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Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Although Agoura Hills is about 35 miles from Downtown Los Angeles it is a popular location for commuters to reside because it is located outside of the city and is in a quieter. However, since Agoura Hills is 35 miles away, the commute during rush hour traffic will take a little over an hour to reach the greater Los Angeles Area. Many residents also work in Thousand Oaks which is just one town over and only a 10 minute commute and does not require the use of the Ventura Freeway to access. Residents can also access Thousand Oaks by the Commuter Express 422 Bus which takes about 20 minutes and stops a number of times along the way, making it easy to access all parts of Thousand Oaks.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Agoura Hills is the safest city in the Thousand Oaks area with a crime index score of 9.4 out of 10. The average crime index score for five nearby cities is 8.0, which is still very high, but not nearly as impressive as a crime index score of 9.4. The violent crime rate is 79% less than the state average and 74% less than the national average, whereas the property crime rate is 63% less than the state average and 63% less than the national average. Both of these statistics show how safe Agoura Hills is and that this city is definitely the place to live if you are looking to rent in the Thousand Oaks area.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Agoura Hills is the safest city in the Thousand Oaks area with a crime index score of 9.4 out of 10. The average crime index score for five nearby cities is 8.0, which is still very high, but not nearly as impressive as a crime index score of 9.4. The violent crime rate is 79% less than the state average and 74% less than the national average, whereas the property crime rate is 63% less than the state average and 63% less than the national average. Both of these statistics show how safe Agoura Hills is and that this city is definitely the place to live if you are looking to rent in the Thousand Oaks area.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Since Tulare is located in a more centralized region of California the rent here is very cheap compared to the rest of California. A one bedroom apartment will only run you about $550, while a two bedroom is about $650. Compared to the average rent of $750 for seven surrounding cities, $650 is very reasonable. A three bedroom apartment is around $950 and a little more for apartments that are larger. Since the apartments in Tulare are cheap, it is very easy to live here on a budget and is a great place for people that are planning to move to the greater Visalia area.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Although almost 50% of working residents in Tulare live and work in the city the other half commute to the Fresno or Bakersfield area. Fresno is about 45 miles north and can be easily accessed by the Golden State Highway which is about an hour commute. Bakersfield is about 60 miles south and also takes about an hour to reach along the Golden State Highway. Traffic within Tulare can be hectic at times because it is bisected by the Golden State Highway which maintains a heavy flow of traffic from people heading towards Los Angeles from central California.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The Visalia Department of Parks and Recreation has tried to provide its residents with activities for all age groups, especially during the summer months. The city has activities for very young children, children between the ages of seven and twelve, and adults. The youth sports and enrichment includes flag football, volleyball, basketball, and a variety of dance classes. There are also volleyball, soccer, basketball, and a variety of other sports leagues for adults. Classes for adults are available for fitness, languages, and other educational opportunities.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Visalia is served by the Visalia Transit which serves Visalia, Goshen, Farmersville, and Exeter. The Visalia Transit also has a Dial-A-Ride service for the elderly and disabled and serves Visalia, Goshen, and Farmersville. The Visalia towne Trolley serves the Downtown area and allows residents and tourists to access the entire downtown region for only $0.25 per ride. Lastly, The Tulare County Area Transit serves residents of Visalia and a number of smaller towns around Visalia. The service has fixed routes that access the surrounding cities and “demand responsive” services which allow residents to request a pick-up in any of the nearby communities.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Fallbrook's apartment cost averages (for example, let's use the two bedroom average of $1089) are much more reasonable than the surrounding areas. For comparison (using two bedroom averages still): San Marcos - $1418, Oceanside - $1610, Temecula - $1364, Vista - $1315, Bonsall - $1300. As you can see, Fallbrook is much less expensive, even if it may not have as much variety. So if you’re looking to live in San Diego but don’t have the necessary budget to rent in the aforementioned areas, give Fallbrook a shot.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Fallbrook is undoubtedly one of the safest communities in the Oceanside/San Diego metropolitan area. It’s a bit far from both cities, especially San Diego -- it’s almost a halfway point between Orange County and San Diego. Because Fallbrook is more removed from these urban areas, it’s far safer, at least in my opinion. And its crime rate backs this up; with just 15 total crimes per 1,000 residents, it’s considered very safe for its size. If I’ve convinced you that you should live in Fallbrook, then you’ll want to know which neighborhoods are safer than others. As with most communities, the city center has the highest crime rate. I would recommend looking for a rental in the Pala Mesa/Winterwarm neighborhoods instead.