For those of us familiar with Riverside, we think of warm, dry weather, great golfing, and affordable living for being so close to Los Angeles. Yet, there is so much more to this city. Riverside features a diverse collection of neighborhoods, including hip urban spots, small town exurbs, and fancy suburbs. No matter what your values may be, the “City of Arts & Innovation” is sure to have a neighborhood for you.
The Ramona neighborhood formed the most western edge of Riverside when it was first founded in 1883. With the expansion of the city, Ramona now finds itself smack dab in the center of Riverside bounded by the Riverside Freeway, Arlington Avenue, Jackson Street, and Madison Street. There are two distinctly Riverside landmarks in the neighborhood: the Queen Anne Victorian style Heritage House and Sherman Indian Museum.
Just south of Ramona is the Presidential Park neighborhood, which gets its name from the many street names honoring United States presidents. It is bounded by Riverside Freeway, Jackson Street, Jefferson Street, and Lincoln Avenue. Many of the city’s public facilities are located in the neighborhood. It is also home to one of the country’s first auto centers as well as a senior apartment complex. If you would like to go for a stroll, Don Derr Park is right here too.
The real estate Niche regularly comes out with lists of the best suburbs for retirees throughout the country. Their “2016 Best Places to Retire in California” list features several suburbs near Riverside. Based on access to health care, weather, the size of the senior population, and entertainment options, Rancho Mirage is the highest rated Riverside suburb. Rancho Mirage has more than 17,000 residents and is nestled in the Coachella Valley. Excellent health care is available at the Eisenhower Medical Center. Other Riverside suburbs that are ideal for retirees are Indian Wells, Calimesa, and Palm Desert.
Movoto is another great website for discovering quality neighborhoods. They listed “The 5 Best Neighborhoods in Riverside.” Interestingly, Downtown Riverside received the highest rating because of its walkability and its proximity to mass transit, grocery stores, several restaurants, and entertainment options. Fairmount Park Golf Course is also right there.
If none of the neighborhoods above sound very appealing to you, there are several tools available for you to do your own research. One such tool is Neighborhood Scout. This website offers an interactive map that lets you look at the crime rates, home values, public school quality, and more in neighborhoods throughout Riverside.
Using the Neighborhood Scout tool, some low crime neighborhoods in Riverside are Porphyry, Woodcrest, and Vista Drive / Alessandro Boulevard area. Neighborhoods with high home values include Prenda, the Central Avenue / Chicago Avenue area, and the Wood Road / Van Buren Boulevard neighborhood.
No matter your lifestyle, there is sure to be a Riverside neighborhood that caters to it. Enjoy yourself as you explore the city and find a home.
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