Summer Fun in Central Oregon: Area Events Calendar

Summer Fun in Central Oregon: Area Events Calendar

Happy Memorial Day! Central Oregon’s bounteous summer festival season is officially under way. Here’s a look at some of the key events on the schedule Saturday, May 27-Monday, May 29 Bend Elks Memorial Day Baseball Tournament: A must-attend event for youth baseball teams throughout Oregon. Tourney starts at 8 am each day. Vince Genna Stadium, Fourth & Wilson. Bend. Maragas Winery Memorial Weekend Open House: Rather than paying a fee to barrel taste, everyone who brings food for the NeighborImpact food bank receives a complimentary barrel taste & a taste of spring sangria. Sat 11 am-5 pm, Maragas Winery, 15523 SW Hwy 97, Culver. Saturday, May 27 Barks & Recreation 2017: At this “fun”-raiser for the Bend Spay & Neuter Project, watch fun dog contests like Best Doppleganger (owner/pet look alike), Pie Eating Contest, Best Trick Best Kisser, Best Hair & Best Voice. Plus, live music with Etouffee & a beer garden. 11 am-3 pm, Drake Park, Bend. Free; donations encouraged. 541-617-1010. BBQ & Car Show: Raffle prizes, music & drinks on the patio. The group’s mission is to prevent veteran suicide through service dog training; they also provide emotional support animals at no cost to veterans. 9 am-3 pm, Bend Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres. $22/car entry, $22/vendor entry. 541-390-7587. Brasada Ranchfest: Experience a local farm, ranch & artisan festival featuring local produce, artists, lawn games & live music. 2-5 pm, Brasada’s Range Restaurant & Bar, 16986 SW Brasada Ranch Rd., Powell Butte. Free. 541-526-6870. Sunday, May 28 Sisters Stampede: The largest mountain bike event in the Pacific Northwest is fun for all ages. Featuring the Peterson Ridge...
Neighborhood Update: Tetherow

Neighborhood Update: Tetherow

Each Wednesday, the brokers in my Sotheby’s office gather together at our Old Mill location to talk real estate –- we share upcoming listings, discuss current market trends, review changes in our contract forms and generally exchange info. Recently, however, we headed to Tetherow for an update on what’s been happening at Bend’s newest golf resort. It turns out, the answer to that is “plenty.” Yes, it’s been a very busy year for the burgeoning community. In the past 12 months, 102 properties have sold (or are pending), including 39 home sites and 63 homes or townhomes. Tetherow Grill was just revamped and renamed “Solomon’s” (in honor of pioneer Solomon Tetherow, who led a wagon party through Central Oregon in the mid-1800s).   The new menu will rotate often to take advantage of seasonal ingredients. The renovated interior features a 360-bottle wine rack. The restaurant is open Wednesday-Sunday from 4:30 p.m. to close. Tetherow Sport, the club’s new fitness center, opens Memorial Day weekend. It’s adjacent to the club’s heated, outdoor pool and hot tub, which opened last July. Men’s and women’s locker rooms, each with their own sauna and steam room, are located on the first floor of the sports center, with direct access to the pool deck. Also on the first floor is a café with a poolside service window as well as indoor seating. The pool deck also features fire pits, five cabanas, a food cart; and grassy areas. Fitness Manager Dominic Gatto, who spent six years managing two employee gyms at Nike’s World Headquarters in Beaverton, says he wants the sports facility to become another community gathering spot,...
Central Oregon Stats-at-a-Glance for April 2017

