Temecula and Murrieta school rankings

The schools in the Sothern California cities of Temecula and Murrieta are among the best in America.

In a study conducted by the U.S News and World Report., both cities ranked among the top 10 percent.

Among Murrieta’s high schools, 3 schools received a silver medal from the report. The following Murrieta schools and their rankings:

  • Murrieta Valley High School at #260 in California (1,191 nationally)
  • Vista Murrieta High School at #277 in California (1,294 nationally)
  • Murrieta Mesa High at #307 in California (1,397 nationally)

Temecula’s schools also scored silver medals for the following:

  • Great Oak High School at #226 in California (1,046 nationally)
  • Chaparral High at #259 in California (1, 188 nationally)
  • Temecula Valley High at #347 (1, 541 nationally)

To conduct this study, the U.S News and World Report partnered with the non-profit social science research firm RTI International.

Criteria

Over 29,070 public schools in all 50 states were tested and analyzed to come up with the list. A total of more than 500 California schools were part of this study.

The schools’ performance was graded on their students’ advanced placement or international baccalaureate test data.

Other factors were also included such as the teacher-to-student ratio, and the students’ college preparedness.

Academic excellence

Part of the evaluation also accounted for how the schools were educating black, Hispanic, and disadvantaged students.

On these counts both Murrieta and Temecula scored highly which proves that excellent education need not be had elsewhere.

It should be noted that extracurricular activities were not included in the factor of scoring. Some parties believe that if extracurricular activities were part of the metrics, the school rankings of Temecula and Murrieta would have even been higher.

Nevertheless, such high scores will reassure parents that their community continues to thrive in an area where excellence is a premium.

Temecula and Murrieta among the safest cities in the America

Temecula and Murrieta were once again named as two of the safest cities in the United States.

Murrieta currently ranks as the second safest city in America.

Telecuma follows it at the 6th spot. This is according to a recent statistical report from the financial website, 24/7 Wall St.

Why Tenecula is safe

Aside from crime rates, the report also reviewed other socio-economic factors such as income, poverty rate, and education in the cities.

The data from the report was provided by the American Community Survey of the Census Bureau. Violent crime rates were sourced from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

As the 6th safest city in the nation, Temecula only had 91 reported cases of violent crime for its nearly 107,000 residents.

Reported assault cases at the city only averaged at 36 cases per 100,000 residents.

Why Murrieta is safe

Murrieta, meanwhile, topped as the 2nd safest city in the United States for a variety of reasons.

On average, Murrieta had a reported 38 aggravated assault cases per 100,000 residents. This is the lowest in the nation. This is even lower than the safest city which is Irvine, California.

For the violent crime rate, Murrieta also had the lowest figure among all the large cities in the report. Murrieta reported just 70 violent crime cases.

Property crimes are also uncommon in the city with just 1,522 reported cases for every 100,000 residents. A majority of the property crimes committed involved larceny with 1,066 cases for every 100,000 residents.


Excellent places to live

Across the board, these are among the lowest rates among the major cities in the United States. Both cities’ low high scores are indicative of their high-earning and well-educated population.

This is factual proof that Telecuma and Murrieta are very attractive communities, not just in California, but across America.

With such a high safety score, Telecuma and Murrieta prove to be an excellent choice to settle down, start a business, and raise a family.

Great new restaurants in Murrieta and Temecula

Foodies will discover a dazzling variety of restaurants that cater to virtually every taste in the Riverside County citMurrieta and Temecula. These two areas offer a diverse range of cuisine that includes almost everything, from steak to seafood, pizza to Mexican food, and a whole lot more.

Here are some of the newest establishments to check out in Murrieta and Temecula:

Sultan Bakery & Grill
25285 Madison Ave., Suite 106, Murrieta
951-894-4544

If you’re craving for authentic Lebanese meals and desserts, the Sultan Bakery & Grill offers delicious Lebanese cuisine with flavors from lands like Egypt, Syria, and Palestine.

The restaurant’s specialty is their flatbreads, which are prepared in a stone-fired grill. One of their popular flatbreads is the Zaatar, a tasty stone-fire flatbread topped with fine ground beef, olive oil, sesame seeds, sumac, thyme, and other spices.

