Home on the range?

California has never suffered from a lack of people willing to dream big, even in defiance of common sense.

For example, there was Ray Karlovich, who founded Pacific States Land Company in the 1950s.  The company, now run by his son Brett, is a leader in the development of subdivision properties throughout the Antelope Valley, on the western edge of the Mojave Desert.   According to its website, “The company sells speculative raw land to individuals at an affordable price.”

Thanks in part to Karlovich, travellers can now enjoy miles of malls and traffic lights in desert towns like Adelanto, Palmdale, and Pearblossom, where most single-family homeowners are trying to landscape with lawns.  Aqueduct City doesn’t appear to exist yet.  But this looks like a growth area, if they can just get someone somewhere to sell them some water.

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