Temecula, California

Napa South

Old Town Temecula
Old Town Temecula
Temecula Winery
Temecula Winery
Temecula Farmer's Market
Temecula Farmer's Market



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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?

Job Market/Commute

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.

Neighborhoods in Temecula

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Harveston is a beautiful planned community in the northern part of Temecula. Families love it because it is safe, quiet, and has a wonderful lake with a great walking path that runs just about a mile. Perfect for an evening stroll or maybe a few laps for you go getter 10,000 step types. It also comes with an Olympic-sized pool with its own cabanas and a clubhouse for refreshments and events. Locals can bring guests so your kiddos can bring along a pal or two for a weekend play date. There are also every kind of sports field available for organized leagues and just weekend baseball or soccer games. Finally, you the area also has easy access to the Promenade Mall so shopping, meals and drinks are in the neighborhood when you want to stay really local.

Schools for the neighborhood include Ysabel Barnett Elementary, James L. Day Middle and Vista Murrieta High School, all A-rated.
Homes are right about at the middle of the typical home price for the city with a median listing price of $750k.



Meadowview is a great choice for families who want to live rurally but not be out in the boonies. It’s an odd neighborhood in that it’s right in the center of town but feels like it’s 50 miles outside city limits. it has 23 miles of walking, biking and horse-riding trails. It feels very much like an old-school western equestrian community, and the lot sizes, paths, and high percentage of horse ownership make it legit. Even though it has that rural vibe it also has amazing amenities via a community clubhouse, two pools, a spa, sports courts and not shockingly an equestrian center. There’s also a wonderful park for the kiddos to play and those aforementioned miles of trails.

Homes in the neighborhood are mostly custom-built, with big lots and gardens and not so shockingly given the equestrian culture, horse facilities. Schools in the neighborhood are excellent, with Rancho Elementary, James Day Middle and Chaparral High School the zoned order of progression. Homes here run higher than in other neighborhoods and the median listing price is ~$900k.

Morgan Hill


Morgan Hill is one of the fancier neighborhoods in Temecula. Not surprisingly it's built on rolling hills that provide beautiful views of the area and the homes are built with massive windows and balconies to delivery those views. Everything is bigger in Morgan Hill, including the hills, the homes, the trees and the lots. Some locals note that while the amazing homes and blocks are wonderful, it’s the proximity to the many vineyards in the Temecula are that really provides the zen experience those who live here love.

As with most communities in Temecula, Morgan Hill has a large clubhouse to serve the locals. This includes an event space, billiards room, fitness center, pool and spa and tennis courts (pickleball is sneaking in) and playground for the little beans to play. If you’re living here you and your beans will not lack for outdoor play options. Kiddos here go to Tony Tobin Elementary, Vail Ranch Middle, and Great Oak High School, all A-rated choices.
The large homes in the neighborhood are often Spanish style, with the striking clay roof tiles and are more expensive than other areas with a median home price of $1.1m.

Red Hawk


Red Hawk is the largest and most populated community in Temecula. It’s also one of the few neighborhoods without a community center (and smaller HOA fees) but it has so much else to offer most are happy to live without the amenities. One of these things it has is the Redhawk Golf Course. 7,000 yards of championship golf, with tons of different membership types that give social experiences to those looking for more than just golf. You also get the Redhawk Community Park and Redhawk Dog Park. The community park has 15 acres of walking trails and open spaces, sports facilities including softball/baseball and basketball, playground space and most important to some, the Redhawk Dog Park (let’s go Rover!).

Redhawk is broken up into many different smaller communities, some open and some gated, but all part of the overall community. Like a large college with plenty of smaller organizations you can join, these smaller communities give a big neighborhood a greater sense of belonging to something special.
The homes in Redhawk are a better value than other neighborhoods with a median home price of $735k.

Paloma del Sol


If you want your family to have easy access to the most amenities in all of Temecula then check out Paloma Del Sol. The center has five swimming pools and spas, three lit tennis courts so you can play at night in the summer when it cools off, three basketball courts, open green spaces for kids and dogs to play, and even a Frisbee Golf Course right in the Central Park. If you want your kids in a hugely communal social neighborhood you could hardly do better than Paloma del Sol.

Many of the kids attend Paloma Elementary, Temecula Middle School and Temecula Valley High School, all excellent public options. Homes in the neighborhood are less expensive than other areas with a median sale price of $615k and sizes generally smaller, between 1,500 - 2,500 sq. ft.