If there were ever a time to buy a home in Bend, that time is now. Deschutes County has been one of Oregon’s consistent real estate growth markets for more than a decade, making the community a highly desirable place to live.
Pie-in-the sky prices have ebbed significantly in the last year, though, creating the perfect storm of demand and affordability. The inventory of available housing in the area is steadily increasing, as developers complete neighborhoods conceived in a market of much greater appetite.
In addition to the value prices, Bend’s draw is in its community feel. Though it is a town of many thousands, Bend is divided in 13 distinct neighborhoods. Old Bend, for example, is a designated historic district exemplifying Tudor revival, bungalow and craftsman architecture styles from the early 20th century on. On the northeast side of town, just east of Pilot Butte State Park, lies the neighborhood of Mountain View, home to the hospital, retail opportunities and retirement communities.
On its southern border, the Larkspur neighborhood boasts an abundance of parks and recreational areas, including a walking trail that leads from Bend Senior Center to Pilot Butte. These and Bend’s 10 other neighborhoods are tasked with involving their tenants in daily residential affairs. For example, the neighborhood associations work to mobilize volunteers from around the city, organize various community events, and communicate between the city administration and the neighborhood residents. The beauty of Bend is that it’s not only the ideal town in which to buy a home, but it’s also a wonderful place to live.