big bear cabins:
Here in the Big Bear real estate market, virtually everything is a "cabin." A Big Bear Cabin can be anything from small, charming, vintage one-bedroom home on government lease land all the way up to a palatial mansion at the top of Castle Glen, High Timber Ranch, Eagle Point, Meadowbrook or Ironwood Estates. Our cabins can be located in the middle of town, on the lake, or backing up to National Forest. Vacation rentals are found throughout the valley, but the most actively booked ones are concentrated in the areas closest to the ski resorts and/or the lake.
what is selling?
As you can see in the charts below, residential sales have recently been concentrated in the lower price ranges, with sales valued under $500,000 making up about three-fourths of last year's sales volume. This has held true over the past several years, as well as into this current year. The average sales price of a home varies dramatically by area. Big Bear Lake, its adjacent Fox Farm, and the north shore lakefront town of Fawnskin generally see the highest average sales prices. Sugarloaf and areas in the East Valley are generally lower-priced due to their distance from the ski slopes. East Valley areas like Meadowbrook Estates and equestrian acreage properties are exceptions to this statement.
RESIDENTIAL SALES BY PRICE RANGE (YE 2016)
AVERAGE SALES PRICE BY AREA (YE 2016)
areas of big bear valley
Big Bear valley has a number of quite distinct and unique areas. We have provided an overview of each main area below as well as the ability to search for properties available in that specific area. An overview map is provided below the area descriptions.
BIG BEAR LAKE
Big Bear Lake runs from the Big Bear Dam all along the south shore of Big Bear Lake and includes areas such as Boulder Bay, Metcalf Bay, Eagle Point, Ironwood Estates, and more. It includes the lakefront homes of the south shore, as well as estate neighborhoods that have been established for some time. Properties convenient to Snow Summit ski resort are very popular among people looking for vacation rental investments.
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Fox Farm has some of the most beautiful non-lakefront properties in Big Bear. In Fox Farm, one can find large lots (some an acre or more), newer homes and the prestigious Castle Glen development. Also convenient to the slopes and the lake, Fox Farm is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the Big Bear Valley.
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On the north shore of Big Bear, the charming town of Fawnskin is more remote and less busy than the south shore. Except for Fawnskin, the majority of the north shore is national forest and private land is scarce.
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Moonridge is home to Big Bear's second ski resort, Bear Mountain. Homes in this area are often highly valued either for their proximity to the slopes or for beautiful mountain, ski slope and lake views. Upper Moonridge is "topped off" by the newly developed High Timber Ranch.
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BIG BEAR CITY
Big Bear City runs roughly from Division to the east valley and includes some areas on the north shore and north of the airport. Properties in Big Bear City are less sought after as vacation rentals and are less convenient to the ski resorts, often meaning that you can get more for your dollar in Big Bear City.
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Local lore tells that Sugarloaf got its start when the LA Times gave away a piece of land as a free gift with a new subscription to its paper. If true, this certainly explains why the lots in Sugarloaf are generally quite small -- 25 by 100 feet is quite common. That said, there are also estate-type properties on the west end of Sugarloaf and quite a few cabins that back to National Forest. It is generally very affordable as compared to the west end of the valley and its second homes outnumber primary residences.
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EAST VALLEY: Baldwin Lake, Erwin Lake and Lake Williams
The East Valley is home to everything from horse property and acreage to small affordable cabins. While these areas are predominantly primary residences, second home owners looking for something a little more remote and maybe a little more rustic often seek out these homes.
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