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6 Reasons to Move to the Victor Valley

Enjoy Southern California living at a fraction of the cost of nearby Los Angeles.

By Erica Buehler on January 26, 2023

Mojave Narrows Regional Park in San Bernardino County, California
Eric Reed

In the heart of Southern California’s High Desert region sits a collection of communities making up what’s known as Victor Valley. Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hesperia and Victorville are a few of the communities boasting all the best parts of SoCal living at a fraction of the cost of nearby Los Angeles, Anaheim and Irvine.

With an affordable housing market, a plethora of outdoor recreation, proximity to major Southern California cities and ample job opportunities, the Victor Valley has earned a reputation as a wonderful place to live.

Residents can expect a strong sense of community, beautiful and well-kept outdoor spaces, and serene neighborhoods. Each community is experiencing growth and, as such, new housing developments to accommodate the incoming population.

And, compared to the state’s typical home price (nearly $790,000 as of August 2022, according to Zillow), median prices from the high $300s to the mid-$400s give the region a decided advantage.

Thinking about moving to Victorville, CA, or surrounding cities of Victor Valley? Check out these six reasons why Victor Valley might be right for you.

Major Development Underway

Hesperia’s Silverwood community is currently under construction and will include more than 15,000 residential units, and its proximity to the Pacific Coast Trail, Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear makes it prime real estate for outdoor adventurers.

1. Feel Right at Home

The Victor Valley has much to offer – as does each respective community within it – each a little different depending on housing and lifestyle preference. Hesperia’s population of 101,000 gives it a bigger, more bustling feel whereas northwestern Adelanto’s 38,000 residents makes it a quieter and more rural place to call home.

For the City of Victorville (population 136,000), meeting the community’s housing needs is a high priority. A rise in population was met with an addition of more affordable housing, especially single-family homes, apartments and mobile homes.

Moreover, Victorville offers a range of programs that help with finding (and maintaining) affordable housing, including the city’s Mortgage Assistance Program, which provides down payment and closing cost assistance for qualifying buyers, as well as the Residential Rehabilitation Program, which is designed to add curb appeal to homes.

Additionally, income-qualified seniors or those with disabilities can potentially benefit from the city’s Senior Home Repair Program, which offers financial assistance to home improvement projects that directly affect health and safety.

2. Find Plenty of Job Opportunities

Dr Pepper Bottling in the Victor Valley of California
Dr Pepper

Aside from the diverse companies and affordable housing opportunities, the Victor Valley is also an attractive place to live given its job opportunities across multiple industries and household-name companies.

Globally known companies, including Keurig Dr Pepper, Nutro Products, Boeing and General Electric, have operations in the Victor Valley and give the region quite a bit of job potential.

Key industries include manufacturing, aerospace, logistics and health care. Victorville is home to the Southern California Logistics Airport, one of the largest employment centers in the High Desert.

Mobility is another strength, with each community investing in infrastructure projects to improve commuting. Alternately, pedestrians enjoy pathways and trails such as the 3.9-mile Mojave Riverwalk.

3. Explore the Outdoors

Mojave Narrows Regional Park in San Bernardino County, California
Eric Reed

The region offers an abundance of lakes and lakeside parks, including Mojave Narrows Regional Park in Victorville, and boundless recreation opportunities including hiking, biking and horseback riding along the Pacific Crest Trail, equestrian trails in the Lucerne Valley, skiing in Big Bear, Wrightwood and Snow Valley or ziplining and rappelling at Big Pines in Wrightwood.

4. Enjoy Tons of Fun Activities

You can find plenty of dining and shopping, from outlets and shopping centers to independent shops and the state’s first Cracker Barrel. Residents can also enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities, including aquatics, parks and rec centers, and special events. A popular event is Victorville’s Concerts in the Park, staged in June and July at Hook Park.

5. Get Ready for High-Speed Rail

Brightline West plans a high-speed electric train that will connect the Victor Valley to Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The project is expected to break ground in 2023 and begin moving passengers in 2026. When it’s complete, riders will be able to reach the LA region in 35 minutes and Las Vegas in 90 minutes.

6. Meet Your Company’s Need for Logistics

The region has attracted major distribution operations, thanks in part to assets such as Southern California Logistics Airport, on the site of the former George Air Force Base, and its great location in the western U.S. (The region is 90 miles from downtown Los Angeles and about 180 miles from Las Vegas.)

– Staff writer Kevin Litwin contributed to this article.

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