I will leave you with some stats in this blog post but in the video attached I specifically go over median home prices in both Temecula and Menifee over the last 5 years and give a comparison.
When it comes to Temecula vs Menifee in regards to traffic, they both have areas that get a lot at certain times. For Menifee, the exit Newport Road can be a nightmare. To me, when you drive around Menifee this is the area that has the most going on in regards to restaurants, shopping but can also get very congested.
Temecula gets traffic near the 15 and 215 freeway split. Similar to much of California, traffic is bad in the mornings from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and evenings from 4 p.m. till 7 pm. In the video I will show you on a map where each city gets the most traffic
Weather and Air Quality
With Temecula vs Menifee in regards to weather, there is not much difference. Yes, you have three or four months of the year where it gets very hot in between 90 and 105, but it’s awesome to wake up every morning to sunshine and warm weather. During the winter months mornings can get down to 35 to 40 degrees and we do get some rain from December through February. If I was to guess, during a rainy season we might get 20 days of rain in those 3 months.
When it comes to air quality I would say Temecula is going to be the winner. Menifee is closer to bigger cities like Riverside or Moreno Valley. To us, Temecula feels like less traffic as a whole. There are nice breezes and to the South we have a lot of horse property in Fallbrook and Bonsall. there’s also a great deal of Temecula with larger Lots. This just equals less people as a whole. We feel that Temecula doesn’t get the smog or haze like much of North Riverside County.
Because of growth, both cities are going to have a great deal to choose from when it comes to restaurants, grocery stores and things you need for your everyday life. Both Temecula and Menifee will have conveniences like grocery stores that are no more than 5 minutes from many of the communities.
If you’re looking for something to do on a Friday and Saturday night, Temecula is going to be the clear winner. Temecula California has the wineries, Casino which has concerts and comedy clubs as well as a nightclub. We also have Old Town Temecula which is great for shopping and more of a fine dining experience.
Where Should You Live?
This really depends on a lot of factors which I’m going to go over now. First, Menifee is definitely going to be lower in regards to home prices. If you really want to live in this area but can’t afford Temecula,Menifee would be a good choice. Both Menifee and Temecula have rural areas with more land and less congestion if you are looking for more of a quiet country setting. These areas trend to be further from the fwy and amenities.
You also have to think about where you have employment. We talk about this a great deal in many of our videos and blog posts on cities throughout Southern California. Because of traffic you should strategically live as close to where you work as possible. We personally Want to spend the least amount of time in our car as possible. If you work in Riverside, Corona, Chino, Ontario, you might want to consider living in Menifee. It will cut off 30 to 40 minutes depending on traffic every day. If you are working in the San Diego area, obviously Temecula is going to be a better choice. That being said, if you do not want to spend the extra hundred to $150,000 on a home Menifee is going to be your obvious choice.
Another thing you have to think about is the school system if you have children. We personally do not have kids in the Temecula School District but we have only heard good things. Test scores and overall ratings are definitely going to favor Temecula. If schools are important to you I would lean towards moving to Temecula. We are not saying the Menifee school system is horrible but it’s definitely not going to be as good as Temecula.