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Nestled in the foothills of California's Sierra Mountains just west of Tehachapi is one of this country's most beautiful living areas. Nearly 25,000 acres in size, this unique gated community of less than 3600 residential lots encompasses a broad grassland valley, upland meadows, hills studded with stands of majestic oaks, high mountain pine forests, and an extensive wilderness area. Carefully placed in this unmatched setting of natural beauty are an abundance of leisure time facilities.
THE TOWN CENTER
Your tour starts at the Bear Valley Springs Real Estate office in the Town Center. The Town Center consists of approximately 16 acres and, in addition to housing the real estate office, provides a General Store with lots of country atmosphere, a snack bar, gas station, rest room facilities, and parking area all in a landscaped setting. The Town Center is also the site of the original Bear Valley Springs Schoolhouse, built some time in 1875. It served the children of Bear Valley Springs at it's location near the present Oak Tree Country Club until 1899. Subsequently, it was home to a local hired hand for close to 50 years. After it was moved to the Town Center in the early 1970s, a group of Bear Valley Springs volunteers repaired the building and assembled artifacts, pictures, and other memorabilia into an interesting museum dedicated to the memory of an earlier time.
THE EQUESTRIAN CENTER
Adjacent to the Town Center
is the 42 acre Equestrian Center complete with a barn and tack room, stables,
corrals, paddocks, training ring, and rodeo ring. New in 1996 were the 140'
diameter round pen, a farrier's
pen, and a vaulting and gymnastics' arena. There is also a camping area
and a clubhouse with manager's quarters. The Equestrian Center hosts many
events throughout the year and is home to the BVS Horseman's Association,
the Buckaroo Club, the Bear Valley Springs Dressage Society, and the White
Wolf Vaulters Club. Boarding and renting of horses as well as riding lessons
are among the services for which fees are charged. The approximately 50
miles of dedicated equestrian trails that cover the valleys, foothills,
canyons, and high country of Bear Valley Springs are maintained year round
and await trail riders of all ages. Call Bear Valley Springs for
a calendar of this season's equestrian events.
LAKES, CAMPGROUNDS, PARKS & WILDERNESS
Approximately 9000 acres have been left in their natural state for the enjoyment of Bear Valley Springs property owners. The Wilderness Trail System offers hikers more than 10 miles of developed trails. Park areas comprise about 70 acres, including campgrounds; barbecue pits; picnic tables; showers; overnight equestrian stops, rifle range, and archery range. On the valley floor, ten acre Cub Lake and thirty acre Four Island Lake are open for fishing and sailing. The newly formed Bear Valley Springs Yacht Club held it's Memorial Day kick off event on Four Island Lake this year with lots of family participation and a day of sun and fun for everyone. Water Canyon Campground is located off Campground Drive on Bear Mountain. A campground registration fee is charged for guests. Other fees, which are established by the Bear Valley Springs Association on an annual basis, may be charged to property owners and their guests for some of the services provided by recreational facilities.
OAK TREE COUNTRY CLUB
Situated on approximately 26 acres, Oak Tree Country Club is a civilized oasis in a beautiful natural setting. From it's position atop the crest of a large knoll the clubhouse commands unparalled views of the entire valley. The facility includes the Oak Tree Restaurant, a cocktail lounge (the Oak Branch Saloon), offices, and meeting rooms; a swimming pool and wading pool; a deck area with snack bar; shower and locker room facilities; four tennis courts, home of the Oak Tree Tennis Club; two paddle tennis courts; horseshoe pits; shuffle-board courts; picnic and barbecue areas; and two large parking areas.
WHITING COMMUNITY CENTER
Several years after the Bear Valley Springs resort project began, the developers, Dart Resorts, realized that, while much attention had been given to a host of outdoor amenities, no provision had been made for year round indoor activities. The result was Whiting Community Center, a 11,600 square foot recreational center located next to the Town Center Complex. It is designed to be used for large functions as well as for recreation. It houses a multipurpose gymnasium for basketball and volleyball, which is also used as a meeting place for various organizations. Other facilities include a recreation and game room; arts and crafts area; weight and exercise room; whirlpool and sauna; lockers and showers; kitchen facilities; and a rental storage area. Whiting Center was dedicated on July 24, 1976, and was named for the late Sam J. Whiting, an attorney for Dart Resorts. Mr. Whiting was also the first president of the Bear Valley Springs Association in 1971, and was responsible for drawing up the Covenants and Restrictions for Bear Valley Springs.
OAK TREE GOLF COURSE
Formed under California's Community
Services District Law , the Bear Valley CSD is managed by a Board of Directors
who must be resident property owners. The CSD owns, maintains,
and regulates the use of the water system, sanitation system., roads, entrance
gate, equestrian trails and wilderness areas. The District also owns and
maintains other community facilities which are leased to and operated by
the Bear Valley Springs Association. The District provides police and gate
security services. The CSD Special Assessment of $511.00 (on Kern County
tax bill) can be paid semi-annually. The collected revenues go for District
The Bear Valley Springs Association is a non-profit California corporation, managed by a Board of Directors who are elected by the property owners. All lot owners and condominium owners are members, and pay an annual assessment to the Association. The Association leases, operates, and regulates the use of the Equestrian Center, Whiting Community Center, Golf Course, Oaktree Country Club, Park Areas, and other amenities. The Association has adopted and may from time to time amend the Rules and Regulations governing the use of the recreational facilities leased from the Community Services District. Covenants and Restrictions regulating land use and establishing powers and duties of the Association have been recorded. Covenants and Restrictions are enforced by the Association. The Environmental Control Committee consists of 3 members appointed by the Board of Directors of the Association to control the environment of Bear Valley Springs, including floor plans, elevations, exterior materials and colors, location of improvements, drainage, sewage facilities and landscaping. Property owners are assessed $940.00 annually, paid in July for the following 1 year period. This revenue is used to maintain the community amenities, including the golf course, Oaktree Country Club, and the Equestrian Center.
Water - A
central water distribution system is installed, and is owned, operated
and maintained by the District. To finance the purchase of portions of
the system, the District sold 3.5 million of general Obligation Bonds.
Revenues to retire the Bonds are derived from a bond tax (currently 0.00095456
times the assessed value of the property) which is payable by each property
owner within the District and is collected with Kern County taxes. There
is a charge for connection to the water system. The cost of installing
water pipe in a trench from the street to the house must also be paid by
the lot owner. After connection, the property owner will be required to
pay charges for water used. The current rate is $30.00 every two months
for the first 3,000 cubic feet used. The rate increases progressively thereafter.
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