The median home sales price in Hemet for May-Jul 2013 was $156,000, which was a 34 percent increase from the year before. There were 629 homes sold in the same period. The average list price is up to $178,180. A 17.5 percent percent vacancy rate for rentals makes apartment hunting easier. Just about 5 percent of homes are vacant, and renters make up just over 32 percent of total households. Rent to own opportunities are a viable option for house hunters in this city.
Transportation and Commutes
The average commute time for Hemet workers is 30 minutes. People working in town, of course, spend less time on the road. For those working out of town, the commutes can be arduous. Going into Riverside, San Bernardino, or further in toward L.A. can mean commutes over an hour. Local mass transit is handled by the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA), but the majority of commuters travel by car.
Shopping in Hemet
With Hemet's population approaching 80,000, and over 100,000 in surrounding areas, neighborhoods are seeing more choices for shopping. The Hemet Valley Mall is a smaller mall with a couple of national chains for major anchors, a nice variety of shops, and the requisite food court. The major regional grocery markets are represented around town. Due to the big-box shopping explosion that has swept over most of America, there aren't many locally-owned shops, but there are notable exceptions. One is IE Comics and Games on East Florida Ave. Another is the So Cal Ride Shop on South Sanderson, which is a hip skate shop with the latest in accessories and clothing.
Hemet is struggling with a crime problem that is afflicting the entire city. But crime isn't all this city is about. There are plenty of positive aspects to Hemet, including quiet neighborhoods and beautiful views. Here is a brief description of the different areas in Hemet:
The Ramona Bowl:This area has primarily owner-occupied established homes that are home to a high number of retired persons. It is the largest neighborhood and, as the name suggests, where you will find the Ramona Bowl amphitheater.
Downtown along East Florida Ave. and the near East Side: This is the area where crime is highest in Hemet. On the plus side, the rents are cheaper here than in other Hemet neighborhoods.
Juniper Springs:This area is a quieter northwest community that is popular with retirees and others who want to be away from the hustle and bustle of life.
Willowbrook: This areafeatures homes set up against the San Jacinto Mountains and is probably the most popular community in Hemet, with snowbirds and seasonal winter-loving residents.
Newport Road and Lyons Avenue: This area goesall the way down to the north side of Diamond Valley Lake. Here you will find mixed housing comprised of older structures intermingled with new tracts.