22 Pros And Cons Of Living In Temecula, California

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22 Pros And Cons Of Living In Temecula, California

Pros of Living In Temecula, California
Schools

Schools in Temecula California are some of the best in not only Southern California but all of California. When it comes to overall ratings and test scores, Temecula is going to rank 8 and above out of 10 in most schools in these areas.  One of the most common questions I get from people wanting to relocate to Temecula is about schools and the school district specifically.

Weather

Most people understand that a  huge deciding factor of relocating or moving to Southern California is the weather. When comparing Temecula to the beach,  it is going to be a higher temperature in the summer, especially from June to September. One thing that separates Temecula from the coastal communities is the simple fact of having Sunshine throughout the day most days. We don’t get the gloomy days that the beach does which is definitely a plus for many people.

Wineries

 Wine Country in Temecula is growing rapidly. As of this article, Temecula has over 40 wineries. with beautiful views, hotels, restaurants, and great wine. We can See Temecula rivaling Napa in the coming years. Another bonus above the Temecula wine region is that there is still land available for people wanting to build a new custom home.

Land For Sale

Although Temecula has grown over 100% in the last 20 years there is still a great deal of opportunity for vacant land. Just west of the 15 freeway is a beautiful area called de Luz which offers opportunities for agriculture like avocados, grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and limes. It is an unincorporated area with parcels well over five acres. Some of the best views in all of Temecula come from the De Luz Community

Horse and Agricultural Property

There are also great opportunities for horse lovers. Meadowview, Los Ranchitos and Wine Country offer options for homeowners to purchase pre-existing homes or to build their dream home that allows horses. One of the best things about both Meadowview and Los Ranchitos is its proximity to many of the amenities Temecula has to offer in the way of grocery stores, restaurants, schools, and golf. You feel like you’re living in a rural area but only 5-10 minutes from everything.

Safety

Overall, Temecula is very safe. We have lived all over Southern California and feel very comfortable here and don’t worry too much about violent crime. Of course, like any city, there are car break-ins and petty theft but it seems pretty rare. we felt that there was more chance of something bad happening by the beach end here in Temecula.

Community Activities

One of the things we talked about a great deal is the unique opportunity many of the Temecula communities offer their residence. Around 70% of Temecula communities have HOAs that do not exceed $150 per month. With that oh, you get pools, hot tubs, walking trails, volleyball, and basketball courts.  We even have a community called Harveston that has a man-made lake which is great for walking, fishing, and Wildlife. Many HOAs Road Southern California can become pretty steep and oftentimes it only pays for some general grounds upkeep and the sign entering the community. This is not the case in Temecula, you actually get something for your HOA fee every month.

Convenience 

The city of Temecula is unique in the fact that when living or inside your community, it’s very quiet but just a short distance away you will have everything you need.  you will never be in your car for more than 10 minutes to get to your school, grocery stores, and restaurants. This is especially important in Southern California traffic can be awful. There is nothing worse than not spending an hour and a half in your car one way to get to work and have to do I’ve just to get eggs and milk.

Proximity to Beach and Cities

We have many beaches within an hour’s drive of Temecula. Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Clemente are all just a short drive from your doorstep. One of the things we love about Southern California beach towns is the restaurants. So many options and the food is always top-notch. San Clemente even has a fisherman’s restaurant that is built on top of the pier. This is great for Sunday brunch and happy hours with $1 oysters and many other great deals.

Quality of Life

The overall quality of life in Temecula is awesome. For all of the reasons mentioned above, weather, affordability (compared to other Southern California cities). There is an overall sense of well-being and happiness in our opinion living in this specific city of Southern California.

Old Town

Old Town Temecula is the most popular spot for bars and going to dinner. It’s a great area for walking, shopping, and eating. There are olive oil stores, steak houses, live music bars, and rooftop bars. It’s a great spot to go out on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night. Football Sundays or Sunday fundays are also very popular.

