Hemet is a mid-sized city in Riverside County that borders, most significantly, San Jacinto in the north and Diamond Valley Lake in the south. The immediate region surrounding Hemet is called the San Jacinto Valley, a name it shares with the San Jacinto Mountain range to the east. Predictably, Hemet has a very distinct landscape: aerial views reveal vast, undeveloped mountains cradling a charming pocket of civilization that is, itself, rather rich in trees and other greenery. The city has several public parks, including and especially Diamond Valley Lake, which is one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the Southern California area.
By all accounts, Hemet is a lovely little place in which to raise a family and enjoy a bucolic atmosphere not common to the SoCal region; the downside, of course, is that it is not really near anything. Major areas like Palm Springs
, and San Bernardino
are all twenty or more miles away. The primary throughways for Hemet are Route 74 and N Sanderson Ave., which eventually connect to the 215 and 10 freeways, respectively.