Considering where to live, take into account that most of the neighborhoods are newer developments close to shopping destinations. Expect the ranch-style tract homes typical of Southern California's newer developments, only at a much lower price tag. Generally you can find a one-bedroom apartment in a pretty fancy planned community for as low as $800, and a three-bedroom home can go for as cheap as $1400.
The neighborhood of Sunnymead has a more urban feeling, with multiple business strips.
The east side of town has more of a rural, remote feeling. North and south of Ironwood Avenue, you'll find single-family homes with a lot of acreage. These areas contain some of Moreno Valley's older residential styles from ye olde days of the 1970s before the city integrated, when it was just a twinkle in the Inland Empire's eye.
Many apartments will be found in the neighborhood of Towngate, one of the most popular neighborhoods due to its proximity to shopping including the Moreno Valley Mall, which has a large selection of popular department stores, restaurants, and a movie theater. A one-bedroom in Towngate will run you about $1000 per month plus utilities, a two-bedroom will run you $1200, and a three-bedroom around $1500. Most of these apartments are no more than ten years old, which means modern amenities for you! Mission Grove is another popular neighborhood with lots of pleasant and well-landscaped apartment communities to choose from, and is close to Mission Grove Town Center (the one anchored by K-Mart).
So if you're looking for a nice, inexpensive place to hang your hat in pricey Southern California, or if you're commuting and searching for the shortest possible time spent in LA gridlock, or you just can't get enough of those Olive Garden breadsticks -- look no further than Moreno Valley, where super smart cookies who want all that SoCal has to offer (but don't want to shell out for the sky-high west coast rent) set up camp.