ClearPine: Adapting a Proven Concept

ClearPine: Adapting a Proven Concept

Sisters’ newest subdivision, ClearPine is a 20-acre, 100-home project in northeast Sisters that’s 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 start around $400,000, with cottages and townhomes priced in the high $200,000’s. Phase One (of Five) includes 14 single-family homes (the cottages and townhomes are planned for a later stage). The 11 lots initially marketed are between 5,070 and 5,850 square feet and were priced between $85,000 and $92,500. Phase Two of...
Crossroads: Horse Property Close to Town

Crossroads: Horse Property Close to Town

Newcomers to Sisters often confuse the communities of Tollgate and Crossroads. Given that the two were both developed by Brooks Resources in the mid-1970s with a similar concept (as a summer-home community), the confusion is understandable. Like Tollgate, Crossroads is located just a few miles west of town (however, the community is accessed off Highway 242 instead of Highway 20), and both neighborhoods are adjacent to the Deschutes National Forest. They also both feature larger-than average-sized lots: Tollgate’s are primarily about a half-acre, while Crossroads’ are about an acre. Both neighborhoods were originally very horse-friendly; and, technically, the CCR’s for both communities still allow for equines. However, owning horses has become less popular within Tollgate as a whole over the years, and the requirements now are pretty strict. Tollgate and Crossroads also share a similar layout: Both consist of several main loop roads, with a network of small cul-de-sacs branching off the loops. That can make navigating these neighborhoods and getting the lay of the land within them a bit challenging for first-timers. Crossroads is the simpler layout of the two, with three main roads (Crossroads Loop, Bluegrass Loop and Mountain View Loop) that feed into a handful of short arterial roads. Tollgate, on the other hand, can be confounding to even the veteran visitor, because of its elaborate, serpentine system of loops and cul-de-sacs — all of which feature horse-related street names, with no obvious method of organization. Let’s hope you’re good at memorizing It’s those cul-de-sacs, though, that continue to draw home-buyers of all kinds — they offer an element of privacy that’s getting tougher and tougher...
Tollgate: Neighborhood Amenities Galore

Tollgate: Neighborhood Amenities Galore

Newcomers to Sisters often confuse the communities of Tollgate and Crossroads. Given that the two were both developed by Brooks Resources in the mid-1970s with a similar concept (as a summer-home community), the confusion is understandable. Tollgate is one of Sisters’ most established and enduring subdivisions, with good reason. Its many community amenities and its location (just two miles west of the city limits, yet adjacent to National Forest land in the foothills of the Three Sisters Mountains) appeal to a wide cross-section of potential home-buyers –- both primary-residence buyers looking for an all-inclusive neighborhood experience and second-home buyers in search of a weekend getaway with room to breathe and easy access to the great outdoors. Established in 1972 and developed by Brooks Resources, Tollgate spans 346 acres, and consists of 440 large lots (about a half-acre, give or take) and 126 acres of common area. Its many neighborhood amenities include a swimming pool; tennis, basketball and volleyball courts; bike paths; a recreation hall; its own fire station; and its own community water system (the water is pumped from two well-houses located within Tollgate).         To understand Tollgate’s serpentine road system — two large loops with a series of cul-de-sacs branching off the loops, the street names of which are all horse-related — it helps to know a bit of Sisters history: According to the Tollgate homeowners’ website, a stagecoach road ran along the present site of Wagon Wheel road, passing along a section of Lariat road on its way over Cache Mountain.     Today’s home prices in Tollgate typically range from about $250,000 to $550,000 or so, with a broad spectrum...
Timber Creek: Homes Among the Pines

Timber Creek: Homes Among the Pines

Platted in 1999, Timber Creek is a popular 127-lot subdivision on the northeastern edge of Sisters that was built in six phases, primarily between 2004-2007. It consists predominantly of one- and two-story single-family homes (a handful of which also have a second legal living space above the garage), along with several duplexes and a smattering of townhomes. Its location is one of its key draws: It’s situated amid a forest of old-growth Ponderosa pines just a stone’s throw from the Sisters Elementary School and is within close proximity to downtown Sisters. It also provides easy access to scenic Whychus Creek (in fact, many homes along Timber Creek Drive, East Timber Pine Drive and East Creekview Drive are situated on the banks of the creek). And here’s what I consider a real perk: It’s just a short stroll from the Sisters Public Library. A consistency of craftsmanship is another hallmark of this area. Detailed CCR’s (Covenants, Conditions and Requirements) dictate the overall aesthetic of the neighborhood: All homes must be either timber-frame or Craftsman style. Building height is limited to 30 feet. Roofing must be dark-hued architectural composition shingles. All structures must have wood or masonry horizontal siding. Exterior paint colors are muted earth-tones compatible with the natural environment. At least 10 percent of the home front elevation (excluding window, door and roof elevations) must be stone, rock or brick. No closed/solid lot perimeter fences are allowed; minimal fencing is of common design and limited to privacy screening and utility service yards. Owners and builders must obtain written approval from the subdivision’s Architectural Review Committee before beginning work on new...
Pine Meadow Village: Major Mountain Views

Pine Meadow Village: Major Mountain Views

Once part of the sprawling Pine Meadow Ranch, Pine Meadow Village was developed in 1999 by the Sokol family (owners of the ranch). Its primary attraction: an enviably picturesque setting that offers its residents some magnificent Cascade Mountain views. The 51-acre, 202-lot community, situated on the southwest edge of downtown Sisters, was designed expressly with those views in mind. So, for example, the community master plan (which is based on the neo-traditional style of design) melded one-story and two-story homes in a fashion that ensured that as many homes as possible would retain those gorgeous mountain views. – See Homes for Sale in Pine Meadow Village Here – – See Lots for Sale in Pine Meadow Village Here –   Outdoor exploration is encouraged here: Amenities include a scenic stream that meanders through the neighborhood, a pond, bridges, numerous water features and extensive walking paths. There’s also an outdoor pool, tennis court, community clubhouse and spa. (The tennis courts are open to the public as part of a Planned Unit Development agreement with the City of Sisters, but the pool and spa are available only for residents and their guests.)             The neighborhood features a mix of single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums, while its residents include a cross-section of full-time residents of all ages, second-home owners and rental units (especially vacation rentals). From the onset, Pine Meadow Village’s CCR’s included detailed Development Standards that were established to ensure continuity throughout the neighborhood and to maintain consistency with the existing 1890’s architectural theme mandated in downtown Sisters. So, all homes here must adhere to those initial...