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Old 12-17-2006, 01:06 PM
 
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Default Southwest Riverside County

Hi everyone. I had previously posted regarding the Temecula border/Sage community area. I'm originally from Chicago and finishing college on the east coast. I will be moving to Southern California at the end of the summer (after graduation), and I will also have my little brother living with me. He will be finishing high school.

I have thought about Hemet, Sage, Temecula, Murrieta, and Fallbrook areas. I am aware that these are some of the more pricier towns. I started my house hunt about a month ago. As a future new home buyer, and soon to be graduate, realtors have bombarded me with info and every place seems to be a "perfect community". As a person who has never lived there, any comments would be great for me.

I have a few questions for anyone who might have an opinion on these areas...
1. Which towns are favored the most, and subdivisions?

2. What are the high schools districts like? Do families have a choice of what high school a child can go to within a given district (I am unaware of how SoCal school districts work, some towns have three high schools)?

3. I was interested in homes on Sage Rd/Hidden Valley Rd (Hemet/Temecula area). The homes seemed more reasonable with acreage (something we do not get in Chicago), but another poster mentioned something about drug problems (i.e. crack houses) in this area. Is this a safe area? Is this the general consensus?

4. I was considering Lake Elsinore also, but I heard some parts are not so good. Are there any towns or areas that should just be avoided in Southwest Riverside County?

I am just looking for a good home with a little space to breathe. Being from Chicago, I would love to have a house on at least 1/3 of an acre, and a decent high school for my brother.

Thank you to anyone who responds, I really appreciate it?
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Old 01-07-2007, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Hemet, CA
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Default Southwest Riverside County

1. Which towns are favored the most, and subdivisions? Murrietta and Temecula are still considered the best but personally I don't care for BIG cities and that's what they are.

2. What are the high schools districts like? Do families have a choice of what high school a child can go to within a given district (I am unaware of how SoCal school districts work, some towns have three high schools)? Here in Hemet the school district has boundaries and your residence dictates your childrens' school. I believe Temecula operates the same way. There has been racial tension at Hemet High Schools for a number of years now. Temecula has an affluent White populace so there is less of that but a lot of snobby-rich-kid troubles instead.

3. I was interested in homes on Sage Rd/Hidden Valley Rd (Hemet/Temecula area). The homes seemed more reasonable with acreage (something we do not get in Chicago), but another poster mentioned something about drug problems (i.e. crack houses) in this area. Is this a safe area? Is this the general consensus? I like Sage and used to visit out there a lot. Yes, that is where a lot of druggies live and practice their craft. But there are honest just plain folks living up there with their horses. Mostly it's modular homes and trailers on big plots with dirt roads. Everyone who lives up there warns that you must have 4-wheel drive or the rainy days will cut you off.

4. I was considering Lake Elsinore also, but I heard some parts are not so good. Are there any towns or areas that should just be avoided in Southwest Riverside County? Lake Elsinore is commonly referred to as the armpit of this area. Don't go there. Hemet/San Jacinto is a pit too. If you can work from home or establish a small business, the mountain community of Idyllwild is spectacular but too remote for anyone who has to drive up/down the mountain for work. Temecula/Murrietta are big cities with sprawling tract homes--not my cup of tea but may be yours.

Hope that helps
~Mary
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Old 01-08-2007, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Cody WY Off Of Belfry Hwy
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Norco (where I live)is in western Riverside county. It's about 45 miles north of Temecula off of the 15 fwy. Lots of 1/2 acre horse properties here. Small town feeling, but very close to all the conveniences. Close (30 miles) to Orange County for job opportunities, but a lot of traffic.
I would stay away from Hemet, Lake SmellSome more . ..not to familiar with Sage, just heard about the drug thing, and it gets hot, hot, hot in summer. I think the Temecula area is cooler in the summer, but mainly in the evening. Always seems to be a breeze blowing.
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Old 01-11-2007, 09:00 PM
 
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Yes, I am also looking at houses in Norco. I really like the community. Thank you both so much for replying, I really appreciate the responses, it really does help to get honest feedback.
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Old 01-11-2007, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Cody WY Off Of Belfry Hwy
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Good luck and let me know if you need anything from these here parts
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Old 01-11-2007, 11:30 PM
 
Location: South Bay, California
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The first thing you will fall in love with is the weather in contrast to Chicago.
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Old 01-12-2007, 12:48 AM
 
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Default Areas to move

In my opinion, I would stay away from Hemet, Sage and Lake Elsinore. There are ok sections in each, but overall the reputation of these towns are not good. The school systems are not rated as high either.

