How's life treating you in Lake Elsin...
LakeLife4me

Pacific Palisades, CA

#21 Apr 30, 2009
weaffectchange wrote:
My husband and I are considering Lake Elsinore as one of our relocation choices. Any thoughts out there on crime, neighborhoods, lifestyles and people in general? Give it to me straight and don't hold back--tell me the good, the bad, and the ugly.
We purchased a home in Elsinore 2yrs ago as an investment to rent out on Verb and my husband cant get me out of it.Our weekend vacation home is becoming a regular thing for me .I LOVE IT and my neighbors are the best people around!This home is priceless to me! Lake Elsinore is GREAT!
Renee Cummings

Redondo Beach, CA

#22 May 5, 2009
My neighbors in Alberhill (and I have a few in Lake Terrace) are really great. Most of us are from LA or the OC so many of us ar partners in commuting but don't mind it a bit. Hey - we should all be thankful we have jobs!! LOL

If L.E. can continue to grow economically - we will get that 4 year college that is being talked about....wouldn't that be great. If our city had that - our city would thrive at optimal in my opinion.

Lots going on here that's for sure....can't wait for more of the proposed developments to take fold - very exciting indeed.
Charter School Mom

Perris, CA

#23 May 12, 2009
Just a quick note on suggesting a charter school...Did you know that River Springs Charter School has leased the Lake Elsinore Boys and Girls Club from 9a-2p for their 6,7,8th graders? I have 2 children there and 1 in their Temecula site for highschool. I cannot express enough gratitude to their staff in elevating my children to their fullest potential where our local public-over crowded-under inspired-lake elsinore schools have failed us enormously. I even had to pull my son to Home School him to get his reading, writing and math up to grade level. So, 3 cheers for River Springs Da Vinci Academy-Lake Elsinore ( a best kept secret no more!)
My 2 cents wrote:
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I agree if you want a city that has preserved it's small town appeal this is the place. If you are moving with young children I would look into charter school as opposed to LEUSD as my son was promoted to Middle School with his math ability under 4th grade level. For five years I asked for testing from the school Ms. Slane would refuse saying that his star testing scores didn't justify holding him back or for testing. This was and is a direct voilaton of student and parent rights under the education codes that I will be addressing through the courts. There is a geat deal of Bulling in the schools even at the elementary school level. Not all the teachers are bad there is a small handfull that are teaching for the love of teaching and a big handfull that are only there to earn a paycheck. Don't be fooled if you do not have the time to check daily on your students class and teacher dont inroll them in the LEUSD system.
My child is no longer in the LEUSD system and is actually progressing more than ever before. Our district has just pink slipped teachers with less than 9 years in our district but HIRED another administrator for the district office.
If you do buy in one of the nieghborhoods not listed in the other post you will find that we all watch out for one another and even gather for bar-b-ques just for fun. Not to mention they have no mellow rues or homeowner association fees on top of your morgage.
NoMore4Me

Jacksonville, TX

#24 May 13, 2009
I lived there, in the time I was there, witnessed several gang fights, the place has so much trash around Grande against fences and such and looks really ghetto, the area is full of graffiti, my wife's sister was shot over the tagging, another friend of her's died defending a homeless man near KFC, the people on my street wouldn't move out of the road and create trouble for passing cars, and the methamphetamine problem is just overboard there... And some kid died from drinking the water or something also and they warned about getting in the lake (which is not normal color)... And the cost of living there for the jobs usually takes average income families having to get 2 jobs per adult... My 2 cents, go north if you have kids...

Since: Apr 09

Sherman Oaks, CA

#25 May 13, 2009
NoMore4Me wrote:
I lived there, in the time I was there, witnessed several gang fights, the place has so much trash around Grande against fences and such and looks really ghetto, the area is full of graffiti, my wife's sister was shot over the tagging, another friend of her's died defending a homeless man near KFC, the people on my street wouldn't move out of the road and create trouble for passing cars, and the methamphetamine problem is just overboard there... And some kid died from drinking the water or something also and they warned about getting in the lake (which is not normal color)... And the cost of living there for the jobs usually takes average income families having to get 2 jobs per adult... My 2 cents, go north if you have kids...
Whoa, are you sure you're not talking about Compton? Allow me to clear up all the BS this poster just unleashed.