Bamboo HouseAsian Bistro
27473 Ynez Rd, Temecula
951-695-9651

Opened just last September, Bamboo House Asian Bistro serves an incredible fusion of Chinese, Thai, Japanese, and Vietnamese cuisine.

The restaurant can accommodate up to a hundred guests, and is very popular for serving authentic, premium-grade sushi made from the freshest ingredients. Some of their other menu items include dim sum, Cantonese duck, calamari, Vietnamese noodle soup, and pork belly.

Kelsey’s Bar & Grill
Pechanga Resort & Casino, 45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula
951-695-7410

After a four-month, $2.5-million renovation, the newly re-opened Kelsey’s Bar & Grill boasts new interiors, an upgraded bar, and new menu offerings. The establishment now sports an open-concept floor plan, with interior features such as concrete surfaces, exposed brick, and reclaimed wood, giving the place a vintage craft brewery feel

In addition to a completely reworked, expertly crafted menu, Kelsey’s now offers 48 different kinds of beer on tap. Nearly all of these are craft beers, while 23 of the varieties come from the finest Southern California breweries.

Holiday celebrations at Old Town

It’s always a good idea to travel when the opportunity presents itself, especially when it’s to a place like Old Town in the SoCal city of Temecula.

A beautiful little town made popular by its one-of-a-kind stores, bars restaurants, souvenir shops and, of course,its famously delicious, locally made wines and brews easily found in the town’s many wineries, breweries, and tasting rooms.Since 2009, Old Town has pulled out all the stops to host the recently concluded annual food festival.

Missed it? There’s more to Old Town to explore during the winter months. Here are some Old Town events you may want to base your vacation plans on:

WINTERFEST in Old Town Temecula
Ongoing until February 28, 2015

As far as holiday spirit goes, there aren’t many towns out there that do winter holidays quite as good as the city of Temecula. Every year, come December, this beautiful boutique wine country gets into the holiday mood like no other – completelytransforming itself into a winter wonderland and the perfect holiday escape.

Temecula Chilled. That’s what the town calls its winter celebrations with activities that include tours to marvel at the town’s distinctive architecture, unearthing the rare find at any of the 10 antique and collectibles stores, and many more.

Holidays Twinkling Lights
Ongoing until January 4, 2015

Strolls through Old Town are made even more magical by streets filled with cheer and music, the smell of spices, and mouth-watering dishes in the air, complete with giant snowflakes and tens of thousands of twinkling lights shining nightly from November to January.

Snowbell Rockin’ Nights
Ongoing until January 3, 2015

Be captivated by the dazzling show of lights and music every Thursday to Sunday. A great show for the kids.

Matching the 30-foot tall musical Christmas tree on Main Street are holiday carols ringing from City Hall and bells perfectly synced to a mesmerizing display of stories projected right onto the City Hall’s walls.

Temecula On Ice
Ongoing until January 3, 2015

Here’s a wonderful opportunity to relax and enjoy the holiday atmosphere as you glide on top of a 3,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art ice skating rink down at Town Square. View schedules, tickets, and more info here.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations – December 31, 2015
December 31, 2015

Kick off the new year with a night of fantastic events held at various winery venues all over Old Town, featuring delicious eats, fine wine, and live performances that will help you start the year right.

Temecula Valley Restaurant Month
The whole month of January 2016

Foodies rejoice! Enjoy the best of Temecula cuisine in this month-long special celebration of unique flavors from the Temecula Valley. The event features over 20 participating Temecula restaurants. Check out the list of participating restaurants here.

Double celebration at Temecula wine country

Temecula proves once again that it is the heart of the Southern California wine country.

With two events highlighting the very best of the region, wine lovers surely have a special place in their hearts for this special city.

1. The Temecula Valley Annual Barrel Tasting Weekend 2016

The Temecula Valley Annual Barrel Tasting Weekend is set to take place on January 30 -31, 2016. This annual event is a must-attend for everyone – from casual enthusiasts to wine connoisseurs.

Guests will take part in a self-guided tour to 16 of the very best wineries in Temecula.

Activities will include wine tasting ranging from barrel to tank samples, as well as new release and finished wines.

Sumptuous food choices will be offered at every winery stop.

Guests will have the option to purchase either one-day or two-day passes where up to 32 wineries will be part of the schedule.

