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Christine Riggs

Madisonville, LA

#1 Jul 1, 2006
Hi! I am planning to move to Big Bear this fall and would really appreciate anything anyone would like to tell me about this beautiful place. The people, how really cold it gets in winter, do you have to have special tires or chains to drive there, do you ever get totally snowed in where you can't get out of the house, grocery stores, doctors, movie rentals, etc. I will GREATLY appreciate anything you can tell me about Big Bear. Thanks. Christine
Former Big Bear Resident

United States

#2 Dec 17, 2006
I lived in beautiful Big Bear Lake for over 30 years and left because of all of the changes. The lifestyle that we cherished and valued in Big Bear
radically changed over the years and is now just like the rest of Southern California. Many are calling it "Little Mexico".

In answer to your question, yes, there are some doctors, dentists and a hospital which offer limited services. You have to go "down-the hill" for surgeries or any serious illnesses or injuries.
The dentists will extract and fill teeth, but oral surgery has to be done off the mountain.

There are video rentals, lots of real estate offices and lots of Mexican restaurants.

Clothing stores, other than K-Mart are expensive, including children's clothes.

The lake is usually polluted and way over-crowded.
You cannot swim in the lake, too polluted and too many weeds that swimmers get tangled in and cannot get out of, resulting in drowning.

The skies which were always gorgeously blue, have also been effected by the smog that has been creeping up and overtaking our once beautiful mountain atmosphere.

You might be better off where you are.

Good luck in whatever you do.
Carin Baker

San Bernardino, CA

#3 Apr 8, 2007
Hi. I've lived in Big Bear for 30 years and plan to be here forever. It's a great place, and people and neighbors are always friendly. I love the hiking, and I have been swimming in the lake before. A little cold in some parts, but it's fine. It's centrally located so that you can go to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, the beaches, easily from here. You can always get around in the winter. Most of the roads are snowplowed, and they melt quickly. I have a website www.bigbearlakecahomes.com . If you wish to take a look, it may give you information on Big Bear. My email is carinbaker@yahoo.com. What makes you decide to come to Big Bear? I wouldn't live anywhere else. If you wish me to help you find a home to buy, would love to do that also. Just send me an email. Don't be afraid of Big Bear. It is awesome!!! Pretty much crime free, and the school district is great, if you have children. My kids went there and I worked there. Good luck!!
Loving it in Big Bear

San Juan Capistrano, CA

#4 Jul 3, 2007
Former Big Bear Resident wrote:
I lived in beautiful Big Bear Lake for over 30 years and left because of all of the changes. The lifestyle that we cherished and valued in Big Bear
radically changed over the years and is now just like the rest of Southern California. Many are calling it "Little Mexico".
In answer to your question, yes, there are some doctors, dentists and a hospital which offer limited services. You have to go "down-the hill" for surgeries or any serious illnesses or injuries.
The dentists will extract and fill teeth, but oral surgery has to be done off the mountain.
There are video rentals, lots of real estate offices and lots of Mexican restaurants.
Clothing stores, other than K-Mart are expensive, including children's clothes.
The lake is usually polluted and way over-crowded.
You cannot swim in the lake, too polluted and too many weeds that swimmers get tangled in and cannot get out of, resulting in drowning.
The skies which were always gorgeously blue, have also been effected by the smog that has been creeping up and overtaking our once beautiful mountain atmosphere.
You might be better off where you are.
Good luck in whatever you do.
Good luck in Pullman! I, for one, have loved every minute I've lived in Big Bear. I lived here for 4 months in 1998. 6 months in 2006 and 3 months in 2007. The crowds are a mess on summer and winter weekends, but it is manageable. It drops down into the teens sometimes in winter. Basic chains are needed during snow. There is very little smog up here despite what people say. The people are very friendly up here. The jerks are usually from down the hill. Major stuff like strip malls and major hospitals are all down the hill. Kmart is the biggest store. Summer temps usually stay about in the high 80s. 4 seasons are the norm here.
I was born and raised in So. California and now live on the central coast. I'm not staying in California after I'm done with school, but if I wanted to stay, I'd live in Big Bear, hands down. Any other questions, just ask!
Elle Juneau

Dallas, TX

#5 Apr 27, 2008
Hey Christine! I don't know if you still have contact through your original post, but I found your forum because my husband and I are moving there soon and have the same question! So now that you have some experience there, what are somethings you would tell a new couple moving there that you wish someone would have told you?
moving to bigbear

United States

#6 Apr 24, 2009
my girlfriend and i are thinking of moving from sandiego to big bear,(we will be renting a house in bigbear city area)and have been reading all of the comments from everyone, and i want to thank you all for your honest oppinions,some made us not want to go, if the lake is polluted (like someone said), is anyone getting sick from it? how is it getting that way? our kids are going to want to swim, and we are going to want to fish, are the fish out of the lake ok to eat? our kids are middle, and high school age,2 girls and one son, can anyone give me an honest oppinion about the schools of bigbear city?, i read the info on the webstite,(sounds better than the schools they attend here), but just want a heads up on any negative things,what do the local kids do for fun?,(besides the obvious, snowboarding, swimming,.jen and i are used to roughing it,( no power, rough roads, ect.) but want to see if anyone can help us with advice on what to bring up there with us,to be prepared for the not so good wheather that can happen,how offten does the power go out? what is the local internet co.? thank you for any info.
3rd District Resident

