Living in Victorville, CA

By Danny Bonvissuto on April 27, 2011 at 11:17 pm EST
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For Caroll Yule, broker/owner of Shear Realty, Victor Valley is not a hard sell. “We have the most affordable housing in all of California,” says the former chairman of the board for Victor Valley’s Chamber of Commerce. “And we always have the lowest median home price in the state, no matter what the market is. You can live on a golf course; you can live on the lake. We have lots of land and lots of room.”

But Yule, who has lived in Victor Valley “off and on since 1985,” says dollars, cents and square footage aren’t the only numbers that matter in the Southern California city. “The No. 1 addictive thing about this place is the sunshine,” she says. “I’d guess we have a minimum of 350 days of it. You get up in the morning and the sun is shining, and at night you can sit and watch the sun go down. We do have a change of seasons here; we have snow maybe twice a year and it lasts for a couple of hours.”

Resident Anne-Marie Weldon agrees.

“The weather here is absolutely gorgeous,” she says. “And there’s no humidity.” The comfortable climate allows her to stay out, about and active with her young son. “We’re just now exploring the pools, we have a great community center and the parks are tremendously kept,” says the 33-year-old, whose husband’s job relocated them from Kansas City, Missouri, over three years ago. “There’s so much to do here, I couldn’t get it all done in 10 years.”

But she’s certainly trying. Victor Valley is home to diversions including shopping, dining, golfing, horseback riding and more, with a dash of local flavor including the annual Huck Finn Jubilee, a bluegrass festival at Mojave Narrows. “I love the fact that we can have the beauty of California without the fast pace,” Weldon says. “It’s not too big and it’s not too small.”

Victor Valley is also a day-tripper’s dream, thanks to its “incredible cen­tralized location to all the wonderful things California and Nevada have to offer,” Yule says. Sit at a slot machine or on the front row at a Las Vegas show in three hours. Cruise the California coast­line or head to Hollywood in less than two hours. Mickey, Minnie and the gang at Disneyland are ready to play just an hour away, or make the most of the mountains, where Yule says many Victor Valley residents have summer cabins.

Weldon and her family often head out to Big Bear, a nearby resort community in the mountains, on the weekends. “It’s a beautiful drive, only 45 minutes away, and it’s a little greener than the desert where we are,” she says. “It has nice shops, cute little restaurants, fishing in the warm weather and snow skiing in the winter months.”

But whether you’re in the mountains or enjoying their majesty from your back porch, Victor Valley is a community of connections. “One of the things I love most is that you can make a difference in our community,” Yule says. “Our citizens get involved. In larger com­munities, corporate leaders sit on boards, but here you can be a part of anything.” Similarly, when Weldon moved to Victor Valley, she found mom’s groups, work groups – and the friends followed. “There are so many ways to meet people when you move from out of state,” she says. “There’s no reason you can’t find your niche here.” Yule tells her clients as much. “Just like any other place, our little desert is what you make of it,” she says.

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