One of the most popular places to live in California, Riverside reigns supreme as the residential destination in Southern California. The area is also conveniently located centrally in between other major places in the state like San Diego and Los Angeles.
Riverside residents enjoy year-round warm weather that makes the area a great place to be active. Aside from the great places to go in the area, such as parks, libraries, and the like, Riverside is also surrounded by picturesque farmland and amazing open spaces. As a result of being surrounded by the unique works of mother nature, Riverside feels less like a true hyper-busy big city and more of a laid-back city complete with a small-town feel. Active, outdoorsy, people will want to look at Riverside because of all the national parks near the area. Riverside is near or has in its vicinity no less than 7 national protected areas, most of which offer trails for hiking, biking, and camping.
For Families or people looking to have kids, the schools in Riverside County are some of the best in the state and are highly regarded. Higher Education is also taken care-off with the University of California, Riverside, the most known of the colleges and universities that can be found in the area.
It is also just 45 minutes away from one of the most famous places in the world, and the happiest place on Earth, Disneyland. Along with Disneyland, Big Bear is also only an hour away, making going to winter skiing vacations relatively easier.
Shopping and dining options in the area are numerous, being a large developed area in itself and being so close to Los Angeles and San Diego.
Finally, while Riverside is very close to Los Angeles, it is actually a lot cheaper to live in than its more famous neighbor.
For one of the most definitively Californian places to live in, Riverside won’t be easily beat.