AOL

#7 Apr 29, 2009
I wouldn't say the lake is polluted. Boating and fishing are popular. Swimming is not recommended as the water temperature is usually too cold. However; there is Dill Swim beach where there is a sandy beach and on-duty life guards in the summer. Usually from Memorial Day to September. Yes, the valley has changed from when I moved here 15 years ago. Crime is lower than in the valley below. But there is high drug use, marijuana, meth and whatever else is popular with the drug use crowd.
Four wheel drive vehicles are recommended in the winter. Two major grocery stores and there are a couple of community markets that are great. Particularly the one in Bear City.
Burglaries are on the rise as with the big cities. A good dentist is Dr. Brown in Big Bear City.
Mountain resident

San Dimas, CA

#8 Apr 30, 2009
Former Big Bear Resident wrote:
I lived in beautiful Big Bear Lake for over 30 years and left because of all of the changes. The lifestyle that we cherished and valued in Big Bear
radically changed over the years and is now just like the rest of Southern California. Many are calling it "Little Mexico".
In answer to your question, yes, there are some doctors, dentists and a hospital which offer limited services. You have to go "down-the hill" for surgeries or any serious illnesses or injuries.
The dentists will extract and fill teeth, but oral surgery has to be done off the mountain.
There are video rentals, lots of real estate offices and lots of Mexican restaurants.
Clothing stores, other than K-Mart are expensive, including children's clothes.
The lake is usually polluted and way over-crowded.
You cannot swim in the lake, too polluted and too many weeds that swimmers get tangled in and cannot get out of, resulting in drowning.
The skies which were always gorgeously blue, have also been effected by the smog that has been creeping up and overtaking our once beautiful mountain atmosphere.
You might be better off where you are.
Good luck in whatever you do.
Keep your poison to yourself. If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. It sounds like the original poster has already made the decision to move there; she was not asking if she should and why or why not.
Truth why hide it

Hesperia, CA

#9 Apr 30, 2009
Looks to be about what most of the long-term locals are saying about the valley and a lot are leaving. The lake is dirty and the traffic is bad on weekends and Christmas is the worst. The City of BBL is nightmares 60percent of the homes are sub standard. Lots are not even insulated. You would be lucky to survive a trip to the hospital here lots of war stories from locals most will drive down the hill. Drugs are in the local schools just like everywhere and instead of rain in the winter we get rain you have to shovel and shovel and shovel. The only good paying jobs are with the city, schools, and any government. A lot of seasonal work and very few hours to be had.
Rodrigo

Dresden, Germany

#10 May 8, 2009
If you are moving to Big Bear, or even just visiting, be sure to watch for and OBEY these signs when encountered. This is very important. This is what the sign looks like:

http://rawstory.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2...

BTW: Get this straight, too: Skinheads are NOT welcome.
Tell the truth

Twentynine Palms, CA

#11 May 11, 2009
Carin Baker wrote:
Hi. I've lived in Big Bear for 30 years and plan to be here forever. It's a great place, and people and neighbors are always friendly. I love the hiking, and I have been swimming in the lake before. A little cold in some parts, but it's fine. It's centrally located so that you can go to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, the beaches, easily from here. You can always get around in the winter. Most of the roads are snowplowed, and they melt quickly. I have a website www.bigbearlakecahomes.com . If you wish to take a look, it may give you information on Big Bear. My email is carinbaker@yahoo.com. What makes you decide to come to Big Bear? I wouldn't live anywhere else. If you wish me to help you find a home to buy, would love to do that also. Just send me an email. Don't be afraid of Big Bear. It is awesome!!! Pretty much crime free, and the school district is great, if you have children. My kids went there and I worked there. Good luck!!
Of coarse you like it up there!! And would just love to sell her a house!! But you should speak the truth about Big Bear and if you are planning on raising kids up there DON'T DO IT!!! There is absolutely NOTHING for them to do.The kids, 90 percent of them are into drugs and there are alot of skinheads and small mexican gangs up there. They are nothing nice.(I know they are everywhere but you have to remember this is a very small town).
Now if you are single and do not plan on having children and are in good health,(the hospital is limited and is always debating on closing down) it is pretty in Big Bear, But yes it is horrible from Thanksgiving thru New years and the 4th of July. Although yes the 4th is great in Big Bear.
You must have a reliable car because you will find that you will need to go off the mountain ALOT!! Which is winding mountain roads about 45 minutes to 1 hour to get to the bottom. Depending if there is alot of traffic or fog. The summer months are usually free of that. But Winter and holidays stay home!
Big Bear used to be much nicer but it is a new generation now and because the kids have nothing to do they tend to get into trouble. And that is the new generation of adults now. It will only get worse. Alot of people move there because the rents are cheaper. The rich tend to have beautiful homes but only come up on holidays or vacation. If you are a shopper you will burn out in Big Bear. It is mostly targeted for tourists. Besides K-Mart and that gets old the first year you are there.
So basically in a nut shell, If you are well off and healthy and have a reliable car and don't plan on raising kids up there it is all good.
Otherwise it is awful. Or just get out before your kids turn into teens. Because they have nothing up their for them.
And all you Big Bearians, you know this is true.
recycled trash

