LaCresta in a nutshell
The Santa Rosa Plateau is a unique geography where the counties of Orange, San Diego and Riverside meet. By looking at a map, you may pinpoint our exact location quite easily with this in mind.
The Plateau includes several home owner communities: La Cresta, La Cresta Highlands, Santa Rosa West, Santa Rosa Trails, Meadow Oaks, Tenaja, Avocado Mesa and Redondo Mesa. Many people refer to the entire Plateau as “La Cresta”, but indeed it is more than that. Some of the communities are Property Owners Associations (POAs). Some are County Service Districts (CSDs). All are in an unincorporated area of the city of Murrieta CA and have a Murrieta, County of Riverside address. There is no commercial zoning. Residential zoning is RA5 or RA10, which requires parcels to be at least 5-gross-acres.
While you will feel miles away from the hustle and bustle, you are not far from many other fabulous places to visit. For example: Just to the south, past the famous vernal pools and downhill from the Plateau is the DeLuz area of Temecula. Five minutes down the hill to the east on Clinton Kieth is Bear Creek, a gated community with an internationally acclaimed Jack Nicholas golf course and private golf & tennis club. Surrounding the home owner communities on the Plateau are the California Ecological Reserve and the Cleveland National Forest, protecting the Plateau from dense urban growth and assuring unique natural assets for all who live here.
Upon leaving the gates of La Cresta, you are within a 10-minute drive, through a protected reserve, of several large shopping centers, with all the amenities of large cities. Nearby are large movie complexes, two fully equipped hospitals, three large grocery stores in well-diversified shopping centers, the quaint, recently-renovated Old Town Murrieta, fine dining, Lowes & Home Depot, large computer stores and everything else you would expect to find in an 85,000 person city. And if you need more choices, head down the 15 Freeway just 10 minutes south to the city of Temecula, which boasts the Temecula Promenade Mall, more dining, the famous Temecula Wine Country, Old Town, jazz festivals, hot-air ballooning, Lake Skinner and more.
Travel is a breeze from the Plateau! Ontario International Airport is less than one hour away. Within an easy 1.5 hour drive are: Palm Springs, Big Bear/Arrowhead, Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, endless beaches, the artsy communities of Julian and Idylwild, and countless other attractions. As close as you are to all these modern conveniences, you will feel like you are hundreds of miles away from civilization.
Climate is always a concern when choosing your next home. Most of the Santa Rosa Plateau is 1800 - 2700 feet above sea level and within 20 miles of the Pacific Ocean (as the crow flies). Our weather is temperate and is almost always 8-10 degrees cooler in the summer than that of the Temecula Valley. Throughout the summer, our proximity to the ocean provides cool relief from the sun, as the on-shore winds blow through the Santa Ana Mountains. When it is clear, as it is most of the time, residents have views of Mount San Jacinto, Mount Gorgonio, Mount Palomar, the Santa Ana Mountains, Temecula Valley’s distant city lights, Lake Skinner, Diamond Lake and beyond. Some even have Pacific Ocean views!
Recreation is another “must-have” for a successful community. The Santa Rosa Plateau has a robust recreational menu! It is the home of some of California’s premier hiking trails. You may also watch the hang gliders over the adjacent mountain, who come from across the globe to Lake Elsinore’s internationally acclaimed launch site. Golf, of course, is everywhere – from the private Bear Creek, to the public Cross Creek, which is hidden in the oaks and avocado orchards of DeLuz, among many others. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, mountain biking, golfing, gardening, ranching, farming, motorcycling, off-roading, flying, are all a part of this adventurous lifestyle.
The wildlife you can expect to see on the Plateau is vast. Recent reports include: California Golden Eagles, Great Owls, several varieties of hawks, fox, mule deer, mountain lions, raccoons, coyotes, snakes and lots of other critters. Most are harmless unless provoked. All are gifts of nature for Plateau residents to enjoy. When you hear your first coyote songs from your patio at dusk, you will know what we mean!
The people on the Plateau are just as interesting. You will meet cowboys who have lived here for decades, doctors moving here from out of state, corporate gurus, firefighters, trades people and everything in between. The thread that weaves them together is their love of horses, nature, serenity and their community.