McSweeny Farms 2024 Winter Magazine

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It’s a new year at McSweeny Farms! After a holiday season full of events and quality time spent with family and friends, we’re looking forward to another exciting year at McSweeny Farms. Progress on the new park is underway, and if we could just get the rain to stop we could finish it up! Look for updates on it soon. I hope you’ll enjoy reading about all of the amenities the Hemet community has to offer in this issue, including new businesses, new home communities and the recreational activities that are just beyond your doorstep. Happy reading!

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This Issue 07 Discover Alta at McSweeny Farms 08 Diamond Valley Arts Council 13 Hemet’s Outdoor Adventures 15 Hemet Hiking Trails

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Alta by Richmond American Homes

at Mcsweeny Farms

Discover Alta by Richmond American Homes at McSweeny Farms. The latest addition to the popular McSweeny Farms masterplan, Alta boasts an array of exceptional floor plans and residents who purchase the Alta model have access to McSweeny Farms resort-style amenities, including a community center with a pool and fitness facilities, parks, trails, playgrounds and a vegetable garden. The neighborhood also offers close proximity to employment hubs, local shopping and outdoor recreation, and several golf courses. Alta showcases five model homes – Agate, Lapis, Pearl, Tourmaline and Ammolite – ranging from one to two-story floor plans with options for customization. Homebuyers have a selection of floor plans between 2,080 and 3,040 square feet that offer up to six bedrooms and three baths.

Prospective homebuyers have the luxury of working with professional design consultants while their home is being built, as part of Richmond American’s complimentary design consultant service at a Home Gallery™ location. All homes are fully equipped with stainless steel GE Energy Star appliances and entertainment hubs throughout, including lofts and formal dining and great rooms. Homes include custom upgrade options, like designated work-from-home space, premium owner’s bathrooms with oversized walk-in closets, lofts and tech space, elongated kitchen islands, large exterior covered patios and are install-ready for built-in BBQs and outdoor kitchens. Contact Richmond American’s sales team for pricing and details at 909-579-3288.

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Diamond Valley Arts Council

offers art for everyone

Whether you enjoy viewing artwork, music or theatre, the Diamond Valley Arts Council in Hemet features plenty of artistic opportunities for everyone. For those that love artwork, the Diamond Valley Arts Council features exhibitions throughout the year. Each month, a local artist is also chosen to show their work at the Hemet Art Gallery as well.

Art Competition is also held with a unique theme each year. This year’s theme was Kaleidoscope of Color, and challenged artists to create three pieces of art to be judged by the Hemet Valley Art Association. If theatre is more of your style, the Harvard Street Theatre Company, founded by Kami Martin and Debradawn Shockey in 2019, puts on several shows throughout the year. Past shows include Love… and its Challenges (A romp through Musical Theatre), The Glass Menagerie, Summer Cabaret, Pump Boys and Dinettes and more. While you can always go to enjoy the theatre, tryouts are often hosted a few times a year to allow you to be part of the production as well.

If you would rather show off your own artistic flair, the DVAC offers several art classes and workshops throughout the year to hone your skills or to create a new piece of artwork. Whether you’re interested in drawing, sculpting, quilting or more, you’ll find a class available for your liking. Some classes meet weekly at the Hemet Art Gallery, while others are a one-time class The DVAC also has music on display throughout the throughout the year. Age also doesn’t matter for the year. During events hosted throughout Hemet, you can classes, as classes can range from kids to adults. More often find concerts showcasing local talent to entertain information about classes and how to sign up can be attendees. Events can also be found through the region found on the Hemet Valley Association website. solely focused on music, such as the Jazz In The Pines Festival. This festival, located in Idyllwild, focuses on Additionally, competitions are also held throughout building a bridge between current jazz professionals the year around Hemet for local artists to show their and the next generation of jazz artists. skills. This year, the Plein Air Idyllwild offered artists the chance to paint outdoors across town with paintings For more information about the Diamond Valley Arts judged and shown at the end. An Annual Summer Fine Council, visit

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Explore the Outdoors! It’s the perfect time to explore Hemet’s outdoor offerings. From biking at McSweeny Farms to leisurely strolls in downtown Hemet, this season has something for everyone! Holcomb Valley: Historical and Climbing Gem – 80 Miles (2 hour drive) Holcomb Valley, just north of Big Bear Lake, is steeped in history from Southern California’s gold rush. The Holcomb Valley Pinnacles in this area offer an excellent climbing experience. Climbing is possible year-round, with shaded climbs in summer and ideal conditions in the early and late seasons. Idyllwild: A Stargazing Retreat – 27 miles (45 min drive) A hidden gem near Hemet, Idyllwild is perfect for stargazing. Drive up to the town for stunning Milky Way views. Campgrounds provide an excellent escape for rock climbing and relaxation under the clear night sky, far from city lights. Deep Creek Hot Springs: Natural Relaxation and Refuge – 90 miles (2 hour drive) Deep Creek Hot Springs, a hidden gem, offers hiking trails, natural hot springs, and a habitat for endangered local species. These springs provide relaxation and the therapeutic benefits of mineral-rich waters. Once a secret sanctuary, they now welcome those in search of serenity. Spring and fall are the best times to visit, offering the perfect blend of pleasant weather and stunning scenery. The Rim Of The World: Year-Round Scenic Byway – 56 Miles (1 Hour 10 Min Drive) The Rim of the World Scenic Byway takes you through some of the last naturally beautiful areas in Southern California. During the fall, native vegetation puts on a spectacular display of autumn colors, a sight not to be missed if you’re used to lower elevations. In winter, travellers can enjoy the sight of snow-covered forests and mountain ridges in an otherwise snowless environment below.

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Hiking Trails N Tahquitz Peak via Devils Slide Trail

8.3 miles | Elevation: 2,309 feet This trail takes about 4 hours and 48 minutes there and back. This path is well-frequented by hikers, horseback riders, and runners, so you can expect to cross paths with fellow outdoor enthusiasts. The best seasons for hiking on this trail are from April to November, and dogs are allowed, with some areas permitting off-leash activities.

North Hills Trail – Diamond Valley Lake

5.9 miles | Elevation 889 feet This moderately challenging route takes about 2 hours and 37 minutes to finish, which is a well-liked route for hikers, horseback riders, and runners. However, you can still relish some peaceful moments during less crowded hours. This trail remains accessible throughout the year and offers its scenic charm at any time you choose to explore it.

Wildf lower Trail – Diamond Valley Lake

2.1 miles | Elevation: 282 feet Typically takes around 53 minutes to finish. This trail is a hotspot for hikers, mountain bikers, and runners, so expect to cross paths with fellow enthusiasts during your exploration. The prime periods to embark on this trail adventure are from February to May.

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e Awaits!

Near Hemet

Cahuilla Mountain Trail

5.7 miles | Elevation: 1,361 feet This trail takes approximately 3 hours and 4 minutes. It’s a well-loved path for hikers and walkers and the trail remains accessible year-round, offering its beauty in every season. Feel free to bring your canine companion along; in certain sections, dogs are allowed to be off-leash.

Webster Trail Head

2.5 miles | Elevation 1,800 feet The trail is currently not actively maintained. Beginning at Forest Service Road 5S10 and descends to the west, this trail will take you to the North Fork of the San Jacinto River. The Webster Trail follows a path that crosses a ridge, cuts through chaparral, and eventually reaches a spot surrounded by streamside willows, providing stunning vistas of the San Jacinto and Hemet Valley

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Homeowners at McSweeny Farms enjoy homes built by Richmond American, Lennar, KB Homes, Woodside and DR Horton.

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