Temecula, California

Best Places to Retire in California


Temecula (population 78,000) is located about 80 miles southeast of Los Angeles in the midst of the beautiful wine country. It is about 24 miles from the Pacific beaches at Oceanside and just over 50 miles from San Diego. Interstate Route 15 provides convenient links to San Diego, Riverside, Orange County and Los Angeles. http://www.cityoftemecula.org/ 

The Temecula Valley is a region of spectacular beauty and a rich history. It has an ideal climate for outdoor activities, with clean, fresh air and an abundance of sunshine. It also has about 3,000 acres of vineyards with more than 20 award-winning wineries, magnificent mountain vistas, and a good selection of championship caliber golf courses. Beaches and ski slopes are both nearby.

The Old Town district of Temecula consists of a number of buildings built from the 1880s through the early part of the century with an interesting history. The city also offers something of a shoppers’ paradise, with more than 600 antique dealers, unique shopping, specialty stores, and a great many restaurants. The events calendar is busy with many special events, festivals, celebrations and shows. There are horse-drawn carriages, a Saturday Farmer’s Market, arts and crafts, historical sites, museums to visit and so much more. There are hot air balloon rides, hiking at Santa Rosa Plateau Wildlife Preserve, biking, boating and fishing on Lake Skinner or Diamond Valley Lake. Annual events include a Bluegrass Festival, Balloon & Wine Festival, International Film/Music Festival, Rod Run & Car Show, August Concert Series, Jazz & Antiques Show, Quilters Show and more.

Temecula is one of the fastest growing cities in all of California. It offers an idyllic environment in which to live, and it is within easy distance of virtually unlimited resources in San Diego County, the city of San Diego, Riverside and Los Angeles.

Arts & Culture

The Arts Council of Temecula Valley is a community-based organization dedicated to enriching the culture of the valley. The council offers a list of arts groups and resources that perform locally. http://www.artsinthevalley.org/

Murietta Repertory Theatre – http://www.inlandarts.com/org/detail/13

Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival at Lake Skinner –

Temecula Children’s Museum – http://www.pennypickles.org/ 


The Temecula Valley offers a large selection of outstanding golf courses and moderate year-round temperatures with dependably sunny days. http://www.cityoftemecula.org/homepage/Visitors/golf.htm 

The City’s Recreation Division operates 40 parks and community facilities, including a skate park and roller hockey arena. It has two recreation centers, an amphitheater, gymnasium, two swimming pools, senior center, Temecula Museum, Children’s Museum, sports fields, and picnic areas. http://www.cityoftemecula.org/recreate/ 

The “Good Old Days Car Show” is an annual community sponsored event featuring nearly 700 hot rods and vintage automobiles. http://www.temeculacarshow.com/ 

Pechanga Resort & Casino offers gaming and entertainment. http://www.pechanga.com/contact/contact.asp 


Mount San Jacinto is a California community college with a campus in San Jancinto (about 23 miles) and in Menifee Valley (about 19 miles). Full-time enrollment at both locations is about 12,000 students. http://www.msjc.edu/

MiraCosta College is a California community college in Oceanside (24 miles). It has an enrollment of about 5,200. http://www.miracosta.cc.ca.us/ 

Palomar Community College in San Marcos (about 25 miles) offers 200 associate degree and certificate programs. It has an enrollment of about 30,000 full and part-time students. http://www.palomar.edu/ 

University of Redlands, Redlands, has a Temecula location, which is expanding to offer additional courses. http://www.redlands.edu/SchoolOfBusiness.xml 

Riverside Community College in Riverside (about 35 miles) has a full-time student population of about 11,000. http://www.palomar.edu/ 

University of California, Riverside has a 1,200-acre campus and an enrollment of 14,500 students. http://www.ucr.edu/ 

Senior Programs

Mary Phillips Senior Center offers an extensive number of programs and activities for seniors. http://www.cityoftemecula.org/Temecula?Residents/SeniorCenter/

Temecula Community Center offers classes, activities, and a number of senior programs and services. (951) 694-6469 Hospitals Fallbrook Hospital (about 11 miles) is an acute care hospital with 140 beds and more than 70 physicians. http://www.cityoftemecula.org/

Tri-City Medical Center, Oceanside (24 miles) is a primary care hospital with 400 beds. http://www.tricitymed.org/ 

Southwest Healthcare operates two acute care hospitals: Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta Hot Springs (4.5 miles) has 80 licensed beds with more than 270 practicing physicians, and Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar, (11 miles) has 96 licensed beds and more than 280 physicians. http://www.tricitymed.org/ 


San Diego International Airport (about 90 minutes) is in the downtown area. It is served by 22 major and commuter airlines. http://www.san.org/ 

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is about 90 minutes from Temecula. http://www.lawa.org/lax/laxframe.html 

San Bernardino International Airport (41 miles) has a 10,000 foot runway and handles cargo, general aviation and commercial airline service. http://www.sbdairport.com/

McClellan-Palomar Airport at Carlsbad offers scheduled passenger service in the region with connections to the major carriers. http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/dpw/airports/palomar.html

French Valley Airport is located four miles north on Highway 79. The airport serves aircraft ranging from single engine to corporate jets. http://www.fltplan.com/AirportInformation/KF70.htm 


The average high temperature for January is 66 degrees and the low for that month is 39 degrees. The averages for July are a high of 95 degrees and low of 60 degrees. January typically has just six days with precipitation and there is no precipitation in July. http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/


North County Times & The Californian – http://www.nctimes.com/circulation/

Property Taxes

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Murrieta Hot Springs – 4.7 miles
Murrieta – 7 miles
Wildomar – 11 miles
Fallbrook – 11.5 miles
Winchester – 14 miles
Sun City – 15 miles
Escondido – 28 miles
Oceanside – 30 miles
Carlsbad – 34 miles
Riverside – 43 miles
San Diego – 55 miles
Anaheim – 61 miles
Palm Springs – 65 miles
Newport Beach – 72 miles
Los Angeles – 84 miles

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