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.

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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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