The valley is a year-round resort community with many homes owned by part-time residents, some who only come up in the summer for boating and fishing, and some who come up in the winter to ski.  Full-tome residents number about 21,000.  The population usually swells to more than 100,000 on holiday weekends.  Our residential home elevation is between 6,750 and 7,500 feet.

 Big Bear Lake, has the largest lake in Southern California, is about seven miles long and 72 feet deep, and it has 24 miles of shoreline.  Fishing, swimming, boating, waterskiing, kayaking, canoeing and even parasailing are offered all summer long, and fishing continues through the winter months. 

 The valley is about 13 miles long east to west.  It has two major ski resorts and a nine-hole golf course.  There are forestry trails for hiking and biking, horseback riding stables, walking/bike path on the shore line, and a variety of sports facilities to enjoy many athletic activities.

 And, don’t forget the clean, fresh air and an average 300+ days of sunshine every year!

 Residential areas furthest from the lake and ski slopes are the least expensive.

 Sugarloaf is a community located to the southeast of Big Bear City with mostly smaller homes/cabins. The area is well treed, and surrounded by National Forest on 3 sides.  Prices range from $90,000 to $400,000, with an average price of $175,000.  All utilities are available and most roads are paved.

 Erwin Lake is mostly level terrain, and its lakebed is almost always dry.  Most utilities are available in most areas, and the majority of roads are paved.  Some areas have lots of trees; other areas, just a few.  There are 100 homes available here with an average price of $633,033.  Price range here is $135,000 to $1,275,000.

 Baldwin Lake is usually dry in the summer.  Like the other lakes here, it gets its water from rain run-off and snow-melt.  The terrain is mostly rolling hills.  The only utilities available here are electric and telephone.  You will need a well or a water tank, a sewage holding tank, and propane for heat.  Only the main road is paved.  Only 45 homes are available.  Median home price here is $289,000.

 Big Bear City has full utilities and paved roads.  There are 291 homes for sale here, ranging from a tiny cabin on a small lot for $139,900 to a huge home on over a half-acre for $1,394,500; the average asking price is $424,893.  Pine and Oak trees are all over Big Bear City!  There is level terrain east and west of the airport and hills to the north and south.  Big Bear City, the Valley’s “bedroom community,” has more full-time residents than any other area of the Valley.  

 Due to its proximity to the lake and ski slopes, Moonridge is rather exclusive.  The roads, paved, are mostly narrow and winding and the terrain is very hilly.  Few homes have garages because all the build able space is on most lost is devoted to home.  Many properties have great lake and/or ski slope views, and huge oak and pine trees are plentiful.  Here you will find 225 homes currently active on the market, priced between $198,900 and $2,395,000.  The average price for a Moonridge home is $534,000.

 Fox Farm is a very desirable area with many fine homes, and many of them are on large lots.  Terrain is mostly level and there are lots and lots of trees.  Fox Farm has 102 properties available with an average price of $1,210,000.  The price range here has a low of $299,000 and a high of $2,600,000.  Sixteen of these homes are priced over one million dollars.

 Lake Williams is a small, remote community that offers peace and quiet.  Most lots are quite large compared to other residential areas of the Valley.  The terrain is mostly flat, but the community is surrounded on all sides by National Forest.  It is about a 15 minute drive from Lake Williams to the lake and ski slopes. The roads are paved throughout Lake Williams.  The only utilities available are water, electric, cable TV, and telephone (no sewer, no natural gas).  There are only five homes on the market, priced between $325,000 and $750,000.

 Fawnskin is a small and exclusive North Shore community.  There are only 33 homes for sale here with an average price of $549,566.  The terrain is very hilly with narrow, winding roads.  Southern exposure means lots of winter-time sunny days and rapid snow melt.  Many properties have great lake and mountain views.

 Also on the North Shore is a rather small development known as Whispering Forest.  This area has the National Forest on three sides, lots of trees, winding roads, and plenty of wintertime sunshine.  Whispering forest terrain resembles Moonridge.  There are 25 homes for sale here with an average asking price of $415,900.

 Member-owned Whispering Pines Estates is an exceptionally exclusive manufactured home community.  Here you own the home and the land, and have access to the large clubhouse with its many amenities (spa, his and her saunas, billiard room, fitness facility, kitchen and dining room, meeting rooms, etc.), the swimming pool and two parks.  The monthly assessment is only $129, which includes sewer, trash, snow removal, and common area upkeep. Prices of homes range from  $69,900 and $250,900.

 There are 257 homes for sale within the City limits of the City of Big Bear Lake.  Big Bear Lake tends to be a little more expensive because of the location, near the ski slopes, shopping and the lake. The average home price in the City is almost above $700,000!