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Ocotillo California on US Hwy 8

There are very cheap rentals in Mexicali. I found a house for an American friend for only $400 a month. It was a proper house – two stories, three bedrooms, an office, a huge living room, a beautiful garden in the rear, and a parking space behind a locked gate to the property. For us, the best site to find rentals in Mexicali is https://casas.trovit.com.mx/renta-mexicali.

Once in Trovit, stick to the street that you will find yourself on when you enter into Mexicali. After a couple of miles going East, you will probably see some rentals and that is the safest area. If you go farther south in Mexicali you will hit some not-so-good neighborhoods which you should avoid.

Ocotillo Turn Off

Ocotillo Turn Off

Another option is to look in the US towns just north of the border – Calexico, El Centro, and Heber. Going West on Highway 8, about 30 miles from El Centro you will hit, on the right (North side), a town named Ocotillo.

At first glance, Ocotillo may not look too good, but it is very safe and inexpensive. I’ve been there and love the place. There is a trailer park called Jackson’s Hideaway where you can rent a nice trailer – TV and all for about $300 to $400 a month. On the second Thursday of each month a large truck arrives at the community center and it’s free food for all residents. Fresh stuff including chicken, steaks, you name it. The town has a church, a bar, and a restaurant.

There is also the Ocotillo Trailer Park and Motel – I don’t recommend it although it is near the center of town and not all that bad.

One of our readers wrote me:

MaryAnn, the first time I saw Jackson’s Hideaway I was visiting a friend who wintered there each year, moving his fifth wheel trailer between Oregon and the Anza-Borrego Desert on the snowbird route. I was in a little van which served me well for short trips but wasn’t all that comfortable on a long haul. I told my friend I’d considered heading into El Centro (30 miles east) to get a motel and he suggested Jackson’s have “something better.” He was right. About half of their spaces are occupied by trailers permanently installed on spaces–which they rent. Don’t think ‘trailer’ as much as ‘fully equipped cabin’ or maybe ‘motel room with kitchenette’. Clean linens, kitchenware, air conditioning, cable television…heck, even a coffee pot! And the rents aren’t much higher than the space rental for those, like my friend, who bring their own trailer.

And talk about quiet…noisiest thing in that neighborhood are the mourning doves that send up their mating calls at the crack of dawn. There aren’t any ‘services’ to speak of in Ocotillo itself (one bar, one so-so greasy spoon, one gas station) but El Centro is handy and has everything for shopping/dining. But the best feature of Jackson’s location is that it sits on the southeast corner of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park with an almost inexhaustible supply of hiking and 4-wheeling trails.

I’ve become a regular visitor, and plan to return again and again.

Ocotillo has a fire department, a church, an airport, a gas station, a small market with a restaurant, a bar two community centers, and two water companies. Most of the properties are on about a quarter of an acre, and for only $28 you can get up to 40,000 gallons of the best water you have ever tasted. The water is natural and comes from two huge aquifers and is among the highest rated water in the U. S. – or anywhere.

Ocotillo had a population of 281 as of July 1, 2016 and an average house price of around $40,000. One property with a manufactured home and several other buildings with a truck, a motorcycle several tractors and two RV’s sold about a year ago for $7,000!

Sound interesting? You bet!

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