Natural Home just published a top 10 list of its favorite eco-friendly, energy-efficient communities in the nation. If there’s anything to note, it may be that the Pacific Northwest is ahead of the game when it comes to green planning and thoughtful communities.
NorthWest Crossing in NW Bend ranked #3. From the NorthWest Crossing website: “At NorthWest Crossing, it’s all about livability. Following the traditional neighborhood development concept that is being embraced in Bend real estate and across the country, NorthWest Crossing was thoughtfully designed to provide residents with neighborhood conveniences like restaurants, shops, parks, schools and trails.
Pedestrian-friendly streetscapes invite neighbors out of their homes, resulting in less reliance on vehicles. And NorthWest Crossing is anything but “cookie cutter”. Architectural variety in the homes and commercial buildings results in a neighborhood with interest and character, reminiscent of older Bend real estate neighborhoods.”
Every home in NorthWest Crossing is required to be Earth Advantage™ Certified. One of the homes in NorthWest Crossing was the first LEED Platinum Certified Home in Central Oregon. Two of the retail buildings were among the first in Oregon to receive LEED-CS designation at a silver level from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
NorthWest Crossing is home to two public schools. High Lakes Elementary School has received the “Exceptional” rating by the Oregon State Report Card for three years running. Its central location in NorthWest Crossing makes it easy for parents to accompany their kids to school and be involved in their education. Summit High is Bend’s newest high school serving 1300 students who consistently exceed state and national averages for SAT and ACT standardized tests.
The Neighborhood Center at NorthWest Crossing offers a quaint mix of shops, galleries and cafés. It’s an inviting place to shop, take care of business or meet friends for a hot cup of coffee or glass of wine. Some of the current businesses include La Rosa Mexican Restaurant, Umpqua Bank, Riley’s Market, LOOK! Salon, Healthy Paws pet store, and Elemental Eyecare.
Get a feel for Northwest Crossing by watching the video: NorthWest Crossing Living