Charming neighborhoods and vibrant communities offer an assortment of fun things to do.
Located in the high desert region of San Bernadino County, the Victor Valley features a roster of distinctive communities.
A community of nearly 74,000 residents, Apple Valley offers affordability, a diverse population that is 35% Hispanic and an average household income of more than $83,000. According to Zillow, the median home value is $270,000, well below the average for San Bernardino County.
Apple Valley boasts 15 parks and recreation facilities, two golf courses and extensive trails for walking, biking and horseback riding. The town has also attracted significant commercial development in recent years, including the 969,000-square-foot Jess Ranch Marketplace and the 733,000-square-foot Apple Valley Commons, anchored by California’s first Super Target.
Among its attractions is the Victor Valley Museum & Art Gallery, which features the cultural and natural history of the High Desert. Standout schools are an Apple Valley staple. Apple Valley is home to the Lewis Center for Educational Research Academy for Academic Excellence, a nationally recognized laboratory school that gives students hands-on science and math experiences.
Affordability is a key advantage in Barstow, a community of nearly 24,000 residents. The median home value in Barstow is $150,500, about 2.5 times lower than the average for San Bernardino County.
Barstow offers a number of amenities, including seven ballparks, 12 play areas, an outdoor pool, a bowling alley, two golf courses and tennis courts. The community center includes a gym, a weight room, arts and craft facilities, handball and racquetball courts, and aerobics and sauna rooms.
An active cultural scene includes a series of murals on Main Street depicting Barstow’s history and a number of museums, including the Mojave River Valley Museum, Western America Railroad Museum and the Desert Discovery Center, which highlights plant and animal species in the region. (COVID-19 regulations might impact operating hours).
Affordability and access to abundant mountain vistas and family-friendly recreational activities have made Victorville a popular residential choice. The median home value is $270,000, according to Zillow.
Its location puts it within easy reach of Southern California beaches and mountain getaways, such as Big Bear Lake and Lake Arrowhead. Victorville offers a top-notch recreation system that features more than two dozen parks and facilities.
Outdoor lovers will find plenty to love in Adelanto, a community of 34,000 residents founded in 1915 by E. H. Richardson, the inventor of what became the Hotpoint electric iron.
In addition to its roster of quality parks and recreation facilities, Adelanto is in close proximity to many of the region’s standout natural attractions, such as Silverwood Lake, Lake Arrowhead and the Angeles National Forest, and ski slopes, such as Bear Mountain and Snow Summit.
El Mirage Lake, a dry lake bed about 30 minutes west of Adelanto, is a popular location for off-road vehicle enthusiasts.
Adelanto offers affordable housing options, with an average home value of $238,000, according to Zillow.
Hesperia boasts abundant and affordable housing options, including modern, amenity-rich subdivisions, custom villas overlooking Hesperia Lake and a large-lot residential development that provides a rural lifestyle with the benefits of city services. The median home price in Hesperia is $315,000, according to Zillow.
Terra Verde Group’s Tapestry project will over time include over 15,600 homes here. Nearly 4,000 acres will be dedicated to natural open space, conservation easements, public parks and the Serrano Heritage Preserve.
If you’d like to learn more about the Victor Valley area, check out the latest edition of Victor Valley Economic Development.