8 Cities in the Inland Empire. Where should You live?

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8 Cities in the Inland Empire. Where should You live?

There are both good and bad in these 8 Cities in the Inland Empire. I thought it would be a great blog post and video to share my experiences of working and living in this area for many years. In this blog post, I am going to focus on Corona, Riverside, Perris, Moreno Valley, Menifee, Temecula, Murrieta. At the end of this blog post, there will be a home search to look in these areas. This home search comes directly from the local MLS and is updated daily. 


Corona is going to be the most expensive in regard to home prices and rents on our list. Reason being? Probably because It’s closest to Orange County and LA. There are some areas of Corona that are beautiful and I would definitely have no problem living. The opinion’s on what is a good area in Corona might differ from mine so I’m not going to talk about specific communities, just Corona as a whole. One thing is for sure, there are places that I would live in Corona and there are definitely places I wouldn’t. One thing I will caution you on and I talked about this a lot in my videos is being strategic about where you live in comparison to where you work.  The 91 and 15 freeway can be frustrating at times to say the least. Homes in South Corona off the 15 are going to be less expensive but you will have to deal with that traffic both getting on the 91 in the mornings and coming down the 15 in the evenings.

Personally, I  like the area south on the 15 in Corona. It’s less congested in regards to homes and communities. There are some nice views, lots of hills and in my opinion a more relaxing vibe. 

Two additional cities North of Corona, almost extensions of Corona are Eastvale and Norco. Eastvale is a newer community,  really growing in the last 20 years and home prices have gone up in value substantially. Norco is the horse area staple of Southern California and is well known in that regard. If you need to live in the Inland Empire and have a love for horses, Norco is a  great option. Many people who work in Chino, Ontario or Rancho Cucamonga choose these areas as they are much more convenient and you will spend way less time on the freeway. 


I spent eight years living in Riverside and for the most part, enjoyed it very much. If you like history and older homes, Riverside might be a good choice for you. Areas like the wood streets have homes built over 120 years ago. Similar to Corona, there are areas of Riverside that I would not live. Make sure you do your research before purchasing a home, especially if you have kids. I lived in Orangecrest, it is a good family community with a great deal to offer. The only downside of Orangecrest is it’s a little frustrating to get to if you have to work off the 91. It’s a good 20-minute Drive in the morning to get down to the freeway. Downtown Riverside has some fun things to do.  we would often go to dinner at the Mission Inn or Mario switch is just across the street. The Mission Inn has two or three restaurants, one being outdoors. They have a presidential Lounge for drinks beforehand. There is a lot of history in this area and was a staple for us in regards to a place to hang out. 

Another area that I like in Riverside is Canyon Crest. It basically butts up to Orangecrest but is a much older community. Canyon Crest has tow private golf courses in Victoria and Canyon Crest. The landscape in this area is very mature with a great deal of one-story homes and for the most part, people take pride in ownership in this area.

Moreno Valley

 If I had to live in Moreno Valley my choice would be north of the 60 Freeway or far east on the 60 Freeway. North of the 60 Freeway has many homes with larger properties and most have pride in ownership. Further East on the 60 Freeway has homes that are newer when comparing the rest of the city. Traffic is going to get worse when you enter the 215 freeway and drive down towards the 91 freeway. There are many restaurants and grocery stores right off the 60 Freeway which makes it convenient for people working long hours. In regards to home prices, the average is definitely going to be lower than both Riverside and Corona. If you have kids make sure you do research on the school district and specific schools in the city.


Perris has a little bit of everything. The 92571 ZIP code has many homes that border Orangecrest that are very nice. Many of these are half-acre to 1-acre parcels, have nice views, and are relatively new and comparison too much of the area. 

Gavilan Hills in Perris, the 92570 area code have some gorgeous homes, horse property and you can expect to spend three-quarters of a million dollars Or higher in this area.  As beautiful as this area is the cell service is terrible and convenience is like grocery stars are going to be a 15 to 20-minute drive away. If you are retired or have no need for people this might be an option for you.

