Elegant wineries and annual festivals defy Temecula's affordability. Most of the homes for sale in this Southern CA city are priced under half-a-million dollars, despite the fact that they lie on prime real estate. Multi-home neighborhoods with smaller, manageable yards mingle with spacious winery and farm properties, so buyers are sure to find exactly what they're looking for in square footage and acreage. American Indian heritage is strong here, giving buyers a sense of pride in purchasing a home on this once primarily Native American land.
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Temecula lies in the southwest portion of Riverside County and boasts a population of over 100,000 residents. It's a newer city, only being incorporated in 1989, and it lies between Murrieta, CA and the spacious Pechanga Indian Reservation. Named after its original inhabitants, the Temecula Native Americans, it is also affectionately dubbed "the place of the sun," or "the sun that shines through the mist." Residents will attest to the local beauty in the area, and City Hall is styled after a Spanish Mission to honor the Spanish missionaries who ministered to the locals way back when. It is no wonder the city's motto is "Old Traditions, New Opportunities," as the eclectic mix of old charm and new commercialization is what gives Temecula its overwhelming appeal.
Part of what makes this town so rich is its wine country, which is said to give the Napa Valley a run for its money. Vineyards are scattered along the region and their wines become the centerpiece of the annual Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival. When not riding in hot air balloons during the festival, residents can relax on numerous championship golf courses, play polo at the Temecula Valley Polo Club, and enjoy resort accommodations that make it a popular and prominent Southern CA tourist destination. There is no need to drive to Las Vegas if you want to gamble. The city is home to the Pechanga Resort and Casino, which provides Vegas-style gambling, accommodations, dining and entertainment that rival any Nevada property. Filmgoers flock to the Temecula Valley Film Festival, an annual event filled with independent cinema and live music. Aside from all of this, education, finance, healthcare and retail keep the economy booming. There is no shortage of things to do or places to work in this amazing SoCal oasis. Search the listings for your ideal Temecula home, and move into this exciting and prosperous California town.