This means a couple of things. First of all, to many visitors and residents, Victorville is not a fully formed city. Residences and shopping centers are constantly being thrown up throughout town, primarily rows and rows of sun-baked tract housing. Many long-time residents consider these factory manufactured-houses idly biding time between foreclosures on arid, barren soil an eyesore and a major problem.
There's something about this development that doesn't quite jive with Victorville. It's not that Victorville is a Wild West renegade city per se. Instead, the reputation of the Victor Valley is much more maligned. This region of Southern California is associated with that certain economic and societal neglect that propagates crime, gangs and drug addiction.
This is not all that Victorville is, however. Massive development and lots of new housing means that the town has some of the lowest rents in all of Southern California. Victorville--for better or worse--is also a dirt biker's paradise and is in close proximity to several major attractions for nature lovers, 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
Because Victorville is in a pretty constant flux, the best and safest neighborhoods are generally more dependent on the type of housing available in that area. Though each area has its own characteristics--for instance, the area surrounding Victor Valley College skews a bit younger and the area directly adjacent to I-15 in the northern part of town is slightly run-down, Victorville rentals are fairly uniform in safety and 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 a better safety record and 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. Just like other housing options in town, these communities can be really hit or miss, though maybe more miss than apartment complexes. Because these neighborhoods are cut off from surrounding communities by endless cul-de-sacs, the general tenor and safety of the neighborhood is more dependent on your neighbors. Many of these neighborhoods, particularly the ones with tract homes that are up for rent or rent-to-own are composed of boarded up properties that can make the neighborhood dangerous and desolate. These properties are, however, 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.
Even though Victorville is less densely populated than the greater Los Angeles area, traffic congestion during rush hour isn't much better. Because Victorville has little in the way of employment opportunities, commuting is characteristically a B-I-bad-word. Expect long, Southern California delays going in pretty much any direction from 4:00 in the morning onwards. The I-15 corridor and Bear Valley Road are particularly bad, as commuters to both Los Angeles and San Bernardino use these routes. As the primary route from Los Angeles to Las Vegas is the same route Victorville commuters use, traffic is particularly insufferable Friday evenings.
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, though this doesn't necessarily cut down on the commute time.
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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