narrow minded statement to make. I agree with is San Bernardino and Moreno Valley. N. Fontana is very similar to Rancho Cucamonga. N. Rialto is ok, just real boring. The parts of Highland going up the mountain are very nice. Theres a dog park, I went running up there once and felt very safe. Plenty of people walking their dogs.

My top three would be: Rancho Cucamonga, Chino Hills, Temecula.

One key factor you didn't include is where you will work. That changes EVERYTHING.

Last thing, everyone is gonna go crazy about Redlands. People on here have a raging hard-on for Redlands and I don't why.
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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That's quite the narrow minded statement to make. I agree with is San Bernardino and Moreno Valley. N. Fontana is very similar to Rancho Cucamonga. N. Rialto is ok, just real boring. The parts of Highland going up the mountain are very nice. Theres a dog park, I went running up there once and felt very safe. Plenty of people walking their dogs.

My top three would be: Rancho Cucamonga, Chino Hills, Temecula.

One key factor you didn't include is where you will work. That changes EVERYTHING.

Last thing, everyone is gonna go crazy about Redlands. People on here have a raging hard-on for Redlands and I don't why.
I said cities people dislike. Spend a month in SoCal and you'll find out that Fontana gets bashed incessantly along with San Bernardino, and to a lesser degree, Rialto and Highland. Obviously there are pockets of nice spots in any of these cities, but generally no one wants to move or live there.

Redlands has gorgeous Victorian houses unlike all the other bland boring houses in SoCal. Basically, the only places in SoCal that even has Victorians are San Fran, a couple neighborhoods in LA, some parts of Oakland and Berkeley, and some spots in Riverside. Redlands is quaint. This attracts people to move to Redlands and then they stay in Redlands because it's mostly an upper to middle class city with a lot of old people with money. If you don't understand how Redlands is different compared to all other Californian cities, then you aren't a very observant person.
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:40 PM
 
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God, this site and the city of Redlands. Congrats on making your list on your 30 or 31 days of being down here. Ever think the people you talked to aren't a diverse group? Redlands is just as bad as Rialto and Fontana. Plenty of real crappy areas closer to the open fields, railroad tracks, and near the 10 freeway.

If you want to continue to insult an entire region covering 56 million miles and over 22 million people after a whooping month, please feel free. You don't sound foolish or ignorant at all.

After all, you felt so well informed after your 30 day stay to post your well informed opinion in this forum instead of where you live. Congrats on being so well traveled and knowledgeable. I hope one day to be as confident as you with such little info, it must feel great pretending to be smart.

I was Greece last year for a few days, I think I'm going to start posting in that forum because I was there so I know all about Greece like a local. I think I'll do the same with Hawaii. In fact, I stayed in Bellingham, WA for about a week seven years ago. I definitely know that area well. You'll see me in the WA forum alot now! Thanks!

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