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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San Marcos is home to a California State University campus with an enrollment of over 10,000 students. Do you know what that means? Wherever there’s students, there’s apartments! The only thing is, not all rentals are strictly “student housing.” Anyone can live in these properties; I’ve had a lot of clients who hit the housing market at the same time as students and came out with a great rental at a low price. Right now there are dozens of San Marcos listings on this site, and I would recommend checking them out sooner rather than later. In a market with such a large student population, listings come and go every day.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The North County Transit District (NCTD) has done a lot in improving the area’s public transit options in recent years. In 2008, they opened a new light rail service with the lines “Breeze,” “Sprinter,” and “Coaster.” The Sprinter line has a station in San Marcos, providing easy access to Escondido and Oceanside, with thirteen stops at communities in between. The NCTD also provides a bus service to the San Marcos area. They have lines that run to nearby areas like Escondido and Vista, or residents can simply use the buses to get around San Marcos.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Encinitas is so close to both Oceanside and San Diego that you could reasonably debate whether it’s in one city’s statistical metropolitan area or the area. I think officially it’s part of Oceanside because it’s a smidge closer -- 15 miles -- than San Diego, which is 25 miles away. Regardless, if you’re wondering which city you should look for a job in, or if you have already have a career in either place, it’s important to know that both places are reasonable everyday commutes. I would feel just as comfortable driving to San Diego daily as I would to Oceanside. But, in the end, what’s really important is that if you live here you’ll be just a few mile walk or drive from the beach. And let’s be honest, you can’t beat that.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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The interesting aspect of Encinitas’ school system is that the city has more private schools, eleven, than public schools, ten. However, this isn’t an indictment against the public system; it’s quite the opposite actually. All of the public schools in Encinitas are California Distinguished Schools, which is the formal rating system that the state hands out to districts. Distinguished is the highest possible grade. Additionally, four of their schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools, which is the highest honor a school can receive nationally. These high praises can mainly be attributed to the district’s test scores, which are overall some of the highest in the state, and perhaps even the entire country.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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With a location so close to the ocean, Vista residents can enjoy the beaches in Carlsbad, Oceanside, or Encinitas without having to travel far from home. And that’s without even mentioning that San Diego and its white beaches are just 45 minutes away. If you drive another ten or fifteen minutes you can get to Chula Vista or the Mexican border. Locally, the city of Vista maintains 13 parks in addition to other facilities, such as The Wave, a waterpark near downtown, a playhouse, and various community/recreational centers.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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Meadows Apartments, Bella Terra, Windrift Apartments, Hidden Hills, Waterleaf, Island Club Apartments... there are all buildings on this site that allow cats, small dogs, and even large dogs. I could keep naming them too, but this handful should be enough to get you started. Before I started this job I knew that people put high priorities on the location of their rental, the number of beds and baths it has, and of course, the price. But when I started I was shocked by how many people had pet-friendly as their number one priority. I’ve seen people turn down incredibly valued properties because they didn’t accept pets. If this sounds like you, then you’ll be glad to know that Vista has dozens of pet friendly rentals available.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Farr is the neighborhood with the lowest crime rate in Carlsbad; it’s located on the west side of the city along the coast. However, it borders the communities with the highest crime rate, which are the city center and the Jefferson St/Carlsbad Village Dr in the northwestern part of town. Other areas with low crime are the Palomar Airport Rd/Colleve Blvd community in the middle of Carlsbad, and the Rancho Santa Fe Rd/La Costa Ave neighborhoods in the southeastern part of the city. There are only 1.86 violent crimes and 17.61 property crimes per 100,000 people here, making it a safer-than-average city overall.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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The most successful company that has headquarters here is the GEO Group with revenue of over $1.2 billion. Other notable companies are Jenny Craig Inc., Cobra Golf, TaylorMade-Adidas Golf Company, and Upper Deck. However, the top two employers here are Life Technologies and ViaSat. As for Carlsbad’s economy, it hasn’t felt the full force of the Recession like other American cities have. Consider this: at the height of the Recession, the highest Carlsbad’s unemployment rate got to was 7.3 percent. This certainly isn’t low, but considering that a lot of cities’ rates spiked into the teens, Carlsbad wasn’t hit too hard. And two years later, the U.S.’s rate hasn’t lowered to that level. The last time I checked (May 2012), it was around 8 percent. Carlsbad’s, comparatively, is just 5.8 percent.

