The Wolf Run subdivision is just getting started, but it already had a neighborhood barbecue Friday.

The barbecue was part of a ribbon-cutting for the new 13-acre housing development on Gettman Road in Hermiston, which so far has one house completed and four more in construction. The subdivision is expected to feature 46 homes in total.

New housing is a welcome sight in the rapidly-growing Hermiston, where the real estate market overall is tight. Heidi Carver of RE/MAX Cornerstone, the listing agent for the homes in Wolf Run, said new industrial developments by Amazon, Lamb Weston and other companies has created an increase in prices paid for family homes.

Debbie Pedro, director of the Greater Hermiston Area Chamber of Commerce, told the gathering at the ribbon-cutting that the chamber was happy to see investment in the community.

“We’re excited about this subdivision,” she said. “Boy, do we need houses!”

Developer Frank Gehring of Frank W. Gehring Construction has experience developing other housing in Hermiston, including small pockets of eight to 12 lots built in recent years, and was a key player in the Overlook Ridge subdivision in the northwest part of town.

Carver said so far the largest home in the subdivision is $379,900 for 2,850 square feet, while the fully completed home is listed at $324,900 for 2,278 square feet. Gehring is allowing custom designs to be requested but also offers four different floor plans that are each four-bedroom ranch-style homes.

Gehring said he’s willing to take a look at two-story designs but really prefers to keep the neighborhood single-story where possible, as he’s adamant about preserving the privacy of the back yards.

He said the first couple to buy one of the houses is retired, but he also thought the subdivision — a block from Armand Larive Middle School and Desert View Elementary School — would be a great place to raise a family.

RE/MAX Cornerstone is holding open houses from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, and Gehring said when he filled in recently he didn’t get out of there until 1:30 p.m. because there were so many walk-ins.

“I sat up here and it was nonstop on Sunday,” he said.

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Contact Jade McDowell at jmcdowell@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4536.

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