Life as a mountain resident is not a Thomas Kinkade painting. When you come up for a day visit and fall in love with the quaint towns that dot the San Bernardino mountains, make sure that you come back for a more lengthy stay before you decide that this is the place for your vacation home. Life in the mountains comes with icy roads, regular power outages, closed routes off the mountain, trash pick up that gets missed in bad weather, estimated utility bills that can skyrocket, snow days with no school in session, times that the supermarket is out of staple items, and days that you cannot even make it out of your house. Often, as REALTORS, we want to make sure that full disclosure is made to people considering relocating to our area. The last thing that any professional wants to do is get you into a home that you love in an area that you hate. Purchasing a full time residence or a get-away cabin in the mountain brings plenty of the euphoric serenity that people search for. It can also bring agony if you're not prepared.
However, if none of those things make you leary of setting up shop in the Crestline, Lake Arrowhead or Running Springs areas, then chances are you will LOVE living here! In our towns, you will know your neighbors and they will know you. There is a sense of community, with people looking out for one another. When you go to the market, you will see your friends and neighbors. When you go out to eat, the manager and wait staff know your name. When you go to the post office, each and every person will hold the door for you. When you cross the parking lot, cars will wait for you to pass and wave hello.
When you set the table for Thanksgiving, you can decorate it with colorful fall leaves from your yard. When you prepare your hot cocoa or coffee, you can sit and watch the snow fall in complete peaceful solitude. When you take an evening walk, you can savor the scent of your community's billowing fireplaces. When you see the first blubs blooming through the melting spring snow, you can remember that you really are closer to Heaven. When you are hot in the summer, you can feel the cool melted snow as you take a dip in the creek or lake.
As you enjoy the little slice of mountain perfection that you get to call ‘home', you will know that it comes with large and small sacrifices. Hopefully, you became a resident with full understanding of all that comes with the privelege. We hope to call you ‘neighbor'.