First, most of Grand Avenue does not fall within Lake Elsinore's city boundaries. The city has no influence on county territory. Lake Elsinore has made multiple efforts to annex this area but the residents prefer to live in squalor than to be governed or taxed by the City.

Next, Lake Elsinore's gang problems are nothing compared to the cities of Corona, Riverside, or Perris. There have been as many violent deaths reported in Temecula as there have in Lake Elsinore. I've lived here for decades and have never met anyone who died a gang related death. Sometimes that is more about the company you keep than the city you live in.

The city has one of the most comprehensive graffiti response teams that exists. LE has a graffiti hotline and if you report an incident the city removes the graffiti within a week. They recently spent money on state of the art, high resolution night cameras with facial recognition software to begin matching perps with tagging styles with prison photos. Taggers beware!

The kid that died NoMore4Me refers to was a boy who contracted a rare ameoba that exists in warm natural fresh water lakes. The ameoba is not caused by pollution or poor water quality. The ameoba has caused about 10 deaths in 10 years in the entire US. This is the first instance that this has ever happened in Lake Elsinore's history. The last occurrance happened in Lake Havasu, another warm, fresh water lake.

The city and Lake Elsinore Municipal Water District have worked over the past 18 years to stabilize Lake Elsinore's lake. It's been a long time since the lake has had any negative attributes (we used to call it Lake Smell-some-more as kids). Now the lake has become a destination for high speed boat races, big time TV fishing shows, and plans are in the works to create a pier so that visitors can enjoy the excellent water quality.

Cost of living has dropped dramatically as home values have plummetted. You could own a 2500 suqare foot home with a pool in Tuscany Hills, a premier neighborhood, for about $250K nowadays. That's a $1900 house payment for a very cozy home. These homes were going for $600K in 2007. I could direct you to a knowledgeable Realtor in the area.

My opinion, Lake Elsinore is a city with potential and is perfect for raising a family.
Kaide335

United States

#26 May 13, 2009
Thank you for all you invaluable information. My husband is currently interviewing for a company in Tustin, CA. If he gets the job (fingers crossed!!), we'll be relocating from the Seattle area. We are both from CA originally and can't wait to get back there! How is the commute from Tustin to LE? LE Lex, I would love to get the Realtor's information from you.
Renee Cummings

Redondo Beach, CA

#27 May 13, 2009
Kaide335 -

I used to work in Tustin - I can give you some routes to take. Email me at:

[email protected]

Le Lex - Hello my friend.:) Right on Lex - this city is great!! There are parts here that need cleaning up but I can tell you that the city is doing the best it can given this economic downturn to get it cleaned up. And honestly - I think when it comes to the schools - Le Lex spoke of that before...your best schools are where I am at in Alberhill Ranch/Lakeside or in Tuscany or Canyon Hills - however - for high schools - stick with Temescal (Tuscany Hills and small pockets of Canyon Hills - P.S. no gang wars - I called the city and the school about that as well as talking to some of the students who attend there) or Lakeside (Alberhill/Lakeside. If you live in Canyon Hills - the high school is generally Elsinore High....might not be a good idea but that is only from what I have heard.

I have met with the principles of the schools and have done my homeowrk extensively. My kids went to private school for all of elementary (in fact - they went to school in Tustin) so when it came time for public school - I was nervous and made sure where ever they went was comparable.

I think if you stay in the areas that Lex and I spoke about - you will be good and very happy.
Common Sense

United States

#29 May 18, 2009
Wow. First & foremost allow me to state my shock at observing such a wide range of topic(s) merely by viewing this forum alone. Never before have I seen a discussion shift from which neighborhood is best, to which teacher &/or school system is...not to mention the biblical scripture noted as well.

