High Desert, Inland Empire, Victor Valley, Oh My!
The Inland Empire, like many other major metropolitan exburbs, owes its existence to 1950s-70s suburban development. Pushing out eastward from the greater Los Angeles area, suburban sprawl developed further and further into the Mojave Desert region. As this happened, small towns overtaken by this sprawl began to grow, amongst them your new home Victorville, which begrudgingly began its transition from sleepy outpost to developing city in the early 1960s.
Massive development and lots of new housing means that the town has some of the lowest rents in all of Southern California. Victorville is in close proximity to several major attractions, including Joshua Tree National Park, the San Bernadino National Forest and Big Bear Lake.
Located at the western edge of the Mojave Desert, Victorville has a distinctly extreme climate. Due not only to its desert climate, but also its higher elevation, it is prone to hot, dry summers and cold, dry winters.
Neighborhoods and Housing Options
Though each area has its own characteristics, but Victorville rentals are fairly uniform in desirability.
Apartment developments, particularly the newest ones, are considered by most residents to be the most desirable types of properties in town. These buildings have more amenities, including pools and community centers. Most of these newer types of developments are also located in the southern portion of town, close to the Victor Valley Mall, which puts shopping and dining within close proximity. Prices for a two bedroom in an apartment development generally range from $700 to $850.
About that Tract Housing Thing...
When looking for a rental in Victorville, you're going to be confronted with a lot of options in the tract housing market. These properties are quite cheap. If you're in the tract home market, be sure to fully explore the neighborhood and talk to other residents before committing. Two bedroom tract homes generally range from $650 to $750.
Victorville is serviced by the Victor Valley Transit Authority which operates a number of bus lines throughout town and into the neighboring area towns, including Apple Valley and Hesperia. Additionally, commuters into Los Angeles have the option of driving to San Bernardino and taking the MetroLink train into town.
Welcome to Victorville! As this region continues to develop, your housing options & community will as well. Happy hunting & enjoy the hot California sun.
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