Covington, TX

#12 May 26, 2009
plan to have 2 jobs and willing to take side work.
that's why kids are getting in trouble, there parents are working .
weekend gridlock will piss you off them flat landers suck
3rd District Resident

AOL

#13 May 26, 2009
Mouthy teenagers abound up here. But then at those years you think you know it all. Some parents up here never question what their kids are doing and couldn't care less. Because this is only a 14 square mile area that means you will probably live in close proximity to a couple of the mouthy ones who have a very limited vocabulary with the main word always being f***.Yes, Big Bear is beautiful, but with the proliferation of illegals and out-of-work teens it gets to be a drag.
About Big Bear

United States

#14 May 2, 2010
Mountain resident wrote:
<quoted text>
Keep your poison to yourself. If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. It sounds like the original poster has already made the decision to move there; she was not asking if she should and why or why not.
Big Bear has good and bad like any place has...4 seasons,.
Its beautiful and the snow on the mountains is breathtaking,
their are alot of seasonal activities, and clean air is a plus.
Things I didn't care for was the smoke from nearby fires, or the over crowded streets during winters it takes quite awhile to get
to where you are going during the snow season as well as the special activities (4th of July). My husband was a deputy there
and yes drugs, alcohol, and burgulary is on the rise. This past
winter 2009 was a nightmare and it left many people helpless it was
one of their worst storms in years. Its really up to the person to decide whats right for them, maybe rent for awhile and see all the
seasons and then decide to buy. Good Luck.....
exres

Chicago, IL

#15 May 20, 2010
Big Bear is a beautiful place but because of the tight quarters, there is an abundance of gossip and back stabbing. Watch out for the Realtors up there, most are downright snakes. Carin Baker is not one of those, she is a decent gal but others in her office and especially the satelite office in the village would slit your financial throat in a second. Steer clear.
livelovebigbear hatescum

Jackson, OH

#16 May 5, 2011
it is sad that big bear is a haven for welfare and fraudulent disability recipients. there are lots of teens/young and middle aged adults that have foul habits/mouths and are totally disrespectful and useless hanging out on the mountain. wish our government would stop redistributing the wealth. hard working folks with second homes rarely get to visit big bear and spend money here and then there is a whole group living full time not working, sitting around all day in their low rent cabins drinking, smoking and disturbing the peace and beauty of the mountain- all while receiving government hand outs of all kinds. the statistics for having children out of wedlock or having children before having a job is very high i'm sure. big bear is such a beautiful place and it's disgusting to have such a high number of low lifes here. the city/government should be ashamed of promoting more low income housing in big bear. too much low income housing exists already. hope there will be more sheriff's, paramedics and e.r. staff to handle all the alcholics and drug addicts. i love big bear mountain and lake and the civilized folks but i can't stand all the people living off entitlements and not being productive and giving back.
Darkkewlz

West Covina, CA

#17 May 27, 2011
you people are Bigots and Raciest Fat honkeys.
Darkkewlz

West Covina, CA

#18 May 27, 2011
@livelovebigbear hatescum:
you are the most ignorant of all.
Dont you know that "GOV handouts, and Low Priced Rentals" are the method of growing a city?
Look at any thriving all Honkey white city in SoCal, and you will see it started out full of poor people, they move in, with their welfare, and Sec 8 housing, and along with them comes stores and business. Then once the city is developed, property value goes up, the "Scum"(as you call them) can no longer afford to live there, and more of your Lilly white bread moves right on in to take over. oh but look out!! Asians may beat you honkeys to the nice spots.
Darkkewlz

West Covina, CA

#19 May 27, 2011
FYI i'm one of Two NEGROS in Big Bear
da Kneegrow

Yucaipa, CA

#20 May 28, 2011
Darkkewlz wrote:
@livelovebigbear hatescum:
you are the most ignorant of all.
Dont you know that "GOV handouts, and Low Priced Rentals" are the method of growing a city?
Look at any thriving all Honkey white city in SoCal, and you will see it started out full of poor people, they move in, with their welfare, and Sec 8 housing, and along with them comes stores and business. Then once the city is developed, property value goes up, the "Scum"(as you call them) can no longer afford to live there, and more of your Lilly white bread moves right on in to take over. oh but look out!! Asians may beat you honkeys to the nice spots.
So explain San Bernardino ("Welfare Town, USA")then. It started out as farming, then MIDDLE CLASS, and now it's been in a downward slide, with a high per-capita murder rate since the 1990's that rivals Los Angeles.

The only thing that will make this city better is a huge earthquake, so we can start all over again.

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