Which are the best neighborhoods in Bend, OR?
Naturally when someone decides to relocate to Bend, OR they want to know which neighborhoods are the best or most desirable. In this series of 4 blog posts, we will provide information about the 13 different neighborhoods in Bend, OR, broken down by quadrant. Hopefully this post will help you get a feel for which Bend, OR neighborhood will be the best fit for you.
In the third post of this series, we focus on the neighborhoods in SE Bend, OR. The maps above and below will show you where each neighborhood is located (click on the map to enlarge it), and within each neighborhood, there are numerous subdivisions. Below you’ll find a list of the main neighborhoods in SE Bend.
Why do people want to live in SE Bend?
SE Bend has a diverse selection of home types from brand new construction to large acreage properties and ranches, and many of the established neighborhoods boast homes on large lots (0.25 acre +). The east side of Bend is more affordable than the west side yet is still just minutes from downtown Bend. The median sales price in SE Bend is typically about 10% lower than Bend’s overall median home price.
There are 12 parks in SE Bend managed by the Bend Parks and Recreation District as of the date this post was written. SE Bend is home to Juniper Swim & Fitness Center, a stellar community fitness and recreation facility operated by Bend Park and Recreation District. Juniper boasts an Olympic 50-meter pool (seasonally covered), seasonal outdoor activity pool (splash pad, interactive water features and large water slide), fitness classes (spin, Zumba, sports conditioning, etc), and weight room, to name a handful of options. The Bend Senior Center, another wonderful facility operated by Bend Park and Recreation District, is also in SE Bend. As a gathering place for community members age 50+, activities and programs are designed to promote active healthy lifestyles through health, education, recreation, socialization and volunteer opportunities.
Which schools will my children attend?
If you live in SE Bend, the school attendance areas vary from one subdivision to the next so make sure you check with the Bend LaPine School District to verify which school your child will attend. Schools serving SE Bend include the brand new Silver Rail Elementary, Bear Creek Elementary, Jewell Elementary, High Desert Middle School, Pilot Butte Middle School, and Bend High School.
Southeast Bend Neighborhoods
OLD FARM DISTRICT
LARKSPUR: The Larkspur neighborhood in SE Bend is a mix of new subdivisions and older homes. The west side of this area borders 3rd St., which is the business district of Highway 97, and access to the parkway is very convenient. Homes in the Larkspur neighborhood were mostly built from the 1970’s to the 1990’s, with a few sections of recently built homes mixed in. The east part of Larkspur is where most of the new construction is happening for this neighborhood. This area along 27th Street in the past was farm land and as the property owners of the land gradually sell, new developments continue to grow. Many of the lots on the east side have peek-a-boo views of the mountains to the west along with Pilot Butte. Subdivisions found within the Larkspur neighborhood include Bend Park, Tanglewood, Gardenside, Gleneden, Pettigrew Place, Pettigrew Highlands, Centennial Glen, Sundance Meadows, Hollow Pine Estate, Gannon Point, 27th St. Crossing, Desert Skies, and Bear Creek Estates.
OLD FARM DISTRICT: As the name implies, this part of town was predominately farm land but over time, the larger acreages were purchased by developers and the land was subdivided. Homes in this neighborhood were built in the late 1970’s to 1990’s predominately but there is also new construction occurring. Many people choose to live in this part of town because the lots are generally larger, many roughly 0.5 acre in size. Subdivisions located within the Old Farm District include Foxborough, Larkspur, Sun Meadow, Farmington Reserve, Chase Village, Reed Pointe, Nottingham Square, The Bridges, Kings Forest, Desert Woods, Silver Ridge, Ladera, Wilderness West, Ridgewater, Tillicum Village.
SOUTHEAST BEND: Southeast Bend has many wonderful small acreage properties and ranches, many with irrigation rights. Some of the neighborhoods in this area offer large 1-2.5 acre lots with privacy and a country feel. Neighborhood CCR’s are usually very laid back, if they even exist at all. Cattle, sheep, horses, and llamas are familiar sites throughout the area. If the idea of maintaining acreage doesn’t appeal to you, there are also traditional neighborhoods here with average sized lots. If a bit of elbow room and escaping the hustle and bustle appeals to you, this part of Bend is a must see. Subdivisions located within Southeast Bend include Woodside Ranch, Timber Ridge, Mountain High, Stonegate, Hidden Hills, Sunset View Estates, Blue Ridge, South Deerfield Park, Mountain Pine.