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Hermiston
    Hermiston, Oregon

    A haven for budding explorers, Hermiston is located in the heart of the Columbia Basin in Eastern Oregon. Walk in the footsteps of Lewis & Clark, who famously passed the nearby Hat Rock, as you discover unparalleled scenic beauty. With over 100 acres dedicated to parks, landscape areas, and community enjoyment, you'll never run out of places to explore.

    Hermiston is the heart of the Columbia basin agricultural boom, this area represents one of the best climates for growing in the nation. Everything from Wineries to Orchards, famous watermelon farming to potatoes.

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    About Hermiston

    WHERE LIFE IS SWEET

    As the largest and fastest growing city in Eastern Oregon, Hermiston is a popular stop for travelers with its modern conveniences and outdoor options. The town was a popular overnight spot for horseback travelers in the 1860s who frequented an Old West hotel and bar, the town still proudly exhibits the hospitality that made it popular. Hermiston saw an agricultural boom in the 1970s, which was the start of its now famous watermelon farming.

    A warm, friendly town, Hermiston is a focal point of Eastern Oregon. With a population of about 18,200 with a very low crime rate. MonteVista Homes, “Best New Home Builder in Central Oregon for 2018″ builds the best new homes in the most popular neighborhoods of Hermiston, where life is sweet.

    BEAUTIFUL WEATHER AND FRIENDLY PEOPLE

    Looking for a nice place to have a picnic? Or take your dog on a walk? Maybe play some basketball? Or just looking for a place to take your children to play? Hermiston’s parks system has plenty of options for outdoor recreation activities offering 12 public parks.

    There’s plenty to see and do in Hermiston. For example, Riverfront Park provides 16 acres of recreation that includes fishing, walking paths, a boat ramp, picnic areas, and play grounds. Hike to the top of Hermiston Butte for an incredible view of the city and countryside surrounding it. The Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery passed the distinctive outcropping of Hat Rock, now a state park, and wrote about it in their journals.

    We had a wonderful experience overall with MonteVista Homes. If I could go back, I would use MonteVista Homes again.

    Jon V.

    A MECCA FOR OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS

    MonteVista new homes for sale in Hermiston bring recreation opportunities to your front doorstep. Eastern Oregon is a world-renowned mecca for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers, with year-round access to mountains, rivers, hiking and mountain biking trails. Living less than 30 minutes away from any one of these activities, residents enjoy a true work-life balance that make the ‘great outdoors’ an everyday adventure. MonteVista’s affordable, award-winning new homes make living in Hermiston a wonderful experience.

    Wide open spaces and the magic provided by the outdoors is priceless. Riverfront trails and paths stretch for more than 20 miles along the Columbia River. Cross over the Columbia River via the pedestrian path that will take you over the border into Washington State. At Hat Rock you will bike on gravel and bark paths as well as the historic Lewis and Clark trail with a few easy sandy sections, perfect for the entire family.

    All these paths have breath taking vistas of the Columbia River. Remember to ride along the river trail and around the point to see the wildlife and unique rock formation – you will be amazed! Trail heads and small ponds are perfect spots for a family outing.

    The popularity of biking has put Eastern Oregon on the map, like events such as the ECHO RED 2 RED XC MTB RACE along with the Oregon XC series. Bike trails offered here are like no other rides in the country. Scenic views of the Blue Mountains, Echo Red to Hat Rock, Columbia and Umatilla Rivers are truly spectacular, must-see spots in Eastern Oregon.

    To experience the outdoors is to live life at its fullest. There really is nothing like Eastern Oregon on a sunny day. Let the fresh air work its wonders on your soul and heighten your senses. Take in the sights and sounds of the river and listen for the cry of an osprey soaring overhead. You will have a greater appreciation for life as you soak up the peace and serenity found in Hermiston.

    ELEVATE YOUR SENSES AS YOU EXLORE ALL ASPECTS OF HERMISTON

    Once the summer months warm up, magic starts to happen in the fields and farms around Hermiston. By July, this town turns into a watermelon wonderland. In the heart of Hermiston’s bustling downtown district, seek out Walker’s Farm Kitchen. Owners Larry and Cynthia Walker offer delightful scratch-made foods in an airy bungalow. Sit down for their tasty soups, salads or sandwiches for lunch and for dinner a hearty pasta dish, chicken or steak, all featuring products from local area producers. For eating on the go, Bellinger Farms & Gourmet Shoppe is a bountiful roadside farm stand with a cafe that serves lunch six days a week. Along with Hermiston’s famous sweet watermelons, onions and fruits in season, there are pickles, jams, salsas and sweets for the road.

    While in Hermiston, stop by Purple Ridge Lavender, Eveland Farm (miniature Nubian goats, by appointment), Vazza Farms honey and K & K Blueberries (U-pick mid-June to mid-July). Bennett Botanicals is a verdant outdoor event space and gardens. Created by Doug Bennett, a landscape designer, and Kris Bennett, owner of KRISanthemums floral design studio, it is open to the public by appointment.

    We are repeat buyers because once you’ve found the right thing, you’d be crazy to gamble elsewhere, especially when it comes to buying a home. They delivered on everything they promised. In fact, the MonteVista team went above and beyond to take care of us.

    Mark P.

    FESTIVALS AND FUN

    In June, the Lavender Festival is open for limited days hosted by the Purple Ridge Lavender Farms which offers live plants, products made from lavender and a U-Pick.

    In July, join us for Hermiston’s Funfest, held annually on the second Saturday in July. This fun-filled event takes place on Main Street and McKenzie Park. The festival includes children’s activities, exhibits, food booths, vendor booths and live music from local entertainers. In addition, the Hermiston Classic Car Club has their annual show at McKenzie park.

    Also in July on Main Street, the Hermiston 3 on 3 basketball tournament. With help from the community, this event has become one of the largest and most popular in Hermiston. It helps to raise funds for local youth sports and includes various activities for the whole family including a slam dunk competition, a 3 point shoot out, and the 3 on 3 tournament. This event also showcases many food and beverage vendors alongside the rest of the downtown merchants.

    In August, visit the Umatilla County Fair. With concerts, livestock auctions, pro-rodeo, and carnival rides, there is something for everyone. The Umatilla County Fair has been providing family-friendly fun since 1912.

    In November, Farm Fair is Hermiston’s annual agriculture trade show. Farm Fair brings in vendors from all over the Pacific Northwest to present innovative agriculture products and services both inside and outside the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center. Ag-related seminars are offered all three days for continuing education credits.

    ‘A BUSINESS-FRIENDLY’ COMMUNITY

    Job growth is leading the way in Hermiston. Walmart and other companies have chosen Hermiston for regional distribution centers, major manufacturing and food processing companies. Amazon chose Hermiston as the central location for a hub of 30 data centers which when fully built out will add an estimated 1,800 jobs to the local Hermiston economy.

    And that is just the beginning, Hermiston is in the heart of the Columbia Basin in Eastern Oregon. It is the perfect business location with major fiber optic communication lines, hydro-electric power resources, excellent water and sewer capacities, all at the crossroads of rail lines, interstate freeways, and the majestic Columbia River. Hermiston is a place of growth with both an Enterprise Zone featuring local tax and development incentives and a large Opportunity Zone for major new investment into the area. The impact of these will be in the hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars of investment and local revenue. The regional fair grounds and events center attracts tourists and business events year-round.

    We love the finishes in this home. The service after moving in has been terrific.

    Debbie W.

    *For more information about Hermiston call:  541-403-5150

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