Although I am not a Real Estate Agent, I am a resident of Victorville, so I have first-hand knowledge of what this area is like. I came from down the hill, in the Whittier area wher I felt safe, until I read something in the paper, or saw something on the news that hit close to home. Moving first to Apple Valley to a beautiful home in a gated community was wonderful. The homes are still a bit more expensive there than in gated communities, but people take care of their yards, and don't park their cars everywhere, cluttering up the streets... so I would seriously look into those if I were you. Specifically for Victorville.... we moved here because we lost our home in Apple Valley, and moving here from there was big shock. Yes, homes are going for 90k, but I would seriously drive through an are very carefully when looking at houses. Check out who your neighbors are, what their yards look like, how noisy it is, etc... When we first moved here there was a shoot out at the bank which is 8 houses away!!! Had I been driving at tht time, my children or myself could have been killed by a stray bullet! A month after there was a home invasion a couple blocks over... I've never seen a police car on this street, but there is a school around the corner and we have had two incidents. One with the campus being put on lockdown due to some lunatic with a gun running around, and another instance with a note being sent home stating a little girl was asked by some 3 sickos in a car if she wanted a ride home...So, what I am trying to say is, although the houses are cheap, what price do you really want to pay for a lower mortgage????