The Best Thing About Temecula?
SoCal at a Discount
Temecula is a poster child for pandemic migration within California (yeah yeah, we see you Sacramento). It is a beautiful place, amazing sunshine, great homes and schools, and outdoor adventures galore, but it comes at a notable discount to the San Diego/Los Angeles markets. The median home price is just below $700k and if you’ve looked on the coasts you know that’s a nice deal. It’s a brutal commute to either big SoCal cities if you have to go every day but if you’re a pure wfh’er or just have to go in a couple days a week this should be on your shortlist.
The Worst Thing About Temecula?
If you were to find yourself in Temecula without a job you're in a pickle. There’s a big casino, and a big school district but not much tech or any other growth industries. The Inland Empire is famous/infamous for its warehouse industy but those are tough gigs and for most just temporary employment. Needing a job while living in Temecula for many means having to commute to San Diego (60 miles) or LA (90 miles) and those are not midwest miles, those are brutal Southern California grind-miles. Most who do that commute find a way to leave the house at 5 or 6 am and return by 3 or so to avoid the worst of it. Regardless, it’s something to consider when looking at living here.
Lifestyle of Temecula
Temecula is a suburban city for sure. But it’s distance from LA and San Diego means it’s one of those crossover places that has its own lifestyle rather than just a classic suburban appendage. It has a downtown called Old Town, an historic district that looks like a scene from an old western movie, but its also experiencing growth as the city builds out its infrastructure to support an influx of wfh’ers and work from home most-of-the timer’s. The lifestyle is increasingly more like a rural growth city than a suburban tract development and so locals enjoy more of what’s local than what’s available at a distance. Young professionals would find it boring but families and DINKs looking to buy and have some social life amidst great and more affordable housing like it here. There is tons of outdoor space both in town and nearby so you and the kiddos can live a healthy lifestyle. Palomar Mountain State Park and Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park are in your backyard so a short drive gets you stunning hiking, biking, camping and general outdoorsy play every weekend you’re in the mood.
Temecula also has tons of in-town parks, like Temecula Creek Trail Park, with beautiful open spaces for kiddo and doggo play, and hiking and biking paths for more serious unwinding. The schools are excellent and the town has enough restaurants and pubs to keep the kids full of burgers and the parents full of vino and brews.
Schools in Temecula
The schools in the Temecula School District are excellent, receiving an A on niche.com. Families that bail on LA or San Diego are thrilled to pick Temecula as a less expensive alternative for this very reason. There is some variance in the quality/scoring of the schools, with some weakness on the western side of town so if you care about that kind of think check your neighborhood carefully.
Why You Should Move Here Now?
Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
It’s simple. Affording a home on the coast is out of reach for most people on the planet. Temecula ain’t cheap but it’s way more affordable than LA/San Diego or the rest of coastal California. If you’re a family that wants to buy a home, set down roots, and send your kids to excellent schools then write to Temecula and escape.