"Happiness isn't an outside job, it's an inside job" - Anonymous
I just purchased a home in Lake Elsinore, got a great deal...$165K for a 1,700 SF 3BR, 3BA home built in 2007. So far I am thrilled. Everyone thinks LE is in the sticks, but I like it because it has a small town feel with big city amenities (thanks to I-15). There's a costco, walmart, several big chain grocery stores, home depot, bed bath and beyond, and TONS of restaurants - especially near Central Ave. Sounds like the area's history is a little rough, which is why the older residents talk a lot of crap. But I can tell this area has come a long way and is improving every day. My advice to you is don't necessarily listen to the naysayers, go and visit the area yourself and see how you like it. It's not Beverly Hills, but if you're looking for a good, convenient, affordable and pretty place to live I think you'll enjoy it. The prices are out of this world a bargain.