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...
Affordable Housing Projects in the Works

Affordable Housing Projects in the Works

At last, an attempt to address Central Oregon’s critical need for affordable housing: According to the Bend Bulletin, Housing Works, the public housing authority for Central Oregon, plans to build 90 apartment and townhome units for low-income households (those at or below 60 percent of area median income) in Sisters and La Pine. As part of its new LIFT Program (Local Innovation and Fast Track), Oregon Housing and Community Services has allocated more than $3.6 million in state funding to underwrite construction of the two projects. The projects will also rely on 4 percent low-income housing tax credits from OHCS for their funding. According to the Bulletin, the total cost to build the two projects comes to about $14.5 million. In Sisters, the plan is to develop a 48-unit apartment complex called Village Meadows Apartments. Located on a 2.12-acre parcel behind Ray’s Food Place, it will include a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units. The La Pine Townhouse project calls for 42 units located on a 2.5-acre parcel in the southwest part of town less than a mile from schools, shopping and other resources. Design and construction will fall to Home First Development, a Portland firm that specializes in affordable housing. Housing Works says it hopes to begin construction on both communities by the summer of 2017; build time is expected to be 12 months. 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...
More Interesting New Construction in Sisters

More Interesting New Construction in Sisters

This summer I wrote about the building boom in Sisters. Now, developer Peter Hall has broken ground on Sisters’ newest subdivision, ClearPine. The 20-acre, 100-home project in northeast Sisters is being touted as a sort of scaled-down version of Bend’s uber-popular NorthWest Crossing neighborhood. The idea there was to blend numerous home styles and sizes with a range of designs from a stable of hand-picked “select builders.” The goal: shaping a more diverse, more organically designed neighborhood with homes that incorporate quality craftsmanship -– the antithesis of the “cookie-cutter” subdivision. The plan for ClearPine calls for a mix of single-family homes, smaller “cottages” (perhaps geared toward retirees) and townhomes. 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 the recommended 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.   Another key draw of NorthWest Crossing is the broad cross-section of amenities located within the community: schools, churches and businesses, along with numerous parks. That aspect can’t be recreated at ClearPine, although there is promise of a centrally located park (see the rendering of the ClearPine plat map, below). The key amenity: the neighborhood’s close proximity to miles of National Forest (to the west, along Pine Street). Home prices in ClearPine are expected to start around $350,000, with cottages and town houses priced in the high $200,000’s. Phase One (of...
Central Oregon Real Estate Market Report for October 2015

Central Oregon Real Estate Market Report for October 2015

Here are some highlights of the October real estate market activity for Single Family Residential (SFR) and Residential with Acreage (RW) listings in Bend, Sisters and Tumalo: No surprise, the number of Active listings decreased in all five markets in October. The decline was modest in most segments, though, except among Bend’s Single Family Residential listings, which decreased notably — from 544 listings in September to 466 listings in October. Sisters’ SFR listings also decreased a fair bit, from 91 to 76. Speaking of Sisters, Sisters’ SFR listings experienced an inexplicable spike in sales: up from 11 Closed sales in September to 25 Closed sales in October. It was the only segment that I track that didn’t experience the typical seasonal decline in sales. All but two of those SFR sales were below $500,000 (with a median sales price of $330,000); the highest priced SFR sale was for $625,000. The price of Active listings compared to a year ago at this time shows an increase across the board. While Bend’s Active RW listings increased modestly (from $685,000 in October 2014 to $698,000 in October 2015), the other markets all saw fairly dramatic increases: Bend’s Active SFR listings increased from $370,000 to $459,000, Sisters’ Active SFR listings increased from $400,000 to $470,000, Sisters’ Active RW listings increased from $745,000 to $819,000 and Tumalo’s Active RW listings increased from $741,000 to $949,000. Below are three graph overviews of real estate activity (the number of Active listings, the number of sales and the price of Active listings) from October 2013 through October 2015 for Bend, Tumalo and Sisters, based on data provided by MLSCO on...
What’s New in Downtown Sisters: A Business Update

What’s New in Downtown Sisters: A Business Update

When it comes to the retail community, this summer may be most notable for the swan song of a Sisters’ institution –- Leavitt’s Western Wear –- which is ending its 40-year reign as the area’s premier purveyor of high-end Western attire and accessories (owner John Leavitt is retiring). The iconic outpost will be missed, no doubt. Meanwhile, an impressive array of new businesses has sprung up across town since the winter lull. Here’s a rundown of the new, the revamped and the returning. The New 1. The Cottonwood Café (403 E Hood Ave.) –- Many fans of Jen’s Garden owners Jennifer and TR Mccrystal were thrilled to hear about the noted restaurant’s recent conversion to a more family-friendly (and affordable) local hangout that has been dubbed The Cottonwood Café. The former “special event destination” dining establishment also has a new focus: breakfast and lunch. Open from Wednesday-Saturday from 7 a.m.-3 p.m., the Cottonwood is the sort of casual, comfortable diner that every small town should have. The breakfast menu, which features an innovative cross-section of savory and sweet options, is served all day (I tried and loved the “Cotton Cristo,” egg-battered Texas toast, ham, prosciutto, gruyere with Dijon, jelly and maple syrup). Lunch options range from a pulled-pork sandwich and veggie flatbread wrap to a grilled-romaine salad and meatloaf burger. The Cottonwood will also offer occasional wine dinners and special-event evenings, and will be available for both private parties and fundraising events. 2. Dandelion Ranch (208 S. Elm) –- This fun, funky shop had been open less than a week when I spoke to owner Lisa Vanderbrink, and she...
New-Construction Update: Building’s Booming in Sisters

