Halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles is Temecula Valley, a fertile wine region with a historic Old Town. Dotted with vineyards, antique stores, restaurants and golf courses, this resort community also serves as an attractive year-round destination for empty nesters and growing families.

Temecula is celebrated for its well-regarded schools, comparatively affordable housing prices and outdoor recreation. If you’re in the market for a single-family home in Temecula or neighboring Murrieta, here are four new construction communities with starting prices under $600,000.

1. Arborly at Sommers Bend

Developer: Richmond American Homes
Address: 32125 Verbena Way, Temecula
Priced from: mid-$500,000s

Reserved for residents age 55 and over, Arborly at Sommers Bend is a collection of single-family homes with distinctive exteriors, three to five bedrooms, and up to 2,940 square feet of living space. Choose from one- and two-story floorplans, complete with two-car garages, island kitchens, flex space, and optional covered patios for outdoor entertaining.

Sommers Bend is a master-planned community featuring resident amenities, eight-plus miles of trails, 181 acres of preserved open space, and a 21.3-acre sports park. There’s an exclusive clubhouse for those “55 and better,” boasting a pool and spa, fire pit terrace, bocce ball and pickleball courts, and a barbecue area.

2. Canvas at Sommers Bend

Developer: Richmond American Homes
Address: 39314 Deer Grass Drive, Temecula
Priced from: mid-$500,000s

Families of all ages are welcomed at Canvas at Sommers Bend, an enclave of three- and four-bedroom homes within the Sommers Bend master-planned community. Expect covered porches, open-concept kitchen, living and dining rooms, second-floor laundry centers, and sumptuous owners’ retreats with walk-in closets, soaking tubs and frameless glass showers. All homes offer two-car garages, but select models are appointed with flexible lofts, first-floor guest suites and convenient mudrooms.

The onsite amenities encourage a healthy lifestyle, with a fitness center, baseball and soccer fields, two swimming pools, landscaped parks, playgrounds and a state-of-the-art clubhouse. There are dozens of wineries lining nearby Rancho California Road, and the restaurants, shops and museums of Old Town are just 15 minutes away.

3. Calistoga at The Promontory

Developer: Cornerstone Communities
Address: 38304 Windingwalk Drive, Murrieta
Priced from: $466,990

Calistoga at The Promontory is located just across the border in Murrieta but also lies within the award-winning Temecula School District. Developer Cornerstone Communities is launching sales of its twelfth phase in April, with the first move-ins scheduled for July. The single-family homes tout three to four bedrooms, two-car garages, a loft or flex space, and up to 2,037 square feet.

There are three layouts to choose from with Spanish, Tuscan and Craftsman-style elevations. Each home comes with a private backyard and the option of a deck or balcony off the master bedroom. The Promontory master-plan includes five acres of private parks and over 100 acres of surrounding open space, intersected by multiple trails for biking, walking the dog or jogging. HOA dues are estimated to be a very reasonable $113 per month.

4. Bellevue at The Promontory

Developer: Cornerstone Communities
Address: 38303 Old Creek Court, Murrieta
Priced from: $565,990

Also part of The Promontory community is Bellevue, a collection of 92 two-story homes featuring spacious backyards, up to seven bedrooms, two- or three-car side-by-side garages, and optional casitas for multi-generational families. The residences are equipped with smart tech and energy-saving features, including Ring video doorbells, pre-wiring for home automation systems, low ‘E’ dual-glazed vinyl windows, tankless water heaters, low-flow plumbing fixtures, EnergyStar-rated appliances and more.

Bellevue provides easy access to the I-15 and I-215 freeways as well as the Promenade Temecula shopping mall and Lake Skinner Recreation Area. There are nearby grocery stores, coffee shops, fast-casual restaurants and local schools. Plus, residents will enjoy the many outdoor amenities that The Promontory has to offer.

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