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...
2017 Home Design Trend: Hot for Hygge

2017 Home Design Trend: Hot for Hygge

Have you heard of hygge? If not, no doubt you will be hearing about it soon: It was named Pinterest’s number one home and design trend for 2017. A slew of books on hygge have been released in the past year, and more are on the way. There are hygge shops, hygge drinks, hygge websites, hygge vacations, hygge home goods, hygge fashion. You get the idea. But what the heck is hygge? Better yet, how do you pronounce it? Well, hygge (pronounced either “hou-gah” or “hue-gah,” depending on whom you ask) is a Danish word for a very Scandinavian concept: a feeling of warmth, welcome and coziness that provokes a feeling of a contentment or well-being. There is, in fact, no English word that captures the essence of hygge. No, hygge is a philosophy –- a way of life focused on relishing life’s simple pleasures with family and friends. Here’s the image most often used to explain hygge: reading a book by the fire while bundled up beneath a hand-knit throw sipping mulled wine with good friends in a candle-lit log cabin. That’s a concept that seems tailor-made for Central Oregon, where immersion in the idyllic natural wonders that are so plentiful here is a common goal. That emphasis on an outdoors-centric lifestyle has helped cement the region’s reputation as a destination location (one key difference: the ‘mulled wine’ here is more likely to be an ice-cold local IPA). So how to infuse your home with hygge? Aside from the obvious (crank up the fire, whip up some cocoa), here are a few suggestions: Add candles –- lots of...
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...
New Listing: Versatile Horse Property in Tumalo

New Listing: Versatile Horse Property in Tumalo

I just listed a special property in Tumalo that just might be the ideal setup for someone interested in running an agriculturally based business. The location, which has great visibility, couldn’t be better for that: It’s situated just west of Bend on Highway 20 (just a stone’s throw from Trader Joe’s). The 6.7-acre property — which boasts gorgeous mountain views throughout the property (both inside and out) — has 4.6 acres of irrigated land (all set up with an underground irrigation system), and includes a 24×36 heated shop, large greenhouse and self-contained fenced area that’s currently devoted to the owner’s small tree farm. The property is in farm deferral, which gives the owner a tax break as long as the property continues to produce the required amount of agriculture-based income. There’s also a beautiful 3,018-square-foot two-story house, which features both a formal living room and formal dining room. The home has four bedrooms, a large open kitchen that connects to a breakfast nook and a family room with fireplace insert, and there’s an expansive bonus room upstairs, plus a backyard deck off the kitchen. The master suite includes a large bedroom (with mountain views), large bath with both a soaking tub and oversize glass-enclosed shower, plus two separate dressing rooms with vanities and walk-in closets. The property is also set up for horses, with multiple fenced and cross-fenced pastures. And there’s a good-sized pond (however, this property is not on a private well; the domestic water is provided by Avion Water Co.). Here’s a quick photo tour of the property:                              ...
First Quarter 2016 Real Estate Market Statistics for Central Oregon

First Quarter 2016 Real Estate Market Statistics for Central Oregon

A survey of the first-quarter 2016 statistics for the Central Oregon real estate market showed a bit of a mixed bag. Folks expecting more of the same from the past several quarters — where almost every market saw healthy increases, both in the number of sales and in the average sales amount — might be in for a bit of a surprise. According to statistics gathered by MLSCO (the Multiple Listing service for Central Oregon), numerous markets saw a sizable increase in the number of sales compared to 1st quarter 2015. Bend saw a 12 percent increase in the number of sales of homes on less than an acre (up from 421 to 476 sales), while Redmond saw a 17 percent increase in the number of sales of homes on less than an acre (from 147 to 177 sales) and a 15 percent increase in the number of sales of homes on an acre or more (from 22 to 26). And sales were up 11 percent for homes in Sunriver on less than an acre (up from 34 to 38), while La Pine saw a 17 percent increase in sales of homes on an acre or more (up from 25 to 30) and a 10 percent increase in sales of homes on less than an acre (from 9 to 10). However, the number of sales was down in numerous markets during the first quarter. For example, the number of sales of homes in Bend on more than an acre decreased 9 percent (down from 71 to 65 sales), while the number of sales of homes on less than an...
Fourth Quarter 2015 Real Estate Market Statistics for Central Oregon

Fourth Quarter 2015 Real Estate Market Statistics for Central Oregon

The winter sales slowdown that hit the Central Oregon real estate market in December 2014 didn’t repeat itself in 2015 -– far from it. While the number of fourth-quarter sales decreased in most markets in 2014 (anywhere from one percent to more than 20 percent), activity was quite brisk during the fourth quarter of 2015. Based on statistics recently released by the Multiple Listing service for Central Oregon, the total number of single-family-home sales of Residential listings was up in just about every market, compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. For several locales, that increase was in the double digits. In the markets I track most closely – Bend, Sisters and Redmond – the numbers ranged from 8 percent on the low end (for Bend’s Single Family Residential listings on less than an acre, up from 2,246 sales to 2,450 sales) to 17 percent on the high end (for Sisters’ Single Family Residential listings on more than an acre, up from 60 to 72 sales). (See several numbers-at-a-glance charts below that detail aspects of the Bend, Sisters and Redmond markets.) Interestingly, the Central Oregon markets that saw the greatest increase in sales were all south of Bend. Sunriver’s sales were up across the board, with a 28 percent increase in the number of sales of homes on less than an acre (144 compared to 201), a 24 percent increase in the number of sales of townhomes/condos (50 compared to 38), and a 39 percent increase in the number of lots sold (18 compared to 11). Meanwhile, sales of Three Rivers South homes on an acre or more were...
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...
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...