Does Temecula Have The Best Quality Of Life In Southern California?

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Does Temecula have the best quality of life in Southern California?

We have had the luxury of living in many different areas throughout Southern California. Whether you love Southern California or not it you can’t deny that we have some of the best weather in the world, most amenities, best restaurants, and most golf courses. But Does Temecula have the best quality of life in Southern California?

In Temecula you can technically go lie on the beach and ski on the same day! With all the positives about Temecula there is still a great deal of Southern California that you would not catch me dead in. Yes, it’s changed a great deal over the past 30 years but there are still gorgeous cities that have a great quality of life. In my opinion, Temecula does have the best quality of life in Southern California. Full disclosure,  I am not a big city guy, La or San Diego just don’t appeal to me. For some people that big city life is what you live for but in my opinion, unless you’re totally rich, city life sucks in Southern California. 

In this post and video, I am going to go over in detail why I think Temecula has the best quality of life in Southern California. Things like affordability, sense of community cleanliness and quiet communities are a few of the things I am going to go over

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Affordability is always on everybody’s mind. This is probably the number one reason people either leave or hate California.  The biggest expense people have in Southern California is the purchase of a new home. What really blows my mind is the total shithole cities people buy in! Terrible, dirty cities and spend a million dollars on a 2 bedroom home. Los Angeles is a prime example of this. I could take you to many communities that have home prices of $700,000-$800,000 that you wouldn’t even walk at night, let alone buy a home. 

Home prices and communities is where Temecula wins on a large scale. You’re basically getting a home half the price of any big city and  Temecula is very safe, communities are clean and amenities are everywhere. 

The Cost Of Fun

 Any big city in Southern California is it going to charge you an arm and a leg for everything. Just parking and cover charges are going to set you back one night out in Temecula.  Wineries, happy hours, free live music are just a few of the things that we regularly have here in Temecula that don’t destroy your wallet. We regularly go out for a drink, have something to eat and listen to music for under $50. We actually wrote an extensive blog post and video on 5 inexpensive date nights in Temecula.

Sense Of Community 

Regardless of what your definition is of “sense of community,” Temecula has it. Churches, social groups, sports leagues, farmer’s markets and balloon festivals. Even vegan festivals are a thing here, Temecula seems to have everything. These events are organized very well and it is always a friendly atmosphere. Yes, big cities have all of these things but do you really want to go out and deal with traffic again after being in your car 15 hours during that week, then pay for parking?

I really don’t know how to explain it, it’s just easy here. An example? I have a softball league I joined this year, I drive 10 minutes, park my car walk to the ball field, have fun and leave. I don’t have to worry about paying for parking, finding parking having a field tagged with graffiti, homeless and druggies, or trash everywhere. 


When I think of cleanliness in Southern California, Irvine is probably the only city that beats Temecula that I have lived or visited. When you drive around the streets, walk through the parks, go to the public pool or volleyball courts you rarely see garbage. Everything is well respected by both the residents and taken care of by the city. 

Public Facilities

Not only are they plentiful but they are well taken care of.  I’m going to use the softball league example again. It’s pretty amazing that I can walk onto a baseball field and be in awe of how well they are taken care of. I am from Canada,  and I’ve never really played any baseball but I do notice when something is in pristine condition. All the baselines are chalked every week, the outfield is lush green grass and we have great umpires and bats provided. I have also done extensive video on many other community parks and areas in Temecula on my Youtube channel, just search ExploringTemecula, no space. I have never been to a public facility in Temecula and thought it was run down dirty or needed work.

Quiet Communities

One thing that everybody understands about Southern California is how busy it is.  Freeway traffic, amusement parks, sporting events, grocery stores, regardless of which one of these you’re dealing with it’s going to be hectic, annoying or even flat-out maddening.  Temecula has a bit of this at certain times but you can always guarantee that when you arrive at home, the community is going to be quiet and peaceful.

I have done multiple videos on many different communities in Temecula. It doesn’t matter which community you enter, you go from busy, too quiet and calm within seconds. Every community I have ever produced a video on has a sense of relaxation and is totally different from the outside world LOL

A few videos I have done on specific communities are Crowne Hill, Best Communities in Temecula and Best Neighborhoods in Temecula, Meadowview

Finally! Wine Country

So this is what really separates Temecula for me. It’s amazing that you can be in the middle of everything in the city of Temecula but be in the country in minutes. Restaurants, happy hours, shopping, movie theaters, casinos, and grocery stores are all minutes  from your home but within 10 minutes you  are in the country with gorgeous rolling hills, beautiful wineries and a total sense of serenity.

I was taking pictures for an appraisal yesterday, the only thing I kept thinking to myself was how beautiful this area is and how lucky I am to be living here. Another thing people have to realize is the zoning in this area.  Parcels are going to be from two and a half acres up so you’re never going to have mass subdivision type building. I will always have the country lifestyle 10 minutes from my house. 

Hopefully this short description Temecula gave you a good idea of what it is like to live here. In my opinion, without a doubt, Temecula has the best quality of life in Southern California. If you ever have questions about the area please give us a call at 951-897-9466 or email us at [email protected]  My name is Joel Daniel, I am owner and broke her up Greenleaf real estate here in Temecula. My wife, Christy is a certified residential appraiser. If you have questions about the community, housing market or are on the fence on where to move in the area please reach out. We love talking about the area just as much as living here.

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