This is the perfect way to sample the best that Temecula has to offer.

2. The 25th Wine Country Harvest Celebration

Temecula recently concluded its 25thWine Country Harvest Celebration. It was a full day of sampling specially chosen wines and chef-prepared food. Ten local wineries participated in the Harvest Tour for this year.

In the brisk California autumn air, visitors and guests alike were treated to some of Telecuma’s best vintages.

Participating wineries brought out their finest selections, whilebarrel and cask tastings were carried out. Several wineries were even offering samples of their own private reserves.

The 25th Wine Country Harvest Celebration was previously organized by the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association. It followed a traditional event format where premium wine and food pairings are showcased.

For this year, the Grapeline Wine Tours spearheaded the event with a more intimate approach. From a two-day weekend, the Harvest Celebration was optimized to a one-day event with a more focused level of service.

3. Discover other deals

It is not just these two events that will make anyone celebrate the finer things in life. Temecula has plenty to offer with the following deals and specials in the area’s top wineries:

Bel Vino Winery
Download a 2-for-1 wine tasting coupon at the Temecula Valley Winegrowers website.
(Offer good until Dec.31,2015) \

Ponte Winery
Enjoy 20% off food costs for weddings from January to February of 2016

Special holiday events in Murrieta and Temecula

Murrieta and Temecula in Riverside County are known for its rich culture, diversity, and vibrant lifestyle.

These cities’ unique holiday events and traditions are not only excellent ways to explore their culture. These special occasions become the perfect time to get to know the community as you share in their merrymaking.

Temecula Chilled

Ongoing until December 31, 2015

A month-long celebration that’s the perfect way to see Temecula Valley in its splendor. Temecula Chilled encourages residents to spread the holiday cheer this December with events and activities that recall the fun and magic of the season.  Give in to the yuletide feeling as you watch the ballet “The Nutcracker” at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater (until December 23, 2015 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.)

New Year’s Eve Grape Drop

December 31, 2015

Bid 2015 goodbye with a proper send-off. Come celebrate the annual Grape Drop at Temecula’s Civil Center. This event includes live bands, a giant slide, face painting, many other activities for kids, and the New Year countdown. The ice rink will also be open until 12:30 a.m. This is a family tradition that shouldn’t be missed!

New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Loft

December 31, 2015

Another fabulous way to spend the New Year in southwestern Riverside County is by attending one of two amazing parties at the Pechanga Resort and Casino. The NYE countdown party at The Loft happens on the second floor above Kelsey’s. It begins at 8 p.m. and lasts until 2 a.m. of January 1, 2016.

Tickets at $65 includes a complimentary buffet plus an all-night performance by DJ Christopher London to help you usher in a fantastic 2016.

Jingle Bell Sleigh Rides

Ongoing until January 3, 3016

Thanks to the Temecula Carriage Company, locals and tourists can now enjoy a Jingle Bell Sleigh Ride at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa. There are said to be more than 100,000 sparkling lights and decorations all over the sleigh’s trail.

You can take this 25-minute ride from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. The carriage can carry up to 4 passengers for only $45.

The Los Angeles Lakers organizes ‘Hoops for Troops’ program with Pechanga Resort & Casino

The NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers recently announced a partnership with Pechanga Resort & Casino to create the “Hoops for Troops” basketball program in honor of active and retired military servicemen.

The program gave 50 members of the U.S. Armed Forces the opportunity to train and play with NBA pros as their families watched from the stands. Each of those who took part in the program received free t-shirts, tickets to the evening’s preseason game, and of course – an experience of a lifetime.

The one-hour basketball clinics took place at the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario on Oct. 8, San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center on Oct. 17, and the Honda Center in Anaheim on Oct. 22.

Playing with the pros

Hoops for Troops participants received professional tips to improve their shooting, dribbling, and other skills from players and coaches from the Lakers’ preseason squad. Two lucky people from each clinic were also chosen to serve as the team’s Honorary Team Captain and game ball delivery person.

Children of the military servicemen were also allowed to join the activities as members of the High Five Squad. Kids part of the High Five Squad stood on-court as they welcomed teams onto the floor with high fives right before tip-off.

