Life in Temecula

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Life In Temecula

What is it actually like to live in Temecula? Is it safe? Is there a lot to do?  Is it good for weekend getaways? In this article and video we will talk about life in Temecula. We have had the opportunity to live all throughout Southern California over the past 15 years. After traveling the world, we decided to make Temecula California our home.  Throughout the past 15 years we would visit Temecula regularly for winery tours, shows at the Pechanga Casino or dinner in Old Town Temecula. We always saw it as a very unique place to live in Southern California.

Temecula has a country style feel but still boasts a great deal of amenities and things to do throughout the city and surrounding area. If you are on the fence about moving or relocating to Temecula, hopefully, this article and video will help with your decision and give you an idea of what life in Temecula really is like. I will also go over the pros and cons of living in Temecula.

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Cost Of Living In Temecula

I have a few other videos and blog posts on the cost of living that go more in-depth on this subject, but overall, Temecula is going to be one of the most affordable cities in all of Southern California in terms of housing. Having said that, if you’re coming from a state where home prices on average are $200,000, you’re going to be disappointed. I don’t like giving housing costs because they constantly change, and within 6 months the data could be significantly different.

When compared to other areas of America, the two most expensive things are gas and home prices. Other than that, groceries are going to be relatively the same, and our produce is significantly superior to many parts of the  United States, as well as being very inexpensive. I can go to a grocery store like Sprouts and have produce for a few weeks for under $40.

Yes, gas is expensive, but if you have a Costco membership, it does help alleviate some of that pain. Gas at Costco is usually about $0.50 per gallon cheaper than any other gas station around. As long as you plan ahead, you will definitely save hundreds of dollars over the course of the year by filling up at Costco.

I would say restaurants are relatively the same in terms of cost to most areas throughout the United States. We do have a lot of happy hours in Temecula, which really help your wallet if you like to go for a quick bite to eat and a drink midweek. Usually, with a good happy hour, you can have a drink or two and a couple appetizers for under $40.

Things To Do

Not only is there a lot of stuff to do inside the city of Temecula, but we are lucky and have many activities within an hour and a half’s drive of Temecula. If I wanted to, I could ski and go to the beach on the same day. The mountains, including Big Bear, where most people go skiing in this area, are about a two-hour drive from Temecula.

We also have Palm Springs, great for weekend getaways in the winter and golfing. We absolutely loved going to Palm Springs,  it has a great vibe and lots of really cool Mom and Pop restaurants and boutique hotels. Nothing better than sitting by the pool in December.

If you’re looking for a beach, we have Oceanside, San Clemente, and Carlsbad beaches within an hour’s drive of Temecula. Depending on what you’re looking to do, each of these beach towns has something unique. One of the things I love about San Clemente is Fisherman’s Restaurant, which is right on the ocean. There’s nothing better than sitting on the railing over the ocean with a glass of wine and eating seafood. One of the things we love about Oceanside is the harbor. You can rent paddle boards for an hour or two and then head off to one of the many restaurants inside the harbor. It’s a fantastic Sunday Funday excursion.

We also have San Diego, which is about an hour away. That’s a whole blog post on its own, but as you could probably guess, there are tons to do in San Diego. Coronado Island, the Coronado Hotel, baseball games, the Gaslamp District, golfing, SeaWorld, and museums are just the tip of the iceberg of things that you can do while visiting San Diego. It’s an amazing city, and we are only an hour away, living in Temecula.

Los Angeles is another option if you like the big city. Personally, we try to stay away from LA unless we are going to LAX. Having said that, Santa Monica, Malibu, and parts of Los Angeles are always fun to visit. Make sure you leave plenty of time to get around, as traffic can be nightmarish.

Julian, which is great for apple picking in the fall, is another area and activity we enjoy near Temecula. Huntington Beach, which is the surf capital of the United States, Newport, and Laguna Beach are beautiful cities along the coast. Rent a convertible and drive up and down PCH, stopping at one of the many places to either eat or have a drink. All of these things are easily accessible, which is what makes life in Temecula so amazing.


We have many videos on the wineries throughout Temecula. If Temecula is known for one thing, it’s the wineries. The winery area is growing quickly, but you still have a country feel when you’re out there. Rolling hills, cool breezes, and the vastness of the Temecula Valley make wine tasting on a Sunday a very relaxing and enjoyable experience. This is right on her doorstep, and we enjoy taking time each week to spend an hour or two at one of the over 40 wineries Temecula has to offer.

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway, we highly suggest you look into renting a room at one of the winery hotels. I can tell you from firsthand experience that it is a a very romantic, relaxing, and unforgettable experience. There is no doubt that after a weekend at the wineries, you will want to move here.

Temecula Neighborhoods

If you are planning to move or relocate to Temecula, you’re going to be hard-pressed to find an area in Temecula that you would not want to live in and feel safe. 99% of the neighborhoods in Temecula are safe, clean, and well-kept, and pride in ownership is evident at every level. Most communities in Temecula will have HOAs, but the amenities in the neighborhood are definitely worth it. Pools, walking paths, tot lots, hot tubs, basketball courts, and volleyball courts are very common. You’re not just paying for somebody to take care of a front sign and some landscaping. If you’re looking for specific neighborhoods, our goal over the next year is to highlight every single neighborhood in Temecula on our YouTube channel, Exploring Temecula. This is a great YouTube channel for individual highlights of each and every neighborhood throughout the city of Temecula. These videos will paint a clear picture of each one of these neighborhoods and life in Temecula as a whole.

