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  • Temecula has a Livability Score of 74/100, which is considered excellent
  • Temecula crime rates are 14% lower than the California average
  • Cost of living in Temecula is 4% lower than the California average
  • Temecula real estate prices are 12% lower than the California average
  • Rental prices in Temecula are 26% higher than the California average

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      Temecula, CA

      Temecula is located in Southern California and is one of the biggest cities in Riverside County. That being said, the city is a charming spot for residents and visitors alike. It's set among gorgeous rolling hills in an area known for wine making and is a hop, skip, and a jump from many of SoCal's top destinations, including the Pacific Ocean.

      You may know already know that Northern California is one of the top wine-producing regions in the world. But, did you know that Temecula puts out a fair amount of quality wine each year? Thanks to its mountains and rolling hills, the city has the altitude necessary to grow cold-weather grapes, such as Riesling and Chardonnay. The area can also accommodate warmer-temperature varietals, including Syrah, Grenache, and Tempranillo. You'll find over 35 wineries in the area, many of which have tasting rooms and beautiful grounds that can be rented out for all sorts of events, including weddings, concerts, and more.

      There are plenty of public transportation options in Temecula, which include bus and rail options. The Riverside Transportation Agency has buses that service Temecula and provide transportation throughout the county. There are also multiple Greyhound bus departures and arrivals for the city. Additionally, Southern California's premier rail service, Metrolink, also services Temecula and takes riders throughout the hottest spots in Southern California, including Los Angeles, North County San Diego, and Anaheim, where Disney magic awaits.

      If you're considering moving here, then you'll become part of a growing trend. Over the past decade, Temecula has grown due to an influx of people relocating for work (it's quite close to San Diego) or simply because they love the city. When you get here, you'll be treated to friendly SoCal vibes, great year-round weather, and proximity to some of the hottest destinations in all of California, including Disneyland, Joshua Tree National Park, Hollywood, San Diego and more.

      Southern California real estate is notoriously expensive but not all of it. In Temecula, you'll enjoy home prices that are well below those of neighboring cities. For example, in San Diego, the median home price is close to 27 percent higher than those you'll find in Temecula. And if you compare Temecula with Los Angeles, you'll find that houses in Temecula are over 40 percent cheaper.

      You'll also find that the cost of living in Temecula is also quite inexpensive when compared to San Diego, Los Angeles, and other cities in SoCal. In Temecula, your food costs will be almost three percent cheaper than in Los Angeles and almost 10 percent cheaper than in San Diego. And transportation costs in Los Angeles and San Diego are around ten and 20 percent higher (respectively) than in Temecula.

      Top Rated Schools in Temecula

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Tony Tobin ElementaryKG - 585969%
      Abby Reinke ElementaryKG - 581568%
      Ysabel Barnett ElementaryKG - 594167%
      Crowne Hill ElementaryKG - 563964%
      Rancho ElementaryKG - 553163%
      Temecula Luiseno ElementaryKG - 51,01361%
      Vintage Hills ElementaryKG - 574559%
      Erle Stanley Gardner Middle School6 - 81,07658%
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      Temecula Reviews

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      Temecula is declining rapidly

      We have lived here 14 years. It's an Agenda 21 city, which really hasn't had much of a visual effect until lately.
      There are theatres, many restaurants still, a mall and it's centrally located between Oceanside / Camp Pendleton, San Diego / Mexico, San Bernardino / Riverside, and Palm Springs / Palm Desert. That said, Oceanside is considered dangerous by its residence, the Mexican border is considered dangerous, both Riverside and San Bernardino are rated dangerous California cities but Palm Springs and Palm Desert are nice but changing.

      Change is the operative word here. Temecula HAS BEEN a nice place....
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      Photo Works Temecula

      My experience with Photo Works Temecula has been awesome. I have had several wedding pictures edited by them and they do a great job. If it did not turn out exactly how I wanted, they will fix it immediately. I have asked for several different types of editing and they have fulfilled all of my requests. I email my pictures to them and they email the edited versions back to me very quickly. This company is very affordable and produces excellent quality work! I will definitely use them for future editing and for developing my pictures. Overall, a wonderful experience!
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      Life as a Resident in Temecula, CA

      I lived in Temecula, CA for over five years and really enjoyed the location in Southern California. Temecula is a quaint community that offers spectacular views and a rich history, most commonly known as Wine Country. For those looking to raise a family and live in a relaxing environment, it's an ideal and safe place to reside. The area is also in close proximity to San Diego, Los Angeles, and Orange County.

      Although there is not always a lot to do in Temecula, it's still an enjoyable place to spend time in throughout the year for a low-pace environment. It's a popular city to enjoy golf with nine courses available. It's also known for having thousands of beautiful acres of vineyards where over 56 different types of grapes grow. One of my favorite parts of living in the area was seeing the hot air balloons travel above the vineyards on the weekend mornings. My parents and their friends also enjoyed visiting a number of the wine tasting rooms that are available for a great leisure activity that quickly became a passion.

