I grew up in the Midwest so I understand how cheap the housing is! It certainly is a shock out here, but the weather sure pays for itself! You cannot beat the 75 degrees we had today!
I just checked the MLS for you regarding Claremont. There is one home under $350,000 in Claremont. It is a 3 bedroom 1 bath, single story, built in 1952, only 1082 sq. feet on an 8000 sq. foot lot. So, this is smaller than you wanted. There are a few other homes listed at $399,000 right now in Claremont.
There are other areas that are quite lovely that are close to Claremont. The closer you get to Los Angeles, the higher the prices. I live in Alta Loma or some people call it Rancho Cucamonga. There are a lot more homes under $350,000 and they are really nice as well. Upland has many nice homes too. Why don't you plan on coming out here and I can give you a tour of the areas and homes that are on the market. Maybe that will help you determine better.
I would be happy to send homes via the internet if you would like. You can contact me at my email address below.
Joan Patterson, B.A., A.S.P., G.R.I., Realtor
Keller Williams Realty
Santa Clarita is just such a place located about 35 miles North of Los Angeles International Airport. Try these links for info on the city.
You can get a nice Single Story House in the price you mentioned. If you need more info do let me know.
United America Realty