 
Section 8 & Affordable

Section 8 & Affordable

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The City of Oceanside Neighborhood Services Department helps Section 8 voucher-holders or applicants with any of their questions or needs. I know there are a handful of Section 8 listings on this site, but if you need help with the process you should talk to them. Their website has information about applying including the forms, frequently asked questions, and information about being a tenant or property manager. I would recommend reading up on the program online, and if you still have further questions you can visit the neighborhood services offices in person.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Oceanside’s location on the coast can cause some to compare it to Miami, and though the nightlife here isn’t as well-known as Miami’s South Beach, it certainly has its own unique style. The Pier Plaza Amphitheater is my favorite attraction in town, and when concerts are held there it feels like the entire city shows up. The venue is right on the ocean, and has hosted acts like the Black Keys and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The Rancho Del Oro Park also holds a summertime concert series that’s really popular, and Larry’s Beach Club often has live music. There are a plethora of great bars, pubs, lounges, and clubs for the younger crowd. Or, for a quieter night, you can see a movie at the two theaters in town.

 
Weather

Weather

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The northern Rialto area is one of the few parts of Southern California that receives regular snowfall. The reason for this is that it’s 3,000 feet above sea level, making it susceptible to flurries. However, this is only a small part of Rialto -- the rest of the city’s winters consist of cool temperatures and rain. Antithetically, the summers are stiflingly hot and arid. Santa Ana’s dry and warm winds pass through Rialto in the fall, which raises the risk of wildfires. If you live in Rialto you will have winters that are colder than most other areas of SoCal, dry summers, and if you live in the northernmost community... snow!

