If you are seriously wanting a peace of mind and happy place to live DO NOT MOVE TO LRE!!!!
Suddenly, there was an gray-haired, irate guy screaming and yelling, cussing and swearing, demanding that I "crank it up" and get out of there. When finally he decided to use more helpful words, he said we were parked ON the runway and were shutting down their runway. That might have been technically correct, but since we were well off the compacted part of the runway, and since there was not a single aircraft in the sky, AND no other aircraft were moving or even had an engine running anywhere near the runway... Needless to say, this guy had no justification for being so abusive.
I don't know why I didn't have the presence of mind to ask who he was and why he had the authority to run-off prospective buyers. Let's assume for a moment that he was authorized to ride up on his bicycle (on the runway, btw, lol) and bark at new-comers. Do you want to pay good money to live in a place where the community thinks that's OK behavior? Wouldn't you want to live in a place where newcomers are greeted politely, then informed of (or gasp, even assisted with) any rules that were inadvertently broken? Do you want your wife, children, mother in law, or pastor to be around elements of society who believe they are within their rights to represent you and your neighbors in such a vulgar way?
I wonder who the locals are, who yell at you around the lake or along the horse trails or anywhere else within that community, for some real or imagined micro-infraction? Can you imagine their HOA meetings? You might try to be reasonable only to be shouted down and cussed at. No thanks. If you are a real estate agent for this area, it would behoove you to get involved with the politics of this area before the low-lifes ruin it for every one.
I like it here, but some of the people in here have nothing better to do than complain about others!
STAY AWAY FROM Lake Riverside Estates, LRE!
They are NOW being forced to perform 40 years of major drainage work in the next year at a cost of $5-10 million.
This work was ordered by the Army Engineers Corps and must be done or the Corps will do it and then bill the HOA.
The numbers are alarming, LRE only has 500 dues paying members for 1022 lots so the special assessment could be $20-40k per homeowner.
That is twenty to fourty thousand per homeowner for an average home price of $250k.
LRE also has five or six drug grow houses, those are the homes you can see with paper on all their windows and groups of people showing up at regular harvest intervals.
Grow houses are illegal in Riverside County but they are rampant in Anza and Aguanga with a recent major bust on the Reservation.
LRE may seem too good to be true with low home prices, that is due to looming massive construction projects.
I would wait until the Army Corps had completed all projects before even thinking about buying at LRE or you may have a $20k special assessment.
You can have fruit trees, grow a garden. As in all situations there can be difference of opinion in how a HOA should be run thats life. There is a new on site manager so we hope to see the benefits from that. Opportunity to be involved friends to be made.
The only cons to being "on the hill" right now is the cost of commuting....if your job takes you much further away than Temecula/Murrieta or Hemet, gas could be a factor. I commute to North San Diego County, and wouldn't trade living at LRE for the city for anything!