Santa Rosa Plateau

The Santa Rosa Plateau is a unique geography where the counties of Orange, San Diego, and Riverside meet.  Many people refer to the entire Plateau as “La Cresta.”

There is an abundance of wildlife to view on the Plateau. Recent reports include California Golden Eagles, Great Owls, several varieties of hawks, fox, mule deer, mountain lions, raccoons, coyotes, snakes, and lots of other critters.  Most are harmless unless provoked.  All are gifts of nature for Plateau visitors and residents to enjoy.

While you will feel miles away from the hustle and bustle, you are not far from many other fabulous places to visit.  Just to the South past the famous vernal pools and downhill from the Plateau, is the DeLuz area of Temecula.  Five minutes down the hill to the East, on Clinton Keith Rd., is Bear Creek.  Bear Creek is a gated community with an internationally acclaimed Jack Nicholas golf course and private golf & tennis club.  Surrounding the communities on the Plateau are the California Ecological Reserve and the Cleveland National Forest, protecting the Plateau from dense urban growth and assuring unique natural assets for all who live here.

The Plateau includes several residential communities:  La Cresta, La Cresta Highlands, Santa Rosa West, Santa Rosa Trails, Meadow Oaks, Tenaja, Avocado Mesa, and Redondo Mesa.  Some of the communities are Property Owners Associations (POAs) and some are County Service Districts (CSDs).  All are in an unincorporated area of the city of Murrieta California, and have a Murrieta, County of Riverside address.  There is no commercial zoning located here.  Residential zoning is RA5 or RA10, which requires parcels to be at least 5-gross-acres.