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Old 11-11-2014, 12:34 PM
 
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Firstly, I realize "desirable" is subjective and hopefully I don't offend anyone.

I've been reading a lot about Lake Arrowhead and I'm considering it as a potential retirement location. The biggest draw for my wife and I is that it's not too far from Perris Valley (skydiving Mecca) and it would provide a retreat from the summer heat that the IE is known for. In addition, all the outdoor activities are very appealing as we love to hike, run, ski, and just be in the outdoors.

Unlike many people, we like the idea of a HOA to keep some control on residents. We live in a house we purchased 26 years ago and have watched the neighborhood decline as people do as they please and show little or no consideration for those around them.

Being separated from bigger cities, but still being close to major municipalities is appealing and we are not put off by having to shovel some snow should the need arise. Needing a generator for occasional power outages doesn't alarm us either.

So, here are my concerns;

Looking at the prices of real estate in Lake Arrowhead, my first impression is that they are quite reasonable. My 2nd thought is a suspicious "why?"

I have read that the crime rate is surprising high for a small town, but I have to wonder if the statistics often published on various web-pages are based on incidents from nearby cities?

Based on some web-sites, the population has dropped in the last ten years. Is this based purely on the recession and people selling homes or is it indicative or higher crime or something else?

I think I've read just about every post on this forum regarding Lake Arrowhead and the surrounding mountain communities, but I would really appreciate if any residents or frequent visitors could provide any insight to the questions I had.
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Old 11-12-2014, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Mammoth Lakes, CA
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I live in Arrowhead and have for 14 years. The real estate prices are obscenely low. The real estate crash hit Arrowhead like a typhoon and it never has rebounded. Homes that sold for a million dollars in 2005 still haven't bounced back to even 60% of that level.

But the low real estate prices are extraneous from the town's desirability. There's no difference in living here from 2000 and now. There is no crime to speak of at all. I've never heard of ANY crime here except domestic abuse or petty theft. Anyone could buy a beautiful home here for $400,000 ansd your quality of life would be dramatically better than buying a $400,000 house in Rialto, Fontana, Beaumont... or anyplace else down the hill.

I have no idea where you get the idea there is any significant "crime" here. There isn't. People leave because they're bored. The frequent complaint is "there's nothing to do up here." Shopping is limited, there's no malls, fast food is limited to McDonalds and Subway. I have never once been bored, but I like privacy, seclusion and am an off-beat person.

You also don't need a generator. Those days are gone. There hasn't been a significant power outage here since 2007.

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Old 11-12-2014, 01:23 PM
 
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Ulysses61,

Thank you very much for the reply. Being a 14 year resident, I give high credibility to your opinion.

As I mentioned in my post, I question the accuracy of the high crime statics, but as an example, here are a few links,

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The more I read about Lake Arrowhead and the surrounding area, the better it sounds. Again, it was the low real estate and the odd high crime figures that compelled me to post.

Thank you for clarifying matters.

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Old 11-12-2014, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Palm Springs
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Not to hijack this thread, but how does Arrowhead compare to Idyllwild as far as desirability is concerned for someone looking for a very quiet retirement spot? I presume that Arrowhead is busier, having a larger population, and that property value appreciation is likely to be better there than Idyllwild.
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Old 11-12-2014, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Mammoth Lakes, CA
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Landmissle, those stats are for surrounding communites like Crestline, Bluejay, Cedar Glen, etc.

I don't think you would regret retiring to Lake Arrowhead at all. It's a lovely and amazing place to live. Take advantage of the low real estate prices, there are incredible deals to be had all over the place.
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Old 03-14-2015, 08:36 AM
 
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Lake Arrowhead, is the Beverly Hills of the San Bernardino Mountain.
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Old 03-14-2015, 09:07 AM
 
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I left my heart in those mountains, its a wonderful lifestyle. Never feared crime. Fires were one of my main reason for leaving.
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Old 03-31-2015, 06:14 PM
 
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Is it so beautiful, so I too get suspicious of the low prices. Are they low because the land is Leased? I looked at a few houses, the HOA is about $800/month. Yikes! And, as I understand from the word "Fee" in the "Land Lease Type" feature, homeowners will have to pay for leasing fee for the land on top of the HOA fee? Both fees are adjustable. I don't know if I like that kind of uncertainty.
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Old 04-04-2015, 12:31 PM
 
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Is it so beautiful, so I too get suspicious of the low prices. Are they low because the land is Leased? I looked at a few houses, the HOA is about $800/month. Yikes! And, as I understand from the word "Fee" in the "Land Lease Type" feature, homeowners will have to pay for leasing fee for the land on top of the HOA fee? Both fees are adjustable. I don't know if I like that kind of uncertainty.
Fee Simple means it's not a land lease
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Old 04-06-2015, 09:50 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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I think the fires made people rethink living there, or spending a lot to have a second home there...
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