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Rialto is only a few miles away from San Bernandino’s Metrolink/Amtrak station. The metrolink travels to Los Angeles, as well as to some of its suburbs. If you work in LA, or anywhere in between, the three mile commute to San Bernandino’s station is a great option to have. In fact, thirteen percent of Rialto residents commute between LA and San Bernandino every day. On average, the commute takes about 80 minutes. As for Rialto itself, Omnitrans runs bus routes throughout the city. Bus #14 is probably the most popular one, as it takes residents to the San Bernandino station.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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The 2010 Census showed that since 2000, there has been a growth of people who claim a Latino or Hispanic heritage. In 2000, 40% of Covina was Latino or Hispanic. In 2010, it jumped to 52%. Six percent is non-Hispanic White, four percent is African-American, and eleven percent is Asian. These statistics show just how diverse Covina is. The city also is very family-oriented, as 75% of households are families, and the average family size is around four. Of these families, 40% of them had children under the age of 18 living there.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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The 2010 Census showed that since 2000, there has been a growth of people who claim a Latino or Hispanic heritage. In 2000, 40% of Covina was Latino or Hispanic. In 2010, it jumped to 52%. Six percent is non-Hispanic White, four percent is African-American, and eleven percent is Asian. These statistics show just how diverse Covina is. The city also is very family-oriented, as 75% of households are families, and the average family size is around four. Of these families, 40% of them had children under the age of 18 living there.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The San Bernardino line of the MetroLink has a stop in Covina. The great thing about this is that there are only three stops in between here and the Los Angeles Union Station, so it takes about the same amount of time to drive as it does on the rail, except on the train you don’t have to worry about traffic or gas prices. If you need to get to a city in the opposite direction of LA, like Rancho Cucamonga or San Bernardino, the train can take you there as well. Foothill transit can take you around Covina with their bus routes, or to nearby areas like West Covina. This is perfect if you need to get to the store, or to a friend’s house.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Every one of the Glendora’s schools is a California Distinguished School, which is the highest possible rating a school can earn. Residents claim that the city has some of the best schools in the nation, and honestly I wouldn’t disagree with them. Just last year, in 2011, two of their schools ranked in the top ten percent in the U.S. on the Academic Performance Index (API). Most of the others (or maybe all of them, I’ll have to check) scored above the national average. However, if you would rather have your kids attend a private school, there are a few of those as well and I heard they’re just as excellent.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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I had a friend who, after college, bought a home in Glendora. Unfortunately, she didn’t have the income she thought she would, and fell behind on her mortgage payments. She needed help, and I suggested selling the house and renting instead. She had never rented, not even in college, and was initially against the idea. Then I pointed out the similarities between paying a mortgage and paying rent, the only difference being that I could find her a rental that was half of her obscenely expensive mortgage. She agreed, and I showed her around Glendora’s rental market. There’s not as much selection as other larger nearby cities, but there’s definitely enough variety to find a place that suits your needs. Anyway, I found her a rental and now she absolutely loves it. She gets to opt out of her lease after every year if she wants to, and her rent is much lower than her mortgage. If you were to ask me, I would say it’s much better to rent in Glendora than to own.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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This site has a great tool where you can see the rental data for any area you search for. If you look up San Dimas’ data, you’ll see that it’s one of the least expensive locations in the area. If you aren’t from California you’ll probably think it’s ludicrous to spend $1297 a month on a two bedroom apartment, but that’s considered a good deal. Claremont’s two bedrooms are $1481 on average, Walnut’s are $1354, and don’t even get me started on larger cities like Rancho Cucamonga or (especially) Los Angeles and its surrounding suburbs. To see for yourself, check out the listings in San Dimas and compare them to a neighboring community’s.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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San Dimas is perhaps most known for its water park, Raging Waters, which is the largest park in California. Personally, I think it’s the best water park on the west coast. The city’s historic downtown area is also one of the more popular spots, as there are tons of boutique shops, restaurants, and art. There are around 15 parks and trails in the area, and a good portion of the popular Angeles National Park is located in San Dimas. You’re going to want to be outside often in sunny SoCal, and if recreation is a top criteria, San Dimas is one of the best places you can live in the area.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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In the most recent crime report, La Verne’s numbers showed that for every 100,000 residents, there are a little less than two violent crimes and 20 property crimes. Overall, the violent crime rate is less than half of California’s average, and is also considerably low on a national scale. La Verne is a small, well-to-do community that is perfect for families or young professionals looking for their first home. La Verne’s safety is a large factor in making it a desirable location. Even if the prices are a bit steep, you really get what you pay for here.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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One of the drawbacks of living in La Verne is the supposedly long commute time. The average time for the normal resident is a little over a half hour. I don’t think it really takes this long for most people, though, it’s just that the commuters to Los Angeles skew the stats. The commute to Los Angeles takes about 35 minutes without traffic, but in rush hour it can easily take an hour or more. Most people I know only commute 30 minutes or less to their jobs; it really depends on whether you want to work locally or if you are set on a career in LA.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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The name “Pomona” is automatically associated by some to the well-known liberal arts school Pomona College. However, the school isn’t actually located in Pomona. It was founded here, then moved to nearby Claremont two years later. The city’s most well-known college is California State University Polytechnic University--Pomona with 21,000 students. The Western University of Health Services is also located here. The aforementioned Pomona College and Mt. San Antonio College are two schools that are just outside Pomona’s boundaries.