Harveston Temecula vs. Redhawk Temecula
In Temecula, the Harveston and Redhawk communities are two of the biggest and most popular places to live. We thought it would be a great idea to write a blog post and produce a video on Harveston Temecula vs. Redhawk Temecula. By the end of this article, you will have a better understanding of both of these communities and which one will better fit your lifestyle or living situation.
Harveston vs. Redhawk Location
Before moving to Temecula, we strongly suggest that you map out the location of employment and the neighborhood or community you plan to live in. Redhawk is located in the southern part of Temecula, while Harveston is to the north.
If we were working in the San Diego area or San Diego County, Redhawk would be one of the first communities we would be looking at. If you live in Redhawk and work south, it will cut off at least 30 to 40 minutes of drive time per day when compared to Harveston. On the flip side, if you are working in Riverside or somewhere closer to Los Angeles, Harveston will cut off 20 to 30 minutes of drive time per day.
Southern California has a high quality of life. With its abundance of restaurants, outdoor activities, and restaurants, there is never a shortage of things to do. Living in your car is not going to improve your quality of life or give you the time to enjoy everything Southern California has to offer.
Both communities offer their residents plenty of nearby amenities. This is one of the unique things about Temecula. It really doesn’t matter what community you live in; grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, golf courses, and schools are all a stone’s throw away.
(Side note: the Redhawk Community has nothing to do with the Redhawk Golf Course; they are both separate entities.)
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Harveston vs. Redhawk HOA and Community Amenities
I would have to say that Harveston is the winner when it comes to community amenities. In our opinion, Harveston is probably the best community in all of Temecula when it comes to what the HOA actually offers its residents.
- Beautiful Lake
- 1-mile walking path around the lake
- Olympic-sized swimming pool and spa (the pool has cabanas for shade).
- BBQ area
- Multiple parks with baseball and soccer fields
- Child care
The one thing you have to watch out for with the HOA in Harveston is the different costs. Most of the community will pay around $100 per month, but there are sections that will have a double HOA, bringing the cost to over $200 per month. We suggest staying away from these higher HOAs. One of the biggest reasons would probably be resale value. Many people do not want to pay a $200+ HOA unless they are specifically looking for guard-gated communities.
Even though Red Hawk is considered one big community, there are different HOAs and many different sub-communities within it. Some of Red Hawk is gated, which drives the HOA higher.
HOAs are going to run in Red Hawk from $40 to $140 per month, depending on which subcommunity you live in. When it comes to community pools, there aren’t any. Each sub-community of Red Hawk might have a few tot lots or parks, but no pool for all of its residents in a central location.
Harveston vs. Redhawk Homes
Overall, we are going to give a slight edge to Redhawk on this one. Reason being? Even though they’re both track home communities, there is more variety in Redhawk when looking at views, sizes, and
Overall, as beautiful as the Harveston community is, many of the homes are, in our opinion, a little choppy. This is most likely because of the time period of the build-out and what was popular then. When first entering many of the properties, you will see offices and living rooms cut off from the rest of the home. You don’t have that open feel in some models that everybody is looking for today.
On the contrary, Red Hawk has many different communities, home styles, and views. Because it’s a little bit of an older community, many people have remodeled and made the necessary upgrades to appeal to the masses, which is evident in the open floor plans and the more modern kitchen looks.
By no means are we saying that Harveston does not have beautiful homes; in fact, there are some absolutely beautiful homes in Harveston. We are talking generally, and if you took a hundred homes from both communities, you would have more options with style, yards, views, etc. in the Redhawk community.
Harveston vs. Redhawk Home Prices
As of the date of this article, the average price per square foot in Harveston is around $292 per square foot. In Redhawk, the average price per square foot is $260 per square foot. This is a small sample size, but over the last 5 years, most months have had Harvestons’ price per square foot above Redhawks’. We feel that the price per square foot is a little higher in Harveston because of what the community has to offer through its HOA. Many families really like the idea of having a lake, a beautiful pool, and a walking path to use with their family. The Harveston community is also a little newer; whether that plays a part in why people are paying a little more for Harveston homes, we don’t know.
Harveston vs. Redhawk: Overall Landscape
Even though we live in the north end of Temecula, we do prefer the landscape of southern Temecula. We feel that there’s more opportunity for nice views, there are more trees, and it is greener. As I mentioned earlier in the blog post, one of the main reasons we chose North Temecula was because of our jobs. Oftentimes, we are in Riverside, Menifee, or Murrieta for work, and it didn’t make sense for us to drive that extra 20 minutes every day to live in southern Temecula. Looking back, we definitely made the right decision. Harveston allows us to get to the freeway, grocery stores, shopping, Old Town, and restaurants all within 5 minutes. Bottom line, if you like views, there’s much more opportunity in the southern part of Temecula.
Harveston vs. Redhawk Tax Rate
The tax rates between the two areas are fairly similar. Figure that the tax rate in both areas is going to be around 1.4–1.6%. HOA fees in Redhawk will be slightly lower depending on where you live. Some communities are gated. There are many areas of Red Hawk that have an HOA of less than $50. In Harveston, your HOA will start at $100 and go up from there. For exact tax rates in specific areas, contact us, and we can have our title company pull exact rates for any home in either area.
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