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Old 06-03-2013, 02:37 PM   #1
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Considering taking a job in Murrieta

So I live in the DFW area. I've never lived in California, but have visited the touristy areas a few times. I've interviewed with an employer for a job in far NorCal (Eureka)....which I loved, but the economy is dead up there so my wife would have a hard time finding employment, and the housing costs are quite a bit more than here in TX.
I noticed that housing prices in Murrieta are much more in line with the DFW area and also that the city seems to be a very safe place to live. The same employer has multiple job positions all over California and one in Murrieta that's been listed for quite a while.

My question is: What gives? Why is it cheaper and safer? Anything I should know about the city before I approach the company and ask about interviewing for a job there?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-03-2013, 03:08 PM   #2
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So I live in the DFW area. I've never lived in California, but have visited the touristy areas a few times. I've interviewed with an employer for a job in far NorCal (Eureka)....which I loved, but the economy is dead up there so my wife would have a hard time finding employment, and the housing costs are quite a bit more than here in TX.
I noticed that housing prices in Murrieta are much more in line with the DFW area and also that the city seems to be a very safe place to live. The same employer has multiple job positions all over California and one in Murrieta that's been listed for quite a while.

My question is: What gives? Why is it cheaper and safer? Anything I should know about the city before I approach the company and ask about interviewing for a job there?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Murrieta is pretty far out there, not really close to many other major cities. It's about an hour or so from Riverside, about an hour from San Diego.

If you're a gambler, it's right by Temecula which has a really nice casino -- Pechanga. Also close to a lot of vineyards.

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It depends on what your wifes shopping needs are! LOL We used to live in Carrollton and my wife got VERY used to all of the malls etc and when we moved here to BFE she was like "what do you mean I have to drive for an hour and a half just to get to a mall?" LOL

Another thing to considure is how long of a commute to work you could have and yes the traffic is just as bad a TX my friend. Nothing worse than being stuck behind the wheel for an hour or two twice a day.
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You want to move TO Cali? Why!? lol. I'm glad to be out of there. Nice place to visit but sh**ty place to live.
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Well, I'm pretty sure an hour to big-time shopping in San Diego beats the drive to just about anywhere from Eureka, which is where I originally interviewed for a job with this company. My wife and I aren't real big shoppers anyway so that's not a big deal. If there's a Kohl's and a Sam's club or Costco she's happy, which means I'm happy.
As for a commute, well the job is actually in Murrieta, so no real commute concerns there, which is similar to my current situation (work and live in Flower Mound).
The weather looks kinda arid but not much different from the Texas summers...perhaps dryer?
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You want to move TO Cali? Why!? lol. I'm glad to be out of there. Nice place to visit but sh**ty place to live.
I'm not a super-big fan of north TX to be honest. Not much to do outdoors in my region, especially in the summer as it's hot as hades. You have to drive 5 hrs to get to Galveston (a nasty beach town), 10 hrs to South Padre Island if you don't stop to eat/rest. I'd like to live in a state that has a lot of natural beauty and lots of outdoor activities that are a reasonable drive away. And the job I'm after can be had in Cali living in a decent sized city as opposed to living in an armpit town of 2500 here in TX (3-4 hrs from a place you'd want to live)
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I live in murrieta and it great here. Small town living still depending on what side of the freeway u live. We're close to alot of places to wheel. If ya got ?? Ask
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I drive through Murietta several times a month & think it's a nice area. You're very close to pretty much everything though not many major attractions are exactly "close", but most are within an hour or so though. You're not far from some of the best wheeling in the US & you're close enough to San Diego & Orange County for access to pretty much everything. i wouldn't mind living in Murietta, it's definitely out of the hustle/bustle of more developed areas.
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Murrieta is pretty far out there, not really close to many other major cities. It's about an hour or so from Riverside, about an hour from San Diego.

If you're a gambler, it's right by Temecula which has a really nice casino -- Pechanga. Also close to a lot of vineyards.
A hour from riverside I know you are driving a jeep but it's not that far

I do it everyday in traffic it is 45min , no traffic it is 30min

And what are you calling a major city because riverside is not a major city

Murrieta is nice go for it
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So the lower home prices are just because it's not closer to LA or San Diego, I suppose.
Anyone know what the schools are like?
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DFW, research research research.... Also me weary of the way the wind blows a lot of farming in the area and depending on the wind you get a nasty taste in the air.
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yeah I've been reading a lot. So far I like what I've read about the town. I'll probably have to go out in person and see it before I could say for sure though. I will say there's an incredible amount of real estate up for sale, which is a refreshing change from the very limited housing selection in Eureka.
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So the lower home prices are just because it's not closer to LA or San Diego, I suppose.
Anyone know what the schools are like?
There are 3 hs. Murrieta valley. Murrieta Mesa and murrieta oaks. All good schools.
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DFW, research research research.... Also me weary of the way the wind blows a lot of farming in the area and depending on the wind you get a nasty taste in the air.
You have not been to Murrieta in a long time , you come show me a farm if you can

The only thing that smells in that town is food because there sure is not any animals alive making smells
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Great to hear the positive feedback. Thanks a lot guys.
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My daughter just graduated from Vista Murrieta HS yesterday. This high school had top national academics, consecutive national winning sports, and the 4th safest city in the US.