Central Oregon Stats-at-a-Glance for April 2017

In April, the winter-weather slowdown in Central Oregon made way for spring selling activity. According to the May Beacon Report, Bend had 220 Single-Family Residential (SFR) sales last month compared to 170 sales in March, an increase of almost 30 percent. Redmond recorded 67 sales, up from 63 sales the prior month. Sisters had 12 sales, compared to seven sales in March. Meanwhile, the days on market decreased significantly in all three markets: Properties that sold in Bend during April were on the market an average of just 63 days, compared to 106 days in April. Similarly, properties that sold in Sisters were on the market just 42 days, compared to 98 days in April. And properties that sold in Redmond during April were on the market 94 days, compared to 126 days in April. When it came to sales price, Sisters saw quite a jump last month: The median price of SFR sales in Sisters during April was $445,000, compared to $336,000 in March. (Keep in mind that in a smaller market like Sisters, which saw just a dozen sales in April, it’s more likely to see dramatic price fluctuations, because of the impact of a single high-end sale. Or, in this case, a number of higher-end sales, including a sale at $900,000 and a handful of $500,000 sales). Bend and Redmond, on the other hand, saw little change in price: The median price of SFR sales in Bend was $394,000, compared to $396,000 in March. That’s a sizable jump, however, since a year ago at this time, when the median sales price in Bend was $374,000. Likewise,...
1st Quarter Market Statistics for Central Oregon

1st Quarter Market Statistics for Central Oregon

During the first quarter of 2017, it was more of the same, when it came to real estate sales activity in Central Oregon. And by “more,” of course, I mean less. Well, fewer, actually — as in listings and in sales. By now, it’s no surprise to anyone that we’re short on inventory and have been for some time. (And we aren’t alone: Nationally, the supply of homes that are for sale is at a nearly 20-year low, according to Realtor.com.) So with prices, for the most part, still on the rise, that translates into fewer sales. (There are a few notable exceptions, of course. More on that later…) According to statistics gathered by MLSCO (the Multiple Listing Service for Central Oregon), much of Central Oregon – including Bend and Redmond’s Single Family Residential (SFR) and Residential With Acreage (RW) listings — saw sizable decreases in the number of sales for the first quarter of 2017. (See several numbers-at-a-glance charts below that detail various aspects of the Bend, Sisters and Redmond markets.) The most notable decrease in sales (a 37 percent decline) was among La Pine’s RW listing (down from 30 sales in first quarter 2016 to 19 sales in first quarter 2017) and Redmond’s RW listings (a 35 percent decline, from 26 to 17). Meanwhile, Bend saw a 26 percent decrease in the number of sales of homes on more than an acre (down from 65 to 48 sales), while Redmond saw a 15 percent decrease in the number of sales of homes on less than an acre (from 177 to 151 sales). As for the exceptions: The number of...
Sisters Neighborhoods: ClearPine Begins Second Phase

Sisters Neighborhoods: ClearPine Begins Second Phase

Phase II of ClearPine, Sisters’ newest subdivision, has begun. The 20-acre, 100-home project in northeast Sisters was conceived as sort of a scaled-down version of Bend’s uber-popular NorthWest Crossing neighborhood: Rather than feature a single builder, similarly sized homes and a handful of floor plans, ClearPine features high-quality construction in a mix of architectural styles as well as types of homes (including single-family homes, smaller “cottages” and townhomes).   With the announcement of Phase II of ClearPine, fourteen new lots are available. They range in size from 5,775 square feet to a roomy 8,261 square feet. Prices start from $99,000 for interior lots and cap out at $145,000 for the larger south-facing lots that back up to Trapper Point, providing some Cascade Mountain views, not to mention additional privacy. Completed homes start in the mid-$300,000’s for the cottages and range up into the mid-$400,000’s for homes.   For the project, developer Peter Hall has assembled a “Select Builders Guild” of recommended Central Oregon homebuilders. As of now, there are four approved home styles — Craftsman, Prairie, Mid-century Modern and American Foursquare -– plus three preferred builders and four preferred designers. Although folks who purchase lots aren’t required to use any of these vendors, all site development plans must adhere to ClearPine’s fairly extensive Design Guidelines and CCR’s and must receive written approval from the ClearPine Design Review Board and the City of Sisters Planning Department. So far, ClearPine has received its share of accolades: During last summer’s COBA Tour of Homes, the ClearPine model home won four awards: “Best of Show-$400,000-$460,000,” “Best Architectural Design-$400,000-$460,000,” “Best Master Suite-$400,000-$460,000,” and “Green Builder of the Year-$499,000 and Under.” If you’d like more info about...
Great Solar Eclipse 2017: Central Oregon at Center Stage

