8 REASONS TO THINK TWICE ABOUT MOVING TO TEMECULA OR MURRIETA CALIFORNIA
The word for the day is that if you are looking for a unique way to express yourself, this is the place to be. Overall, both of these cities are wonderful places to live, but not for everyone. Personally, we have lived all over southern California, and Temecula has been our favorite so far. Overall, it has a better quality of life than many other places throughout Southern California. Having said that, depending on where you are moving from in the United States, it will undoubtedly be a culture shock.
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COST OF LIVING
High Cost of Living: Temecula and Murrieta have a higher cost of living than the national average, which could make it more expensive to pay for housing, transportation, and other essentials than in other places. A few specific things that are very expensive in Southern California include gas prices, home utilities, and housing. Yes, housing is going to be one of your biggest expenses. if purchasing a home, make sure to do your research on different communities throughout Temecula and Murrieta. Many communities levy a hefty additional tax known as mellowing roos or special assessments. These can add up to over $4,000 a year, which accompanies your base tax rate of around 1% of the purchase price. Here is a blog post that goes into great detail in regards to monthly costs living in Temecula or Murrieta
TRAFFIC AND CONGESTION
Traffic congestion: Temecula and Murrieta can experience heavy traffic, particularly during rush hour, which can lead to lengthy commutes and delays. Be very careful when choosing Temecula or Murrieta when it comes to your destination for employment. If you choose to live in Temecula or Murrieta and your commute is more than 30 miles, you will probably spend hours in your car each week.
Limited Employment Options: Temecula and Murrieta have a relatively small employment base, and the majority of positions are in the retail and hospitality industries.The hospitality industry in Temecula and Murrieta is pretty big. You can more than likely get employment at one of these establishments when you include all the restaurants and wineries. What you must decide is whether you can afford to live in either of these cities on the salary you will receive in these positions.
Summers can be very hot and dry in Temecula and Murrieta, with temperatures regularly exceeding 100°F. This may not be comfortable for everyone. Having said that, nights are often very beautiful after the sun sets. Overall, the hot weather will last for about 3 to 4 months in either of these cities. The one benefit of Southern California over Florida is the humidity. Southern California is not on the same scale as Florida when it comes to how much humidity there is during the hot months. Here is a blog post and video specifically talking about the weather in Temecula and Murrieta
There aren’t as many entertainment options in the area as there are in larger cities, despite the fact that Temecula and Murrieta offer some attractions like wine tasting and outdoor activities.
I have many blog posts on things to do in Temecula. Check out TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN TEMECULA and 5 TOP THINGS TO DO IN TEMECULA, NOBODY KNOWS ABOUT
High property taxes: Some homeowners may find Temecula and Murrieta’s high property taxes to be a burden. For the most part, higher property taxes are because home prices are generally higher here than the national average. In Temecula and Murrieta specifically, we have a 1% base tax, and on top of that, many communities have a special assessment tax that varies. Generally speaking, the newer the community, the higher the tax rate will be. The ranges for taxes are going to be anywhere from 1.3% to 2% in total.
Natural disasters: The area is prone to calamities like wildfires and earthquakes. Serious earthquakes are not very common, but they could happen. Wildfires are the most severe natural disaster that affects much of California each year, in my opinion. When buying a home in either Temecula or Murrieta, make sure to double-check your insurance policies. There are areas of both Temecula and Murrieta that have very high fire insurance rates because of the location of the homes.
Limited Public Transportation: Temecula and Murrieta’s limited public transportation options can make it challenging for residents without cars to get around. If you don’t have a car and live in either Temecula or Murrieta, it would be virtually impossible for you to get around. You’ll be spending a lot of money on Uber just to get to work every day.