Tackling things a bit further, in my humble opinion, I believe it to be imperative that you all attempt at sticking to the topic at hand. I, just as -- "Weaffectchange" above ^, will be moving to Lake Elsinore in the mid-portion of June '09. Unlike you all, I'm moving from Palm Springs to the up & coming luxury community of Broadstone at River's Edge (rental complex).

Frankly, I don't feel that too many (if any) of the original commenters have answered the questions at hand. Things went completely tangent and, in turn, I'm compelled to ask my own (questions).

As a new resident to this town, while I appreciate knowing which neighborhoods and schools are more affluent and/or prestigious; I do believe it to be a bit more beneficial knowing the basics....., i.e.:

I. Are the police responsive?

II. Are there any gang affiliations? If so, where?

III. Crime rate/Sex offenders/Burglaries, etc.- Of course the demographics can be accessed by viewing the city's website. But realistically, no one can vouch for how safe they feel or are, other than an "actual" resident. In all honesty, is the town worth relocating to?

IV. As far as city expansion and renovations to the lake go, how long is this process estimated to take? Clearly we can all vouch for there being traffic w/in the Central exit proximity (on both sides of the fwy)....when in the heck will they be done w/ this mess???

* These are the types of questions that prospective renters/buyers need to be informed of before making that leap & moving. Please someone, take a stab at answering my questions. I think that we can all nod in affirmation to the fact that once that dotted line is signed....it's a "done dollar".

Thank You ~
Nods Head

United States

#30 May 18, 2009
"Tackling things a bit further, in my humble opinion, I believe it to be imperative that you all attempt at sticking to the topic at hand."

<-- says Common Sense, you rock!
Nods Head

United States

#31 May 18, 2009
"Tackling things a bit further, in my humble opinion, I believe it to be imperative that you all attempt at sticking to the topic at hand."

<-- says, Common Sense, you rock!
Renee Cummings

Redondo Beach, CA

#32 May 19, 2009
Common Sense -

You have not the whole picture on things so do not assume please - that topics went way off to a direction that YOU felt were not perhaps relevent.

In fact - I have spoken personally outside of this blog to the prespective party who is moving to this community to give further info that THEY found helpful and THEY requested. Again - while this info may not be relevant to what you are wanting to know - keep in mind that it was for others.

As far as your questions go - Questions 1-3 I would suggest that you ocntact the Riverside County Sheriffs Dept to find out all you can about the sheriff's active role here in L.E. as well as gang info where you live as well as surrounding communities - as far as crime statistics, again - sheriffs dept.

Any questions on the redevelopment of the lake and it's surrounding area's - contact the Planning Dept through the city and I am sure that you can get allot of info there - I know I did.

Thanks for your post
Weaffectchange

AOL

#33 Jun 11, 2009
Oh my...I have been having way too much fun to catch up on LE news from the people who live there and know best. Alas, today being a rain day...the kayaks sit on the shore to the 500+ acre lake we currently live on and the river runs through...keeping it rather clean compared to many.
We love that LE residents do have a voice and that may separate people at times but in the end it is so very good for the community and people that live there.
However, I must clear up misinformation on the last post. Renee, my dear, I have never spoken to you outside this blog and am not sure who you contacted.
All postings have been appreciated for anyone can look up facts for each and every city but it is the views and opinions of the people that show you who your neighbors may be.
As LE lake lovers look forward to fun on the water, I too must sign off to finish my Domestic Managing duties to be caught up for the warm, rain-free weekend and enjoy the lake while my husband, unfortunately, is stuck in OC.
Renee Cummings