Great Solar Eclipse 2017: Central Oregon at Center Stage

Here in Central Oregon, we’re used to visitors, and lots of them — especially during the prime vacationing months of May through September. Typically, we expect the largest crowds of the year (in the thousands) during Bend’s Summer Fest and Art in the High Desert, Sisters’ Quilt Show, Sisters Rodeo or the Deschutes County Fair in Redmond. This year, though, it’s the third week in August that has captured the attention of the world. That’s when a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse will pass directly over Central Oregon on its way across the country. So if you’re planning a house-hunting trip to Central Oregon this summer, Aug. 22 is a date you’ll want to be aware of. That’s when Crook and Jefferson counties are expecting throngs — anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 visitors -– to venture here to witness the highly anticipated “Great American Eclipse of 2017.” No doubt, we’ll feel the repercussions of that event throughout Central Oregon. What makes this eclipse so noteworthy? Most solar eclipses are of the partial variety, in which the moon appears to take a bite out of the sun’s disk. But this will be a total solar eclipse (TSE), which occurs when the moon, sun and Earth are perfectly aligned to allow the moon to cast a shadow on the Earth’s surface. Usually, much of the eclipse takes place over ocean territories; having a TSE that occurs over populated areas is quite rare. In fact, this will be the first TSE in the continental U.S. since 1979. Another thing that sets this eclipse apart: It will be visible from only one country: the United States. The last time...
Central Oregon Stats-at-a-Glance for March 2017

Central Oregon Stats-at-a-Glance for March 2017

In February, Sisters saw a notable drop in home prices from the previous month, according to the March Beacon Report. The median price of a single-family home in Sisters decreased more than 19 percent in February – down from $381,000 in January to $308,000 (and down from $355,000 in February 2016). In smaller markets like Sisters, however, where there are only a handful of sales per month, large price swings from one month to the next aren’t necessarily indicative of a trend. To wit: In February, Sisters sales were up: 10 sales compared to seven the prior month and five in February 2016. Plus, Sisters now has just four months of inventory. Last year at this time, Sisters had more than triple that (13 months’ inventory). Bend also saw a bit of a dip in home prices in February: The median sales price for a single-family home was $354,000. That’s a decline of 4.6 percent ($371,000) compared to January –- but an increase of more than 6.6 percent since February 2016 ($332,000). Redmond home prices increased in February, up 3 percent — from $258,000 in January to $266,000. More notably, that’s an increase of 18 percent since a year ago at this time ($225,000). Bend had 132 single-family home sales last month, two fewer than in January but five more than in February 2016. Redmond recorded 34 sales, down from 50 the prior month and 53 in February 2016. Meanwhile, the inventory of homes for sale in both Bend and Redmond was equal to 1.5 months of buyer demand. According to Appraiser Donnie Montagner, who compiles the Beacon Report, the Single-Family Residential inventory levels haven’t been lower than two months since June 2005. About the Author Lisa Broadwater, GRI, CDPE, is a Central Oregon-based real...
Earth Day Event: Habitat’s Furniture Flip Returns

