This morning I attended a presentation about a new subdivision called The Tree Farm that has been proposed for NW Bend off of Skyliners Road. Unless you know the history of the land, the name might initially sound odd. When the big pine mills moved to Bend in the early 1900s, this property was one of the first to be logged. In 1955, Bill Miller purchased the property from a sheep rancher who had owned it since the 1920s. It’s still a working tree farm, hence the name, last harvested in the 1990s. A tentative plan was submitted for land use review and is currently under consideration by Deschutes County. If the plan is approved by the end of 2014, the developers anticipate starting development by mid-2015.
I think the location is great. One thing I frequently hear from people moving to Bend (or even relocating within Bend) is that they want easy access to hiking and biking trails and they want to be close to restaurants and coffee shops. If that’s you, keep reading! The Tree Farm will be perfectly situated close to epic mountain biking (Phil’s Trail is practically across the street), Shevlin Park, world-class skiing on Mt. Bachelor, dozens of scenic golf courses, and the Deschutes River just to name a few nearby hot spots. Equally impressive is that fine dining, shopping and entertainment are just down the road on Galveston and Newport Avenues. Heard of 10 Barrel or the Victorian Cafe? Just down the road. Downtown Bend and The Old Mill District are just a 5-minute drive. The property is bordered on the south mostly by Skyliners Road and U.S. Forest Service land and on the west by Shevlin Park. It’s conveniently situated near William E. Miller Elementary School, Summit High School and a middle school that is currently under construction.
If the location hasn’t hooked you, maybe you’d like to hear more about the plan. The thoughtfully designed community will permanently preserve over 400 acres of open space and offer just fifty 2-acre homesites, grouped in a cluster style development. The variety of the land provides a diverse mix of homesites—some with clear mountain vistas; others with a forested feel—each as unique as the trees that grow here. This vision allows much of the land to remain as pristine as it is now, and the community will feature a trail system that conveniently connects with existing trails from Bend’s city limits and in US Forest Service land. The community will have an HOA and CCR’s. There will likely be an Architectural Review Committee that will work with owners and builders to ensure that certain standards will be met in order to maintain quality throughout the neighborhood.
Pricing for the homesites has not yet been determined. If you’d like to be notified when pricing is released, please contact me and I can notify you.