COMMUTING FOR WORK
If you come from another part of the country, Southern California traffic can be draining, say the least. You can spend hours in your car every week getting to and from work. Yes, Southern California is an amazing place, with lots of sun, great food, and beautiful beaches but if you are spending 10 hours a week in your car, this will get old quickly for many people.
I would not live in Southern California if I was not able to schedule my hours and work around traffic. I hate traffic but am lucky enough to work around it. The worst times are going to be from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 3 pm to 7 pm during the week. On Fridays, traffic starts picking up around 1 p.m. Everybody is leaving work early and getting ready for the weekend. Routes going to places like Las Vegas or some of the beach communities are especially bad during this time.
How can you alleviate the drive time issue living in Temecula? If you’re working in the Riverside area, live in North Temecula. If you’re working south or in the San Diego vicinity, live in South Temecula. This will cut off at least 30 minutes every day from your drive. The traffic gets really bad going south in the morning and coming back up north in the evening. Temecula is a commuter town and many people are either going north or south to get to work. Before making a huge move, understand the stress living in traffic daily can cause.
Housing is more expensive in Southern California than in most of the country. It is very common in Southern California for people to live together. Example? Three or four friends will rent out a four-bedroom apartment which allows them to pay anywhere from $600 to $1,000 a month. This monthly housing cost is very attainable. Even with a minimum wage job, you could figure out ways to make this payment.
As of right now in Temecula in 2021, if you want to rent, an average home in Temecula that is 2200-2500 square feet will be $2,500 to $3,000 a month. You also have to understand that the rental market is very competitive. Every rental property in Temecula is getting multiple applications. You will need things like credit scores, pay stubs, proof of employment and many landlords want to see three times the income compared to your monthly rental cost. The nicer the area, the more strict owners are going to be.
My suggestion? If you don’t have the job security or a very high monthly income, move to a place that might be a little less desirable. The application process will be a little easier and you will significantly cut monthly rental costs.