5 Best Cities In Riverside County To Live

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5 Best Cities In Riverside County To Live

After living in Riverside County for over 40 years combined, we feel it is our responsibility to help people locate the best communities in Riverside County. In this blog post, we are going to go through the 5 best cities in Riverside County to live in. We will talk about safety, cost of homes, schools, amenities, and employment. This blog post is very important for anybody thinking of relocating or moving to Southern California. Riverside County can be a wonderful place to live but there are certain cities and areas we would stay away from. As always, at the end of the blog post, we will have a home search for all 5 best cities in Riverside County to live in.

Before we get into the blog post I want to make something very clear. Many cities throughout Southern California are nice, but within these cities are areas you should skip over. We will do our best to explain the city and the areas within each city in which you should be looking and avoiding.

Living In Corona

Corona is the farthest west City in Riverside County. Home prices in Corona are going some of highest in regards to price per sq ft in all of Riverside County because it is the closest to Orange County and Los Angeles. The price per square foot in Corona is $337, the next highest is Riverside at $328 per sq ft when comparing all 5 cities.

Traffic along the 91 + 15 freeway in this area is a nightmare. This is why many people choose to live in Corona, especially if they are working West. Living in Riverside, which is only 10 miles east could add anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes every day onto your drive.  

The areas in which I would caution people living are just west of the 91 freeway and Home Gardens along the 91 Fwy, just past the 15 Fwy going east. 

There are some very nice areas in Corona, similar to many cities in southern California. It has some very nice areas and also areas that are not so nice. Corona has many restaurants, shopping and overall a nice city to live in.  If you travel down the 15 Fwy South, homes get a little less expensive and less traffic within the communities. The problem with living South on the 15 FWY  is it adds time to your commute every day. The biggest congestion of traffic in the Inland Empire will be the 15 and 91 Exchange.

If you do like Corona and work West my suggestion would be to get as close to the Green River exit as possible. This will cut way down on your commute time. 

Two other cities that are very close to Corona are Norco and Eastvale which are north on the 15fwy. Norco is a horse community and is well-known for properties zoned for livestock.  Eastvale is also a nice city and compared to Riverside and Corona, very new, built within the last 20 to 25 years. If you’re working off the 10 freeway to check out both of these cities.


As mentioned earlier,  Riverside is just east on the 91 freeway. Some of the communities that we suggest looking at are Orange Crest, Canyon Crest, Sierra Heights, and some areas of downtown. Riverside does have a lot of history and is one of the older cities in all of Riverside County/ Southern California. The Wood Streets are very popular for people that like Craftsman-style homes with a ton of character. The downtown area of Riverside has many restaurants which include the Mission Inn and Mario’s.  

The population of Riverside it’s around 350,000 people and has a great deal to offer its residents and families depending on their needs and lifestyle. 

Do your research as there are some areas of Riverside you need to stay away from. If you would like more information or Insight on the city of Riverside please reach out. We lived in Riverside for over 20 years and know the city very well.


Menifee is one of the fastest-growing cities in all of America. It is also the least expensive out of these five cities highlighted for housing. Menifee is located just off the 215 freeway. Menifee’s growth has started to really span farther east and farther west of that 215 freeway. As of today, some of the new home builds take anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes in regards to drive time off the main freeway. There are also few lake communities that are very beautiful and offer many amenities for the residents.

One of the downsides to Menifee is the school district or school ratings. If you have children and schools are important to you, Menifee is not going to be at the top of the list. Even though Menifee is a safe City and relatively new, the schools have not followed that lead.

Another negative is the restaurant scene, which isn’t the greatest. If you’re a foodie or enjoy going out to dinner from time to time there isn’t a whole lot of choice in Menifee. One of the restaurants we do love and go to from time to time is Texas Roadhouse. Food is good, has a great atmosphere, wonderful service, and is always consistent in the way of food quality and preparation. 

There is a nice 55 and older community in Menifee called The Oasis. This is right off the 215 freeway and Newport exit. The Oasis is close to pretty much everything in regards to shopping, grocery stores, and restaurants.

Menifee also has a nice golf course called Menifee Lakes.  Menifee Lakes has a total of 27 holes and is always in fairly good condition. The cost to play 18 holes will run anywhere from $40 to $50 depending on when you are playing.  If you would like more information on Menifee Lakes Golf Course here is a direct link to their website. Learn More here 


Temecula definitely makes the 5 best cities in Riverside County to live in. Great schools, beautiful neighborhoods, wineries, Old Town, great weather, and lots of golf. Temecula is truly a gem in Southern California, all while being one of the least expensive areas to purchase a home. (That has changed a little over the past year) 

Temecula has a variety of communities. If you like horses? We have that.  If you want land for agriculture, yes we have that.  If you want to live on or near a golf course, yes we have that. 

Most communities in Temecula do have HOA fees but you get a lot for your money. For around $100 a month, almost every single community has its own pool, hot tub, basketball, and volleyball, walking paths Etc. 

If you are looking for a family-friendly city with great schools, look no further than Temecula. A simple Google search will show that Temecula has not only high ratings in Riverside County but throughout California.

As of writing this article, the average home price is going to be around $650,000. Yes, there are opportunities in the high five hundreds and that will get you a home that’s around 2,000 square feet. 

If you would like to read about different neighborhoods in Temecula you can learn more here 


In all honesty, if you put somebody in the middle of Murrieta or Temecula they wouldn’t really be able to tell the two cities apart. They are very similar in so many ways. Above I talked about schools, Murrieta is right up there with Temecula in terms of overall ratings. 

In regards to housing, Murrieta is going to be around 15 to 20% less end way of Home costs in Temecula. Oftentimes, people will choose Murrieta for the simple fact of cost. Don’t think that Murrieta costs less and is not as nice of a city as Temecula, that’s simply not true. Both Temecula and Murrieta easily make the 5 best cities in Riverside County to live in. 

 Murrieta does have an Old Town area as well, it’s just not as large or has as much in the way of restaurants and bars as Old Town Temecula. I also think Murrieta is growing a little faster than Temecula, simply because there is more land. 

A few unique areas of Murrieta include Bear Creek Golf Course, which is a beautiful private gated golfing community. If you would like more information and a video about the community you can go here. 

 Murrieta also has La Cresta which is a horse Community with huge Parcels of land similar to De Luz in Temecula. Many of these Parcels have beautiful views and estate-style homes. 

So there you have it, the 5 best cities in Riverside County to live in, in our opinion. The 2 most important things we would stress when choosing a city in Riverside county are proximity to work and making sure that particular area of the city is safe. People coming from out-of-state don’t always understand how a city in Southern California can have beautiful areas and five blocks over be dumpy. That’s the reality and you just need to be aware and plan accordingly.

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We are licensed as both Real Estate Brokers & a Certified Residential Appraiser. We love what we do and will bring a great deal of passion, experience and expertise to the table for you.

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