Golfing

The Temecula area is great for golfing. During the week, you can play over 20 courses within a 30-minute drive for under $50. That is one of the things that we love about living in Temecula, playing golf, and not killing your bank account. Some of the local courses in Temecula include Temecula Creek, Redhawk Temecula, Legends Golf Course, and Cross Creek Golf Course and Journey at the Pechanga Casino. (Best Course in Temecula)

Restaurants

To be totally honest, restaurants at the beach are better in the quality of food in our opinion. That being said, Temecula does have some great restaurants and there is a great deal of variety. You can get any type of food you desire. Japanese, Pizza, steakhouses, Thai, fast food,  American, and Mexican. There are also some great options for sports bars, happy hours, and Sunday fundays. A couple of our favorites include the cove for Sunday mornings and Yard House for happy hour.

Distance to Multiple Airports

One of the best things about Temecula if you do travel a great deal is its proximity to 5 airports. Temecula is about an hour’s drive from San Diego Airport, Los Angeles airport, or LAX, John Wayne Airport which is in Orange County, and Ontario airport. We also have an international airport in Palm Springs but we have not personally flown out of there or done much research. Having so many airports close by is not only convenient for finding a flight but also comparing flight costs.

CONS OF LIVING IN TEMECULA CALIFORNIA
GROWING TO FAST

If you are not familiar with the southern area of Riverside County, it’s growing or has grown at a rapid pace over the last 20 years  To the tune of over 120%. There are many people that live in these communities that are totally against how fast the area has grown for obvious reasons.  Temecula used to be a sleepy rural Horse Town.  Although Temecula has kept areas with larger lot sizes with a more rural feel, the growth in the way of homes and population has been tremendous.

Traffic

With the tremendous population growth comes more traffic. During rush hour in both mornings and nights Monday to Friday, it can get pretty bad in and around the city of Temecula. A great deal of Temecula commutes to San Diego for work so the drive along the 15 freeway going south in the morning and north in the evening is nightmarish. Before you plan your move to Temecula, make sure that you do your research and figure out the best area to live in as opposed to where your employment is.

Employment

Main jobs in Temecula include teachers, police officers, bartenders, and servers. There are also a few hospitals for nurses and doctors. As mentioned above, many Temecula residents work in other cities and have a commute every day to work. The main hub for employment in regards to people living in Temecula would be San Diego. There is no public transportation end way out trains or buses. We suggest that if you are working in San Diego, find somebody to carpool with. At the very least it can pass the time with having conversation.

Housing Cost

Housing costs, when compared to other areas of the United States, are very high. In the past two years, homes have gone up 20 to 30 percent in Temecula. Temecula is still relatively inexpensive when it comes to homes when you compare it to many other areas of Southern California. That’s why it is still a huge draw for many people. The average 2000 square foot home at this point in time is going to cost anywhere from $550,000 to $700,000.

Lack of Infrastructure

Many people in the southern area of Riverside County complain a great deal about the lack of infrastructure for the number of people or growth that this area has had over the last 20 years. Off-ramps become absolutely crazy during Peak rush hour times. From Menifee California all the way down to Temecula, it’s hard to find an exit that isn’t backed up tremendously during these times.

Gasoline Costs

It’s no secret that California has some of the highest gas prices in all of the United States. If you plan on starting a business or driving a great deal make sure that you are ready for $ 5-gallon gas prices. This can be a huge expense for many people driving a great deal.

Electricity Costs

Electricity costs like most areas in the United States have gone through the roof. Your bill will be even higher if you have a pool and spa. One of the things that people have been doing a great deal of over the last 10 years in Southern California is add solar panels. I wrote a blog post explaining my reasoning or the pros and cons of having solar panels here. If you have a 2000 square foot home in Temecula with a pool expect to have your electricity bill be around 4 to $500 a month for the warmer months of the summer which include May through September.

Air Quality

Air quality is much better in Temecula than in many other large cities in southern California but there still is a great deal of traffic in and around this area. If you’re looking for perfect air quality, Temecula might not be the best area for you. It will be hard to find an area in Southern California that has very good air quality.

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