Top 10 Most Affordable Places To Buy In The Inland Empire

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The Inland Empire is a nickname for the metropolitan area located to the east of Los Angeles. This is a popular area to settle for Southern California residents searching to buy because affordable Inland Empire real estate provides a place to live just outside of Los Angeles and Orange County but still within close proximity to everything that makes SoCal so fun.

To help you decide where you can settle within the Inland Empire, we looked at the cities within San Bernardino and Riverside Counties and identified which communities have the most affordable real estate markets according to MLS data for June 2019.  Currently the median sale price in Riverside County is $400,000 and $385,000 in San Bernardino County.

1. 29 Palms

Located in the southern portion of the Mojave Desert in San Berardino County, the city of 29 Palms is home to popular Southern California camping destination Joshua Tree National Park and the world’s largest Marine Corps training base, the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. The city offers mountain views and beautiful star-filled desert nights making it popular among artists. Downtown features murals and public art and the surrounding areas are commonly used as a location for photography and film.

Average Sold Price: $146,585
Properties For Sale: 159
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2. Blythe

Blythe is part of Riverside County, located in the Palo Verde Valley near the California/Arizona border. Many people flock to town during the summer months to enjoy water sports along the nearby Colorado River, the town’s revenue based mainly on tourism and travelers. Blythe also hosts an Annual Bluegrass Music Festival every January attracting over 13,000 people both fans and performers.

Average Sold Price: $148,933
Properties For Sale: 43
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3. Adelanto

Adelanto is a part of San Bernardino County and has a population of 32,039. Formerly fruit tree orchards, the town is now is neighbor to Victorville and the city’s army air field named George Air Force Base. The city is popular among outdoor enthusiasts because it’s near several lakes and recreational areas including El Mirage Dry Lake where people bring their off-road vehicles and land yachts.

Average Sold Price: $222,167
Properties For Sale: 60
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4. Needles

One of the oldest cities in San Bernardino County, Needles is located along the Colorado River. The classic Route 66 runs through downtown and the city offers several parks, recreation centers and facilities. Needles has 9 parks including rodeo grounds, a community use recreation center, golf course and senior citizens center.

Average Sold Price: $113,000
Properties For Sale: 33
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5. Barstow

Barstow is a major transportation hub in the Inland Empire located where Interstate 15, 40 and Highway 58 converge. Once a small mining town, Barstow is now a thriving community. The city has several classic drive-in movie theaters, museums and is home to semi professional football team the Barstow Ruffians. Among affordable Inland Empire real estate, Barstow is a great bet!

Average Sold Price:$165,000
Properties For Sale: 44
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6. Yucca Valley

Located between 29 Palms and Desert Hot Springs, Yucca Valley sits at the gateway to Joshua Tree National Park. Yucca Valley is a prime location for outdoor sports lovers because it is close to hiking and equestrian trails around Joshua Tree as well as rock climbing, water sport along the Colorado River, snow sports in Big Bear and breathtaking starry nights all year long.

Average Sold Price: $222,904
Properties For Sale: 225
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7. Desert Hot Springs

Desert Hot Springs is one of the fastest-growing communities in Southern California thanks to its location near Palm Springs and all of the conveniences and amenities of the area.  Located less than 30 minutes from luxury spas, resorts, world class golfing and some of the most coveted recreational spots in SoCal, Desert Hot Springs is primer Riverside County real estate. Residents enjoy majestic mountain vistas and an elevated view of the Coachella Valley.

Average Sold Price: $238,906
Properties For Sale: 274
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8. Victorville

Tucked into the southwestern portion of San Bernardino County, Victorville has a population of 131,409. Although the city was hit hard in the last few years of the recession, things are starting to turn around. Several businesses have been relocating to the area as it is one of the most cost-effective locations within the state to do business, the mall recently having undergone a multi-million dollar renovation.

If you have any questions about the Victor Valley area, contact the First Team experts at our High Desert office.

Average Sold Price: $271,554
Properties For Sale: 293
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9. San Bernardino

San Bernardino is a large city with a population of 242,661. The city is divided into several informal districts including a business district in the southern portion of town, Downtown and the University District which supports the California State University  including centralized shopping, dining and residential space. There are also several ultra affluent neighborhoods in town with million dollar homes: Del Rosa, Muscoy and Verdemont.

Average Sold Price: $306,710
Properties For Sale: 410
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10. Hemet

Nestled within the valley, Hemet is surrounded by the San Jacinto Mountains and located north of Diamond Valley Lake which is open for recreational activities as well as supplies the city water. Affordable Inland Empire real estate in this city is a great investment because Hemet has a great location with the Temecula Valley. The city maintains the area’s natural beauty, named a Tree City USA for the past 20 years for its commitment to the local forest.

Average Sold Price: $285,704
Properties For Sale: 479
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