I am fortunate that I have the ability to visit the Cookhouse at Vail Headquarters in Temecula on a regular basis because I live locally. If you are coming here to visit wineries, go to Old Town or hit up Pechanga – I highly recommend stopping by this gem of a location.
One of my all-time favorite places, Amo Naktl Asada (https://instagram.com/amonakatlasada) is located inside this food hall and cooks up the most amazing vegan Mexican food. Pictured below are the beefless asada street tacos.
These tacos have traditional carne asada flavor, without the carne. They have a variety of other dishes such as burritos, tortas and specials they serve throughout the year.
I’ve been eating Chef Tony and his wife Lucero’s food since they were just a pop-up location at local farmers markets. If you’re looking for a great place to get fantastic vegan food, this is where you should stop.
As an added bonus, if you were meeting friends who are not vegan, there are other food options available. I can’t specifically recommend the other places, because I’ve never eaten their food, but from what I understand folks like it.
In an adjacent historic building is The Press Espresso (https://instagram.com/thepressespresso). They serve up some of the best coffee you can find. Their coffee beans are small batch roasted. I buy their beans so that I can brew the best drip coffee at home. I also regularly get their oatmilk latte, pictured below.
Their coffee is roasted to be incredibly smooth and not bitter, unlike what you will find at most national chains. Jeney often gets their green Paradise iced tea. I have also had it many times and been very impressed by its bold, somewhat tropical flavor, without any corn syrup sugary sweetness. They do make sweeteners in house, so if you enjoy a sweet tea, you’re in luck. But that’s not personally our style. To each their own. 🤷♂️
Another cool feature of the Vail Headquarters is the other shops they have throughout the complex – and they feature a variety of pop up markets and live music performances throughout the year.
You can learn about all of their history, upcoming events and other shops at their website: https://www.vailhq.com
This is absolutely fantastic 👍🤘❤️
– Bill and Jeney
Many journalists have been writing about people leaving California for other locations. As Realtors, Jeney and I have seen some of this in action personally. Below are some pictures and a few paragraphs detailing many of the economic reasons for this.
But don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to convince you to have us sell your home in California. Read on for some free advice…
I’m using the example of the Wichita Kansas metro area and the Temecula Valley area of Southern California. Above are screenshots of two properties for sale roughly around the same size, both having four bedrooms. Typical generic single story tract homes.
The home on the outskirts of the Wichita metro area has four bedrooms, three baths – and is a little larger than the Temecula Valley area home. In this example it would take you about 17 minutes to get to Wichita where you would find a wide variety of restaurants, concerts, a national airport, college sports and a minor league baseball team. With 20% down (56k), you’d have a house payment of a little under $1,600 per month. If you made $58,000 a year and didn’t have a lot of debt, you would be able to afford this home, no problem.
As you can see in the picture below, given income rising at a similar pace between the last data provided in 2019 and 2022 – it’s reasonable to assume that the average income in Wichita is likely now around $67,000 a year – more than what you would need to buy this home.
The home in the Temecula Valley area has four bedrooms and two baths and is slightly smaller than the Wichita area home. In this example it would take you an hour and 15 minutes to get to Ontario California where you would find a variety of restaurants, concert locations, an international airport and multiple minor league sport teams. With 20% down (124k) you’d have a house payment of a little under $3,300 per month. If you make $118,000 a year, with average debt, this home would be affordable to you.
As you can see in the picture below, given income rising at the same pace between the last data provided in 2019 and 2022 – it’s reasonable to assume that the average income in Temecula is likely now around $115,000 a year – slightly less than what you would need to buy this home.
You must take into account that you’re likely to have to drive to your work in order to afford either one of these properties. You will have a commute of somewhere between 15 and 20 minutes – or an hour to two hours – depending on if you chose a location in the Midwest or a location in Southern California.
Clearly there are benefits to living in Southern California. The weather is often better than what you will find in the Midwest, you have the ocean, the mountains and certainly if you drive to Los Angeles or San Diego you have more professional sports teams, art and museums then you would have in the Midwest. I get that.
If you live in the Midwest, you get all four seasons weather-wise, you have more options for hunting and fishing, you have less traffic, more open space and overall things are more affordable.
So based on all of this information, it is clearly an economic benefit to leaving Southern California – unless you are earning more than the average income. That said, if you purchased your home over 5 years ago in Southern California, you are likely not experiencing the extreme prices that we are now. Your house payment is likely lower than what it would be if you bought today if you have not refi’d your home to buy RV’s, boats and other things that you probably don’t need (and actually cannot afford aside from you being ‘mortgage rich’).
Now if you find yourself in a place where your job has transferred you to another ‘more affordable’ location, you want to get out of California to be away from the congestion or you just want to experience a slower pace of life – I get that. You may very well be tempted to sell your California property.
Don’t sell if you are not retirement age yet!
Your California property is an investment in your future. You’ve already bought into it. You’ve already made money on it that you can’t touch and spend on things that you shouldn’t or don’t need. But you will need that money at some point in the future when you choose to retire or have medical expenses that exceed what your insurance will cover. Instead of selling the property, if you are in a solid financial position I suggest you rent out the property. Rent prices are likely much higher than what your mortgage is, so you would have a net positive income monthly.
