Are you thinking about living in Santa Clarita but want the real scoop on what it’s like? In this video, I’m going to share the five things that I hate about living in the Santa Clarita Valley. We’ll discuss everything from traffic to fire insurance so you can decide if the SCV is right for you.
The first reason I hate to live in Santa Clarita Valley has to be the traffic. I've lived here since 1985 and, when I moved here, there wasn't really a whole lot of traffic. Even commuting from here to the San Fernando Valley wasn't too bad.
While we are somewhat of a bedroom community, we are growing. Our industrial centers are getting larger and a lot more people are living and working here in the Santa Clarita Valley. Currently, we still have a lot of people that commute. This means we do have some traffic issues going from here down to the San Fernando Valley, LA, Burbank, and Glendale.
Within our town, it's also definitely gotten more congested, as the area has reduced in size. As bad as some of the other areas are—like in the San Fernando Valley or down in LA—it’s definitely a lot more congested. We don’t have that small town feel like we used to in some ways.
#2: The Heat
The second thing I hate about living in Santa Clarita is the heat. There are a couple of months in the summertime when it just gets really hot. You get up early and you can go do things right away. It does cool down in the evenings, which is really nice.
This means you can go do some outdoor activities early morning or late evening. Additionally, it does stay lighter a little later during the summer as well. While it’s not so bad, some days get up to 110 degrees. So if you don't like the heat, this may not be a place for you.
#3: Track Homes
The next thing to consider is that Santa Clarita also has track homes. A lot of our homes out here are track homes, which means that we have a little bit smaller lots. We have areas that are more in conformity with each other, so you don't have a whole lot of individuality in the neighborhoods. A lot of the houses do look similar.
Another thing that a lot of people don't like is the HOAs. A lot of our newer neighborhoods especially have an HOA. The great thing about an HOA is they normally have things like a community pool and spa, a clubhouse, and tennis courts. Others just do common area maintenance, which causes your fire insurance to be less.
There are different reasons and things that different HOAs have to offer. It does keep the neighborhood nice because everybody has to keep their house nice. You have to get your paint colors approved, so no one is going to be painting their house purple with pink polka dots. However, a lot of people want to have a choice.
Because we are a valley, we are surrounded by mountains all the way around. Because of that, we do have fire hazards here. There are certain times of the year where most likely there is going to be a fire at some point in time almost every year.
This means you just want to be careful when you're choosing your home. Make sure you check into fire insurance first of all. If the fire is a concern for you, then make sure you stay away from the mountain areas and settle closer to the middle of town. Being up against the mountain is beautiful, as many homes are right against natural forest lands or natural desert land.
While these lots are very nice and do provide a lot of privacy, you just have to weigh the pros and the cons if you're looking at buying a home in one of those types of areas. Make sure you also check into fire insurance, as it has become more difficult to get fire insurance in California as a whole right now.
You want to make sure that, if you are in one of those communities that back up to mountains and has a lot of raw land around, to check what fire insurance is going to cost.
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I hope this gave you a good idea of some of the not-so-great things about living in Santa Clarita so you’re best prepared for your move. I'm a real estate agent here in Santa Clarita, so if you're thinking of making a move here, feel free to reach out. I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have about living in the area.
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