With the hills and dry arid area, comes the danger of fire. It appears you've already received good advice so I will add this. We have the best firefighters in the area and a rapid response from other municipalities to help whenever a fire does break out.
Are you working with a local Realtor? He or She can help navigate you through the benefits and pitfalls associated with the individual areas you're interested in. If you're not working with a Realtor, I suggest you get one right away. With interest rates the lowest ever and prices on the climb, NOW is the time to buy! The FIRST and foremost step in purchasing a home is to get with a Realtor. Check with friends and family to see if they can refer someone to you or research sites, such as this one to find a good professional Realtor. Your SECOND step is to get pre-qualified for a loan. AFTER you find a Realtor, he or she will have you meet with the lender that he or she uses regularly. This is important. Please let me know if I can help or if you have any more questions.
Keller Williams Realty
Your insurance coverage may be more...possibly double that of other homes.
I've sold homes in that area and you just can't beat some of the beautiful views, the rural feel and the wonderful quality of life there.
Prudential California Realty