Riverside, California calls itself the “City of Arts and Innovation” because it really is an educational and cultural center. It is called Riverside because this charming city of 303,871 people is built on the banks of the Santa Ana River. It is an hour’s drive away from Los Angeles with all of that big city’s modern attractions, shopping and entertainment.
Riverside is considered to be the birthplace of the California orange-growing industry and it used to be a resort town where the wealthy went to get some mountain air. The city is also very well known for its spectacular examples of Mission Revival Style buildings including the Mission Inn that has its own ancient grove of orange trees.
Riverside was founded in the 1870 and is located in a hilly area that is a 47 minute drive to the beaches and scenery of the Pacific Ocean. Mount Rubidoux is the highest point in the area and is a local landmark and tourist attraction in the area. Many magnificent homes were built here throughout the last century with swimming pools and luxuriously landscaped grounds. The city has a comfortable climate most of the year but sometimes gets a light dusting of snow in the winter due to its 865-foot elevation. There is also a small recreational lake just south of Riverside called Lake Mathews that offers a fresh water source of fun.
Riverside’s progressive attitude towards LGBT and diversity might be due to the fact that it is a university town with the University of California, Riverside located in the northeastern part of the city. It is also home to the Fox Performing Arts Center, the Riverside Metropolitan Museum, the California Museum of Photography and the California Citrus State Historic Park that contains the two original navel orange trees brought to California.
There is a very interesting LGBT community in Riverside, California with the nightclubs to go with it. Popular LGBT venues include the Menagerie, Back to the Grind and the VIP Nightclub & Restaurant. There are also many notoriously fun gay meet-ups and groups in the area including the well-known Radical Faeries of the Inland Empire that includes many drag queens, political activists and artists. There is also a good LGBT Resource Center at the University of California in Riverside.
There are 28 designated neighborhoods in Riverside with the wealthier individuals tending to live nearer the foothills. The LGBT friendly areas tend to be near the downtown or in the areas near the university but in general, this is a very accepting place to be openly gay. To find the best area for you to live in it is best to consult a Riverside gay realtor who can guide you to the most affordable place for your budget and living requirements.
For more information about this attractive city’s many lovely features and its thriving economy go to the city’s Chamber of Commerce site at www.riverside-chamber.com.