What was once a small community located in the foothills of the Cascade Range and born on the timber industry has grown and matured into a cultural and recreational hotspot. Central Oregon today is a coveted destination for vacationers and hopeful residents alike. With a population of about 75,000, Bend, Central Oregon's largest city, retains a small-town feel while still offering amenities and culture of a small urban area. For those who prefer the quieter life, the smaller communities Sunriver and Sisters as well as the forest and rangelands that connect each city offer an even more rustic yet entirely pleasurable experience.
Located in the center of Oregon, just a two-hour drive from the Willamette Valley and three from the Portland Metro area, Bend is just far enough away to feel open and relaxing yet easy to get to. The Redmond Municipal Airport provides air service to major U.S. cities and beyond.
Outdoor recreation is a major draw in Central Oregon. In the winter, recreation is all about snow. Many are drawn to Mt. Bachelor, 25 miles west of Bend, which offers some of the finest skiing opportunities in the West. In the summer, recreational opportunities are practically unlimited. Oregon might be known for rain, but that weather phenomenon mostly stays clear of the state's "dry side"—the area east of the Cascade Range that includes Central Oregon. Bend gets about 12 inches of precipitation a year, compared to the nearly 40 annual inches that fall on Portland. That sunshine is perfect for horseback riding, fishing, and just about anything else you can think of to do outdoors. Central Oregon offers incredible golfing experiences on more courses per capita than anywhere in Oregon. Whitewater rafting, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, kayaking, fishing, trail running, hiking and much more are more incredible Central Oregon outdoor recreation opportunities.
But life can't always be lived on the run (or the ski). When it's time to unwind, Central Oregon excels, as well. Arts, culture and great food abound. The two primary shopping districts in Bend—downtown and the Old Mill District—are both destinations for those seeking arts, fine dining, boutique shopping, and a huge number of fun annual events and festivals each year. The Les Schwab Amphitheatre draws big-name concerts during the summer season; year-round, the historic Tower Theatre entertains. Several Farmer's Markets offer fresh, local vegetables, fruits and products seasonally, as well as live music and a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. Sisters and Sunriver also offer boutique shopping, several events a year, farmer's markets and arts and entertainment.
From quiet beginnings decades ago, Central Oregon has been reborn as a classy, happening destination—which still offers a lion's share of best recreational options in the state.
There has been no better time to buy Central Oregon real estate. Tucked away within the city and peppered into the sage and forested outskirts are hundreds of exceptional homes, in styles from contemporary to classic Western Lodge. From family oriented neighborhoods with pools and pocket parks, to beautiful custom homes with panoramic Cascade Mountain or river views, or homes on acreage, Central Oregon has it all to offer. Let us show you around and help you find exactly what you are looking for.