17600 Center Drive, Sunriver, Oregon 97707
Beautiful Resort Community of Sunriver in Scenic Central Oregon Boasts a Variety of Home Styles and a Bounty of Amenities
Sunriver Resort is a mountain community that began in 1968. It is at the base of the Cascade Mountains about 15 miles south of Bend in scenic central Oregon and is known for its three 18 hole golf courses: Crosswater, Woodlands and Meadows. These have hosted more than two dozen championship tournaments since the late-1990s.
The development sits on 3,300 wooded acres and has 4,200 homes and 1,800 residents. It is made up of inter-connected villages with condominiums, single family homes and fractional ownership (timeshare) properties. This is a vacation destination, so many of the properties are occupied by part-time owners. The population tends to increase during the summer.
Full ownership prices start in the high-$100,000s. Fractional ownership prices begin at around $6,000. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they may change over time.
Homeowners are automatically members of the active Sunriver Homeowners Association. The fees it imposes cover road maintenance, snow removal, security and more. The HOA also sponsors a wide range of activities for residents, including yoga classes, bridge clubs, Spanish lessons and fishing excursions. Residents sit on planning and design committees, finance committees and environmental action committees.
Annual events include a chili cook-off, a home and garden fair, a triathlon, a pancake breakfast, a music festival, a fireman's ball, a Halloween party and Oktoberfest. Thirty miles of paved walking and bicycling trails wander throughout the community. Opportunities for horseback riding, ice skating, tennis, racquetball and dog sledding are available, too. A fitness center and a nature center further ensure that residents are never bored.
Sunriver Village is the commercial heart of the community and has food markets, churches, beauty salons, gas stations, boutiques, professional services, restaurants, a library and a post office. The Sunriver Service District provides fire and police services.
St. Charles Medical Center, a full-service medical facility and trauma center, is located in nearby Bend. It is accredited by the Joint Commission. Redmond Airport has direct flights to Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake City and San Francisco.
Mt. Bachelor is 18 miles to the west and offers downhill and cross country skiing, as well as hiking, camping and stream fishing opportunities. In short, there is plenty to do in and around Suriver Resort.
This area receives 11 inches of rain and 35 inches of snow per year, on average. Summer temperatures are in the 70s and 80s, and winter temperatures are in the teens, 20s and 30s.
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English and Spanish sailors spotted the Oregon coast in the 1500s and the 1600s, respectively. Captain Cook mapped part of the coastline while he was seeking the Northwest Passage. Captain Robert Gray, helming the Columbia, discovered a large river and he named it after his ship. A fur depot called Astoria, established by John Astor, was formed in 1811.
For years the British, particularly the Hudson Bay Company, and the Americans occupied this area, with squimishes common. The Oregon Treaty of 1846 resolved the conflict, finally establishing a boundary between British North American (modern day Canada) and the U.S.
The region has a large wood and lumber industry, as well as important paper and salmon industries. Peppermint, blackberries, boysenberries, cover seed crops, black raspberries, loganberries, and hazelnuts are important crops. Electric power from the state's many dams fuels the manufacturing sector.
Popular sites include Crater Lake National Park, Bonneville Dam, Mount Hood, Hells Canyon, Newberry Volcanic National Monument, and the Columbia River Gorge. From its rugged coastline to its large evergreen forests, Oregon is a very pretty state.
Population - 4,093,465
Persons 65 years old and over - 17%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 90%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 30%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 12%
White persons, not Hispanic - 77%
Median household income - $51,225
Median home value - $237,300
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Newer Communities vs. Older Communities
Retirement communities come in a variety of shapes and sizes. These days new communities have a lot of bells and whistles, often including a large clubhouse with a state of the art fitness center, a resort-style swimming pool, an 18 hole championship golf course (or two or three), concierge services, transportation services, a rental program and much more. Something to keep in mind with newer communities is how the development will look when it is completely built out. And who will the residents be? Older communities often cannot match the amenities of newer ones, but they make up for that by having an established group of residents. You have a better idea what you are getting when you buy into an older development.
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