Here's the best formula to follow. When you get here, rent in Rosamond. It's close to Edwards and will save you time and distance to shopping is much better than California City. Then spend some serious time reading the local paper, visiting the different neighborhoods, and determining the "right" price for what you want here in the Antelope Valley. If you can wait a year or two the prices in the area should drop significantly. I personally would not pay over $100k for anything in Rosamond nor over $150 in Lancaster or Palmdale. Keep in mind your commuting cost (time and fuel) will increase substantially with a commute to Lancaster (25-30 miles) or Palmdale (30-45 miles) versus Rosamond (17 miles). California City is nice and close to Edwards (15-20 miles), but it will take about an hour to drive to Lancaster/Palmdale for shopping and dining. Prices in some certain cases here have appreciated 400-500% since 1997 and are past due for a correction.