Yucca Valley

About

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.

Neighbors

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.

Neighborhood Feel

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.

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Neighborhood Location

Commute
29 Palms – Ocotillo Gate
29 Palms – Condor Gate
Drive Time to Gate
27 minutes
37 minutes
By Transit
N/A

Neighborhood Info

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Points of Interest

Morongo Canyon Preserve

Old Town Yucca Valley

Sky Village Outdoor Marketplace

Big Plus

Yucca Valley is considered to be the commercial hub of the Morongo Basin.  

Close to Palm Springs — those that like to keep a little distance from base are happy here. The proximity to a larger city also opens up employment opportunities for career-minded spouses.

Homes on the western hills, higher up on the mesa, offer dramatic views of the entire valley.

There is minimal light pollution so get ready for some epic stargazing. Forget stars — you can see galaxies from out here!

Things to Consider

Though there are more shopping options in Yucca Valley than other MCAGCC neighbors, you’ll still need to go “all the way down the hill” to Palm Springs for things like Target, Old Navy, and Costco.

Understand the cooling systems in homes. You have a choice of either refrigerated air, swamp coolers, or a hybrid of both. You can go with cost conscious swamp coolers and potentially sweat out a couple of the hotter months to save your wallet, or opt for air conditioning and improve your chances of resale. A lot of buyers look for homes with both systems, so keep that in mind if you’re thinking of buying a home! People often move on base after getting their first electric bill, so do your research before you get here.

The hospital and clinics at 29 Palms are small and most specialty referrals are seen “down the hill” in Palm Springs or at Loma Linda University (which, although closer than 29 Palms, is still over an hour-long drive).  

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How’s the Market?

The median home value for single family homes in Yucca Valley is $149,000 according to the Zillow Home Value Index.

Home Values are forecasted to increase by 5.4% in the coming year.

According to Zillow’s Rental Index, the median rental rate for single-family homes in Yucca Valley is $1,039.

School Scoop

Yucca Valley has 11 primary and secondary schools. One of the best schools is Onaga Elementary School, with a rating of 7, according to GreatSchools.org. Public schools in Yucca Valley belong to Morongo Unified School District.

Transitional kindergarten is available at Twentynine Palms Elementary and Joshua Tree Elementary for students who turn five years old on or between September 2 and December 2. Make sure you get your application in early and remember that the parents are required to provide all transportation for transitional kindergarteners.

A new law, signed into practice on January 1, 2016, mandates that all students in the state of California are to be fully vaccinated in order to attend a public or private school and/or child care, unless they have a documented medical exemption. That means no more personal belief exemptions (PBEs). Students attending home-based schools or independent study are not required to submit immunization forms.

The local schools have fantastic resources for homeschooling, which is a popular choice for students ranging from kindergarten all the way through high school seniors.

Highlighted Areas

Western Hills Ranchos

Copper Valley

Sky harbor

Paradise Valley

Storey Park

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