Redondo Beach, CA

#34 Jun 17, 2009
Weaffectchange wrote:
Oh my...I have been having way too much fun to catch up on LE news from the people who live there and know best. Alas, today being a rain day...the kayaks sit on the shore to the 500+ acre lake we currently live on and the river runs through...keeping it rather clean compared to many.
We love that LE residents do have a voice and that may separate people at times but in the end it is so very good for the community and people that live there.
However, I must clear up misinformation on the last post. Renee, my dear, I have never spoken to you outside this blog and am not sure who you contacted.
All postings have been appreciated for anyone can look up facts for each and every city but it is the views and opinions of the people that show you who your neighbors may be.
As LE lake lovers look forward to fun on the water, I too must sign off to finish my Domestic Managing duties to be caught up for the warm, rain-free weekend and enjoy the lake while my husband, unfortunately, is stuck in OC.
My mistake then - someone however from a blog - emailed me about toll road information - must have gotten "bloggers" who are trying to find out info on the city - confused...it's hard when people do not use their real names.
TDO

Anaheim, CA

#35 Aug 5, 2009
weaffectchange wrote:
My husband and I are considering Lake Elsinore as one of our relocation choices. Any thoughts out there on crime, neighborhoods, lifestyles and people in general? Give it to me straight and don't hold back--tell me the good, the bad, and the ugly.
It's no good, stay away. Tuscany Hills where we lived was a nightmare. The quality of people is going down the tubes. We had to call the police at least once a week for disturbances by young freaks riding their dirt bikes up & down the street at all hours of the morning, drunken fights, drag racinmg. Is that enough? I couldn't get out of there fast enough. Go to Temecula. It's a great town. Lake Elsinore is just like the Lake, a festering boil on the but of society.

Since: Jan 08

Redlands, CA

#36 Aug 6, 2009
I know most L.E residents won't like this but I am going to warn these people about L.E. I have been in So Cal all my life. Born LA...raised in O.C...lived in Temecula and now live in Canyon Lake. Although there are scattered good family people in L.E there are way too many low lifes and druggies to make this city good for raising a family. I suggest talking to Law inforcement about this city. It is known for having a meth problem...in the high schools as well. I have to go into L.E. often and always cringe at the quality of people. Please...drive around for yourself on the weekends. Look at the parks...grocery stores...ect. Also, the lake is public. Tons of people come from other cities on the weekend to party and live it up. Temecula is a clean family city...affordable and some of the best schools around. Canyon Lake is nicer too...a private lake and very family orientated. I looked in L.E. before moving to C.L and as a single girl with two kids, I would be a little scared to live there. They have been trying to clean this city up for a while...
LEMOM

Moreno Valley, CA

#37 Aug 6, 2009
I am from OC and I have lived in Lake Elsinore for 14 yrs. I completely disagree with RachelG and find her answer quite offensive. I live in the Northshore against the mountain's and it's beautiful here. We have some of the best schools in Elsinore and my three kids’ have wonderful friends and they are happy. We have hiking trails, biking trail’s, fishing, boating, the Storm Stadium, the Alberhill Boy's and Girl's Club, the Outlet Center that has kid's activities, a bowling alley, movie theatre and motorcycle track and so much more. It's about the community you live in, getting involved and showing your children the way.
Canyon Lake is a nice place to live my dad lives there. We have nice picnic’s, we go to taco Tuesday, go boating and hang out on the beach. But don’t be naïve, they have crime and drugs just like every other city including Temecula and the OC. It’s crime within a gated community and some of the biggest parties around are on Canyon Lake. Maybe your just new to Canyon Lake and haven’t figured that out yet.

Basically, you don’t even live here and you are telling people how horrible Lake Eslinore is and that you “cringe” when you “visit”. All I ask is that you educate yourself before you bad mouth the city of Lake Elsinore. Maybe you should move back to the OC or Temecula and find people like you! Or get involved in the city and take advantage of all the wonderful thing’s our community has to offer. Again, It's about the community you live in, getting involved and showing your children the way.

