Moving to Lake Elsinore..
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Redlands, CA

#41 Jun 2, 2011
Thank you for this post!! We're getting ready to moved to LE after living in Murrieta for a year. This move was suggested by my husband, as he is the one who works outside the home in San Clemente. The other reviews had me a bit concerned that we were moving to "hell." So much negativity! I love that you say it is what you make it. I read that and all of a sudden the tension just left my body! Thank you for your positive post!!
"Happiness isn't an outside job, it's an inside job" - Anonymous
NewHomebuyer wrote:
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.

Simi Valley, CA

#42 Jun 2, 2011
great house prices but terribly high, high property taxes. perimeter is nice but everything in the middle of the city look like crap.

Lake Elsinore, CA

#43 Oct 23, 2012
Lake Elsinore is nothing more than a bedroom community and it's in the low income gap, so there's not much. It is nice, not too big so not too crowded, and you have everything in town. Crime I noticed that if you live in the new developments is none but it has it's bad areas as any other city. There are also other communities in the LE mountains, say 15 minutes away from town were the prices have also drop, so you can buy a 3000sf home in a 2+acre lot for 300,000 that is in a private equestrian community. Great places, no body bothers you.

Lake Elsinore, CA

#44 Jul 3, 2013
Its pretty nice the people are more caring then the residents of Ontario

Murrieta, CA

#45 Aug 12, 2013
I moved here about a year ago and could not be happier. I live in Tuscany hills, which is on the south eastern side of the lake, about 4 miles from the water. I have left the keys in my cars while parked in my driveway overnight, left my garage door wide open all day with my motorcycles, dirt bikes, atv's and mountain bikes sitting right there when we went to the beach for the day... ooops. I have never had a problem what so ever. The long time locals seem to have a hard time shaking the old reputation of lake elsinore, long before I got here I guess it was rough??? What I do notice, and I feel it really contributes to peoples negative opinions is that all the roads you would take to go through lake Elsinore, like 15,74, mission trail, grand, and lakeshore, are the must run down in the area. If you were just passing through, you would see just that, the worst parts of town. I really suggest that some of you venture off the beaten path, visit Tuscany hills with the views of canyon lake and the surrounding hills, check out canyon hills, there are young kids playing and playgrounds everywhere, or go to north lake, overlooking the lake at the base of the Ortega mountains. Go to each of these neighborhoods at 11pm and see if you hear or see any signs of gang and drug activity. You might here a dog bark or a jogger run by.
The trend is positive, the new developments are very nice, very safe, and growing, leaving the older and rougher neighborhoods shrinking. If you are concerned about the safety of your family, it sounds like you are a great fit for the new areas of lake Elsinore. What lake elsinore has to offer:
Affordable housing in quiet neighborhoods!
Beautiful views of the lake, canyon lake, Ortega mountaintains, and eastern foothills!
1 hour scenic ride to the beach (and the nicest areas of orange county $$$)
Hiking, biking, horseback riding,.motorcycle riding, and hang gliding in the Ortega mountains!
Sky diving, motocross racing, boating, jet skiing, and wind surfing right in town!
45 minutes to Disney, an hour to San Diego, an hour and a half to big bear skiing!
It is far from boring for me, although I admit there is not really a lot of fine dining (but some) if you are looking to go wine tasting and have a really fancy night out, just drive 20 minutes to Temecula. It is true lake Elsinore doesn't have much night life, but some of us like it that way, I'll take the outdoor daytime activities over a night club any day.
also moving to LE

La Mesa, CA

#46 Aug 14, 2013
How bad is da area around brown st infront of raid aid? Please need info moving to brown st
Also moving to LE

La Mirada, CA

#47 Oct 10, 2013
I will soon be moving to LE and your comment is really helpful. Thanks for all the info.

