Located just north of the San Diego County border, Temecula is a thriving community known for its wineries, golf courses and scenic views of surrounding mountain ranges.
Although Temecula's history is rooted in agriculture and cattle ranching, it underwent drastic changes when Kaiser Development Company purchased the land in 1964. Farm equipment was quickly replaced by cement mixers and lumber trucks, and then real estate agents took notice of the area becoming an urban center of development.
When the I-15 corridor between east Los Angeles County and San Diego was completed in the early 1980s, Temecula incorporated shortly thereafter, and the subdivision land boom brought with it a significant population increase to the area.
Today, Temecula is home to 103,092 residents, and continues to be a popular choice due to its proximity to many major metropolitan areas such as Riverside, San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange County. As development in the area continues, Temecula apartments for rent provide the convenience of modern living in a rural environment.
Temecula has preserved its roots in the Old Town district, and this neighborhood in the heart of Temecula features historic buildings surrounded by more than 640 antique dealers and local eateries. It is also the location of community events such as car shows, semi-annual Rod Runs and the farmer's market which offers fresh produce, crafts and flowers every Saturday. Boutique shopping abounds in downtown Temecula, or residents can opt to visit the Promenade Mall to enjoy the convenience of department store shopping.
Because Temecula boasts a gorgeous, sunny climate throughout the year, it's the perfect place for outdoor recreation. The Santa Rosa Plateau Wildlife Preserve is ideal for family hiking excursions, and Lake Skinner offers boating and fishing opportunities.
Temecula is home to a quickly expanding range of industries, and the retail sector continues to outperform statewide growth trends. The addition of the Promenade Mall in Temecula has significantly influenced retail growth, and the city now has more than 245 restaurants, coffee and fast food establishments.
The Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce lists Pechanga Resort & Casino, Abbott Vascular, Temecula Valley Unified School District, Professional Hospital Supply and International Rectifier as the major employers in 2012. The Temecula Unified School District is known for providing a quality education to its students, with a special focus on bilingual education since almost 10 percent of students speak a language other than English. As a testament to Temecula's diversity, there are more than 60 different home languages spoken in Temecula Valley Unified School District homes. The district includes 17 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, 3 comprehensive high schools and a continuation high school along with an independent study high school.
Temecula is conveniently located near 20 public and private colleges with a total of 1287,521 students in fall 2007. Among them are prestigious schools of science and engineering such as Claremont's Harvey Mudd College, three comprehensive community colleges and the University of California, Riverside, known for its biomedical, agricultural and environmental research programs.
Because of the increase in housing prices in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, Californians are increasingly turning to inland communities such as Temecula as an affordable solution. Temecula boasts numerous luxury apartments in residential golf communities, as well as modern Temecula apartments centrally located in the downtown district. According to city-data.com, the median gross rent was $1,462 in 2009.
Temecula Valley Wine Country is one of the most treasured attractions in the area, boasting 35 wineries and 35,000 acres of rolling hills and vineyards. Wine tasting events at the family-owned wineries are offered in conjunction with tours and festivals, and the location has become a popular wedding destination. Almost 40,000 visitors attended the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival weekend, a community event featuring top-name concerts, commercial exhibits and balloon rides above the sweeping valley of lush vineyards.
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