Menifee, California is in the Los Angeles basin just south of Riverside. At the foothills of the mountains, this little community has gone through many face lifts from being an agricultural center for several hundred years to being a bedroom community for those working in LA. Menifee is right on Highway 215 which can quickly connect its 68,000 residents to the rest of the area. The town has plenty of lakes, palm trees and giant eucalyptus trees in the many neighborhoods.
We stopped in Menifee for Memorial Day Weekend in our RV at Wilderness Lakes Park. Never having been here before, we took off to explore. My husband went to the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, the next town north, and was gone the whole day. After ‘camping’ in the desert, I was happy to have lots of shopping, a good grocery store, and scenery to enjoy. The area has quite a bit of new development and is a mecca for retired people. In fact, 19% of the population is over 65. There are plenty of golf courses, hiking trails and the area is pretty flat for walking.
Climate: While the southern California beaches can be beautiful, they can also be cold, foggy, and damp. Menifee is far enough away to be warmer and dryer – and you can easily drive to the beach on a nice day. July and August can see the mid 90 degree weather and the winters are a balmy 68 degrees with most of the rain in February. Menifee has an average of 263 days a year of sunshine and only 35 days with measureable rain.
Housing Market: Zillow says the median sale price of a home in Menifee is $306,000. Rentals run in the $1,500+. But we easily found this 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home for $224,000 in a very nice neighborhood.
There seems to be a lot of new homes for sale in the area and prices are all over the map. There are several senior communities that you might want to check out as well.
Crime: While the violent crime rate in California is 4.2 per 1,000 residents, the rate in Menifee is just 1.22 – making this well below even the national average of 3.8.
Transportation: The LA/Ontario airport is just 39 miles to the north. The huge LAX airport 93 miles to the west. Palm Springs is right over the hill- 55 miles away.
So with all that the LA area has to offer just a short drive away, Menifee is a good choice for either a winter get-away or a full time retirement. But keep in mind that California is not a cheap place to live. Taxes are pretty high and the price of gasoline is generally the highest in the nation.
We think Menifee is a great town to spend some time in the winter. Have the grandkids fly in and go to Disneyland!
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