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Murrita is part of the InlandEmpire region of southern California. The city is found within Riverside County and had a population of almost 107,500 as of 2013. The population of this California community has grown enormously since 2000 as new residents come in to take advantage of the climate and the professional opportunities available in nearby Los Angeles and San Diego. Murrieta was established as a city in 1991. At that time, its population was only at around 24,000.

Shopping and Dining

Grocery stores near Murrieta real estate where city residents can handle everyday shopping needs include Vons on Sky Canyon Drive and Albertsons on Winchester Road. There are two Walgreens pharmacies located in Murrieta, one on California Oaks Road and one on Murrieta Hot Springs Road. The Village Walk Plaza is a shopping destination located in Murrieta that offers a wide variety of stores including an Office Depot, a David's Bridal store, Guitar Center, and Jerome's Furniture. The Outlets at Lake Elsinore is a good destination for clothes shopping, and this outlet center can be reached within 20 minutes.

Nonno's Ristorante is one of the most popular destinations for fine dining. This restaurant on Murrieta Hot Springs Road offers Italian cuisine and sometimes features showings of old Italian films. Another popular restaurant in Murrieta is Pamir Kabob House. This restaurant gives diners a unique opportunity to try Afghan cuisine. J. Carter's Tavern Grill on Murrieta Hot Springs Road is a good place to go for creative "New American" plates like Whiskey Glazed Salmon, Mediterranean Pasta, and Baja Style Fish Tacos.

Parks and Recreation

Murrieta is dotted with many parks, making it a great place for enjoying the outdoors. A few parks located near the center of town are Town Square Park, California Oaks Park, and Meadow Ridge Park to the east. Murrieta is surrounded by larger natural areas that offer many opportunities for hiking, backpacking, bike riding, and educational opportunities regarding ecology and wildlife. To the west, there is Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park, and the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains are located to the east.

The Murrieta Community Center on Juniper Street hosts special events throughout the year and serves as an important recreational resource for residents of Murrieta real estate. Murrieta Parks & Recreationalso organizes athletic and fitness programs for city residents. The Murrieta Valley Golf Range is another recreation resource that is located only minutes from the center of Murrieta. Those looking to get fit can get gym memberships at Murrieta gyms including LA Fitness on California Oaks Road, 24 Hour Fitness on Murrieta Hot Springs Road, and NC3 Fitness on Madison Avenue.

Living

Like many California communities in Riverside County, Murrieta has a fairly high cost of living with a cost of living index reading of 115. However, Murrieta real estate tends to be less expensive than real estate in California on average. As of 2012, the median home value in Murrieta was $263,600. This compares with a median home value in the entire state of California of $349,400. Many residents of Murrieta commute outside of the city every day for work. Only 28.7 percent of Murrieta workers work within the city, and the population of Murrieta drops by almost 19 percent during the daytime as residents leave to commute to work.

Schools,Healthcare, and Transportation

The Murrieta Valley Unified School District runs public schools in Murrieta. Residents of Murrieta real estate can attend public school at one of the 11 elementary schools, three middle schools, and three high schools run by this district. There are also a variety of different private schools located nearby. One possibility is Hillcrest Academy, which is located on Santiago Road in Temecula. Other private schools include Calvary Murrieta Christian School on Monroe Avenue and Good Shepherd Lutheran School on Newport Road in Menifee.

There are several large hospitals and health care centers located in and around Murrieta.The Loma Linda University Medical Center on Baxter Road is a full service hospital that offers health care services to residents of Murrieta real estate. Another health care resource is Rancho Springs Medical Center on Medical Center Drive. There are many different family medicine practices in the city, including Rancho Family Medical Group- Murrieta on Jackson Avenue and Murrieta Family Medicine on Las Brisas Road. For dental services, there is a Western Dental office on Madison Avenue and Pacific Dental on California Oaks Road.

Public transportation is provided to Murrieta destinations by the Riverside Transit Agency. The Riverside Transit Agency has 36 fixed-routes around western Riverside County and also offers a "Dial-A-Ride" transportation service. Other sources of transportation services around Murrieta real estate include the Amtrak station located on Redlands Avenue in Perris and a Greyhound station on Old Town Front Street in Temecula.

Bear Creek

This is a private gated community of 620 homes designed around the private Bear Creek Golf Course and Country Club. The 18-hole Jack Nicklaus designed golf course windsthrough the community in the hills above the Temecula Valley.

The community center includes an Olympic swimming pool, clay tennis courts, fitness facilities and even a Bocce ball court. The club house includes business offices and meeting facilities.

The Bear Creek Golf Club offers fine dining at Jack's, the Main Dining Room, the Grille and a snack bar. The par-72 course has 7,157 yards from the back tees making it a championship course lined with 200-year old oak trees.

