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Advice needed on move to move to So Cal

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Advice needed on move to move to So Cal

It looks like I am going to be getting a job with a company in Redlands. I know there are probably hundreds of better places to live in California but I don't want to deal with nightmare commutes. I'm a little worried about the Redlands/San Bernardino area. If I rent a place in Redlands, will I be in a safe environment? Any suggestions on neighboring communities? Rancho, Riverside, Pomona? If I'm looking to pay $850-900 rent do I have to lower my standards to really low levels? Please help.

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1. Re: Advice needed on move to move to So Cal

Redlands and Riverside - besides being one of the hotter areas in terms of termperature - of Southern California is fine to live in.

Its still close enough to drive to Anaheim area - 50 miles away; and its 46 miles to Palm Springs. Its 50 miles to Temecula (Pechanga Indian Casino,some lakes and wineries).

Also Big Bear Lake is only 37 miles away so you can escape the heat if you want to and is a great get away area also for skiing. Riverside Mission Inn is nice and is very pretty with all its Christmas lights around the holiday period.

As to the apartment itself, I'd do some browsing on apartments in Redlands/San Bernardino area on-line (since its unclear where you currently live its hard to know your current standards.) I would avoid Pomona just because the freeway commute is difficult and stay closer to where you work. The rent will also be less expensive in this area and you save on the gas/long freeway bumper to bumper commute time.

There are lots of newer shopping centers around Redlands and Riverside area. For flying also, Ontario Airport is not very far away. 29 miles. Since you're coming for a job, most of your aquaintances most likely will be work ones at first, so staying closer to Redlands and then finding out what areas you like better the first year after knowing the area better will be very helpful. You'll also know the traffic patterns better.

Good luck on your move and new job!

The Redlands site has information for Relocations...

http://www.redlandschamber.org/

Riverside Information:

http://www.riversidecb.com/interface.asp

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Not trying to scare you off or anything but I hope you like heat, earthquakes and meth labs. Pomona is a dump please don't even look there. Riverside isn't much better. Redlands isn't too bad if you want to live real close. $850 in that area should be doable at least for a small one bedroom or studio. Maybe if you can swing $950 you would be better off. I would suck it up and drive the hour and live in Fullerton or Orange (both in Orange County) but you already said you don't want a long commute. Hope it's a great job. Where do you live now?

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I lived in that area on and off throughout my life. I lived in Riverside just a year ago. If you're single or just you and girlfriend/wife, I'd suggest the Canyon Crest area of Riverside (just south of UCR). It's quiet, safe and decently affordable...and there's a large nature preserve nearby for walking/biking. Only downfall, a lot of college students from UCR live there.

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Check out the area, and you will find Redlands is a nice area. Friends have lived there forever, and I've never heard them speak negatively. San Bernardino may be a little shady in some areas. Until you decide where you want to settle, and if you want to commute, I'd go with renting in Redlands.

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Parts of San Bernardino can be scary....

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6. Re: Advice needed on move to move to So Cal

I agree - parts of San Berdo are scary. But what large city doesn't have "scary parts"? A good determination of the type of neighborhood it is is if there's bars on the windows. ;-)

Also, Highland isn't too bad and there plenty of apartments and rentals in that area. Redlands has been considered a good town to live in but of course, it has its "odd apple" too. Lots of apartments near the university...but there's lots of college students living there, so either rents are high or it's way too noisy. Colton isn't considered a great place to live...some "gangster wanna-be" issues there. But you get a little of that everywhere...