Diana M. I was trying to answer my own question, just to help educate people because many people are totally shocked that you can keep horses here in Alta Loma and Rancho Cucamonga.
Hey Diane, yes, this is my area of specialty! I love and I mean love horses. I used to even be a member of the mounted unit for the sheriff's department here in Rancho Cucamonga until I just was so busy with real estate that I just could not be squad leader anymore!
Thanks for clarifying about the CC&R's Diane because you are right about items such as where the barn can be positioned etc. You are allowed on a 1/2 acre and this is a true 1/2 acre to have 2.5 horses. So, that could be two full sized horses and a pony or a mini horse. However, remember, if the property is not a true 1/2 acre you really should check with the city to make sure.
And, yes, Etiwanda Estates (I lived there for about 3 years), is an area in which the horses go in a stall in the middle of the development which is shared by anyone who wants a horse there. Some people like that kind of place, but I like a little bit more privacy. It is a nice concept, but if you want more than 1 horse (like always do) it is not really good because they try to restrict you to 1. They may have changed things up there, however, this was the way it was for me when I lived there.
If you do happen to purchase a property that is horse property, it is important to know that you most likely are responsible for the trail behind your house. This is a dedicated easement that must be maintained for anyone to pass on. This includes trimming trees and making sure there are no branches down on the trails. Also, the weeds need to be taken care of as well. This may or may not apply to you if you purchase, but ask your real estate agent, the homeowner, and check with the city. There are many lovely trails to ride on in all of these areas and have been dedicated by homeowners. The city does go and enforce that they are maintained and taken care of. The local mounted unit for the sheriff's department patrols and does contact code enforcement for infractions. I would know since I was a part of it for so long.
If anyone has a son or daughter who would like to take riding lessons, there are many places here that I can direct you to. The Alta Loma Riding Club, http:// http://www.altalomaridingclub.com has local horse shows and anyone can join. You don't need to be a horse owner! But, they have shows that teach many great skills. I could put you in touch with people there as well. I am the horse realtor of Alta Loma, Rancho Cucamonga, Etiwanda, Norco, Murrieta as well as Temecula. Call if I can help you with anything related to horses!
Regards to Diane and Diana they are the best!
I did a lot of research on the horse trails and property restrictions, etc. for the Alta Loma and Etiwanda areas since those areas are the heart of where I list and sell homes. I even went so far at one time to meet with the city of Rancho Cucamonga's horse trail committee to assist my client with their specific needs in regards to a new home they had built across of Heritage Park on Beryl Avenue.
My understanding is that Alta Loma and Etiwanda are zoned to allow for horses unless a specific development has CC&R's restricting horse improvements. The basis for the number of horses per property is one horse per 10,000 sq. ft. of land which for the most part amounts to two horses per 1/2 acre. However, the horse facilities themselves must be at least 70' away from the adjacent land ownerâ€™s personal dwelling or livable area of their residence (excludes garage space). The properties in Etiwanda that you are referring to such as Rancho Estates allow for horses, even encourage them however, the horse are kept off the resident's property and placed in a community facility located within the community.
There are horse trails that run throughout Alta Loma and Etiwanda almost like the basic artery of the city's plan for equestrian properties. Please check with the city of Rancho Cucamonga, specifically the Engineering Dept. and Planning Division at (909) 477-2750 when purchasing a property within Alta Loma, Rancho Cucamonga and Etiwanda for specific zoning regulations, horse trail easements and maintenance and how it may or may not impact your home buying decision. Alta Loma area is ideal for the horse lover and border.
You are correct and I am so glad you said to check with the city because some properties up here in this area are just under a 1/2 acre and neighbors can complain about 2.5 horses. So, it is always ALWAYS a good idea to check with the city. I would also get a name and write it down in case a problem ever came up. We are so fortunate to still have this lifestyle here in our area!
It looks like you answered your own question. You are correct that most properties that are 1/2 acre are zoned for horses in Rancho Cucamonga. But if anyone is concerned about the property they are interested in as to weather or not they can keep horses at their home, they should always check with the zoning and/or planning department regarding their specific partial, (they just need to provide them with the APN#). They can also provide them specific information with how many horses or other animals are allowed on that particular property.