I would check out Temecula and Murrieta. Keep in mind that most of Winchester (92596) is Temecula school systems as well...and you can get more for your money in Winchester (french valley).

Personally, I would give up on the thought of getting land in southern california. It really is the "postage-stamp size lot" capital of the world. If you want land, you're going to have to go further out.....but you will sacrafice better school systems and conveniences.

I'll let others speak of the towns north like Norco, which I'm not as familiar with....
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Old 01-12-2007, 10:33 PM
 
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It looks like Hemet and Sage may be out. My classmate from California informed me that the Hemet school district needs to be avoided, and has further verified everything that was said by all of the respondents to this post. The community and school systems are very important to me....I am now looking more at Norco, Winchester, Fallbrook, and DeLuz. The Temecula school district is top notch, and so is Norco. I am flying out again in 3 weeks for the next round of house hunting. Are there any places, or subdivisions in particular, that anyone would recommend? Thanks everyone.
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Old 01-13-2007, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Cody WY Off Of Belfry Hwy
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It looks like Hemet and Sage may be out. My classmate from California informed me that the Hemet school district needs to be avoided, and has further verified everything that was said by all of the respondents to this post. The community and school systems are very important to me....I am now looking more at Norco, Winchester, Fallbrook, and DeLuz. The Temecula school district is top notch, and so is Norco. I am flying out again in 3 weeks for the next round of house hunting. Are there any places, or subdivisions in particular, that anyone would recommend? Thanks everyone.

As far as Norco goes, there is not a lot of new housing developments, and the few that are being built, are big $$$$....like close to a million. The lots may also be 1/2 acre, but they go uphill. You would be better off in this area buying an older home, as most of them were built on flatter land, and therefor have flatter, more useable lots. Also probably a lot cheaper. Check realtor.com zip code for this area is 92860.
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Old 01-14-2007, 10:15 AM
 
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Default Temecula/Winchester/Murrieta housing areas...

I'd probably need to know your price range to advise you on housing areas...but I definitely have opinions on what to go to/stay away from!

If you can afford the Crowne Hill/Morgan Hill/Paseo Del Sol/Paloma Del Sol area, I'd probably go to those developments. They are all in the southern section of Temecula, but east of the casino and north of 79S. The
general landscaping is nicer in that area. There are more expensive homes in the area, but this is definitely on the higher end of trac homes. One of the benefits is that it's one of the areas which is easily accessible to the 15, especially if you're commuting to San Diego.

Murrieta...I don't know as much about Murrieta specifically. The newer homes are going to be towards the north and east, but honestly, it's not like any of the homes in Murrieta are that old. Alta Murrieta is supposed to be nice and in one of the better school districts within Murrieta.

Winchester/French Valley....the further east you go into Winchester, the closer you will get to Hemet. Keep in mind that there is about to be a ton of shopping built in Winchester...Home Depot, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, etc. This will be awesome for you if you decide to purchase in that area, because one of the downsides to the French Valley area is there isn't a ton of shopping out there, although they just built a supermarket. One of the other downsides is that it's the furthest away from the 15. Soooo....if you think you'll be travelling on the 15 alot (especially south), it may not be the best choice. However, there is an fairly easy back-road access to the 215 if you're goinng north. As far as what areas within French Valley, you will be able to easily "see" which housing tracs are decent are which are not. You should be able to tell by the surrounding landscaping, etc. Most are fine though. For me personally, the only one that I know I would stay away from is French Valley 1 (and probably 2). I don't believe they have an HOA, and you can see why...many of the lawns aren't upkept, lots of "stuff" in the streets, etc. But it really is subjective. Rancho Bella Vista is a larger community towards the back/south side of French Valley. I don't live there, but it seems nice...although I do know people who do and they can't wait to put their house on the market. Keep in mind that when you're in French Valley, your address can be Temecula, Winchester or even Murrieta - it's basically where the three towns meet. Also, there are areas of French Valley that are in Murrieta school districts. Not that Murrieta is bad....I personally think it's comprable to Temecula...but Temecula is the one with the reputation and the better test scores.

We're actually moving out of French Valley this spring/summer to go back to the East Cost, so I do know a bit about it . If you're interested in a 4BR pool home, lemme know...lol !!!!
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