A salute to the troops

The Hoops for Troops program continues throughout the 2015-2016 NBA regular season, and was set to be highlighted at the STAPLES Center during the Lakers vs. Detroit Pistons game on Nov. 15, 2015.

Several programs and activities that honor our troops was also set to take place during the game:

  • Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler, three Americans who stopped a terrorist attack in France last August, was scheduled to be honored during the first quarter break.
  • Proceeds for tickets bought for sections 324 and 324 will be donated to Los Angeles veterans and military organizations.
  • A special Lakers camouflage hat and Hoops for Troops Rally towels from Pechanga Resort & Casino were given away.

Top Murrieta Area Golf Courses

Golf is not just a hobby in Southern California – it is a way of life, and Murrieta, CA is no exception. The rolling terrain and abundant lakes provide players with natural obstacles. The area golf courses each pose a unique test to the players, capitalizing on the already challenging terrain to construct holes that are as difficult as they are beautiful. These courses are popular for corporate tournaments, casual play, and catered events.

California Oaks Golf Club is the site of several well-known professional tournaments, but it is also home to an assortment of unique amateurtournaments. These events include contests such as “closest to the pin,” longest drive, and longest putt. The slowly rolling greens and extreme bunkering make this course an interesting prospect for all players.

California Oaks Golf Club is welcoming to beginners, juniors, and ladies in addition to serious players looking for a new challenge. The picturesque scenery provides the perfect backdrop for golfing, weddings, and other events.

Bear Creek Golf Club has a lot to offer in addition to its renowned golf course. Its location in the Murrieta Valley is ideally located for travel to and from Los Angeles and San Diego. The clubhouse offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Members can choose to have dinner in the Main Dining Room (Wednesday-Friday) or at Jack’s (Tuesday-Sunday).

The Grille Room is open for breakfast Friday-Sunday and lunch Tuesday-Saturday. These restaurant options are popular with locals and not just golfers. The golf course was designed to make the most of the land’s natural contours. The undulating hills, winding streams, and sparkling pair of lakes provide natural challenges to golfers.

The Cross Creek Golf Club offers daily rates as well as special membership packages for the residents of ten nearby cities. This popular course is well run and usually has short or nonexistent wait times to play. The incredible scenery surrounding the course makes it a prime location for weddings. Unlike many courses, Cross Creek Golf Club is secluded from major highways and housing developments, making it as quiet as it is beautiful.

This course is particularly wet, including a water feature on nearly every hole. Golfers will lose their balls if they are not careful! The holes each pose a one of a kind challenge with a unique view. The wide range of holes will keep even returning players entertained!

The Golf Club at Rancho California, formerly known as that SCGA Member’s Course, is one of Murrieta’s finest golf courses. The architect, Robert Trent Jones Sr., built famous championship courses around the world and throughout California. This course was constructed in 1970 and officially opened its gates in 1971. Since then, players have traveled from far and near to experience this course.

The Golf Club at Rancho California provides striking views of both the Murrieta and Temecula valleys, 18 demanding holes, and a driving range/practice facility. This stunning course, coupled with a courteous and knowledgeable staff, is the perfect place for both novice and experienced players.

Want to learn more about Murrieta’s finest golf courses? Connect with me today. I’m always just a phone call away and look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with you. Let’s get started!

Things to Do in Old Town Temecula

Old Town Temecula is filled with a variety of family friendly shows and museums, as well as a number of historical sites. This historic city was first built as a railroad town in 1882. Since then, more modern areas have been added, but the town still possesses its historic charm. The shopping areas include a selection of one-of-a-kind boutiques, antique shops, and individually owned and operated restaurants. The art galleries are a great way to spend an afternoon browsing. You might even find the perfect accent piece for your living room!

While there is a lot to see and do in Old Town Temecula, there are a few attractions that stand out above all others.

The Old Town Community Theater has been a staple of Temecula entertainment for the last decade. With a variety of entertainment brought in from around the world, the Old Town Community Theater is sure to have something that appeals to anyone. This 361-seat theater is the venue for intellectual events such as Ted Talks, concerts with top 40 artists, and showings by dance companies and traveling orchestras. It is also the site of top-notch theater productions ranging from the classics to more modern scripts. The Old Town Community Theater can be entered through the historic Mercantile Building. This 1890s building is a sight to see all on its own. This relic of 19th century construction adds yet another layer to the theater experience.

