Temecula Real Estate
Located in southwestern Riverside County, Temecula is one of the fastest growing areas in Southern California. With a population approaching 100,000, it lies almost equidistant from San Diego and Los Angeles and is a perfect place to raise a family and enjoy the backcountry lifestyle.
The name Temecula comes from the “Temecunga”, a Luiseño Indian word meaning "place of the sun". The first Spanish presence was in 1820 with the building of the San Antonia de Pala mission. In the 1840s the Temecula Ranch was established by Felix Valdez. With the introduction of the railroad in the 1880s, a business boom started in Temecula, and in the 1890s cattle drives from the backcountry came through the town.
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The area remained largely undeveloped until the 1960s when the Kaiser Land Development Company began building homes and marketing the area as a choice are for families and businesses. The I-15 corridor between Los Angeles and San Diego counties was finished in the early 1980s and the subdivision land boom really took off. When the area, known then as Rancho California, incorporated in December 1989, the city was officially named Temecula.
One of the major industries in Temecula is the growing of grapes and production of fine wine with over twenty vintners in the area. The warm climate is well-suited for Carbernet and Zinfandel wines.
Another attraction for families is “Old Town” Temecula which features historic 1890s buildings, antique stores, shopping, and restaurants, and the site of festivals throughout the year. A popular attraction in Old Town is the Temecula Children’s Museum, an award-winning museum that has many hands-on exhibits for the kids. Schools in Temecula are some of the finest in the state.
Temecula is a fast-growing city that is quickly becoming one of the most desirable living spaces in Southern California.