Moving to California but not Los Angeles? Consider these great alternatives.
Los Angeles County can be a costly place to live in, with three of the United States’ ten most expensive zip codes. Fortunately, the area is home to some of the most livable areas in the country, and some of them are much more affordable than others.
If you’re living in California or planning to move, and want somewhere a little outside the box, away from the bright lights of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, you’re in luck. The greater Southern California area is home to stunning national parks, wild coastline, vineyards, and close-knit communities of the free spirit types that the area is synonymous with.
If you’re looking for a great place to live in, read on. We’ve got some great suggestions for you and other SoCal Home Buyers.
Made famous by the U2 album of the same name, and its namesake tree, of course, Joshua Tree is a small but stunningly beautiful city located in San Bernardino County in California’s High Desert. House prices are well below the average for the area. This is incredible when you consider there’s a national park in the backyard!
As well as being an area of unbelievable natural beauty, Joshua Tree is also home to a busy community of artists, with a plethora of museums and galleries.
Santa Monica, well-known for its beaches and bustling downtown area, is significantly more expensive than some other places on this list. But then, having been voted as one of the most livable places in the United States on more than one occasion, it’s not hard to see why. It’s warm all year round!
One of the Bay Area’s most popular places to live in, Fremont is a wealthy, quiet town, and competition for houses is fierce. It’s sunny, it’s stable, and it has a low crime rate. No wonder, it was recently named ‘the happiest place in America!’
Kernville has a rich Wild West history and is proud of it, hosting several events commemorating that history throughout the year. A tiny town of fewer than 2,000 people, it’s also local to the Kern River and its famous white water rapids from which it gets its name.
Lancaster is a small but growing city located just north of Los Angeles. Lancaster is committed to sustainability and the ‘green’ lifestyle, so if that’s important to you, this can be your city! Lancaster is also close to some of California’s most beautiful scenery and has great restaurants and a close-knit community spirit.
Near the Orange County, Irvine is a city with excellent prospects and a friendly atmosphere. It also has a solid housing market, tons of great amenities, and like many places in California, perfect year-round weather.
A small city with a population of less than 100,000, Redlands has a fantastic local economy and rich history, with several historical landmarks and cultural attractions. It’s also really affordable, with the average house price about half the price of a home in Los Angeles.