The Santa Rosa Plateau is a unique geography where the counties of Orange, San Diego and Riverside meet. Click here to see it on Google maps.
The Plateau includes six home-owner communities: La Cresta, La Cresta Highlands, Santa Rosa West, The Trails at Santa, Meadow Oaks and Tenaja. Many people refer to the entire Plateau as “La Cresta”, but indeed it is more than that.
Most of the communities are Property Owners Associations (POAs). Tenaja is a County Service Districts (CSD). All are in unincorporated Riverside County, with a Murrieta CA postal zip code. There is no commercial zoning. Parcels are at least 5 acres, with residential zoning RA5/10/20 or RR5/10/20.
All are surrounded by the Cleveland National Forest, the Ecological Reserve, and US Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, making us an oasis of ranches nestled within vast amounts of land.
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. Within minutes are the towns of Murrieta and Temecula.
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 movie complexes, four fully equipped hospitals, grocery and big box stores, the quaint Historic Old Town Murrieta, fine dining, epic golf, Storm Stadium... And if you need more choices, head down the 15 Freeway just a few exits to the city of Temecula, which boasts the Temecula Promenade Mall, 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.
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!
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. You are quite likely to see: Red Tail Hawks, Great Owls, Coyotes, Deer, Fox, Mountain Lions, Snakes, Tarantulas and lots of other wild 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, peace officers, trades people, mommies, retired folks, and everything in between. The thread that weaves them together is their love of horses, nature, serenity and their community.