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Macy Galla, Home Buyer in 90815

Can anyone please tell me about Murrieta, CA.?

Asked by Macy Galla, 90815 Mon Jul 21, 2008

Quality of life? Commute into Los Angeles? Schools? Thanks

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Thank you for your input! We are going to check out more houses tomorrow and are super excited.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 26, 2008
Dallas Agent: Realtors certainly CAN comment on quality of life and commute time. Have you read your code of ethics?
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The Hagley G…, Real Estate Pro in Pleasanton, CA
I agree with what some of the other have stated. Murrieta on the east and west side are very different. If you get off the 15 at Clinton Keith you will see that the east side hills are brown and dry while the west is green and much more lush. The west is more expensive though (right now don't think anything is expensive as my home dropped 200,000). I am staying put because I love the area and the proximity to wine country. There are lovely places to eat in old town Temecula, De Canters in Wildomar is my current favorite, and the wineries have great places to eat. You don't have to go to the mall. Don't take the Winchester exit if you do go to the mall - too congested and lots of accidents. There are plenty of ways around town that do not have bad traffic. I wouldn't drive to LA from Murrieta, it would be too much. I drive to Chino and it takes 30-40 minutes. There are nice homes in Eastvale if you want to lessen your drive. I don't want to live there even though my commute would be 5 minutes. Too smoggy.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 22, 2008
Well, my wife and I went to CSULB so I know where you are coming from. We moved out to Murrieta a little over 1 year ago. I cant begin to tell you how much we love it.

There are links on my website that can direct you to all the statistics about the schools but they are all rated 8,9, and 10 on the API index. As far as the quality of life there also is a link on my site to direct you the stats.

But, we love everything that Murrieta has to offer. We have all the modern conveniences of the big city i.e. mall, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Best Buy, etc.. without the big city feel. I know a number a people who drive into Corona and then take the train into LA.

It is true there can be a large inventory of homes, but when you start breaking it down to what you want you would be amazed at how small the number gets. For example, let's say you want to have easy access, to the 15 fwy, you want to live on a cul-de-sac, you don't want to back or side a main street, you want the house to be in ready to live in condition (i.e. no fixer), you want 4 bed, 3 ba., large family room, a yard big enough for the kids to play in, max. price $300k, etc. you just narrowed down the inventory from 300 homes to 3 homes.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 22, 2008
Wow. Thanks! Lots of info. I most appreciate the info on the east side and the 30 minute addition to commute. That is good to know.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 22, 2008
10 Things you should know before buying property in Murrieta!

The booming real estate market that we've experienced here in Murrieta and Temecula is gone "for now anyway," or is it. You'll be surprised to know unless you are actively buying in this market that most Bank Owned homes have multiple offers within days of being listed. It seems the decline has definitely leveled off and many buyers are entering the market. Sales in Murrieta increase by over 100% in June of 2008 compared to June of 2007.

The local real estate market soared for years, doubling, tripling and even more than that in some areas. In the middle of that boom you could buy a home virtually anywhere and sell it just a few months later and make a killing. During the past year, we've seen prices decrease rapidly in most areas in and around Murrieta and Temecula. Some homes are selling for 40%-50% less than they were selling just a couple years ago. Here are some things you need to know before buying property in or around Murrieta and Temecula.

1. It is a "Buyer's Market." You'll have your choice of 1000's of properties.

2. New Home Builders are having trouble selling their homes and are holding onto inventory, which means they are slashing prices in order to keep their homes moving. You can find 3000 square foot homes selling in the low $300,000's with various upgrades and other incentives!

3. Lots of Bank Owned Property on the Market. Just because a home is a bank repo doesn't make it a good buy. Many bank owned homes are priced similar to other resells. Do your homework or find an agent very active in the market, who knows which ones are excellent buys.

4. Are you going to commute to San Diego, Orange County or LA? Unless you love spending lots of time in your car, don't buy a home on the East side of Murrieta. The few miles can equate to almost half an hour during peak times of traffic. About half of the work force commute to outside the area.

5. If you like going out to dinner on the weekends, expect a long wait. Murrieta and Temecula resident love going out to eat. The majority of restaurants are located around The Promenade Mall in Temecula (Murrieta is finally getting it together and bringing more restaurants to the area).

6. Murrieta and Temecula have great schools. Check out for more details about the local schools. Murrieta and Temecula have the best schools in Riverside County and have some of the top schools in all of California.

7. Most of the area has been built out by large builders, which means a lot of the homes are pretty similar. You can still find some custom and semi-custom homes, but not a whole lot. Most custom homes are located in La Cresta, Tenaja, Wine Country, De Luz and then some scattered around Murrieta and Temecula.

8. Great location. Within 1 hour to the beach, about one hour to the snow (snowboarding, skiing, etc.), mountains all around, within an hour to some great places to ride dirt bikes or off road vehicles, various lakes within an hour, golf courses all around, Mexico is about one hour away, and San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange County are all within about one hour.

9. Murrieta/Temecula are a couple of the safest communities in Riverside County and in the state according to the recent crime statistic published by the F.B.I.

10. Check out the videos of the area, which is on the home page of our website at

***Please contribute to this list good or bad by sending me an e-mail or commenting on the blog. I'm sure that I am somewhat bias, since I live in the area and try to look at things with the glass half full.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 21, 2008
What does ISP and PD stand for please?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 21, 2008
SUGGESTION: Check the ISD & PD websites, are there any local media publications. Try to talk with some local residents. Real estate professionals per the code of ethics can’t make those comments
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