it living around Napa and Sonoma. I saw Temecula by your handle but it gets hot there. I know Calif. is rated as a bad place to live unless one has money like Tom Cruise, and I imagine one just one's bike and has a glass of wine per my research? And they have a dinner train! My wife saw on t.v. and felt like we should move there.
fin Temecula does get hot (but our summers have been mild the last several years) and we are only 12 miles away from the ocean (farther by road of course) so get the nice ocean breezes and there are a ton of cultural activities as well as the fabulous tranquility of rolling vineyards and tall Italian Cypress to enjoy looking at. (There are also numerous wineries and tasting rooms, wine tours, horseback riding & hot air balloon rides to enjoy). The climate is good enough that I'm growing grapes, oranges, blueberries, and have pistachios on my trees this year.
I have friends in Santa Rosa who swear by Sonoma County life however and I believe the climate is milder there if you prefer -- but the cost is higher as well. I got a lot more bang for my buck in house and acerage buying here instead. It's all relative to what you can afford of course. California is ridiculously expensive and getting worse all of the time without a doubt. If I thought I could sell my place here without losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process I would move to Texas right now. (Btw I grew up in Oak Lawn - know it?)
"I know Calif. is rated as a bad place to live unless one has money like Tom Cruise, and I imagine one just one's bike and has a glass of wine per my research? And they have a dinner train! My wife saw on t.v. and felt like we should move there."