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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A lot of students in the area look for pet friendly housing because on-campus residence halls won’t allow animals. A lot of these students end up looking at the Metropolitan at University Village because they allow pets of all sizes. If you’re a student, I would highly recommend the rentals they offer. Of course, this isn’t the only place in town that allows pets. El Sereno, Foothill Village, Serenity Villas, and Eaves Phillips Ranch do too. Those buildings all have great reputations, but if you can’t find a suitable rental there you can search this site for the full listings of pet friendly properties.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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If you rent here, you’re obviously going to want an easy way to get around the Riverside and San Bernardino metropolitan areas, as well as the neighboring Orange County and San Fernando Valley. The Metrolink rail, with a station here just off Haven Avenue, does just that. It’s a pretty busy service, as everyone from businessmen to teenagers take it during the week and weekend. Omnitrans also has some bus lines in the area, and you can ride those to get around too.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Ontario doesn’t have the same caliber of nightlife as you can find in cities like Los Angeles or even Riverside, but it still has a hip scene that keeps residents from heading to the bigger nearby cities. There’s a nightclub with one of those generic club names; I’m pretty sure it’s called Empire. Personally, I prefer nights that begin at one of Ontario’s wonderful restaurants and end at a showing at one of the city’s movie theaters. There aren’t any music venues necessarily, but restaurants like the Jazz Cafe and Misty’s Restaurant and Lounge have live music. Also, the Improv Comedy Club is hilarious, I’ve had some great nights there.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Yucaipa is always at the top of my list of recommendations of SoCal areas that are great for families because of the city’s low crime rates. There’s really only one neighborhood in Yucaipa that I would be hesitant to rent in, and that’s the city center. But this is the case in nearly every city, and compared to others, Yucaipa’s center isn’t really that bad. Overall, the area annually has two violent crimes and 15 property crimes per 100,000 people, which is just as low as it sounds.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Monthly rental costs in Yucaipa are, on average, cheaper than in surrounding areas. You could easily find a one or two bedroom apartment for less than $800 or $900. A three bedroom will probably run you past a thousand, but that’s nothing unusual. Yucaipa is a great place to go budget shopping, where you set a price limit and look for anything under it. If you need help with this let me know and I’ll show you the tricks of the trade! I’ve been able to find some great homes for my clients in the past here.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Patterson has quick access to two major roads, Interstate 5 on the western border of town, and Route 33 on the eastern side. Stockton and Modesto are the only two major cities close to Patterson; Stockton is 40 miles away, and Modesto is 20 miles away. So, if you have a job in either city, your commute will be fairly long. If you want to drive to any of the Bay’s largest cities like San Francisco, Oakland, or San Jose, it’ll take at least an hour and a half, probably longer.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Patterson is probably best known for being the “Apricot Capital of the World,” and has an Apricot Festival every year in celebration of the fruit. It usually draws thousands of people from around the state, and has games, a festival atmosphere, and (of course) food. Patterson also has played host to Fiestas Patrias events, which honors the independence of Latin American countries. This celebration is very popular amongst the locals; 58.6% of whom claim either Hispanic or Latino descent. Patterson also holds celebrations for annual holidays as well.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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The 2010 Census revealed a truth that all the real estate agents and brokers in my business already knew: Turlock is as renter friendly as they come. The Census showed that 44.6% of the housing units in Turlock are occupied by renters, and 55.4% house owners. This is surprising because in small cities like Turlock, owners usually dominate the market. However, in 2010, only 2.6% of “for sale” properties were vacant, compared to 9% of “for rent” properties, meaning that the renter market was three times larger than the owner’s market. Now, two years later, I’ve only seen the rental market continue to grow; just take a look at the listings and you will definitely find something you like.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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Turlock’s pet friendly rental market has increased in the recent years; there are around 25 listings on this site right now. And this is when the market is usually depleted because college kids are coming back for their fall semester at Cal State-Stanislaus and occupying all of the rentals. So, when they leave and the market stocks back up, just imagine how many pet friendly listings there will be. The community is certainly well-suited for pets; there’s a beautiful dog park, local pet businesses like groomers and stores, and everyone is very friendly towards pets in public. If you’re an animal lover who owns a pet or plans on owning one in the future, I would recommend living in Turlock.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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If you search for private schools in Ceres, you’ll find about a million preschools and only one K-12 school. On the bright side, that one private school is excellent. It’s called the Central Valley Christian Academy, or CVCA, and offers classes for students in every grade. If you’re looking at private schools in the area for your child, this isn’t just the only option, thankfully it’s also a great option. For public schools, the Ceres Unified School District operates a total of 15 schools (including elementary, middle, and high schools), and I’ve heard good things about it from local parents.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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I just had a client who settled down in Ceres, but she didn’t know anyone in town. I suggested that she should check out some of the parks in the area, and referred her to the City of Ceres’ website, which has a complete map of all the recreational facilities in the area. She went jogging at the River Bluff Regional Park in the northwestern corner of town and met a woman her age who was also running there. I wanted to tell you this so I could point out how valuable a great recreational system is to a city, and how many uses it has. If you have kids, you can take them to a local playground, or you can have a picnic date, or you can go fishing by the river, or, as I mentioned, meet someone new. There are so many reasons why it’s important, and Ceres has all of those reasons covered.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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I’m not sure how much I should tell you about the restaurants here because I don’t want the locals to get mad at me for giving away the names of their favorite spots! I’ll just say that downtown Modesto has some of the best restaurants you can find the Bay area (outside of San Francisco, of course, let’s not get too hasty). Just walk down L Street, J Street, 11th Street, 10th Street, or any other street in that neighborhood and let your nose guide you. And, just a fair warning: If you decide to live in Modesto, the amount you spend on local restaurants per month could be higher than your rent!

