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, where members can attend a class or work out, soothe sore muscles afterward in a sauna or steam room, then grab a smoothie from the café and relax poolside. The facility has three exercise rooms and several offices that overlook the Deschutes National Forest to the south and have an unobstructed view of Mount Bachelor to the west. Yoga classes will be offered in an upstairs studio, with the group exercise room next door.
- A new Event Pavilion, a 3,600-square-foot event space, also opened last July. The Pavilion, adjacent to Tetherow’s real estate office and guest services front desk, includes a boardroom, several office-size meetings rooms, a kitchen and free-form space that connects the areas. It also boasts a banquet hall with soaring ceiling, large stone fireplace and expansive windows overlooking the golf course and mountains to the north.
- Last summer, Tetherow also created several new trails around the property. While Tetherow maintains a paved, roughly three-mile trail loop that follows Skyline Ranch Road, Metolius Drive and Meeks Trail Drive, the resort is also developing trails designed for mountain bikers and hikers that wind through more natural areas and include some viewpoints.
- Tetherow has also become Oregon’s first golf course to be designated as a certified signature bird sanctuary by Audubon International. Within Tetherow, there are nine established birding trails featuring hundreds of species of birds, including great Horned owls, Lewis woodpeckers, Western and mountain bluebirds, kestrels, an Osprey and red-tail hawks.
- On the homesite front, the Crescent neighborhood is in expansion mode: 28 homesites have been added to the north end of Hosmer Lake Drive, adding lots up to one acre that have outstanding mountain views. Prices range from the mid-$200s to mid-$400s.
- The new Cairn Vacation Homes, which are being built in the center of the resort, are meant to for part-time use with an eye towards investment (the 22 homes may be used for overnight rentals). Tetherow Management can manage these for the owner and help generate a positive return on the home while not in use by the owner. The homes come fully furnished, with a washer, dryer and completely outfitted kitchen. All seven of the homes in Phase 1 have already been sold. While the homes are owned by individuals, Tetherow Management will oversee the properties, handling rental, marketing, housecleaning between guests and maintenance. The homes must be available for rent 38 weeks of the year, but owners may stay whenever the home is vacant. Rentals are subject to minimum night stay requirement.
Living at Tetherow
Tetherow encompasses 700 acres on Bend’s west side. Although known for its distinctive 18-hole golf course, it considers itself both a a golf and recreational planned resort community. With good reason: It’sl ocated within walking distance of a vast network of hiking and biking trails and en route to Mount Bachelor. In addition to a 50-room boutique hotel, pool, two restaurants, event pavilion and golf academy, Tetherow features eight residential neighborhoods, including a mix of single-family homes, townhomes, cabins and vacation homes.
Tetherow Home Prices:
- Tetherow Cabins start in the high-$500,000s.
- The Cairn vacation homes start in the low $700,000s.
- Tripleknot Townhomes start in the high $700,000s
- Homes in The Rim start in the high $800,000s.
- Homes in Tartan Druim start at just over $1,000,000.
- Homesites range from 1/3 acre to just over an acre, starting in the mid $200,000s (including the Glen, Crescent and Heath neighborhoods).
- There are no timeshares at Tetherow.
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.