Since: Aug 09

Lake Elsinore

#38 Aug 17, 2009
Just moved 6 months ago from Ana-crime by Disneyland and we plan on staying here for a very long time. Lake elsinore has some awesome weather, nice people and great home prices...! This is the place to go for affordable nice houses and a great place to start a family.:)
Debbie P

Long Beach, CA

#39 Sep 27, 2009
I have lived in Lake Elsinore since 2008 when I bought a beautiful home (foreclosure) in Tuscany Hills. Tuscany Hills is by the far the premier area of Lake Elsinore. I was very impressed with the area when we came to look and thought immediately the agent was taking me into a pricier area than I could afford because the area was clean, quiet, large homes, jr olympic size pool, club house, meticuliously maintained surroundings and homes with views of the snow capped mountains and Canyon Lake. My home (3200 sq ft) has not disappointed me and I really love the area and I think in time, it will have a college and more economic development. I commute to Newport Beach for work and that's the only bad part about living in Lake Elsinore. If the money wasn't so good in Newport, I wouldn't commute. I hated living in Newport, over run with drunken college kids and rude drivers and arrogant people who feel like their money spends differently than the next guys. I love my home, Tuscany Hills and I'm very happy here. About Temecula, it was once a hole in the wall, it was nothing. Now look at it, LE will become Temecula in time.
alex

Seattle, WA

#40 Oct 9, 2009
I grew up in OC and rode dirt bikes in elsinore pretty much my entire life. It was a crappy place, i have seen people get beat to death at a liquor store. However I thank God for the economoic down turn especially in lake elsinore because most of the Trash that lived there had to move. I actually bought a house out in elsinore this past year and I could not be happier. It is a really nice city, as long as you stay away from the tweakers and ignorant people who still think they are 17. Other than that its a nice quiet place. good for fishing, motorcycles, boating...i love it.
Ed G

Corona, CA

#41 Oct 12, 2009
My parent's just moved into a home located on silverwood dr. The home's are called Madison homes and they have a park in their community called serenity park. Their cross street is Palomar and Corydon..The home's are built in 2006. The home's there ar around 2500 to 2800 sq ft..is this a good par of Elsinor? I keep hearing Aberhill, tuscan, canyon hill's or canyon lake but I havent heard this area mentioned as one of the good areas..can you please comment..
LE Lex wrote:
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Whoa, are you sure you're not talking about Compton? Allow me to clear up all the BS this poster just unleashed.
First, most of Grand Avenue does not fall within Lake Elsinore's city boundaries. The city has no influence on county territory. Lake Elsinore has made multiple efforts to annex this area but the residents prefer to live in squalor than to be governed or taxed by the City.
Next, Lake Elsinore's gang problems are nothing compared to the cities of Corona, Riverside, or Perris. There have been as many violent deaths reported in Temecula as there have in Lake Elsinore. I've lived here for decades and have never met anyone who died a gang related death. Sometimes that is more about the company you keep than the city you live in.
The city has one of the most comprehensive graffiti response teams that exists. LE has a graffiti hotline and if you report an incident the city removes the graffiti within a week. They recently spent money on state of the art, high resolution night cameras with facial recognition software to begin matching perps with tagging styles with prison photos. Taggers beware!
The kid that died NoMore4Me refers to was a boy who contracted a rare ameoba that exists in warm natural fresh water lakes. The ameoba is not caused by pollution or poor water quality. The ameoba has caused about 10 deaths in 10 years in the entire US. This is the first instance that this has ever happened in Lake Elsinore's history. The last occurrance happened in Lake Havasu, another warm, fresh water lake.
The city and Lake Elsinore Municipal Water District have worked over the past 18 years to stabilize Lake Elsinore's lake. It's been a long time since the lake has had any negative attributes (we used to call it Lake Smell-some-more as kids). Now the lake has become a destination for high speed boat races, big time TV fishing shows, and plans are in the works to create a pier so that visitors can enjoy the excellent water quality.
Cost of living has dropped dramatically as home values have plummetted. You could own a 2500 suqare foot home with a pool in Tuscany Hills, a premier neighborhood, for about $250K nowadays. That's a $1900 house payment for a very cozy home. These homes were going for $600K in 2007. I could direct you to a knowledgeable Realtor in the area.
My opinion, Lake Elsinore is a city with potential and is perfect for raising a family.

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