I love this place.
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My daughter just graduated from Vista Murrieta HS yesterday. This high school had top national academics, consecutive national winning sports, and the 4th safest city in the US.

I love this place.
Congrats! These are helpful facts when it comes to getting the wife to realize California isn't one of those "nice to visit, wouldn't want to live there" places.
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Ok.. I'll be the bad guy..

Murietta (and all the other 909 cities) have cheaper homes because most people with $$$ would never live there.

Don't get me wrong. Just like any other city it definitely has its nice neighborhoods and there are some beautiful high dollar homes out there.. But for the most part it's just a bunch of cheapy cookie cutter houses crammed into "developments". A lot of people chose to live out there in the 909 and commute to work 1-2 hours to the long beach/ la area or San Diego because they can't afford the size/type of house they want in a nice neighborhood closer to work.
On the bright side it's also a common place for people with $$$ and toys like boats, sandrails, rv's etc because many of the properties in the nicer neighborhoods have huge lots and 3-6 car garages.

Honestly most of the "cheaper" neighborhoods are full of tweakers and houses converted into indoor marijuana grow operations. Check out the foreclosure rates on that area and the ## of vacant/abandoned houses and squatters.

Maybe some of the 909 locals can give you some hints on the better areas to look into. That way you don't end up living next to a tanning salon crisped tweaker bleached blonde with 6 kids from 3 different dads that's driving a leased escalade with bald tires and bad brakes who's on welfare and 4 months behind on her mortgage since daddy #3 left her for her sister. :LOL:

Don't hate me 909 peeps. Just trying to be honest with the guy before he uproots his life.
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Thanks for being the bad guy. I wanted all feedback, good and bad. I certainly wont jump into this with closed eyes. I just wanted to hear as much as possible before pursuing a job position there any further. I'll definitely have to go in person for at least one trip, possibly more before dragging the family 1/2 way across the country.
Well, as far as indoor grows are concerned, the wife and I already looked at a position up in Eureka (Humboldt County)..was up there for 5 days for an interview and to check out real estate....so we know all about that. I'm sure you can run into that sort of thing nearly anywhere and from what I gather those grows are more common up there than just about anywhere else in the country. As for the foreclosure rate....I'm sure it's high, just like many parts of California where home prices got ridonkulous for a while and people got into stupid balloon mortgages and were soon upside down when the recession hit and they started getting laid off.
As for what I mean by cheaper homes: We live in a 2200 sq ft 2 car garage home on 1/4 acre with a really good sized back yard and inground pool. Our home will sell for around $215,000 or so.
In Eureka, that'd get us a latrine. Homes in that range are small...1400-1500 sq. feet and are often in not-the-best neighborhoods. The public schools in that town also leave much to be desired.
A home in that price range in the bay area....forgedabouddit. Sacramento area...again you'll get a shack if you're lucky.
So when I say you can get a decent home in Murrieta, I mean you can get something close to what you can get in the DFW area....but likely on a smaller lot.
For another $85,000-100,000 more, you can get a house that's as nice or better than anything in the town I currently live in and the crime rates are similar (very safe) and the schools are also excellent (which is very important to us).
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Maybe some of the 909 locals can give you some hints on the better areas to look into. That way you don't end up living next to a tanning salon crisped tweaker bleached blonde with 6 kids from 3 different dads that's driving a leased escalade with bald tires and bad brakes who's on welfare and 4 months behind on her mortgage since daddy #3 left her for her sister. :LOL:
QFT. This is so funny but so true.
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The traffic leading into and out of Temecula is always a nightmare. I don't know how people could cope. I took my Wife to the Texas Roadhouse restaurant on Friday and thought it was a nice place to dine with nice homes all around (in Menifee, CA).

Great Jeep trails can be found about 1.5 hrs. north and east of the Menifee area.

I'm a life-long '714/909/now-951' peep having lived in Michigan for 2 yrs. - tried living outside of SoCal, but I came right back. Way better Mexican, Thai, and Indian restaurants, by far.
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The traffic leading into and out of Temecula is always a nightmare. I don't know how people could cope. I took my Wife to the Texas Roadhouse restaurant on Friday and thought it was a nice place to dine with nice homes all around (in Menifee, CA).

Great Jeep trails can be found about 1.5 hrs. north and east of the Menifee area.

I'm a life-long '714/909/now-951' peep having lived in Michigan for 2 yrs. - tried living outside of SoCal, but I came right back. Way better Mexican, Thai, and Indian restaurants, by far.
I'm native with 90% of my life in 909.
As messed up as this state is I can't walk away. I couldn't imagine living anywhere else. There is good and bad everywhere here even In the same city. You really need to just look around and find your place that floats your boat.

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