Historically, the local folks have preferred the Southside. College Greens, Presidential Estates, Cresthills, The Gardens, Teal Landing and Southbrook are all neighborhoods on the south. In earlier years, most homes were built on the south while most of the older, simpler homes were located in the north. That began to change in the 80's when new subdivisions started to be built in the north. Now, with more than 2,000 homes built in the north, there are many fine neigborhoods to choose from. Since most of the new building activity was in the north during recent times, when the market "crashed" more homes in the north went into foreclosure. As a result, there is more to choose from in the north. Also, because of the massive number of homes built in the north, there are several very nice neighorhoods.
I would be pleased to give you a tour of the city so that you can become more familiar with the differences in area and neighborhoods. Los Banos is only 3 miles by 3 miles, so the same school district, police and fire protection serve both!