Although it’s often confused with the City of Big Bear Lake, Big Bear City is the unincorporated township located to the east of Big Bear Lake, in the center of the Big Bear Valley. The Stanfield Marsh Bird Sanctuary borders to the west, Baldwin Lake borders the eastern edge, and the San Bernardino National Forest cradles Big Bear City to the north and south. Sub-areas include Baldwin Lake, Erwin Lake, Lake Williams, and Whispering Forest
According to the 2010 census, Big Bear City’s population has more than doubled since 2000, a testament to the area’s growing popularity. Local landmarks include the Big Bear Historical Museum, Big Bear Convention Center, and the Big Bear City Park. The Big Bear City Airport sits at 6,752 feet above sea level and is a popular destination for private aviators. In the spring and summer months, the Pacific Crest Trail, running from Mexico to Canada through the local mountains, attracts hikers from all over the world.
Big Bear City is also the gateway to historic Holcomb Valley where gold was discovered in 1860, creating Southern California’s biggest gold rush. Although you can barely see any trace of the once booming gold town, it once was the largest town in San Bernardino County with a population of 10,000 and nearly became the San Bernardino County seat.
Homeowners are attracted to Big Bear City for its affordable real estate, proximity to schools, and the mountain lifestyle Big Bear is famous for. Big Bear City real estate prices range from well under $100,000 for a small weekender cabin all the way up to $1,000,000 or more for an equestrian estate or custom home with breathtaking views.
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