Located roughly 20 miles west, Yucca Valley is one of the larger communities that military families choose when moving to 29 Palms. Sweeping views of the lower valley, cooler temperatures, and a more developed commercial district draw many to this area.
Yucca Valley is a great ‘happy medium’ for many reasons. It’s halfway between 29 Palms and Palm Springs, giving working spouses the opportunity to find employment in the city. You’re still in the desert, but the valley is fertile with shopping, dining, and a few name brand stores and restaurants to make you feel at home. And there are vintage clothing shops that cater to the desert bohemian style (think nearby Coachella Music Festival), art galleries, and antique shops, along with some chain stores and car dealerships.
There are a lot of retirees in Yucca Valley, as well as those who work in Palm Springs. There are military families, but uniforms definitely start to thin out this far from base.
The homes in Yucca Valley are stucco with red tile roofs in the adobe style. They are typically newer homes, built in the last 15 to 20 years, and some have pools. The population density is higher here and the homes are closer together than in neighboring communities.