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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After browsing through the Modesto listings on this site, I’m convinced that it’s one of the most variegated rental markets in California. I counted almost 250 listings on this site alone and saw how many different types of rentals are offered. You can find a rental here for around $600 a month, or you can find one for $2,000. If you want to live in an apartment complex, you can, but you can also rent in a stand alone house. And not only are there a lot of housing options, but Modesto is definitely renter friendly. For example, Forbes Magazine recently ranked Modesto eighth in the nation for housing affordability and travel time, and in the top 50 overall in its “Best Bang-for-the-Buck Cities” list. In these categories, the city has shown drastic improvements from how it used to be, and it makes a case for why you should rent here.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Highland was affected more by the Recession than most Californian cities. Local companies went under, residents were getting laid off, and before we could digest what was happening the unemployment rate spiked to 18.2% at the beginning of 2010. Now, two years later, the city is doing better, but still hasn’t recovered its pre-Recession levels. The unemployment rate was at 15% the last time I checked (May 2012), which is still nearly double the national average. A lot of the struggles in the area were the result of San Bernardino’s hardships; just this month the city filed for bankruptcy. Hopefully the area can rebound now that the hardest part is out of the way, but I would recommend doing a job search here before you decide to rent.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Residents love that Highland shares a border with the San Bernardino National Forest. On the weekend, businessmen and women can trade in their suits for a crisp t-shirt and embark to nearby locales like Lake Arrowhead, Silverwood Lake, the Valley of Enchantment, or Big Bear Lake. All of these hot spots are within 30 miles of Highland. Unfortunately, living here will involve both work and play. If you have a job in San Bernardino or Riverside, they are five miles and 20 miles away, respectively. Los Angeles is a 66 mile commute, and with traffic it can take over 90 minutes. So, while this isn’t a great commuter city for LA workers, it’s perfect for closer cities like Riverside, and for weekend adventures in nature.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Rancho Cucamonga is served by Metrolink, which is the ninth most popular transit agency in the country in terms of ridership. They have a station in Rancho Cucamonga, and only eight stops separates the city from Los Angeles. If you’re going the other way, there’s only three stops until you get to Riverside. The Metro is one of the most popular means of transportation in the area for residents who are commuting to work every day. There’s also a bus service provided by Omnitrans that can take residents around the city or to nearby places. However, the hig

