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; 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.
Tollgate has a very active HOA (Homeowners’ Association). The current annual dues are approximately $844; that covers the pool, community center, basketball and tennis courts, common area and road maintenance, snow removal on the community roads, and CC&R enforcement).
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 Redmond.