Homes in Bear Creek range from two bedroom condominiums and villas to deluxe fairway estates. Condos and villas are located near the community center and clubhouse while homes are located around the fairways and the small lake.

Condos can be found for under $300,000 while homes list for more than $500,000. Many of the homes were built in the 1980's. The golf course opened in 1982.

La Cresta

This neighborhood in the hills features homes on five-acre lots. The area is between the Cleveland National Forest and the Santa Rosa Ecological Reserve. It is close to Copper Canyon and Bear Creek. La Cresta offers mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding trails.

Horse properties are available in La Cresta and other areas on the Santa Rosa plateau. Home prices are often above one million dollars because of the acreage. Many homes are ranches with stables. Numerous homeowners in this community are using solar systems for power.

Central Park

This community is located on the east side of Murrieta off of the Hot Springs road. The community has a clubhouse with a pool, children's pool and playground. Tennis courts and a basketball court are part of the clubhouse that is only open to residents and their guests. Walking trails are also maintained by the community.

Homes in this development range from 1,500 to 4,000 square feet. Detached townhomes are available along with single-family residences in the range of $300,000 and up.

Schools are in the Temecula Valley Unified School District.

Copper Canyon

This Murrieta area community is located adjacent to the Copper Canyon Park and shopping center. The homeowner association has a clubhouse with a pool and a children's playground. The community has approximately 2,500 homes. Most have Bear Creek Golf Courseor mountain views.

The Copper Canyon community features large homes averaging approximately 3,000 square feet or more. Home prices can be listed above $500,000 for four, five and sevenbedroom homes.

This community is just west ofthe Temecula Valley freeway below the Santa Rosa plateau. It offers hiking and biking trails along with several parks and a stream in season. Cole Canyon Elementary School is in the Copper Canyon development. This is one of the top schools in the Murrieta district.

The Colony

Nestled within the arms of the I-15 and I-215 freeways, the charming village known as The Colony sits right outside the small desert community of Murrieta. This 55+ community of 1,500 homes offers an eclectic mix of housing options that were built between 1989 and 2005. Not only does The Colony sit equidistant between several award-winning golf courses, such as the Bear Creek Golf Club and the Golf Club at Rancho California, but the neighborhood also offers amenities like craft studios, exercise rooms, beauty solon, library, and even a waiting pool hall. For those residents seeking some outdoor activity, The Colony features shuffleboard and bocce ball courts, as well as miles of walking and biking trails that crisscross this centrally located, compact community.

Four Seasons

This is a community for people age 55 and over. This community of 500 homes was developed in the early 2000's for active adults with a community center for residents. Amenities include a 10-acre recreational complex with a fitness center. Classes in aerobics, cardio fitness and yoga are offered.

The recreation area includes a swimming pool, tennis courts, spa, Bocce ball court, basketball and volleyball courts. A beauty salon and hobby room are also part of the community center. Although Four Seasons does not have a golf course, it does have a putting green and driving range.This community is near the Lake Skinner Recreation Area and the Golf Club at Rancho California public course.

Homes are mainly one level with two and three bedrooms and a minimum of2,000 square feet.Homes listings start in the high $300,000 range and up. This is a prestigious adult community near Temecula's wine country. The street names reflect popular Californiawine labels and vintage.

Greer Ranch

This is a gated community of 693 homes nestled in the Murrietahillsides off of Highway 215. The homes are spread out among 550 acres with homesites created to take advantage of valley views. A community clubhouse with a pool and spa and private parks make Greer Ranch a desirable place to live.

This community has an active homeowner association that recently approved the use of artificial turf in place of front lawns during California's drought. Homes in this community start in the $400,000 range for three-bedrooms/two-bathrooms. Homes are approximately 2,200 square feet or more with large yards. Some homes have swimming pools.

The Murrieta Valley Unified School District serves this community.

Harveston

This is a large neighborhood with 2,600 homes, townhouses, condominiums and apartments built around a 17-acre lake park. The community is a mile from I-15 with easy access to shopping centers and other services.

Harveston has its own community center with an Olympic size pool, Jacuzzi, spray park, sports parks, pavilion and amphitheater. The lakes has a private boat house for residents.

Paddle boats and electric boats can be rented. Many residents enjoy their own paddle boards and kayaks on the lake. Fishing is also allowed on the lake controlled by the City of Temecula. The lake has a fountain, walking paths and picnic facilities in the public area.

Schools in Harveston include an elementary, middle school and high school that are part of the Temecula Valley Unified School District.

Single-family homes with 3bdr/2bath start in the $350,000 range. Townhomes and condos can be similar in pricing based on the size.