WHAT'S THE CITY OF REDLANDS, CALIFORNIA LIKE?
A REALTORS® PERSPECTIVE
Life in Redlands, California is rich with Americana and cultural heritage. Many neighborhoods follow this standard, with turn-of-the-century architecture and construction. The City itself also embraces these "reminders of the past" through its consistent preservation and support of the Redlands Historical Society.
The City of Redlands
The City of Redlands is located in east Inland Empire, along the Interstate 10 Freeway where the 210 Freeway intersects. The Santa Ana River also runs through the northernmost part of Redlands, with the city stretching south beyond the 10 Freeway to San Timoteo Canyon.
Redlands is a proud city full of 1800's architecture and history, from Kimberly Crest, the A.K. Smiley Public Library and many other public buildings. Redlands has also made recent efforts of preservation with many commercial areas including East State Street, murals, various street signs, directionals and street decor, and the new construction of the The Redlands Packing House District.
Many businesses and companies work in Redlands too, like ESRI, various radio stations, car dealerships, and countless restaurants and bars. The city also has many attractions, like Citrus Plaza and Harkin's Movie Theatre, currently under remodeling Pharaoh's Lost Kingdom/Splash Kingdom, and the soon remodeled Redlands Mall currently under construction. The city is also home to the University of Redlands and the Redlands Bowl.
East State Street & Other Historical Redlands Sites
Many would argue East State Street is Redland's business crown jewel, with the popular Redlands Market Night, which has ran since 1988, happening every Thurday night. State Street is not experienced without walking it in its entirety from Orange Street and east side of the mall, to Redlands Blvd. Recently the city has put many efforts into revitalizing its commercial and residential districts, with East State Street getting a majority of the efforts. This includes new businesses, shops, bar and restaurants, street lighting and decor, and a deliberate effort towards giving East State Street a "small town main street" feel.
Other Redlands historical sites include Barton Villa, a landmark residence Barton Road is named from, Kimberly Crest House & Gardens, and the Lincoln Memorial Shrine and Museum. But new attractions have made Redlands home, like the popular Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, ESRI and UpDog Print & Marketing. Redlands has become popular with new and trendy companies and businesses as a city with parallel goals.
Historical Redlands Homes
As mentioned above, the Barton Villa is a designated historical residential site in Redlands, with other notable homes and properties like Kimberly Crest, and the Morey Mansion. But there are many homes in the city of Redlands with the designation of a historical property as well, as the Redlands Historical Society has awarded its Heritage Award to over 300 homes through the city garnering notice for the preservation of its past architecture.
Redlands Communities, Areas & Homes
Redlands has many communities, areas and homes to choose from, including the prominent south Redlands area around Prospect Park, North Redlands and University Village, Downtown Redlands around State Street and other business centers in Redlands, West Redlands near the Loma Linda border, Plymouth Village, South Redlands and Redlands Heights, East Redlands Hills and more.
Standard three to four bedroom, more affordable homes tend to be located further north, while more prominent, larger and more expensive homes tend to be towards the south side of Redlands.The 10 Freeway separates these different homes and properties, although that should not be considered a strict rule. And many of the historical homes tend to be located in Old Town Redlands south of Redlands Blvd. and in between Terracina Blvd. and Ford Street.
There's also countless older Redlands homes available without being considered a historical home. But again, most of these types of properties are south of the freeway, and again, this should not be considered a strict rule of thumb.
What to Look for When Buying a Redlands Home
If you're considering buying a Redlands home, first consider what type of home you prefer buying. If you want a historical home with the character that a 1900's build brings, then searching for homes south of the freeway and around 100 years old or so is best. If you want a newer home, then some of the newer communities and areas will suffice. And if you're searching for more of an estate, south Redlands will probably be your best bet.
Another option for Redlands home shoppers is the Mentone area, while these homes don't sport the Redlands address, they are located on the eastern portion of Redlands and surrounded by other Redlands neighborhoods and share the Redlands shopping, schools and other community amenities.
Below you'll find great tools to help you find what you're looking for, and research Redlands home prices so you don't buy too high, or sell too low: