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MARK

Crown Point, IN

#1 Aug 16, 2007
We are considering moving to Temecula from the suburbs of Chicago, IL. We would like to find a community with a great school district, affordable housing and the like. We are getting tired of the weather and influx of illegals coming over the border to reside/work in Chicago. CA would not seem the answer, but we have family and are looking to be with them again. Home ownership in CA seems impossible...are most on 40, 50 year & interest only loans to afford it? Please advise!!
ex-Temeculan

Otsego, MI

#2 Aug 20, 2007
If you are tired of the illegals living in Chicago, then you won't like the many more illegals living in Temecula. Haven't you heard that California is the illegal alien capital of the United States? I lived two doors down from 12 people (along with their 8 cars!) and it's not much fun.

As for buying a home, plan on spending at least $500.000 or more and even then you are stuck in some lousy neighborhood.

Ex-Temeculan
CITIZEN X

San Diego, CA

#3 Aug 21, 2007
It is unfortunate that the ex-Temeculan above had such a negative experience. Ours has been very different.

My family and I have lived in Temecula for the past 7 years and have been very happy here. I think it's a great place to raise a family. Most 3-4 BR homes will be in the 300K - 500K range; however, if you move over near the Redhawk area, or near Chapparral High, the neighborhoods are newer and cleaner. Housing prices drop significantly if you buy around the outskirts in areas such as Sun City, Menifee, Lake Elsinore, however the neighborhoods are alot rougher for the same reason...it's more affordable. We live in an older neighborhood but it is still very quiet with little crime (we've had some unruly teens shooting out car windows with pellet guns and on another occasion had our car egged). The weather is 65-70 deg F in the winter and 90-95 deg F in the summer with sunny days almost all year round. The schools are very good here, there is ample shopping (groceries), we have the only mall within 35 miles in any direction, and it has a small town feel with holiday activities such as 4th of July parade and fireworks show (free), community events, Old Town Temecula farmers market and old west shows, Rod Run annual car show, annual Balloon and Wine festival, X-mas parade. There are many wineries within 5 - 10 miles of Temecula if you like wine tasting and they offer free tours as well. There are also several casinos in the area, the most popular and biggest of which is Pechanga.

As far as the illegals go, there are significant numbers here due to the fact that it's about 1 1/2 hr's drive away from the border. There is a border patrol checkpoint directly South about 1 mile (off of NB I-15 fwy) and there is a strong border patrol presence in the area at all times. I find that most of the illegal aliens are decent, hard working people who are just here looking for a better life for themselves and their family. We try to observe the golden rule of treating people the way we want to be treated and have had no issues.

Happy house-hunting!
Transplant

Encino, CA

#4 Sep 6, 2007
PART 1:
I would not suggest moving to Temecula, Murrieta, or any of the surrounding areas if you can help it. If you want to relocate to southern Cal stick to the coasts (if you can somehow afford it)- or perhaps drop the idea altogether. I am a Chicago suburb transplant myself, and I have been utterly amazed (in a negative way) by what I've experienced since making the move out to the Murrieta/Temecula area myself two years ago.
To put it bluntly, it seems like the majority of the population in and around this area are just plain selfish, rude, obnoxious, wasteful, and disrespectful to an extreme.
The most obvious reflection of this is how (and what) people drive around here. I used to drive to downtown Chicago nearly every day and never saw so much wreckless, rude, disrespectful, and foolish driving as I have here in the last 2 years. It appears that the speed limit around here is a complete joke - people routinely drive dangerously over the 70 mph speed limit, usually 20-30 miles or more over, unless the traffic is so backed up as to force them to slow down. This extends to regular city streets as well.
Signaling is apparently optional too, as people change lanes and make turns all the time without using them. They also like to drive about 4-6 feet behind you going about 90mph - prepare to be rear-ended (or perhaps killed) if you need to stop suddenly for any reason. Merging onto highways is fun too, as people try to force and "push" their way in front of you all the time. Of course, don't bother yelling out your window at them - most will never hear you with their death metal/rap music/etc. cranked at levels impossible to hear anything else (like ambulance sirens - which they probably wouldn't pull over for, anyway). Road rage is all the rage out here, so be prepared for some Mad Max shenanigans wherever you go.
This just might be the least bit bearable if on top of all these things every other local on the road wasn't driving the biggest freakin' gas-wasting monster truck, SUV, or hummer money can buy. When I first got out here, I thought they must be giving them away with the purchase of every new home or something, since nearly every home out in this area seems to have 2-3 of these wasteful behemoths in their driveway.
And of course, the traffic is usually pretty bad - not too surprising, since it's southern California, but surprising around here considering it's worse than Chicago ever was and the population of this area is only around 200,000 vs. 12 million in Chicago!
But don't worry, while you're stuck in traffic, you can always admire the never-ending heaps of trash collecting all along the highway - they can't pick it up fast enough, it seems. Apparently, nobody around here ever heard of disposing of their trash in a garbage can - they just throw it out their window, or drop it in a parking lot or on the street. Considering I've seen entire mini-malls, roads, and neighborhoods built brand new since I've been out here, I have been astounded by how quickly people literally trash them. Apparently they love living in their own refuse.
Transplant

Encino, CA

#5 Sep 6, 2007
PART 2:

So, then there's getting a place to live. We moved into a brand-spanking new luxury apartment complex in Murrieta. It was really nice at first - there weren't many other people living there yet. Soon, as more people moved in, it became miserable - parties going on all the time, people tearing through the parking lots way too fast, constant loud music from vehicles and other residences, garbage started being left lying everywhere, the ever-present sounds of profanity laced loud conversations and ill-bred laughter all through the night.

So then I bought a house in what seemed to be a quiet, family-oriented community to get away from all of that nonsense (or so I thought) in Murrieta. Nearly half a million dollars and a brand new house in a gated community later, my neighborhood is turning into the same thing I experienced in the apartment complex. I've called the police several times to break up the regularly occurring parties taking place well past 2am on weeknights. Other constant issues include people leaving trash in the street, trucks and other vehicles rolling in with their radios cranked to near-deafening volume levels, people tearing down the street like it's a racetrack, vehicles parked everywhere, etc.

So now that all of that is out in the open, you're probably wondering what the nearby shopping and restaurant scene is like. Well, if you like fast food joints and chains, there's no shortage of them around here. They've got it all - McDonald's, Carl's Jr., Jack-in-the-Box, In-N-Out Burger, Del Taco, Taco Bell, El Pollo Loco...even Wienerschnitzel! And the list goes on. Aren't you getting hungry already?

Looking for shopping? Don't expect anything even remotely close to a Michigan Avenue experience. You've got Wal-mart, Costco, and Target outside of a few standard run-of-the-mill places in the mall. Then again, how many ways can you sell a wife-beater T-shirt, anyway? Oh yes, the mall! There's one mall (The Promenade), which is eternally mobbed with people fighting (and I do mean fighting on occasion) for the last few parking spots, since there’s not a single decent place to shop anywhere else nearby. Going to the movies at The Promenade is like trying to watch a movie in a crowded high school auditorium - few people know how to shut up or turn their cell phones off during a movie. Generally, wherever you go in this area there's usually screaming, unruly kids all over the place, since it seems most of local residents don't just have one or two children, they have full-on litters.

So what about culture? Again, to be blunt, Murrieta/Temecula is for the most part a cultural wasteland. There are plenty of places to learn how to beat people up (martial arts and boxing studios are everywhere) run by UFC-types, but not many places to buy books or stimulate your brain (a solitary B&N at the mall, and a few odd used bookstores). Temecula has a few vineyards, but those get old after you've seen them all in about two weeks. Of course there's "Old Town," a little strip of trinket shops, pawn shops, gun stores, and the like with a few restaurants peppered in for good measure. Essentially, Old Town is like visiting a never-ending biker rally, since rows of motorcycles seem to perpetually line the streets.

So there you have it - loud, obnoxious, rude trash-tossing large families packed into (for southern Cal) cheap houses riding around wrecklessly in monster trucks and giant SUVs with their radios cranked while scarfing down fast food and tossing the packages out the window.

So, if you do happen to move out here, my condolences in advance - I plan to move away as soon as it's feasible for me to do so. Wanna' buy a house in Murrieta?
Transplant

Encino, CA

#6 Sep 6, 2007
PART 1:

I would not suggest moving to Temecula, Murrieta, or any of the surrounding areas if you can help it. If you want to relocate to southern Cal stick to the coasts (if you can somehow afford it)- or perhaps drop the idea altogether. I am a Chicago suburb transplant myself, and I have been utterly amazed (in a negative way) by what I've experienced since making the move out to the Murrieta/Temecula area myself two years ago.

To put it bluntly, it seems like the majority of the population in and around this area are just plain selfish, rude, obnoxious, wasteful, and disrespectful to an extreme.

The most obvious reflection of this is how (and what) people drive around here. I used to drive to downtown Chicago nearly every day and never saw so much wreckless, rude, disrespectful, and foolish driving as I have here in the last 2 years. It appears that the speed limit around here is a complete joke - people routinely drive dangerously over the 70 mph speed limit, usually 20-30 miles or more over, unless the traffic is so backed up as to force them to slow down. This extends to regular city streets as well. Signaling is apparently optional too, as people change lanes and make turns all the time without using them. They also like to drive about 4-6 feet behind you going about 90mph - prepare to be rear-ended (or perhaps killed) if you need to stop suddenly for any reason. Merging onto highways is fun too, as people try to force and "push" their way in front of you all the time. Of course, don't bother yelling out your window at them - most will never hear you with their death metal/rap music/etc. cranked at levels impossible to hear anything else (like ambulance sirens - which they probably wouldn't pull over for, anyway). Road rage is all the rage out here, so be prepared for some Mad Max shenanigans wherever you go.

This just might be the least bit bearable if on top of all these things every other local on the road wasn't driving the biggest freakin' gas-wasting monster truck, SUV, or hummer money can buy. When I first got out here, I thought they must be giving them away with the purchase of every new home or something, since nearly every home out in this area seems to have 2-3 of these wasteful behemoths in their driveway.

And of course, the traffic is usually pretty bad - not too surprising, since it's southern California, but surprising around here considering it's worse than Chicago ever was and the population of this area is only around 200,000 vs. 12 million in Chicago!

But don't worry, while you're stuck in traffic, you can always admire the never-ending heaps of trash collecting all along the highway - they can't pick it up fast enough, it seems. Apparently, nobody around here ever heard of disposing of their trash in a garbage can - they just throw it out their window, or drop it in a parking lot or on the street. Considering I've seen entire mini-malls, roads, and neighborhoods built brand new since I've been out here, I have been astounded by how quickly people literally trash them. Apparently they love living in their own refuse.
Transplant

Encino, CA

#7 Sep 6, 2007
PART 2:

So, then there's getting a place to live. We moved into a brand-spanking new luxury apartment complex in Murrieta. It was really nice at first - there weren't many other people living there yet. Soon, as more people moved in, it became miserable - parties going on all the time, people tearing through the parking lots way too fast, constant loud music from vehicles and other residences, garbage started being left lying everywhere, the ever-present sounds of profanity laced loud conversations and ill-bred laughter all through the night.

So then I bought a house in what seemed to be a quiet, family-oriented community to get away from all of that nonsense (or so I thought) in Murrieta. Nearly half a million dollars and a brand new house in a gated community later, my neighborhood is turning into the same thing I experienced in the apartment complex. I've called the police several times to break up the regularly occurring parties taking place well past 2am on weeknights. Other constant issues include people leaving trash in the street, trucks and other vehicles rolling in with their radios cranked to near-deafening volume levels, people tearing down the street like it's a racetrack, vehicles parked everywhere, etc.

So now that all of that is out in the open, you're probably wondering what the nearby shopping and restaurant scene is like. Well, if you like fast food joints and chains, there's no shortage of them around here. They've got it all - McDonald's, Carl's Jr., Jack-in-the-Box, In-N-Out Burger, Del Taco, Taco Bell, El Pollo Loco...even Wienerschnitzel! And the list goes on. Aren't you getting hungry already?

Looking for shopping? Don't expect anything even remotely close to a Michigan Avenue experience. You've got Wal-mart, Costco, and Target outside of a few standard run-of-the-mill places in the mall. Then again, how many ways can you sell a wife-beater T-shirt, anyway? Oh yes, the mall! There's one mall (The Promenade), which is eternally mobbed with people fighting (and I do mean fighting on occasion) for the last few parking spots, since there’s not a single decent place to shop anywhere else nearby. Going to the movies at The Promenade is like trying to watch a movie in a crowded high school auditorium - few people know how to shut up or turn their cell phones off during a movie. Generally, wherever you go in this area there's usually screaming, unruly kids all over the place, since it seems most of local residents don't just have one or two children, they have full-on litters.

So what about culture? Again, to be blunt, Murrieta/Temecula is for the most part a cultural wasteland. There are plenty of places to learn how to beat people up (martial arts and boxing studios are everywhere) run by UFC-types, but not many places to buy books or stimulate your brain (a solitary B&N at the mall, and a few odd used bookstores). Temecula has a few vineyards, but those get old after you've seen them all in about two weeks. Of course there's "Old Town," a little strip of trinket shops, pawn shops, gun stores, and the like with a few restaurants peppered in for good measure. Essentially, Old Town is like visiting a never-ending biker rally, since rows of motorcycles seem to perpetually line the streets.

So there you have it - loud, obnoxious, rude trash-tossing large families packed into (for southern Cal) cheap houses riding around wrecklessly in monster trucks and giant SUVs with their radios cranked while scarfing down fast food and tossing the packages out the window.

So, if you do happen to move out here, my condolences in advance - I plan to move away as soon as it's feasible for me to do so. Wanna' buy a house in Murrieta?
Transplant

Encino, CA

#8 Sep 6, 2007
PART 1 of 2:

I would not suggest moving to Temecula, Murrieta, or any of the surrounding areas if you can help it. If you want to relocate to southern Cal stick to the coasts (if you can somehow afford it)- or perhaps drop the idea altogether. I am a Chicago suburb transplant myself, and I have been utterly amazed (in a negative way) by what I've experienced since making the move out to the Murrieta/Temecula area myself two years ago.

To put it bluntly, it seems like the majority of the population in and around this area are just plain selfish, rude, obnoxious, wasteful, and disrespectful to an extreme.

The most obvious reflection of this is how (and what) people drive around here. I used to drive to downtown Chicago nearly every day and never saw so much wreckless, rude, disrespectful, and foolish driving as I have here in the last 2 years. It appears that the speed limit around here is a complete joke - people routinely drive dangerously over the 70 mph speed limit, usually 20-30 miles or more over, unless the traffic is so backed up as to force them to slow down. This extends to regular city streets as well. Signaling is apparently optional too, as people change lanes and make turns all the time without using them. They also like to drive about 4-6 feet behind you going about 90mph - prepare to be rear-ended (or perhaps killed) if you need to stop suddenly for any reason. Merging onto highways is fun too, as people try to force and "push" their way in front of you all the time. Of course, don't bother yelling out your window at them - most will never hear you with their death metal/rap music/etc. cranked at levels impossible to hear anything else (like ambulance sirens - which they probably wouldn't pull over for, anyway). Road rage is all the rage out here, so be prepared for some Mad Max shenanigans wherever you go.

This just might be the least bit bearable if on top of all these things every other local on the road wasn't driving the biggest freakin' gas-wasting monster truck, SUV, or hummer money can buy. When I first got out here, I thought they must be giving them away with the purchase of every new home or something, since nearly every home out in this area seems to have 2-3 of these wasteful behemoths in their driveway.

And of course, the traffic is usually pretty bad - not too surprising, since it's southern California, but surprising around here considering it's worse than Chicago ever was and the population of this area is only around 200,000 vs. 12 million in Chicago!

But don't worry, while you're stuck in traffic, you can always admire the never-ending heaps of trash collecting all along the highway - they can't pick it up fast enough, it seems. Apparently, nobody around here ever heard of disposing of their trash in a garbage can - they just throw it out their window, or drop it in a parking lot or on the street. Considering I've seen entire mini-malls, roads, and neighborhoods built brand new since I've been out here, I have been astounded by how quickly people literally trash them. Apparently they love living in their own refuse.
MARK

Mchenry, IL

#9 Sep 10, 2007
Very well written. I am hearing a lot of the same news regarding the culture, driing and fast-paced lifestyle. Do you think this is specific to Temecula, or Socal in general? Do you have kids in the schools? If so, how is that?
Transplant wrote:
PART 1:
I would not suggest moving to Temecula, Murrieta, or any of the surrounding areas if you can help it. If you want to relocate to southern Cal stick to the coasts (if you can somehow afford it)- or perhaps drop the idea altogether. I am a Chicago suburb transplant myself, and I have been utterly amazed (in a negative way) by what I've experienced since making the move out to the Murrieta/Temecula area myself two years ago.
To put it bluntly, it seems like the majority of the population in and around this area are just plain selfish, rude, obnoxious, wasteful, and disrespectful to an extreme.
The most obvious reflection of this is how (and what) people drive around here. I used to drive to downtown Chicago nearly every day and never saw so much wreckless, rude, disrespectful, and foolish driving as I have here in the last 2 years. It appears that the speed limit around here is a complete joke - people routinely drive dangerously over the 70 mph speed limit, usually 20-30 miles or more over, unless the traffic is so backed up as to force them to slow down. This extends to regular city streets as well. Signaling is apparently optional too, as people change lanes and make turns all the time without using them. They also like to drive about 4-6 feet behind you going about 90mph - prepare to be rear-ended (or perhaps killed) if you need to stop suddenly for any reason. Merging onto highways is fun too, as people try to force and "push" their way in front of you all the time. Of course, don't bother yelling out your window at them - most will never hear you with their death metal/rap music/etc. cranked at levels impossible to hear anything else (like ambulance sirens - which they probably wouldn't pull over for, anyway). Road rage is all the rage out here, so be prepared for some Mad Max shenanigans wherever you go.
This just might be the least bit bearable if on top of all these things every other local on the road wasn't driving the biggest freakin' gas-wasting monster truck, SUV, or hummer money can buy. When I first got out here, I thought they must be giving them away with the purchase of every new home or something, since nearly every home out in this area seems to have 2-3 of these wasteful behemoths in their driveway.
And of course, the traffic is usually pretty bad - not too surprising, since it's southern California, but surprising around here considering it's worse than Chicago ever was and the population of this area is only around 200,000 vs. 12 million in Chicago!
But don't worry, while you're stuck in traffic, you can always admire the never-ending heaps of trash collecting all along the highway - they can't pick it up fast enough, it seems. Apparently, nobody around here ever heard of disposing of their trash in a garbage can - they just throw it out their window, or drop it in a parking lot or on the street. Considering I've seen entire mini-malls, roads, and neighborhoods built brand new since I've been out here, I have been astounded by how quickly people literally trash them. Apparently they love living in their own refuse.
Happy Temeculan

United States

#10 Sep 11, 2007
Transplant:

Your post is a complete crock of shit.

Typical internet rantings of a bitter fool. Total emphasis on negative does not an impartial report make.

Temecula is actually a great place, the positives far outweigh the negatives. Chicago or Temecula in the winter? Enjoy the shoveling pal.
mark

Mchenry, IL

#11 Sep 11, 2007
Thanks for the positive feedback! Could you enlighten me on the schools for elementary kids (4th grade)? How about the housing market? Even on 90-100k, how does anybody afford the mortgage? Are there special mortgages out in Socal? What are your thought on Temecula?
Happy Temeculan wrote:
Transplant:
Your post is a complete crock of shit.
Typical internet rantings of a bitter fool. Total emphasis on negative does not an impartial report make.
Temecula is actually a great place, the positives far outweigh the negatives. Chicago or Temecula in the winter? Enjoy the shoveling pal.
julie

Chattanooga, TN

#12 Sep 11, 2007
My husband and I lived in Temecula for six years and I am sad to say I have to echo the negative comments being shared here. We lived in a very upscale neighborhood with a fantastic custom pool and beautiful landscaping. We sold our house 3 and a half years ago for half a mil and the new owners have completely trashed it. The yard and pool we worked so hard on every weekend has been completely destroyed and the landscaping all dead. Unfortunately this seems to be the rule in this area rather than the exception. My husband and I loved other areas of SoCal (smaller communities near the beach) but Temecula/Murrieta was pretty miserable. That was why we decided to move back to the Southeast after starting a family. I don't get why someone would pay $500,000 for a tract home and then not take care of it. Granted, I didn't grow up in SoCal but I never could understand why anyone would want to live in Temecula. Maybe if you've never been exposed to any other areas of the country it seems OK but I hated it. The area is completely devoid of any culture or social awareness. Strip malls, fast food and tract neighborhoods are all there are. My husband totally changed from a very lucrative career in order to get us out of that place!
Fritton

Pacoima, CA

#13 Sep 11, 2007
I am a transplant from the midwest as well. I first started my California experience in Santa Barbara. That was an amazing town and an amazing life experience, even though I could only afford to live in one of the poorest areas available within the city proper.

I left there to Newport Beach and liked it even more, despite the fact that there was no way in hell I could ever "keep up with the Joneses" in Newport. Seems like everybody drives a $100K car there.

I purchased my first home in Temecula for about $550,000 two years ago. The neighborhood I live in is great and my house is wonderful.

Temecula is probably the nicest place to live in Southern California if you can't afford the coast. The wineries are really nice and there are some great Restaurants.

It's true that there isn't a lot of culture in the area and it can be a bit oppressive since it's a highly religious community but that has it's plus's as well. Crime is significantly lower here than in other parts of SoCal.

This area is also a great investment. Since OC, San Diego and LA are becoming so crowded and expensive, Temecula is one of the only good options for families starting in the area. The town has been growing massively in the past 5 to 10 years and I think we are going to see property values continue to rise at fairly high rates as we continue to get "spillover" commuters from San Diego, OC and LA.

There are downsides to living here however. The summer temperatures can get really high. The weather eventually becomes "boring" since it's always sunny and hot. It only rains a couple of times a year. Housing is also very very expensive. If you can get a mortgage here and afford the payments then it's a good thing. A half million dollar house that increases in value at 4 to 5% a year is making you a very nice equity "safety net". Don't expect values to increase much until late 2008 however since we are still recovering from the housing bubble. It's a *great* time to buy if you can.
mark

Mchenry, IL

#14 Sep 12, 2007
thank you for the insight!!
Fritton wrote:
I am a transplant from the midwest as well. I first started my California experience in Santa Barbara. That was an amazing town and an amazing life experience, even though I could only afford to live in one of the poorest areas available within the city proper.
I left there to Newport Beach and liked it even more, despite the fact that there was no way in hell I could ever "keep up with the Joneses" in Newport. Seems like everybody drives a $100K car there.
I purchased my first home in Temecula for about $550,000 two years ago. The neighborhood I live in is great and my house is wonderful.
Temecula is probably the nicest place to live in Southern California if you can't afford the coast. The wineries are really nice and there are some great Restaurants.
It's true that there isn't a lot of culture in the area and it can be a bit oppressive since it's a highly religious community but that has it's plus's as well. Crime is significantly lower here than in other parts of SoCal.
This area is also a great investment. Since OC, San Diego and LA are becoming so crowded and expensive, Temecula is one of the only good options for families starting in the area. The town has been growing massively in the past 5 to 10 years and I think we are going to see property values continue to rise at fairly high rates as we continue to get "spillover" commuters from San Diego, OC and LA.
There are downsides to living here however. The summer temperatures can get really high. The weather eventually becomes "boring" since it's always sunny and hot. It only rains a couple of times a year. Housing is also very very expensive. If you can get a mortgage here and afford the payments then it's a good thing. A half million dollar house that increases in value at 4 to 5% a year is making you a very nice equity "safety net". Don't expect values to increase much until late 2008 however since we are still recovering from the housing bubble. It's a *great* time to buy if you can.
mark

Mchenry, IL

#15 Sep 12, 2007
It appears a 50/50 with most replies. Thank you for your input on this.
julie wrote:
My husband and I lived in Temecula for six years and I am sad to say I have to echo the negative comments being shared here. We lived in a very upscale neighborhood with a fantastic custom pool and beautiful landscaping. We sold our house 3 and a half years ago for half a mil and the new owners have completely trashed it. The yard and pool we worked so hard on every weekend has been completely destroyed and the landscaping all dead. Unfortunately this seems to be the rule in this area rather than the exception. My husband and I loved other areas of SoCal (smaller communities near the beach) but Temecula/Murrieta was pretty miserable. That was why we decided to move back to the Southeast after starting a family. I don't get why someone would pay $500,000 for a tract home and then not take care of it. Granted, I didn't grow up in SoCal but I never could understand why anyone would want to live in Temecula. Maybe if you've never been exposed to any other areas of the country it seems OK but I hated it. The area is completely devoid of any culture or social awareness. Strip malls, fast food and tract neighborhoods are all there are. My husband totally changed from a very lucrative career in order to get us out of that place!
John

Westminster, CA

#16 Sep 12, 2007
I lived in Temecula for 10 years and when we got there in 1997 it was a wonderful place to raise our young daughters. The growth there has been extraordinary and while it is still a nice place to live conditions such as traffic and other demographics have lessened the appeal. But the most telling part is your comment is regarding the illegals......if that is a problem for you now then don't come here to southern california. In the next 20 years this place will Northern Mexico!!! Seriously don't come here....i am in the process of relocating.
MARK wrote:
We are considering moving to Temecula from the suburbs of Chicago, IL. We would like to find a community with a great school district, affordable housing and the like. We are getting tired of the weather and influx of illegals coming over the border to reside/work in Chicago. CA would not seem the answer, but we have family and are looking to be with them again. Home ownership in CA seems impossible...are most on 40, 50 year & interest only loans to afford it? Please advise!!
CITIZEN X

San Diego, CA

#17 Sep 13, 2007
Happy Temeculan wrote:
Transplant:
Your post is a complete crock of shit.
Typical internet rantings of a bitter fool. Total emphasis on negative does not an impartial report make.
Temecula is actually a great place, the positives far outweigh the negatives. Chicago or Temecula in the winter? Enjoy the shoveling pal.
I have to agree with Happy Temeculan on this one. It doesn't sound to me like Transplant would be happy anywhere. As far as schools go, we have two in public - 2nd and 3rd grades, and one in private - 8th grade. We've been very happy with their progress. Our family makes it on about an 80K annual so it can be done. We did get in early, however, so your experience may be different. I gave you my objective opinion in my original post which is based on our 7 years living in Temecula. Good Luck.
Home Grown

Long Beach, CA

#18 Sep 13, 2007
Mark, I would advise you not to move to this area. I would unfortunately have to agree completely with Mr. Transplant. He is correct in everything he has said. My husband & I moved to Temecula in 1999. We both grew up in Fallbrook (a small town about 10 minutes from Temecula) Since my husband still works in Fallbrook, all his family is there,& it's alot cheaper here than Fallbrook, it seemed like a logical move. 3 years ago we purchased our current home in Murrieta.In 1999 this place was a great place to live. Young families doing their best to raise their kids. Now it's just a fake, bitter valley where everyone is trying to "out do" everyone else. There are some positives...low crime & great schools. We are trying so hard to sell our home & move back to Fallbrook where I will gladly pay for private school for my girls (4th & 2nd grades) just to get out of this area. I've seriously had melt downs over living here. Also, it is VERY expensive to live in California as a whole. We live in a 1/2 mill $ home with a mortgage of only $300K, my husband has a 6 figure income & we live comfortably but we do not have $ to just "blow" by any means. There are no special loans for people in CA either, we pay out the nose for everything. Really think about it...please! Sincerely, Home Grown
MARK

Mchenry, IL

#19 Sep 14, 2007
Thanks for responding back. Yes, I am seeing that everyone is referring to the schools & security as great. But there is the other element that I can't get anybody to put a finger on. Some say crazing driving, illegals, dirty/trashy roads, congested, etc. Many complaints in general I guess. I too am in the 6 figure range & I know it is going to be difficult to make do out there. That's why I am trying to figure out how everyone does it. The jobs can't be paying that much more. You say there isn't any special mortgages, i.e. 40, 50 yr mortgages. So how the hell is everyone doing it? Your answer..they aren't. Catching up with the Jones'!? I heard Redhawk is a good area to move to. The company I am moving with wants a Socal location. We are planning a weekend trip shortly, but wanted to get an answer from the local's to expedite things. Thanks for any additional help!
Home Grown wrote:
Mark, I would advise you not to move to this area. I would unfortunately have to agree completely with Mr. Transplant. He is correct in everything he has said. My husband & I moved to Temecula in 1999. We both grew up in Fallbrook (a small town about 10 minutes from Temecula) Since my husband still works in Fallbrook, all his family is there,& it's alot cheaper here than Fallbrook, it seemed like a logical move. 3 years ago we purchased our current home in Murrieta.In 1999 this place was a great place to live. Young families doing their best to raise their kids. Now it's just a fake, bitter valley where everyone is trying to "out do" everyone else. There are some positives...low crime & great schools. We are trying so hard to sell our home & move back to Fallbrook where I will gladly pay for private school for my girls (4th & 2nd grades) just to get out of this area. I've seriously had melt downs over living here. Also, it is VERY expensive to live in California as a whole. We live in a 1/2 mill $ home with a mortgage of only $300K, my husband has a 6 figure income & we live comfortably but we do not have $ to just "blow" by any means. There are no special loans for people in CA either, we pay out the nose for everything. Really think about it...please! Sincerely, Home Grown
Home Grown

Long Beach, CA

#20 Sep 14, 2007
You're right...they're not making it. Temecula/ Murrieta leads the country in foreclosures. This is not speculation...it's a fact. Almost everyone survived this past 5 years by pulling out every ounce of equity they had to go on vacations,purchase their "toys" & even make their mortgage payments. Now they are all foreclosing which is bringing the home prices down which is really really good for you right now. Check out Carlsbad. They have equally great schools, it's on the coast so much better weather, much more expensive though but like I said, the house prices are way down right now. I think I know the one major thing that you can't put your finger on...it's a lack of respect. People out here (the vast majority that is) suffer from a severe lack of respect for anyone which is what leads to all the other problems.

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