If you’re looking for an apartment in French Valley, you’ll want to begin your search prepared. Gather all the documents you’ll need to put in an apartment application – like copies of your IDs, proof of employment, tax returns, bank statements, letters from previous landlords and more. You’ll also want to make sure you have a big chunk of change when you begin your moving process, because moving can be really expensive! You’ll probably need to pay at least two months’ rent upfront, as well as moving costs and a broker’s fee of up to 15 percent of your annual rent, if you use a broker to help you secure your apartment.
If you plan on moving to the area, you might want to know a little bit more about each specific neighborhood in the city. While French Valley itself is too small to have its own neighborhoods, there are some differences to each geographical spot, depending on where you end up.
The Golf Club at Rancho California: The Golf Club at Rancho California is a club smack dab in the middle of the French Valley area. This club is considered to be one of the best in Southern California, and with it comes a neighborhood of ritziness and wealth.
Temecula: Temecula backs up to French Valley to the south. It’s a much bigger city than French Valley. There are lots of nice places to live in Temecula, but overall the housing offerings come in a range of prices, so it’s a good choice if you’re looking for something cheap.
Murrieta: Murrieta is French Valley’s neighbor just to the west. It’s considered to be more of a commuter town into San Diego, and it offers affordable housing for people who spend most of their lives in the much more expensive San Diego. There’s lots of entertainment in Murrieta (besides golf) including movie theaters, laser tag centers, arcades and more.
Menifee: If you choose to live in the north of French Valley, you’ll basically be living in Menifee, a small town to the north of French Valley proper. It’s a ranch town, so there are lots of big houses with big yards.
A few attractions in the area, like the Old Town Temecula Historic district, which can give you a taste of what it felt like right when the town settlers came west and set up shop, or the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, one of the nicest places to spend time outside and spot wildlife. The area is also rife with spas, wineries, golf and more.
Why choose French Valley? Because it’s cheap, and you get the year-round sunshine and warm climate. There’s also an airport in town (a small one), so you can fly in and out if you have a private plane (or helicopter) or know someone who will let you use theirs.