Many people think the price of homes in Southern California makes it impossible to buy a house. And lot os areas are pricey. However, if you know where to look, there are many communities that are beautiful, safe, and loaded with amenities designed for every member of the family.

Some of these homesteads are Master-Planned Communities, and several are in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties—where you not only have the amenities of the community, you also have spectacular mountain views.

Master-Planned Communities

Master-planned communities are very large scale residential areas that include a wide variety of features like golf courses, lakes, bike paths, parks for you, the kids and the dog, jogging trails, pools and other water features and activities, tennis and other sports courts, theaters, baseball diamonds – just about every recreational amenity you can imagine.

And what you don’t have actually within the community is usually very close by. You’ll find doctors, dentists and other medical providers, houses of worship, restaurants and eateries galore, theatres and movie houses, clothing – everything from great outdoors gear to evening wear, craft stores, office supplies, and more. Everything you need – but it’s all either in the community, or within a mile or two.

Another big advantage to these communities is price.


Summerly community, for example, offers several styles of beautiful one and two-story homes ranging from about 1,400 to more than 3,000 square feet, and starting in the mid-$300,000s. And no one’s ever at a loss for something to do close to home, or someone to do it with.

Summerly offers a wide-range of planned activities and events for you, your family and your friends, and the 24-acre Summerly Community park offers four baseball fields, a concession stand, soccer field, basketball court and skate park.

Shady Trails

Shady Trails  affodrable homes

The Shady Trails community is another gem where new homes start in the low-$500,000s. Shady Trails also features Next Gen Multigenerational Homes which offer a completely separate living space – complete with separate entry, bedroom(s), bath, laundry, living spaces, kitchenette, and garage to accommodate the growing trend of multigenerational living – retiring baby-boomers, recent college grads, and other ‘doubled-up’ living arrangements.

Canyon Hills

Canyon Hills community at Riverside County’s Lake Elsinore—3300 acres, Southern California’s largest natural lake—offers a luxurious pool and spa, a picnic and grill area, and basketball and tennis courts, all tucked away in the foothills of beautiful mountains that provide stunning mountain views.

In addition to the Canyon Hills amenities, you also have access to everything the Lake Elsinore community has to offer—boating, wakeboarding, fishing, water skiing, windsurfing, sunbathing, swimming,  picnicking, or playing on the beach. It is also home to the The Elsinore Grand Prix dirt-bike race, which used to be attended by Steve McQueen, and the two city-owned skate parks one with a state-of-the-art 8,500-square-foot, open-air plaza that features a peanut-shaped bowl, hip ramps, step-up and quarter-pipes will thrill the kids in your life, and the young-at-heart.

Like many other communities in the area, Canyon Hills at Lake Elsinore is immensely affordable. There are many beautiful homes in the low-$300,000 range, while a 5-bedroom, 3-bath home with over 3500 sf of living space can go for under $500,000

If you’re looking for an affordable option that also offers beautiful homes, mountain views, and a feeling of community, ask us about these and similar ‘hidden gem” locations.

Let us help you find your perfect home.

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