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Big Bear Lake California is a beautiful village located 7000 feet above sea level in the San Bernardino Mountains of southern California, approximately 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles. The permanent population of the town is about 21,000 residents. More than half of the city’s housing is second homes, but others do decide to come to this pristine area to settle and raise families or to open businesses. Many people purchase homes as a weekend retreat to escape from the hectic pace of the larger southern California cities, while still others decide to move to Big Bear Lake permanently when they retire. Tourism is the largest trade in the area, with the ski resorts being the largest employers. Home values remained steady in the 90s, which is much better than other parts of California, where home values decreased. Big Bear Lake village has all types of retail establishments such as shops, restaurants, and movie theaters which are frequented by tourists, while most locals shop at one of two large strip malls and a shopping center.

Big Bear Lake is a unique mountain resort community. Altitude ranges from 6,750 to 9,000 feet, and there are over 300 days of sunshine each year. Summer temperatures average around 80 degrees during the day and 45 degrees at night. Winter brings about 100 inches of snowfall, and temperatures which average in the low 40's during the day, and mid 20's at night. Pine and oak forests flourish in Big Bear's alpine environment. The area also provides a natural habitat for approximately 30 wintering bald eagles and 29 species of rare plants, ten of which are indigenous to the area. Big Bear Lake is a fresh water lake seven miles long, 1/2 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 72 feet and over 22 miles of shoreline. The community is full of recreational opportunities such as fishing, water sports, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and winter sports. It's home to one of the nation's only alpine solar observatories. Big Bear Lake also features a public zoo, a nine-hole golf course, seven public campgrounds, great restaurants, entertainment and lots of shopping. Big Bear's airport is open 24 hours every day and is equipped for night landings, and air taxi/charter service is available. Big Bear Lake is also an easy drive from almost any point in the southern California region. Whether you’re considering a vacation home, thinking of opening a business or contemplating a more permanent move to the mountains, Big Bear Lake has gorgeous scenery, fresh air, convenient shopping, friendly locals and much more to offer.

Once you vacation in Big Bear Lake, chances are you’ll start thinking about purchasing a second home. A good way to see if living here permanently is really for you is by renting. Vacation rentals make up a large part of the real estate business in Big Bear Lake, and there are dozens of helpful, qualified agents and property management companies in the area to help you find what you need – for a week, a month or longer.


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