Other areas of Perris are going to be South on the 215 freeway. There is a mix of everything, mobile homes, larger lots, and track home communities. One thing I will caution you on is that if you decide to move to Perris, do a great deal of research.  There is no question, some areas of Perris I would not live, being totally honest. Perris is going to have a similar price point to Moreno Valley with the exceptions being Gavilan Hills and parts of 92571.


Moving south on the 215 we start to get into the area in which I like the most. Menifee is a great option in regards to price point, future growth, and investment. People talk all the time of how much Menifee has grown over the last 20 years. It’s pretty crazy to see some of the off-ramps during lunch hour or rush hour in Menifee. I would say That might be the one downside. It’s almost like they built tons of homes and forgot about some of the infrastructure that they needed to go along with that. Homes are going to be more affordable than many places, there is a golf course and many amenities that include restaurants, grocery stores Etc. If you’re looking for an affordable community that has real growth potential and is safe, check out Menifee. 


We are getting closer to where I  live personally. Murrieta is a beautiful town, safe, and has a massive upside.  Homes are affordable, there is really no area in Murrieta that I would not live, schools are good and it has a great deal to offer its residents. 

Whether you want to live on a golf course, have horse property or live in a tract home Community Murrieta has everything. In regards to golf, there’s a private course called Bear Creek. If you’re into horses, the horse community in Murrieta is called La Cresta. We have sold in appraised many homes in these areas and they are both beautiful. 

The growth of Murrieta Rivals Menifee or Temecula over the past 20 years. The homes are going to be on the newer side which will keep your repair costs down. In my opinion,  traffic within the city of Murrieta is probably the best in regards to volume in every city that I have talked about in this blog post.  Murrieta is the city that people want to keep quiet. They don’t want to see blog posts like this. It has grown over 120% in the last 20 years and I see the same type of growth in the future. This would be my second choice out of every city that I’ve talked about in this blog post.


Finally, where I live and the city I love. After living all over Southern California, from Inland to the beaches. Weekend getaways that included almost every city across Southern California and traveling the world for a year, we decided to move to Temecula. Temecula was the city that always got away from us while living in Southern California. We would often visit Temecula to go to the wineries, one of our favorite things to do. 5 years ago when we had a choice of Temecula over the beach, we chose the beach. It wasn’t a mistake, we still had a great time at the beach but Temecula by far has been our favorite. 

 Temecula has so much to offer. Just to name a few, wineries, RV resorts, Pechanga Casino, multiple golf courses, hundreds of restaurants, and Old Town Temecula. Yes, growth has been substantial over the last 20 years. locals to Temecula I don’t really like it being totally honest but don’t let that stop you.

 One of the unique things about Temecula is the variety in which you can live.  Temecula has horse property, agricultural land, Golf Course living, wine country estates and track home communities. It doesn’t matter where you live, I’m amenities are close by and convenient. 

Traffic can be annoying, especially during morning and evening Rush Hour. My suggestion, for people who want to relocate or move to Temecula?  figure out where your job is and locate yourself in the proper area of Temecula. If you’re working North look into the area off Murrieta  Hot Springs Road in the community of Harveston.  This will shave off a good 20 minutes of drive time both in the morning and at night. If you’re working South, toward San Diego definitely look into South Temecula. In my opinion, even though we live North I prefer the southern area of Temecula. It seems to have more properties with larger lots and a little less congested in regards to traffic. 

So there you have it, 8 cities in the Inland Empire.   Just like anywhere, you need to do your research and understand where you are moving but I feel it is especially important here is Southern California. If you want an honest opinion from somebody who has lived and sold homes here for over 12 years, just give me a call.  I have a great deal of knowledge on the Inland Empire or Riverside County. Not only have I sold homes in cities in the Inland Empire but my wife has appraised thousands of homes as well.  We have a great deal of in-depth knowledge not only on each area of the Inland Empire but home values, amenities, safety, and the school system. I have included a home search below for you to use at your convenience.

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