Hemet Real Estate
Your Hemet Real Estate Agent Guide to the City of Hemet
Hemet is a large city located in San Jacinto Valley at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains. The city is 28 square miles and stretches across the entire valley floor. The city went through a large housing boom in early 2000 and is still going through one as of today. Currently the city is waiting on the soon be built Mid County Parkway, a new major transportation corridor in Riverside County which is expected to bring new retail developments to the valley.
Hemet has a large number of parks and recreational activities to enjoy, including Diamond Valley Lake, which was opened in 2003 and features three earth fill dams, two located on either side of the valley and one on the north rim. Construction of the dams utilized nearby materials, and was one of the largest earthworks projects in the United States. Excavation of core materials for the dams resulted in many paleontological finds, all of which are displayed at the Western Science Center at the lake’s East end. The lake is open to boating and fishing, along with hiking and other recreational activities around the lake.
Parks and Recreation
Weston Park was established in 1921 and was dedicated to John B. Weston, who was president of the board of trustees from 1914 to 1920. It contains shuffleboard courts, restrooms, playground, basketball court, and turf area for passive uses and games. It is located in the downtown area west of Santa Fe Street, and has an area of 4 acres.
Simpson Park is a wilderness park located in the Santa Rosa Hills southeast of Hemet with sheltered picnic area and tables, barbecues, restrooms, and hiking trails. At an elevation of 2,500 feet it provides an expansive view of San Jacinto Valley, as well as Winchester, Menifee and Temecula, and it has an area of 438 acres. Great hiking trails, Biking trails and bird watching opportunities.
Mary Henley Park
Dedicated to Mary Henley, born in Hemet and served as Hemet City Clerk from October 1951 to March 1975, and is the first Hemet Park named after a real person. Mary Henley Park contains two playground areas, half basketball court, picnic tables, shade structures, restrooms and a large turf area. There is a marked walking path/sidewalk of 0.75 miles around the perimeter of the park. It has an area of 16 acres, and was established in 1993.
Gibbel park contains a large children’s play area, ball field, a half basketball court, restrooms, two lighted tennis courts, lawn bowling green, horseshoe pits, picnic areas and large turf area for passive uses. The park also features a memorial of military branches of the United States. It has an area of 11 acres.
Valley Wide Community Sports Park
The Valley Wide Community Sports Park opened in September 2009. The park, part of the eastern recreation area of Diamond Valley Lake hosts eight baseball fields, eight lighted baseball fields, eight soccer fields, four basketball courts, six tennis courts, seven volleyball courts, two pickle ball courts, fitness trails, three play areas, four restrooms, and three picnic areas. The park is also adjacent to an aquatic center.
Arts,Culture and Entertainment
Western Science Center
The Western Science Center is located in the southern area of Hemet. It features exhibits of Ice Age mammals, including ‘Max’, the largest mastodon found in the western United States, and as ‘Xena’, a Columbian Mammoth. It also has special exhibits that are a limited time only event. Recently it featured an exhibit called “The Music behind the Magic” which featured exhibits on the music in Walt Disney films. The museum also features an Immersion Theater that has a 270 degree screen.
The Hemet Museum is located in downtown, at the intersection of Florida Avenue and State Street. It is housed inside the historic Hemet depot. It contains exhibits of the area’s history, Native American artifacts found in the area, and information about the valley’s agricultural past. It also includes exhibits on the “Ramona” pageant, as well as railroad exhibits.
Ryan Field Museum
Museum houses some of Cal-Fire aircrafts as well as restored World War II aircrafts. During World War II soldiers came here to train to be pilots and lived in this restored quarters. Come visit and see how these men lived. Also the site has many artifacts from the men. Also located at the airport are hangers built during that period.
Ramona bowl Museum
Located on the grounds of the official California State Outdoor Play this museum shows artifacts from previous plays, Indian artifacts and history of the area. The Ramona Bowl is also a California Historic Landmark.
The Diamond Valley Arts Council
Since its founding in 2004, “Advancing the Arts – Creating Community” has been the motto of The Diamond Valley Arts Council. With The DVAC’s move into a new facility at 123 N. Harvard St. in downtown Hemet, the implications of that ideal has taken on even greater significance for both the arts and for the community.