Temecula, California

Napa South

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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.