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Rancho Cucamonga has some of the most expensive rental listings in the surrounding area. With an average price tag of $1490 for a two bedroom apartment, its prices dwarf neighboring communities like Chino ($1259 for a 2 bedroom), Pomona ($1206), La Verne ($1333), and Montclair ($1167). A one bedroom rental here usually goes for $1150, and a three is $1874 on average. With all this said, if you compare Rancho Cucamonga’s prices to the immediate Los Angeles metropolitan area, with places like South Pasadena, Bell, and Hollywood, Rancho Cucamonga’s costs look like a bargain.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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With year-round sunshine and warmth, finding things to do outside of your home is essential to living in Chino. It’ll also help you get connected with your community. The city of Chino maintains 23 great parks for its residents, and eleven other facilities like community and activity centers, senior centers, and even batting cages. Outside of the city, the Angeles National Forest is just 15 miles away. The coast is a bit further away, but at 40 miles you could easily make a drive out to the Pacific Ocean on the weekend. These are just some of the recreational opportunities, and it should be mentioned that surrounding towns and cities offer numerous amenities as well.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Even though Chino is home to a notorious prison (it’s been mentioned in movies like Heat and The Big Lebowski, and shows like the Simpsons), the crime rate is low here. In 2004, it was reported that the violent crime rate in Chino was on par with the U.S. average, and that the property crime rate was much lower than normal. Now, this is reversed. The property crime is near the U.S. average, and the violent crime is lower than normal. There’s only one part of the city that I would be weary of, and that’s the northwest part of town, near Pipeline Avenue/Francis Avenue and Walnut Avenue/Magnolia Avenue. Other than that, I think Chino is a very safe and friendly place.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Public or private? This is the most important question when you’re looking to enroll your children in school, whether they’re going into kindergarten or college. Luckily, Redlands can provide great schooling in both the public and private domains. For K-12 schools, there are 18 public schools (run by the Redlands Unified School District), and 15 private schools (most of which are connected to a religion). For post-secondary institutions, the local Redlands University is a great private college, and the nearby University of California--Riverside is one of the best public universities in the state. So, research both public and private schools, and regardless which one you favor, Redlands will have a school for you or your child.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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Redlands has a great blend of pet-friendly apartment complexes and pet-friendly stand alone units, so you can narrow down the listings by deciding if you want to live in a building with other renters, or on your own in a house. Complexes like Parkview Terrace, Redlands Lawn and Tennis, Red Oak Villas, and Sierra Vista are a few examples of places that accept pets, although some only allow small dogs, and not large ones. I would love to list some individual housing units that allow pets, but by the time you read this they could already be off the market. Just search this site for pet friendly housing and you’ll see the complete listings.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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San Diego and Los Angeles are probably a bit too far away to commute to every day if you live in Perris, as they’re both about an 80 minute drive away without traffic. If you take traffic into account, the commute could easily take close to two hours each way. However, Riverside (22 minute drive), San Bernardino, and Corona (both are a 30 minute drive) are much closer cities you could commute to every day if you needed to. If you’re wondering how close Perris is to the Pacific Ocean, it’s about 45 miles if you take Route 74.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Perris recently experienced the second-largest population surge in the history of the city. In 2000, the population was 36,189. Then, in 2010, it nearly doubled -- 69,386. Many people attribute this to the recent waves of immigrants that have crossed in the U.S. in the past decade. In the ‘90s, the city became Latino-majority. Now, 71% of Perris residents claim Hispanic or Latino heritage. I forgot to mention... over the past 30 years, the population here has increased by an unbelievable 371%. Perris is undoubtedly one of the fastest growing municipalities in California, and perhaps the country as well.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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There are over a hundred San Bernardino apartment listings on this site right now. Yes, you read that right, a hundred! They range from studio apartments to four bedroom estates, $500 deals to $2,000 mansions, downtown hotspots to suburban outskirts... you get the picture. What I’m trying to say is there’s a lot of variety. San Bernardino has gotten a bad rap in the press after it, along with Stockton CA, was filed for bankruptcy last month (July 2012). However, I just see this as an opportunity for renters and homebuyers to hit the market while it’s cheap, then reap the benefits when the city recovers.