New-Construction Update: Building’s Booming in Sisters

If you haven’t been to Sisters in a while, you’re in for a surprise. For the first time in a very long time, you’ll see new residences popping up all over town. That’s right – they’re building again in Sisters. (*Click here to see the current new-construction listings in Sisters.) (*Click here to see the current parcels under 1 acre for sale in Sisters.) And it isn’t just a random house here and there that’s under construction. Several area builders have embarked on multi-property projects. The largest of these involves the return of SaddleStone (at last!), a community originally envisioned by Pahlisch Homes back in 2008, shortly before the recession put an end to its plan for a neighborhood of higher-end homes that also featured meandering walking paths, a covered picnic pavilion and a playground.   SaddleStone is now being developed by Monmouth-based Eric Olsen of Olsen Design and Development, who seems to share a similar vision. His design philosophy is based on two fundamentals: that “great places require exceptional design; and public spaces, what we call ‘the commons,’ make a difference to our quality of life.”   In May, Olsen listed 12 parcels and seven spec homes for sale; two of those homes are already under contract. His motto – “The Front Porch is Back” — is evident in all of the artist’s renderings featured. Meanwhile, across town (just behind the Hop ‘N Brew), Redmond-based Legacy Builders of Oregon is at work on a duo of similarly sized and framed two-story homes. In Pine Meadow Village, Vista Ridge Homes has begun two spec homes that are on the market, and...
Day-Tripping: Checking Out the Whychus Canyon Preserve Addition

Day-Tripping: Checking Out the Whychus Canyon Preserve Addition

Yesterday I attended the dedication for the new 480-acre addition to the Whychus Canyon Preserve in Sisters. I had previously hiked the trails within the Preserve and loved them, so this seemed like a great excuse to return. (To digress for a moment, if you’ve never explored the Whychus Canyon Preserve, you’re missing out. It’s a nature-lover’s nirvana, with trails meandering along the rocky, deserty crest of the canyon and diving down into the verdant valley basin below. Then there’s the star of this show: Whychus Creek, which provides its own distinct appeal.) The 480-acre addition to Whychus Canyon Preserve was acquired last fall; it brings the total lands owned and managed by the Deschutes Land Trust to 930 acres. That includes 3.7 miles of Whychus Creek, along with high-quality grasslands and old-growth juniper stands. The goal of the Land Trust is to protect the highest-quality wildlife habitat along Whychus Creek; to ensure the permanent care of those lands for generations to come; and secure important habitat for salmon and steelhead, deer and elk, eagles and songbirds. (Until yesterday, I didn’t know that Whychus Creek was historically the most productive steelhead stream in the upper basin of the Deschutes River.) Protecting and restoring the habitat needed to rebuild the wild steelhead run of the Deschutes River is a key Land Trust component. I was especially glad I attended the Saturday morning ceremony after I learned that, for now anyway, this addition to the Preserve is only open for guided tours (the main Preserve, on the other hand, has an extensive network of trails that are open to the public).   After the...
Sisters, Oregon Real Estate Market Report For December 2014

Sisters, Oregon Real Estate Market Report For December 2014

In December, the Sisters residential real estate market continued to see a decline in Active listings: The number of Single Family Residential (SFR) listings decreased from 79 in November to 65 in December, and the number of Active Residential with Acreage (RW) listings decreased from 76 in November to 53 in December. Despite the dwindling inventory of homes on the market, sales were strong: 17 Closed sales and 11 Pending sales. All eight of the Closed SFR sales were below $500,000, while three of the nine Closed RW sales were above $500,000. There were no Closed or Pending sales above $700,000. For sellers, there was one common denominator in December, among both SFR and RW listings: few available options for buyers with smaller budgets: In fact, there were just four Active RW listings below $350,000 and five Active SFR listings below $250,000. The most popular price point among Active SFR listings was not too removed from that: the $350,000-$399,999 bracket (16 of the 65 listings), with the $250,000-$299,999 bracket taking second place (eight listings). Meanwhile, at first glance, it might appear that the Active RW listings were fairly evenly distributed among all price points. However, if you look at the overall RW picture, one price point stands out: the million-dollar listing. In December, 17 of the 53 Active RW listings — 32 percent — were priced at $1 million or above. Considering that Sisters had just five million-dollar sales total (both SFR and RW properties) in all of 2014, that could mean a quiet winter for many Sisters sellers. Here are some highlights of the Sisters real estate market in...