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San Bernardino County has three major regions: the Mojave Desert, the San Bernardino Mountains and the San Bernardino Valley. Most of the county's area is desert, with the mountains and valley in the southwest corner.

The Mojave National Preserve covers some of the eastern desert, especially between Interstate 15 and Interstate 40. The desert portion also includes the cities of Needles next to the Colorado River, and Barstow at the junction in Interstate 15 and Interstate 40. Trona is at the northwestern part of the county west of Death Valley. This famous national park, mostly within Inyo County, also has a small portion of land within the county. The largest metropolitan area in the Mojave Desert part of the county is the Victor Valley with the incorporated localities of Apple Valley, Victorville, Adelanto, and Hesperia. Further south, a portion of Joshua Tree National Park overlaps the county near Twentynine Palms. Other places near (west of) Twentynine palms include Yucca Valley, Joshua tree, and Morongo Valley.

The mountains are home to the San Bernardino National Forest, and include the communities of Crestline, Lake Arrowhead, Running Springs, Big Bear City, and Big Bear Lake.

The San Bernardino Valley is at the eastern end of the San Gabriel Valley, and is part of the Inland Empire. The San Bernardino Valley includes the cities of Ontario, Chino, Chino Hills, Upland, Fontana, Rialto, Colton, Grand Terrace, Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino, Loma Linda, Highland, Redlands, and Yucaipa.

Real estate options consists of a large selection of properties, including detached, single-family homes, an assortment of condominiums and townhouses as well as undeveloped land lots for building. At almost 59 square miles in size and a population of greater than 200,000, San Bernardino is San Bernardino County's largest city. The local economy is strong, offering employment in educational, health and social services, retail trade and manufacturing, among others. San Bernardino is located at the intersection of Interstate 10 and 215, stretching north to the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains. Neighboring communities include Muscoy, Colton and Rialto. Many of Southern California's prime attractions are within a one-hour drive, including the beaches, deserts, mountains and amusement parks. Local recreation options range from family fun at movie theaters and bowling alleys, to dancing at nightclub hotspots, to an orchestral performance at the historic California Theater. The city also has a minor league baseball team, the Inland Empire 66ers, who plays at the Arrowhead Credit Union Park. You will also find several golf courses, including San Bernardino Golf Club and Palm Meadows Golf Course. San Bernardino City Unified provides public schooling. The district operates 65 schools and serves greater than 56,000 students.

San Bernardino’s real estate offerings are diverse. The large selection of properties includes early-20th century California cottages, family homes in modern subdivisions, and expansive, custom homes. Prices for detached, single-family homes range from the low $200,000s up to $800,000. Available amenities include great views of city lights, nearby mountains and/or golf courses, acreage, zoning for horses and community recreational facilities. A majority of the homes were constructed between 1950 and 1990, though older homes, updated homes and newer homes are also available. As would be expected, the architecture and home styles vary widely, from Craftsman to contemporary. The assortment of condominiums and townhouses on the market is smaller than that of single-family homes, but good options are available. Prices for these units vary from $150,000 to $250,000. For those who wish to custom build, undeveloped land is also available.


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