Antelope Valley is a large desert suburb of Los Angeles County and southeast Kern County. This high desert valley is mainly flat and surrounded by San Gabriel and Tehachapi's mountainous terrain. Over 500,000 people within 2200 square miles call the Antelope Valley home. With over 10 towns, Palmdale and Lancaster are the largest, most developed and thriving areas for families. Both cities have consistently been ranked in the top 25 “Fastest Growing Cities in America.” A growing valley with new home communities, newly built schools, hospitals and hotels. What used to be a wide-open desert town that many commuters would just drive through to get to other destinations, is now a well-established and thriving area for housing, employment opportunities, ammenities and attractions.
The layout of the towns have been thoughtfully planned out, making it easy to find your way around. It's as easy as knowing your ABC's and 123's.
Ca Hwy-14 run north and southbound through the main towns of Palmdale, Lancaster and Rosamond. Highway 14 is west of Division St. which "divide" the east and west boundaries by numbers starting with "0" west or "0" east and going up in either direction.
If you are driving CA-14 Northbound from Los Angeles, you will know you have arrived in Palmdale when you start seeing letters of the alphabet starting with Avenue "S". Working your way backward toward Lancaster, you will see Avenue "L" and arriving in Rosamond at Avenue "A". There really isn't much traffic unless there is an accident or you are driving near all the major shopping and restaurants such as; 10th Street West and Avenue "P" by the Antelope Valley Mall.
Ok, now let's get to the nitty gritty of moving to the Antelope Valley:
Although the Antelope Valley has quite a large population, it still feels like a slow paced town. Maybe it's because the valley is so large, it is still open for expansion and it doesn't feel over-crowded. Most people are friendly, relaxed and down to earth. There isn't that feeling of "keeping up with the Jones". Most families are hard-working and not up-tight. You won't feel the pressures of a fast paced, high traffic, populated area.
Antelope Valley has many options for employment. The greatest percentage come from the military and aerospace industry. There are also a large amount of schools, hospitals, hotels, restaurants, golf courses, parks and recreation, public transportation and many other job opportunities in this expanding valley.
With such a large valley, where and how do you know where to move to? Do you prefer a newly built suburb neighborhood, a gated community, golf course home, custom home or do you enjoy the rural life with more acreage? From affordable housing to luxury homes, Antelope Valley has a large selection of homes for all types of living.
The Antelope Valley is known for it's high desert winds. It does keep the air cleaner with much less smog, but if dirt and dust is a problem, you may consider a well-established planned developed neighborhood in Palmdale or Lancaster. The temperatures can range anywhere up to 115° and get down as low as the 20's. Like many populated areas, you are going to have both your good and bad neighborhoods, some more poverty stricken and some very nice upscale communities. You will want to do your research. You may want to check out the school ratings and reviews.
HOA, Mello-Roos and Special Tax Assessment Communities:
When considering buying a home, you will want to take in consideration the community you purchase in and tax rates. Antelope Valley tax assessment typically range from 1.25% - 1.9% depending on home market value, district special assessments, HOA and/or Mello-Roos communities.
Not all, but many of the homes and communities in the Antelope Valley that were built after 2002 are subject to higher taxes and HOA fees. The HOA fees are home owner association dues. Each community have their own set of rules and regulations and fees that will apply. You will be required to follow the terms before moving in to the community. Fees vary drastically based on the ammenities and the service the HOA company provides.
Mello-Roos is a form of financing that can be used by cities, counties, and special districts (such as school districts). Mello-Roos must be approved by 2/3rds of the voters within the district. A Mello-Roos is formed to finance major improvements and services within the district which might include schools, roads, libraries, police and fire protection services, or ambulance services. The taxes are secured by a continuing lien and are levied annually against property within the district. Once the yearly tax bond have been paid in full, the Mello-Roos is then removed. By law (Prop. 13), the Mello-Roos tax cannot be directly based on the value of the property.
Special Tax Assessments: Taxes can go up when special assessment taxes are approved by the voters in taxing districts.
Before moving to the Antelope Valley, we can help you make the right decision by knowing what your approximate tax value will be in the community you decide to move into.
Rural towns of AV:
- Antelope Acres: West of Lancaster. Agricultural, solar farms - approx. population: 2800. Large lots, ideal for livestock custom homes and ranch homes.
- California City: Mojave desert town in Kern County with one main blvd. Approx. population: 14,000. Near Edward AFB. Slow growing housing and business developments.
- Green Valley: Small town - population just over 1000. with a general store, cafe - hills, forest and mountains.
- Juniper Hills: Small rural desert town located at the southeast end of Antelope Valley in the foothills of San Gabriel Mtns.
- Lake Hughes: Lake Hughes is an unincorporated rural community in the foothills of the Sierra Pelona Mountains, northwest of Palmdale and north of the Santa Clarita Valley, in the Angeles National Forest. Population under 1000.
- Lake Los Angeles: Rural Antelope Valley desert town east of Palmdale and Lancaster near buttes and Joshua trees. Mostly older built ranch homes with 2 acre lots.
- Leona Valley: Leona Valley is a beautiful, green pastures, orchards and cattle. Many custom homes in this small community just west of Palmdale
- Littlerock: A small 1.8 square mile town southeast of Palmdale with a population of under 1500.
- Llano: 25 miles southeast of Palmdale. Pearblossom Hwy (State Route 138) is a main highway that runs through the majority of the town. It is mainly a trucker desert town heading into San Bernardino or leaving Antelope Valley.
- Mojave: A Kern County small desert, aerospace town just north of Rosamond with old aviation history.
- Pearblossom: Just before Llano and about 15 miles east of Palmdale. Population is approx. 2500.
- Quartz Hill: A quaint community with that small town feel. Just bordering parts of West Palmdale and West Lancaster. Many styles of homes from rural ranch homes to custom homes, gated communities, older and newer communities.
- Rosamond: Aerospace town just 13 miles south of Mojave, and 11 miles north of Lancaster. Home to many military families just west of Edwards Airforce Base. Many planned developed home communities. Approx. population: 18,000.
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