 
Section 8 & Affordable

Section 8 & Affordable

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There are around ten Section 8 listings on this site for San Bernardino. This number will fluctuate daily. Considering the depleted stock of Section 8s in most places, this is a fairly sizable amount. If you can’t find a Section 8 listing that fits your needs, the rental prices in San Bernardino are very reasonable. It’s not unheard of to find a multi-bedroom apartment for less than $1000. But I would primarily focus on Section 8 because there are good options here, and if you need assistance, the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino can be a great help.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Corona is represented by the Corona-Norco Unified School District. There’s one district, and 46 public schools. Sounds like a lot, right? There are 31 elementary schools, seven middle schools, and eight high schools. Most of them have received positive assessments; on Great Schools the public schools in Corona combine for an above-average 7 out of 10 rating. There is also a private school in the area that has solid academics: the St. Edwards Catholic School.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Corona’s name is great unintentional product placement; every time I hear it, I think of the beer and get thirsty. With that said, there are a ton of great bars here; dive bars, sports bars, lounges, pubs... you get the idea. If I had to describe Corona’s restaurants in one word, I would say exotic. The best restaurants in town are Indian, Vietnamese, Thai, Mexican, Chinese, Cuban, and there are even a couple great Iranian eateries. Of course, there are trusted American staples like the In-N-Out Burger and Chick-Fil-A, but if you’re looking for a great culinary experience, branch out a little bit with Corona’s exotic restaurants.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Moreno Valley’s violent and property crime rates are around the average for the state of California and the U.S., meaning that it doesn’t have very high crime, but it’s not low either. If I were you I’d try to stay away from the Belvedere Heights, Edgemont, Sunnymead, and Moreno neighborhoods. These communities are in the southern, southwestern, and western area of the city. The northern part of the city (Ironwoods Avenue/Redlands Boulevard) and eastern part (Ordway/El Casco) are arguably the safest areas. You can use the rental map feature on this site to find a property that is in one of those neighborhoods.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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There are a slew of vacant rentals in Moreno Valley right now, so if you’re thinking of renting here, they’re yours for the taking! I should mention that there’s a good number of properties that are under $1000/month, which is a great deal for the area. Of course, if you want a rental with more bedrooms, bathrooms, or amenities, the cost will probably be over a thousand. I would highly recommend you take a look at the listings on this site; I just counted them and there are over 70 of them in Moreno Valley right now. All this variety means you can be selective, which is something every renter desires.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Fontana’s unemployment rate has been higher in the past few years than most cities in California. It peaked at 15.4 percent in July 2010, and 22 months later it’s dropped to 12.4 percent, which is still pretty high. In fact, it’s about four percent higher than the U.S. average. However, the city’s economy, which specializes in industrial and manufacturing centers, is recovering.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Fontana is just a few miles from the San Bernardino National Forest, which has a couple lakes, mountains, and countless miles and acres of trails and wilderness. In-town, there are eight community centers. Some are focused on a certain group of residents, like, for example, the Senior Center and the Teen Center. Others are dedicated to recreation, such as the Health & Fitness Community Center, the Aquatics Center, and the Mary Vagle Nature Center, which sits at the bottom of Mount Jurupa. Overall, there are 40 recreational facilities in Fontana, including the aforementioned centers, as well as parks and sports fields.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Colton is within driving distance of practically every city in the Eastern Los Angeles metropolitan area. I have friends that drive five minutes on I-215 to go to Bernandino for work every day, and others that drive the opposite direction for 15 minutes to get to Riverside. Some residents drive a half hour on I-10 to go to Rancho Cucamonga, and keep going past it to get to Los Angeles. Although, the commute to Los Angeles from Colton is pretty hellish during rush hour. Normally the drive is an hour or so, but with traffic it can take an additional half hour or 45 minutes. A better, though still time-consuming, option is to take the commuter rail from San Bernandino.

 
Section 8 & Affordable

Section 8 & Affordable

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The number of Section 8 properties available are low nationwide because they’re in such high demand right now. There are a few on the market in Colton at the time of writing this. To see them, search for listings in Colton then go to “show advanced options” at the top of the page and check the box that says “Section 8.” There are also boxes to check for “Good Value” or “Deal or Special,” which can be great alternatives if you can’t find a Section 8 listing. Overall, I’d say you’re more likely to find an apartment for a bargain in Colton than in other areas. Good luck!

 
Demographics

Demographics

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In 2000, the population in Riverside was 255,166 people. In ten years, this figure increased significantly (19%). In 2010, there were 303,781 people here in Riverside. Thanks to the population spike, it’s now the twelfth largest city in California, and the 61st largest in the U.S. It’s fair to say that Riverside residents are more diverse than most. African Americans make up 7 percent of the population, Asians are 7.4 percent, and Hispanics/Latinos make up 49 percent. In the past 40 years, non-Hispanic Whites have shifted from the majority, 82.1% in 1970, to the minority, 34% in 2010.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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The University of California -- Riverside is one of the more well-known institutions in the UC public state school program. The school has an enrollment of 21,000. Another 27,000 students are enrolled in Riverside’s other well-respected schools: California Baptist University, La Sierra University, and Riverside City College. So, overall, there’s a sizable community of college students here. Four school districts overall serve the area for public education through the high school level, the most notable being the Riverside Unified School District.

 

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