In my opinion, it's not so much East or West, but North or South. Fawnskin is the "quiet" side of the lake, so if you are looking for peace and quiet, that's where I'd go. But when it comes to East or West, it just depends on what you are looking for. You definitely get more house for your money on the East side, as you aren't paying for the "location" of being close to the Lake or the Ski Slopes. However, if it's a good weekend rental nvestment you are looking for, by all means the West end is the place to put your money. So North, South, East or West; Big Bear has something for everyone. You need to decide what is most important to you and your real estate goal. Whatever you decide, I'd be happy to help you with your search.