Los Angeles, CA

#48 Oct 28, 2015
I heard all the same stories that most people are posting on here before moving to Lake Elsinore. I'm an east coaster moved to CA in '98 was in the Marines there in San Diego and dated a lady who at the time lived in Temecula. Well at that time you never wanted to tell anyone you lived in Temecula it was forbidden. Now temecula is a prime location. Lake Elsinore is not half as bad as people make it out to be. CHP and Riverside Sheriff's do a great job keeping riff raft down. I lived in LA 5 yrs Westside at that near Culver City and 3 people were murdered in an apt next to my bldg. My bud lived in Rancho Cucamonga great area and still got his place broke Into and management told him the best thing I've heard......crime has no zip code. The key to success is don't make yourself an easy target. Criminals look for soft targets for fast way scores. I love Lake Elsinore and im near the lake, lake ridge area. In the next 10 yrs Elsinore will be on another level and you'll regret you didn't invest in the area like those who didn't in temecula. That's my rant but I keep it real any place can be good or bad, he'll Paris Hilton house got broke into and that's Bel Air Estates. Enough said.

Corona, CA

#49 Dec 10, 2015
I've lived here for 3 years solely for the lower cost of living. It's not that I don't make enough to live in the likes of Orange County or LA, I'm saving to buy a home. That said, the lower cost of living is all Lake Elsinore is good for.

1. This town is rampant with meth and longtime addicts. In fact, 9 out of 10 arrests made (when the cops here actually get off their lazy asses and do their job), are typically for possession and/or distribution. Tweakers are everywhere here. They stand at gas stations for hours at a time, go through your garbage cans on trash pickup day, for recyclables. In fact, they go house to house with baskets, strollers, shopping carts, or just plain black trash bags to collect your recyclables.

2. Avoid Lakeland Village at all costs, this place is almost exclusively home to the dealers. Also, several sex offenders have called that area home since leaving prison. Some parts of Canyon Lake have these problems as well.

3. The lake itself is disgusting, it's not uncommon to see dirty diapers, garbage, and broken glass on it's shores. While the town has made serious efforts to clean itself up, it'll be years before it can call itself a respectable Californian city.

4. I live less than half a block from the police station, and Dominos Pizza on the other side of town could show up with a delivery faster than the cops would to respond to a call.

5. About 2 blocks from me is a section 8 housing bloc. Most inhabitants are recently released inmates well on their way to heading back to prison, I realize this sounds judgemental, but it's true. Despite hardship, there always seems to be a fun little gathering out front, with beer, cigarettes, food, and a few Cadillacs with air bagged suspensions being shown.(Nice to know my tax dollars are being spent wisely)

6. Most people here in their twenties to mid-thirties are very rude and inhospitable. However, some are very kind, helpful, and courteous.

7. There are a few nice restaurants in town, shops, and a museum of the town's history and what it once was.

This list could go on and on, so I'll shorten it by saying, if you can spare the extra money, you'd likely be much happier in Murrieta or Temecula. I have only a few months left here, and I can honestly say that, with the exception of a few good people that I've come to know as friends, this place really isn't worth remembering, and won't be for a considerable amount of time.

Rowland Heights, CA

#50 Dec 26, 2015
I'm moving to lake Elsinore and I have 4 kids any advise??

Bakersfield, CA

#51 Jul 29, 2016
We just moved back to SoCal. My daughter is supposed to be in the Lake El district however we would prefer she went to Murrieta. For onjerieta high school has choir where Elsinore high schools don't. She's an honor roll student. Does anyone know the protocol for appealing to one district to transfer based on parent choice? I understand we would be responsible for transportation. The school she's supposed to got a 6/10 where Thompson middle got 8/10. I just want what's best for my daughter

Bedford, OH

#52 Nov 27, 2016
Anyone know about Mohr St.? I think it's in Country club heights part of Lake Elsinore. Sounds fancy but is it a bad area? I'm currently in Cleveland Ohio and looking to move to affordable area in Southern California. I'm originally from California and lived in different areas but if I come back this city is the only affordable area that's not far from L.A.
Thanks everyone!
J Okon

South Gate, CA

#53 Thursday Feb 9
Is the area around canyon hills a new gated community in lake elsonre a nice place?

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