Victoria Grove is a master-planned, gated community comprised of 1120 homes located in western Riverside County immediately north of Lake Mathews. Located on a plateau at the top of La Sierra Ave., Victoria Grove’s design harkens back to the days when “Citrus Was King” in Riverside County. Located several miles west of the California Citrus State Historic Park, in Riverside, California, Victoria Grove pays homage to the time when citrus farming was one of the dominant industries in Southern California. In fact, Victoria Grove’s CC&Rs require that hundreds of orange trees be permanently maintained within its 500 plus acres of common area, a task undertaken by its homeowners association, Victoria Grove Maintenance Association, Inc. (VGMA).
Victoria Grove was initially approved by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors in the early 1990s, however, it was not completed until approximately 2005; in order to provide future homeowners with relatively level streets for walking and cycling and to accommodate the large VGMA-owned community park (containing a baseball diamond, picnic area, playground and basketball court) substantial grading had to be done. As a drive through Victoria Grove will readily demonstrate, the wait was well worth it as evidenced by the number of residents who walk and ride their bikes on a daily basis through our community.
Blackburn Road bisects Victoria Grove from east to west. The south half of Victoria Grove is mostly enclosed by retaining walls (which tends to spare residents from random visits by local wildlife including coyotes, rabbits, frogs, gophers and assorted species of reptiles). The north half of Victoria Grove is only partially enclosed making its residents much more prone to visits by area wildlife. During the construction of Victoria Grove, the Army Corps of Engineers directed the improvement and preservation of a pre-existing creek which is now permanently set aside as a wildlife area whose course runs from an behind the pool/park area on the south side underneath Blackburn Road and then parallel to Victoria Grove Parkway on the north side.
In addition to the VGMA, Victoria Grove was created by its Master Developer, Bernard Maniscalco, with a community service organization (CSO) called Victoria Grove Community Services, Inc. (VGCS). It is the purpose of the VGCS to serve the needs of the Victoria Grove residents by sponsoring organizations such as the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and YMCA Adventure Guides. In addition, the VGCS sponsors community events such as the School’s Out! Picnic on the last day of school; Movies in the Park later in the summer; and the Fall Harvest Festival and Safety Fair in October in conjunction with the VGMA’s Security and Safety Affairs Committee.