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Exploring Big Bear

There’s a side to Big Bear that most people never get to see. It’s the amazing back country that surrounds our mountain valley. Some of the most beautiful places in Big Bear are just a few miles off the beaten path. Here are a few tips for first time back country explorers. Most of the fire roads that lead into the San Bernardino National Forest are easily traveled by standard two wheel drive vehicles. Be sure to pack a couple of blankets, plenty of water, and some food, just in case you break down or get lost. … [Read more...]

Local Big Bear Lifestyle

Big Bear locals enjoy a unique lifestyle that few communities can offer.  With so many different activities to choose from, the biggest challenge of living up here is deciding what to do next.  Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast with energy to burn or simply in need of rest and relaxation, Big Bear offers something for everyone. Big Bear Valley is home to over 17,000 full time residents and the population can jump to 50,000 over a typical holiday weekend.  In the wintertime it’s all about our alpine resorts.  … [Read more...]

Top 10 Reasons to Buy a Home in Big Bear Lake

If you have considered a mountain property, here are 10 great reasons to purchase a home now in Big Bear Lake. 1.  Interest Rates are at an all time low! Today's rates are near 4.30%, which is free money to anyone who remembers the rates 20-30 years ago.  The lower the rate, the lower your monthly mortgage payment. 2.  Prices are the lowest they have been since 2003 - while they still may go down a little more, any hike up in the interest rate is bound to negate any savings by waiting. 3. Big Bear Lake has a … [Read more...]

Big Bear Real Estate Monday Market Update For 6/8/2009

Below is your weekly update for the Big Bear real estate market as of 6/8/2009. Property Type Listings for Sale Change from Last Week Pending Sales Change from Last Week Sales Year to Date Change from Last Week RESIDENTIAL 898 -12 167 +3 300 +24 VACANT LAND 375 -1 15 +2 12 0 CONDOS 61 0 4 +1 10 0 GOVERNMENT LEASE 15 0 1 0 0 0 COMMERCIAL & RES INVESTMENT 61 0 3 0 8 0 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY 13 0 0 0 1 0 TOTAL 1423 -13 190 +6 331 +24 These are the quick stats for the week - 36 new residential … [Read more...]

Moonridge Is The Location Many Buyers Prefer.

There are many reasons buyers pick Moonridge as the location they want to own a primary or second home. Maybe it's the proximity to Bear Mountain Ski Resort, the Moonridge Zoo, the Bear Mountain Golf Course, Snow Summit, Shopping Centers, Restaurants and the National Forest. Moonridge truly has it all, it might be the abundance of tall Pinion Pines, or the mountainous terrain that let's them know they are not in the city. Many Moonridge locations have ski slope views or lake views that are not available in other … [Read more...]

“Snowshoe The Bear” Comes To Big Bear Lake

For all you outdoor enthusiasts, a 5k and 10k snowshoe race will be coming the Big Bear Lake on February 9th, 2008. What a terrific way to get out and enjoy one of the many outdoor activities that Big Bear has to offer. In partnership with the San Bernardino National Forest Service and our local Big Bear Discovery Center, this should be a fun & invigorating event for all. More details can be found here along with a schedule of events and how to register. If you have any specific questions, contact Sarah … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays From The Big Bear Skinny

Best wishes to everyone this holiday season. I am looking forward to seeing you all up here this ski season. Below are a picture of my office at Coldwell Banker, Mountain Gallery Realtors and one of the Snow Summit ski area. These were taken this past week by an associate from my office, Chris Atkins. … [Read more...]

Snow in Big Bear….Finally!

The first substantial snow fall for the winter happened this past weekend in Big Bear. We received about 8-12 inches of snow, which was very welcomed. The picture below was taking from my office parking lot this morning looking towards the Snow Summit ski area. This should help kick off the winter tourist season which has been slow up to this point. One obvious question that is asked now is do properties in Big Bear sell better now that there is snow on the ground? Historically speaking, no. The winter months … [Read more...]