      A popular attraction that was one of my favorite places to visit in Temecula was Old Town where you can find antique stores, car shows, festivals, and a number of different restaurants. It's a fun and interesting location to explore for those who enjoy a country theme. However, there is a limited amount of attractions in Temecula for those who are more interested in staying busy or enjoying a busy nightlife. I was young when I lived in Temecula and there wasn't always a lot to do with my friends in the environment. I would say that it's geared more toward retirees who want a slower pace of life.
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      Cute area with a lot to do

      First of all, they have a really great mall where you'll find some of the best restaurants in this entire area like Lucilles BBQ. They have tons of different shops all around town, lots of places to eat, and you have all your basic needs met and more. They even have a Trader Joe's!!! I'm sorry but coming from San Diego to a much less expensive area, that's a god-send. Its actually affordable here, which is awesome. You can buy a good looking house here for pretty cheap and you're in a totally safe environment. I doubt there's any crime here, I would be surprised. Its a really nice area, clean looking, lots of places to shop and eat, you're pretty close to San Diego - just get on the freeway. They have good hospitals in Temecula too. It's the best town to live in if you're in the Riverside area in my opinion. If I wasn't moving out of California entirely, Temecula would be where I would settle down for the sheer affordability, restaurants, shopping, and safety.
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      Beautiful Area Gone BAD

      We've lived here for nearly 28 years. Temecula used to be a place where strangers said good morning to one another. The pace was slow and we had very little crime and noise. Now it's crowded with rude and reckless drivers and too much noise. Loud motorcycles are everywhere. There isn't enough law enforcement to go after these thugs. The Marine Corp "heroes" were not satisfied with decimating Oceanside and Fallbrook; they had to come over the hill to Temecula to screw this place up too. Our once beautiful and upscale neighborhood has become full of them renting investor owned homes. If it wasn't for the HOA this place would be a total dump. The mall is a ghetto mall quickly approaching the status of Moreno Valley. Try to enjoy a cup of coffee with your family at the Starbucks in the mall. Inland Empire white trash!!! No manners, no courtesy, but plenty of neck tattoos. 2014 is our final year in Temecula. As soon as my wife retires we are out of here and going back to rural Northern California. At least we have good restaurants up there! I've never seen so many fat slobs in my life like I have in Temecula. Not as bad as Houston or New Orleans, but pretty close. My recommendation for living here is as follows: If you're a brainwashed religious nut, then this will be heaven for you, i.e. Headquarters for the American Taliban. If you like shopping at Wal-Mart then come on down. Loaded with fat people with bad teeth. Enjoy!
      • 1 -3
      Overcrowded, overpriced, touristy

      Lived here for many years.

      Have seen the area become a ridiculously overcrowded (cancer-like, uncontrolled building/expansion during the 80's; current trend toward low-income housing apartment buildings), pseudo-historical ("Old Town:" Disneyland authenticity without the rides), traffic-snarled (all hours of the day and night), noisy (apparently no law enforcement agency enforces noise statutes anymore), full-of-itself blight. The restaurants that have survived (i.e., those numerous ones that have folded) have mostly declined in service and quality, so that essentially leaves going to the movies for your diversion.

      Oh wait. We DO have a fine Native American casino (Pechanga) within close proximity, so you can choke on second-hand smoke while losing your money) and our world-famous (in our minds) wineries. Go wine!

      One last thing, the Areavibes folks may want to adjust their data regarding things like, say, "Average summer temperature," given that for the last 5 or 6 years, the median summer temperature has been well above 100.

      BTW, not going to name names, but methinks there be a review hereabouts written by, oh say, a local real estate broker/agent/Chamber of Commerce member).
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      Fabulous Temecula, California

      My visit to this city revealed rich history, phenomenal shopping, and year-round entertainment for the entire family! The experience was wonderful.

      Temecula is known for its championship golf courses and a climate perfect for serene hot-air ballooning adventures. This southern California town has award-winning wineries located amongst 3,200 acres of the most picturesque wine country.

      The Old Town district, located in the heart of the city, is a blend of historic buildings with over 600 antique dealers, unique shopping, and memorable restaurants. Old Town Temecula is the site of many special events including car shows and, and eclectic summer weekend entertainment. The popular Farmer's Market offers a wealth of fresh produce, flowers, and crafts every Saturday.

      Shopping is an amazing adventure where you will find that one-of-a-kind item in a fanciful specialty boutique, and The Promenade Mall and Power Center offers the convenience of large department store shopping.

      An array of dining experiences will fit any taste or budget.

      The things-to-do-list is headed by a hike on the Santa Rosa Plateau Wildlife Preserve, or a day of boating at Lake Skinner. The annual Balloon & Wine Festival is a fabulous attraction as the sky fills with the wondrous color of balloons.
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      If you want to shop in snootyville....this is your place.

      I have lived near Temecula for a long while and everytime I go there, I regret the decision. And I will explain why. I don't particularly like the community and the people there. They don't have a very welcoming demeanor to them. They treat people that are not driving a 2012 Lexus like they are some sort of trash needed to be swept out of their city. Aside from their massive Promenade Mall and Wineries, I don't see the big deal. I do like the Old Downtown area very much for their laid back atmosphere and welcomeness. There are some good jewels there, and the restaurants are pretty good. They specialize in big-box stores, so don't go there looking for a mom and pop type store.

      I do, however, like that there are a plethora of corporate shopping and restaurants galore. As for Family activities, don't hesitate to take your children to the movies, or walk the promenade. Unless you live in a tract home, don't expect to find a park either. And if you do have children attending high school, make sure to buy them a corvette so they can fit in with the other kids. Also, the teenage demographic is not a savory like. I always have some sort of altercation with them either over parking spaces, or in long lines for restaurants. Overall, I dislike the city and would rather live in nearby Hemet. (the place Temecula sends their homeless so the city doesn't have to help them.)
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      Source: The Temecula, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).