Additionally as time goes by, you will have an increased value of your California income property, and a decreased (or eliminated) mortgage for your California income property. When you go to sell the home in 5, 10, 20 years from now and retire, you will have a much larger retirement nest egg than if you sell the property now and put the profits in a money market account or the stock market.
If all of this makes sense to you and you’re interested in renting your home after you move, head over to https://www.fullvalue.us and read up on details about our Property Management services. We are happy to help!!
We visited Ponte winery in Temecula the other weekend to celebrate the birthday of our dear friend Meri. Her husband Jason had organized a lunch get together with friends – and graciously he treated all of us to a fabulous day. 🍷👍
It started off being seated in what they called The Boardroom. It’s a beautiful room with a large table surrounded by bottles of Ponte wine on racks. To begin they brought out some delightful bread with some flavorful scallion dipping oil.
Jason ordered some salmon cakes and brussel sprouts. As you may know, Jeney and I don’t eat meat so we passed on the salmon cakes, but from what we were told they were fantastic. The brussel sprouts were absolutely tasty. The leaves were fried perfectly crisp and the goat cheese complimented it very well.
For our main course I ordered the avocado flatbread. It was delightfully filled with vibrant flavors. Jeney ordered the gnocchi and said that the sauce was out of this world tasty. For dessert the two of us shared their spring cake. The cake itself was perfectly spongy and the mascarpone was smooth and the fresh blueberries complimented it perfectly.
As for wine, I ordered a white from another local winery that Ponte kindly offered, Bottaia Arneis. It was a flavorful wine, not overly sweet with crisp stone fruit flavors. It paired nicely with the acidity of the fried brussel sprouts and the flatbread.
After lunch we went to The tasting room and had a wide variety of delightful wines. I personally rather enjoyed their Port, so I picked up a bottle. They also offered their scallion dipping oil, so we grabbed a bottle of that to take home as well.
No matter if you are a local to the Temecula Valley or coming from out of town, this is certainly a stop you should make. Details and/or reservation info for the restaurant can be found at: https://www.pontewinery.com/restaurant-2/
This fantastic home in Murrieta is available for rent now. This property has five bedrooms, four and a half baths and is in a fantastic neighborhood – right around the corner from antelope hills elementary school.
This property is for rent at $3,800 per month. Details on Zillow: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/27523-Pinyon-St-Murrieta-CA-92562/69266091_zpid/
Video tour can be found here: https://youtu.be/SypiQ6EQWLI
For more info call Bill Gould at 951-704-2743.
This is great, can’t wait. 😁
It was a rare day that traffic wasn’t too bad in Southern California and I actually got to my appointment far earlier than I had planned. So with an extra 30 minutes, I decided to have a little late morning snack.
The Breakfast Club of Menifee was near where my appointment was scheduled, so I decided to stop in and see what they had. I had been there a few times years prior when I lived in Menifee. The few times I had been there years ago, I was not overly impressed, but I figured since they were still in business they must be doing something right.
Indeed they are doing something right! I wasn’t super hungry so I ordered myself a glass of orange juice, a pancake and some of their Breakfast club potatoes. I was very pleased. The orange juice seemed to be freshly squeezed, the potatoes were hot, seasoned well enough and not too salty and the pancake was absolutely fantastic. It was light and fluffy with just a hint of sweetness, a nice crust on the outside (but not burnt). Absolutely perfect.
Additionally, I asked for some Pico de Gallo for my potatoes – and while they did not have pico, they did have freshly made salsa. It had just a hint of heat, a lot of that classic pico de gallo flavor and tasted excellent on the potatoes.
If you find yourself traveling to Menifee California and need a tasty breakfast, I recommend you stop in there and try them out yourself.
For further information about their business, here’s a link to their website: https://breakfastclubofmenifee.com/
I have been an avid fan of the television show Shark Tank for many years. I find it incredibly fascinating to watch people create and then present their ideas to the sharks in an effort to obtain more financing.
Sometimes the show goes as planned and the people end up getting a deal they ask for, sometimes it does not.
In the case of Pinole Blue, a company out of Wichita Kansas that sells stone ground blue cornmeal products, they did not get the deal they had hoped for – but they got exposure to a national audience, including me!
Since I am a part-time Kansan, I find myself wanting to support local entrepreneurs and companies. So I took a leap of faith and purchased a 48 pack of their blue corn tortillas.
I was very pleasantly surprised by their incredible flavor, great texture and the fact that they have no additives or preservatives. I love the fact that it is vegan, non-gmo, organic and gluten free. It is a bonus that it is sourced from farmers in Mexico and made in Wichita Kansas USA. To be honest, I can’t believe the sharks passed on this company.
We have created dozens of tasty tacos and mini quesadillas with their product. I also purchased some of their original ‘organic roasted ground blue corn’. I actually used some of it in a couple of loaves of bread and it turned out fantastic.
This is definitely a company that I support! I encourage others to do so as well. They ship orders over $35 for free anywhere in the United States.
Visit their website here: https://pinoleblue.com/
Really appreciate what this man is doing for Los Angeles.
Aside from making fantastic television with his co-stars on Mayans MC, he has started an amazing coffee company called Tepito and gives love back to Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles.
Check the video link for details: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CcDkyGvpbI8/?utm_medium=copy_link
Day three of getting my physical (and therefore also my mental) fitness back in order. Been having lots of excuses, screw that mess.
Too much rad stuff going this summer for me not to be 💯. 💧🥦🚲🥊📚✍️🎸