2 years ago my wife and I were looking at really bargain properties in "New" Adelanto. We saw lots of shady characters around, junky cars, poorly maintained properties, We told our realtor to get us the heck out of here.
Then we settled on Brentwood. Be careful. Looks can be deceiving. In the high desert there are many neighborhoods with trees, parks, sidewalks...and nice people can be found everywhere.. but just drive by in the evening and at night especially when its warmer weather. I was shocked at what I found in Brentwood. I bought during a cold season when the neighbors are inside. Had I known I would never have bought here either.
Do your due dilligance. Look for the socio-economic-racial make up of the local schools. Look for how the different cultures perform on their tests. There is a coorelation between poorly performing students and trouble in an area.
I grew up in the higher socio-economic area of Etiwanda/Rancho Cucamonga. The test scores at that time in the mid 90's were through the roof...I know I was a student at a very good school and the quality of the houses and neighbors was exceptional at that time. So look at the school statistics in the neighborhoods you are considering--even if you have no children.
I am just checking in to see if you ever found a home or purchased one? I agree with the buyer, Brian, below about Adelanto. If I can be of help, please private email me at Love2listyou@yahoo.com. Feel free to ask any questions. I am here to help.