Fontana, California

Where Angels Get Their Wings

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The Area

Fontana is part of San Bernardino county on the western side of the Inland Empire region. This is a massive stretch of land that is larger than ten states and stretches from just east of Los Angeles to the borders of Nevada and Arizona. It was originally much like its Central Valley neighbor to the north, dedicated to agriculture and filled with produce and dairy farms. Over the years however, agriculture declined in the face of rising populations and development, primarily driven by affordable housing opportunities east of the coast.


Young Professionals

Fontana tends to pull in families more than young professionals due to the quieter social scene but lower housing prices and remote work may be pulling in more over time. Additionally there is development happening in Downtown and if housing is a component the youngsters will choose that area.

  • Downtown


Young Families

Young families target West and North neighborhoods Fontana due to the strong school districts and great neighborhoods. The Etiwanda School district in the north is one of the best in the state and that has great appeal although housing prices move up with the quality of the school district of course. The north has additional appeal due to proximity to Rancho Cucamonga, and the San Bernardino mountains - Big Bear and Arrowhead. Start north, see if you can afford and move west as you continue your search. Neighborhoods like Rancho Fontana which are on the southern side of the northern neighborhoods are good places to look as the homes are a bit smaller but still have great schools.

  • Etiwanda
  • Rancho Fontana
  • Citrus Heights

Sierra Lakes

Established Families

As noted in Young Families, North Fontana is a big pull due to the school district, beautiful homes and being at the base of the mountains. Sierra Lakes is a golf club community in the north that of course has the added benefit of big new construction homes lining the fairways and all the amenities a club provides. Summit Heights,

  • Sierra Lakes
  • Etiwanda
  • California Landings



Fontana has made a big push over the last 20+ years in revitalizing the downtown area for seniors. This includes the building of numerous affordable senior housing developments that benefit from proximity to medical facilities, a community center, the Center Stage Theater, restaurants and public transport from the Metrolink rail station and Omnitrans bus system. Fontana is unique in the ways it has developed its central downtown with seniors in mind.

  • Downtown