While the populations of some of California’s largest counties have shrunk in the past year, Riverside County has gained nearly 14,000 new residents. Menifee, located about 80 miles southeast of Los Angeles, is the sixth fastest growing city in the state, having recorded a 2.7 percent population increase, according to the California Department of Finance.

Nestled in the foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains, Menifee offers affordable homes, reputable schools, numerous parks, and easy access to Temecula and Murrieta. BuzzBuzzHome currently lists 17 new single-family home developments in Menifee that are in various stages of construction. Here we’ve put together a sampling of five new home communities with starting prices under $550,000.

1. Camden Place

Photo: Taylor Morrison

Photo: Taylor Morrison

Developer: Taylor Morrison
Address: 30176 Carey Road
Priced from: $490,900

Camden Place at Menifee Town Center is a collection of spacious three- to five-bedroom homes in Bungalow, Cottage, Tuscan and Spanish architectural styles. Ranging from 1,725 to 2,256 square feet, all homes come with wellness enhancing features at no additional cost, including an air filtration system, touchscreen thermostat, touchless kitchen faucet, low-flow plumbing fixtures, an undercounter water filter, low VOC paint and more.

2. Meadow Run

Photo: Meritage Homes

Photo: Meritage Homes

Developer: Meritage Homes
Address: 27037 Maltese Way
Priced from: $496,990

Meadow Run offers versatile one- and two-story floorplans complete with “designated spaces to work or learn from home.” Pictured here, Residence 2 touts four bedrooms and a flex space off the entry that could be converted into a light-filled office or yoga studio. Enjoy the convenience of single-story living with highlights like a two-bay garage, guest suite, island kitchen, laundry room and a fenced-in backyard. Plus, there are plans for a community park with a grassy lawn, meandering paths, barbecues, picnic tables and benches.

3. Sky View

Rendering: Woodside Homes

Rendering: Woodside Homes

Developer: Woodside Homes
Address: 25052 Ridgemoor Road
Priced from: $500,000

Sky View is an enclave of 161 single-family homes in single-story and two-story elevations. These architecturally-inspired residences feature three to five bedrooms with up to 3,080 square feet of living space and breathtaking mountain views. Those looking to take advantage of the recreational opportunities afforded by the region will be pleased to know that most lots can accommodate an optional RV package, which includes a parking pad, hookups and a gate. Or, buyers can choose to build an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on their lot to generate additional income or house an aging relative.

4. Saddlewood at Audie Murphy Ranch

Photo: D.R. Horton

Photo: D.R. Horton

Developer: D.R. Horton
Address: 24620 Administrative Circle
Priced from: $510,990

Audie Murphy Ranch is an award winning master-planned community with resort-style amenities, parks and playgrounds, sports fields, miles of nature trails and pedestrian paseos. Within the community is Saddlewood, a neighborhood of 109 single-family homes characterized by one- and two-story floorplans with up to four bedrooms and 2,929 square feet. Homebuyers can expect two-bay garages, island kitchens, open-plan living and dining areas, California rooms and bonus rooms (as per plan). Smart home features like video doorbells, learning thermostats, smart locks and touchscreen control centers also come standard.

5. Majestic at Audie Murphy Ranch

Photo: Pulte Homes

Photo: Pulte Homes

Developer: Pulte Homes
Address: 24915 Destry Drive
Priced from: $531,990

Another neighborhood within Audie Murphy Ranch is Majestic by Pulte Homes. Only the model home remains in this coveted community, showcasing designer-selected finishes and a landscaped backyard that includes a basketball half-court. The Pathmaker has three secondary bedrooms, two flex spaces, an upgraded kitchen, covered patio, and a sumptuous owners’ suite with a walk-in closet and an ensuite bathroom. This rejuvenating space is appointed with a double vanity, glass shower enclosure, soaking tub and a water closet. Convenient extras include a second-floor laundry room, two-car garage, homework station and under-stair storage.

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