North vs South Temecula

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North vs. South Temecula

So you want to move to Temecula? But where to start… Temecula has so many different communities and areas, it can feel like a daunting task to decide where to live. In this blog, we are going to talk about all of the pros and cons of living in South Temecula versus North Temecula. There are many different things to consider and hopefully, this will help in making the right decision for you and your family. No matter what area you choose to live in, Temecula is a wonderful place to call home and I’m sure you will come to that realization on your own, just like I have!

Restaurants and Bars

North Temecula is closer to a more wide variety of restaurants and bars. Living in the north gives you access to Murrieta and Temecula, which provides many different options to choose from. The Promenade Temecula is a huge outdoor shopping center that has tons of different restaurants, this is located in the very northern portion of Temecula. Not only will you have access to the Promenade but you also have very easy access to all of the South Murrieta bars and restaurants.

South Temecula doesn’t have quite as many free-standing restaurants and bars however there is Pechanga Casino and Resort located at the very south tip of the Temecula border. The Casino has many different types of events like concerts, comedy shows, and other various attractions. Pechanga also has several great restaurants that are worth checking out if you decide to live in the South Temecula area. Of course, because you are in the most southern tip of Riverside County there is not a lot located between South Temecula and the North San Diego area (about 25 miles). This makes South Temecula a very quiet area where you will get very acquainted with your local food spots but you may not have quite as many close options as you would in the north portion of the city.


Temecula is honestly a very easy city to commute from because it is located right in the path of the 15 freeway. If you are commuting to somewhere in Riverside County, North Temecula is the best choice because of course, it is located closer to Riverside County. If you happen to be commuting to San Diego County, living in South Temecula could take about 20 minutes off of your morning commute.

This is very important to think about when deciding where you would like to live in the Temecula Valley area. Not only should you think about North vs South but also it’s a great idea to stay as close to the 15 freeway as possible. Some of the larger main roads in Temecula can get a wave of traffic during the morning at about 7 to 8 am, as well as the evening from about 4:30 to 6. We have many other blogs on the different communities in Temecula which outline their location and distance to the freeway. I highly recommend checking these out while you research what area is best for you.

Housing Cost

South Temecula is the most sought-after area of Temecula outside of living in the beautiful wine country estates. Not only is it closer to San Diego, which is great for commuters, but it also has some of the most beautiful homes and views in the city. These homes can range anywhere from the high 500,000’s up to about 1.5 million. This area attracts families due to the high public school ratings and it also attracts people who are used to a more slow luxury lifestyle.

If you are looking for more of a fast-paced area with tons of conveniences, North Temecula may suit you better. In North Temecula, there is a variety of different communities with a greater number of homes in a $450,00-750,00 price range. It is also typically easier to find a home that does not have an HOA fee in the north Temecula area.

Outdoor Recreation

No matter where you live in Temecula you are never far from a walking path or even a hiking trail. Temecula has many different small walking paths throughout the various communities in North and South Temecula. My favorite is the walking path around Harveston Lake in North Temecula.

However, if you are looking for more of a difficult hiking trail, south Temecula has a lot more options close by. Just south of the Temecula border there are quite a few different trails in the Vail Lake and Agua Tibia Wilderness areas. The majority of these trailheads are located within a 15-20 minute drive of the South Temecula communities.

In North Temecula, you will find a lot of small walking paths throughout the area. As for real hiking trails, the closest location is the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. The Reserve is located about 30 minutes from the North Temecula area and hosts over 20 different trails to follow.

There are also great biking paths throughout the North and South parts of the city. If you’re more interested in sports, you will find many basketball and tennis courts throughout the different Community Parks in the city.


All of the schools located in the Temecula Unified School District are very highly rated overall. The highest-rated School in Temecula is the Great Oak High School in South Temecula, which it’s rated 10/10. Chaparral High School, located in the northern portion of Temecula, also has a very high rating of 9/10. Most of the other schools located in Temecula are rated 7 or 8. If you would like to see all of the schools and their ratings check out Great Schools website for a complete list.

In the graph to the right, you will find some of the top-rated schools in North and South Temecula. I hope this blog has given you a lot to consider in regards to what area of Temecula might be right for you and your family. I’m confident that no matter where you choose to live in Temecula you will find it should be a very beautiful, safe, and convenient city to live in. if you have any questions about the different neighborhoods or areas please feel free to contact me anytime.

Deciding on the best place to live is so important and there are tons of great cities in Southern California. We’ve made a whole blog about the pros and cons of living in Temecula and the Beach cities of SoCal to help make the decision easier. Don’t forget to check out our website for other helpful tips and info for homeowners and adventurers alike! | Temecula Living | California Life | #TemeculaLife #Homeowners | [email protected]

Kaitlyn Markham
Realtor- Buyer Specialist
Green Leaf Real Estate

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