As the iconic sign as you enter town will remind you, Idyllwild is “Home of Adventure, Art, Music and Harmony” and it certainly lives up to its reputation.

Top 3 Reasons to Move to Idyllwild


It is impossible to miss the natural beauty – it is everywhere you turn. Surrounded by state and national forest land, Idyllwild is located at 5300 ft in elevation and offers amazing opportunities for hiking and outdoor adventure. Visitors and residents alike enjoy camping, bird and wildlife watching, rock climbing, and fishing at nearby Lake Hemet.

The lush creek in early summer

2. ART

Idyllwild is also famous for being an artist’s community. Artists find inspiration in the beauty of our forests. If you are an art connoisseur, you’ll enjoy the many galleries and exhibits to view and purchase a one-of-a-kind piece to display in your home or business. If you’re an artist, you’ll want to consider joining our local Idyllwild Alliance.

Once it’s safe to gather again, you won’t want to miss out on the world-class shows and performances that take place on the campus of the prestigious Idyllwild Arts Academy.


In my opinion, the sense of family in this community is the most valuable asset we have. We truly are a one-for-all and all-for-one community here. In my 20 years I have seen the residents rally around each other in times of need and times of celebration. In the spirit of any good small town, we stick together.

Restaurants & Watering Holes

We have several fine and casual-dining options to choose from.

Many also offer live music and events.



Idyllwild Brew Pub

Cafe Aroma



La Casita

Middle Ridge Winery

The Fort in Idyllwild Town Center

Community Events

During non-COVID times, Idyllwild is host to many community events such as The tree-lighting Ceremony, Summer Concert Series, Plein-Air Art events hosted by the Art Alliance and many more. We will update these events as they are announced in the future. Understandably, all events are on hold due to COVID.

Hiking and Climbing

As Idyllwild is situated in a forest on a mountain, we have some truly epic hiking and climbing opportunities, for any skill level and age. Check out the AllTrails app/website to pick the trail best for you, and please take note of posted forest requirements and regulations.

There are many charming and quirky aspects to living in Idyllwild.
Here are a few signature things you will want to know about moving to a small mountain town!

If you work with us at Idyllwild Properties, you will receive a comprehensive welcome and resource guide that helps you acclimate to Idyllwild-specific mountain living.


We do not receive US Mail at our physical address. All residents are given a free P.O. Box and this affords you the opportunity to visit town and chat with your neighbors as they pick up their mail and packages. Don’t worry, you’ll still get your Amazon packages delivered to your home, delivered by UPS, FedEx, or other carriers.

Idyllwild Post Office in Strawberry Creek Shopping Plaza

Our lovely P.O. Boxes – you will be assigned a free small box when you become a resident


Yet another little quirk – we do not have trash pick up in Idyllwild! There is a transfer station where you can take your own trash, which is an additional opportunity to chat with neighbors and get one of the best views in town. If this does not sound appealing to you, there are private individuals who have weekly trash routes.  For as little as $40 a month, they will pick up your trash every weekend. I use this service personally and love it.


Unlike much of Southern California – Idyllwild has 4 distinct seasons. While we have beautiful warm summers, we are also blanketed in snow for much of the winter months. This makes for plenty of fun winter activities such as sledding and building snowmen. Around Christmas time, Idyllwild is the perfect Hallmark movie small town – covered in snow and lit up with colorful lights. In Autumn, the trees burst with color as their leaves begin to fall and the fresh smell of pine is stronger than ever. Spring and Summer are the time for hiking, swimming in the nearby lakes and simply enjoying the warm and beautiful outdoors.

Feverfew growing along Strawberry Creek Spring

Summertime blooms

Winter Wonderland