Stress Levels

We will try to explain this to the best of our ability, but this is obviously going to be different for everyone. Temecula may be stressful if you are used to living in a town of fewer than 2000 people. What we can say without hesitation is that Temecula is the most relaxing, stress-free city we have lived in throughout Southern California. The weather is great, it’s not too crowded, the communities are quiet, and auctions for large lots in very quiet communities are plentiful. One of the things we love about Temecula is that much of the area is zoned for 2+ acre parcels. This is not going to allow developers to come in and build home upon home upon home. It’s comforting to know that wine country is going to stay intact. Our horse communities will stay intact, and our agricultural area of Deluz will always stay intact. We have land for sale if you want to build a house. However, even our communities are quiet, peaceful, and full of wonderful people.

Job Opportunities in Temecula

Temecula is a commuter city. Firefighters, teachers, cops, waitresses, or small business owners are the people that are going to be living and working within the city of Temecula. There are many people that commute to San Diego, Orange County, Riverside, and probably even Los Angeles. Having said that, one of the things I talked about in one of my other videos is the sheer number of people who give you the opportunity to do very well for yourself if you work hard and stay consistent. There is definitely an opportunity to make money in Temecula. It’s just a matter of bringing a product or service that people want and growing it.

Life in Temecula when it comes to golf

If you’re a golfer, you’re going to love Temecula. If we were to guess, there are 20 to 30 golf courses within 40 miles of Temecula. Most are affordable and will cost anywhere from $30 to $60 per round during the week. I regularly play in the afternoons during the summer months for $30. It’s a bit hot, but by 6 or 7 it’s beautiful. Some of my favorite times to play golf in the Inland Empire are in the summer, right after dinner. Some of the golf courses specifically in Temecula include Redhawk Golf Course, Temecula Hills, Cross Creek, and Journey at Pechanga, just to name a few.

The two golf course communities in Temecula include Redhawk and Temeku Hills. The Redhawk community does not have an affiliation with the Redhawk Golf Course, but many of the homes throughout the community have golf course reviews. I have an in-depth blog post and video on Redhawk. This is a very important video for anybody thinking of moving to that community. I highlight every sub-community with HOA fees as well as which communities are gated. This is important because not all communities in Redhawk are created equal. Some major roads are higher than others; some communities have views of golf courses, while others do not. It’s important to understand, yes. Just because you’re living in Redhawk does not mean you have a golf course view in a gated community.


There are tons and tons of restaurants throughout Temecula. Temecula has any type of food you’re looking for. In our opinion, if you’re looking for a night out on the town with a few drinks and great food, we suggest Old Town Temecula. There are plenty of restaurants along this strip with great food and atmosphere. Many restaurants will either have live music or a DJ later in the night. If you’re looking to just have a drink, we suggest Luke’s On Front, as they have great views and a pretty cool vibe.

One of the things that we never thought would be enjoyable but actually loved is what’s called the coin-op gaming bar in Old Town. The games are fun, they have great drinks, and it truly is an awesome Friday or Saturday night with friends. Check it out if you’re down in that area.

Your life in Temecula when it comes to restaurants will be pretty top-notch. You’ll never get bored, and there are plenty of places to eat, grab drinks, or grab a quick bite to eat. If the restaurant isn’t good, it won’t survive, as there is plenty of competition. Many of these restaurants are unique and stand out from each other in some way.

Pechanga Casino

This could be another blog post on its own, but for purposes of life in Temecula as a whole, I’ll shorten it. Pechanga Casino is not just about gambling. We routinely visit on a Friday or Saturday night to go to dinner and a show or stand-up comedy. There is also a nightclub, a beautiful pool, and an RV resort. Personally, we feel it’s the nicest casino around. It also makes for a nice weekend getaway. The rooms are well-kept, and you’ll have plenty to do within the surrounding area and resort without even hitting the tables or slot machines. (If you don’t like gambling)

If you do have an RV, we really suggest you check out the Pechanga Resort RV area. Our parents stayed there a few years ago, and it had everything you could ever want or need. There is Wi-Fi, and pool access, and the park is well-kept.

Weather in Temecula

This is one of those things that makes life in Temecula better than most places throughout the USA. Yes, we do get some heat from July through September, but other than that, the weather is pretty unbeatable. Cool mornings, nice afternoons, and constant sunshine We do get rain in December and January, but not anything crazy. The average temperature is going to be anywhere from 70 to 85 degrees. It’s currently midsummer, with daily temperatures ranging from 95 to 100 degrees. It really cools off at night.

The weather in the summer is absolutely perfect and makes it beautiful to visit wineries later in the evening. If you’re at the wineries from 6 to 9 p.m., the weather will be perfect. Shorts, a t-shirt, and maybe a light jacket at times are all you’re going to need.

Airports near Temecula

Temecula is not only close to the mountains and the beach but also airports. We have five airports within an hour and a half’s drive of us. San Diego Airport, John Wayne Airport, Palm Springs Airport, Ontario Airport, and LAX, which is Los Angeles, are all within an hour to an hour and a half drive, depending on when you leave during the day. This is a huge plus for anybody who likes to travel or needs to travel for work. You have five options to price out and figure out what the best option is to get to your final destination.

Hopefully, this gave you a little peek into what Temecula has to offer. In our opinion, it’s going to be in the top 10 places you could move to in all of Southern California. We might even go out on a limb and say the top 5. When you take everything into consideration—the cost of living, safety, things to do, proximity to amenities, and beautiful neighborhoods—you really can’t beat life in Temecula. If you have any questions, please reach out anytime, and we’d be glad to help.

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