The Temecula Children’s Museum – Pennypickles Workshop – is a great place for the whole family. This museum, the home of Professor Phineas T. Pennypickle, is an interactive experience that is sure to delight children of all ages. This museum includes secret passages to explore, puzzles to solve, and inventions to test out.

While it’s not exactly an attraction, the Temecula Valley Historical Society has set up plaques throughout the city denoting the historic sites. While the old buildings are remarkable in their own right, these plaques add a bit of background that can make exploring Old Town Temecula an even more memorable event. The Temecula Valley Historical Society has also worked to restore a stage coach and the Louis Wolf Tomb, both of which can be an interesting addition to a tour of Old Town Temecula.

The Old Temecula Jail is a two-story building that shares its storefront with a jewelry shop. This jail includes mannequins that supposedly represent the old time criminals that would have been held there. Interestingly, this may not be historically accurate. This “jail” was never used as a proper jail. Instead, it was typically used as a holding cell for drunks. At various points in its history, the building also served as a wine cellar, a saloon, and a storage area for the Ramona Inn. This history is not officially recorded and is based off of various citizens oral records, passed down from family members. But regardless of its origins, this granite construction is a must see sight for anyone interested in historic architecture.

When you’re ready to start exploring all that Temecula has to offer, don’t hesitate to contact me. With years of experience in the real estate market, I look forward to helping you find your perfect California retreat. Let’s get started today!

Five Must-See Golf Courses in Temecula

The Southern California city of Temecula is a major tourist attraction, drawing visitors from throughout the United States and beyond. People come from all over to see the Temecula Valley Wine Country, International Film Festival and, of course, the assortment of championship golf courses.

Temecula’s Mediterranean climate lends itself to year round outdoor recreation. With average temperatures ranging from the high 60s to the low 90s, visitors can make use of one of Temecula’s nine premiere golf courses anytime. Thanks to the pleasant weather and beautiful scenery, these courses are the site of frequent weddings and other events. Rolling hills, sparkling lakes, and a mountainous backdrop provides a romantic setting for any special occasion or weekend getaway. While there are numerous golf courses in the area, the following five Temecula golf courses stand out above others.

#1: Pechanga’s Journey

The land that Pechanga’s Journey golf course was built on was given to Arthur Hills by the Pechanga Tribe. Arthur Hill, one of the most widely respected golf course architects of his time, was determined to design a course that emphasized the natural beauty of the terrain and respected the tribal lands. The result is a challenging course that leaves many of the natural features, including the sacred Oak trees, untouched. Pechanga’s Journey was ranked the 26th on the 2015 Golf Week list of Best Courses You Can Play in California.

# 2: Temecula Creek Inn

Temecula Creek Inn includes a variety of high-class offerings. The popular wedding venue is the perfect place for a weekend getaway. Good food, a crackling fireplace, and nearby wineries set the stage for a relaxing escape from reality. The onsite golf course includes an impressive 27 holes that are sure to wow even experienced golfers. The changes in elevation provide a challenge and the mountain scenery just visible in the distance is the perfect backdrop for the smooth greens and sweeping fairways.

# #3: Temeku Hills Golf Course

Located just outside of the city, the course offers an impressive variety of features including five lakes and four sets of tees per hole. The clubhouse is available for event rental and seats up to 350 guests. Temeku Hills also offers PGA instruction for all levels.

# 4: The Redhawk Temecula Golf Courses

The Redhawk Temecula Golf Courses offer corporate events and fundraising opportunities for group of all sizes. These group outings promote team building and build positive relationships outside the office. The course itself is unique as well, including one of Southern California’s only island greens on its 8th hole. This par 3 hole is sure to provide a challenge for even the most experienced players.

# 5: Pala Mesa

This community combines a resort style getaway with a must play golf course. The bed and breakfast package is popular with couples looking to leave their urban problems behind. The striking scenery combines perfectly with the California Ranch style hotel, setting the stage for weddings, parties, and other events. The combination of green grass and towering trees makes Pala Mesa one of the most picturesque courses in the San Diego area.

For more information on the areas top golf courses or to explore the golf properties available to you here in Temecula, do not hesitate to contact me today. I’m just a phone call away and look forward to helping you get acquainted with our beautiful area.