Want a McMansion for half a milllion? Try Palmdale. A front-page story in the L.A. Times reports on the swanky model homes and burgeoning granite-countertop crop in Antelope Valley in West Lancaster. Lancaster is L.A.'s fastest growing city. Neighboring Palmdale is also booming. A handful of developers are plunking down huge communities--and selling their tricked-out homes for a fraction of the prices they fetch in tonier areas. The catch? Ninety minute commutes to L.A. and strains on local services like schools and police. Oh, and we should mention that there was a high of 102 in Lancaster yesterday.
· Antelope Valley Is Upscale Bound [LA Times]