Earth Day Event: Habitat’s Furniture Flip Returns

Fans of the Bend Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore, take note: The third-annual Furniture Flip Design Challenge is just around the corner. Appropriately enough, the annual fund-raiser coincides with Earth Day: Saturday, April 22. And, no, that wasn’t a coincidence: The event was designed, in part, to serve as a reminder of the ReStore’s commitment to “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.” This year’s Flip is the largest so far, with the most diverse group of artist/designers to date. It’ll feature the handiwork of a dozen area designers, plus teams from Stemach Design & Architecture, Ascent Architecture, Junque in Bloom, Art Castaways, Grizzly Ridge Upcycle, Handstitch Studio and Jeanne’s Junk. For the uninitiated, the ReStore is Habitat’s nonprofit home-improvement store/donation center, which sells new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at greatly reduced prices. The goal of the Furniture Flip is to challenge local artists and designers to take furniture and household goods that others have discarded – – items that are ReStore’s stock-in-trade — and transform them into distinctive artworks and furniture pieces. Those creations are then presented to the public and sold (with the proceeds benefiting Bend Area Habitat’s efforts to enable homeownership) during a celebratory Earth Day-inspired event. This year, Bend’s premier maker-space, diyCave, and artist collective Stuart’s of Bend are hosting the event in their back yard at 9th Street Village. Having the design challenge at this new communal artist space is a real coup for Bend Area Habitat. What’s more, DIYcave has once again generously partnered with Habitat to provide its workshop resources to all the Flip teams during the...
Lessons Learned at a Habitat Breakfast

Lessons Learned at a Habitat Breakfast

I recently attended the Bend Area Habitat for Humanity‘s Build-It! Breakfast at the Riverhouse. The annual fund-raiser is designed to provide those curious about Habitat an opportunity to learn more about how the Bend-based branch of the national non-profit organization helps our local community, and then, if they’re so moved, to provide some financial support. As a weekly volunteer at the Bend ReStore, I attend to lend moral support and perhaps share my story with others at the table who have questions about the work that Habitat does.   This year’s event was, I have to say, the best fund-raiser I’ve attended in I-don’t-know-how-long. Three components, in particular, were noteworthy: presentations by Bend Area Habitat Executive Director Scott Rohrer, Bend Painting owner Tj Iams and new Habitat Home recipient Jason Graham (aka, artist/performer MOsley WOtta). What stood out? For Iams and Graham, it was the deeply personal ways in which homeownership and Habitat have impacted their lives. As someone who experienced little home stability in his youth, Iams spoke passionately about how his transitory childhood affected him and led to an ongoing commitment to helping others experience home-ownership by offering his company’s painting services to Habitat build projects. Graham’s presentation came in the form of a poem about the meaning of “home” and “community.” It was a lyrical song, really — beautifully composed, heart-wrenching and poignant, complete with a call-and-answer refrain. I wish I had captured it on film because it was about as powerful and moving as spoken words can be. By the end of the piece, you could have heard a pin drop so still was the...
Good News for NorthWest Crossing Fans

Good News for NorthWest Crossing Fans

Fans of NorthWest Crossing will be happy to learn that Brooks Resources, the developers of the popular Bend community, have purchased an additional 245 acres. To do so, they’ve joined forces with Tennant Developments to form NWX2, LLC, the entity that purchased the land. The parcel is located between NorthWest Crossing and another Brooks Resources project, The Tree Farm, a new luxury subdivision of two-acre parcels with access to Shelving Park that recently released its first lot sales (the price of which started at around $400,000). The NWX2 property, which was included in the recent expansion of the Bend Urban Growth Boundary, is bordered by William E. Miller Elementary and NorthWest Crossing to the east and The Tree Farm to the west. The plan for the area is a familiar one: a “complete community” design that includes high-density housing starting where NorthWest Crossing ends and becoming less dense as development moves toward The Tree Farm. Kirk Schueler, president of Brooks Resources and NWX2 board member, says he expects the planning process to take six to eight months. Construction, on the other hand, is expected to last eight to 10 years. The 650-home subdivision doesn’t yet have a name, although Schueler says it may incorporate ‘NorthWest Crossing’ in some fashion. About the Author Lisa Broadwater, GRI, CDPE, is a Central Oregon-based real estate professional who specializes in listing and selling homes, especially in Sisters, Tumalo, Bend and...