Bend, Oregon is well known for its mountain bike trails. The Visit Bend website reports over 277 miles of singletrack with more being built every day. It makes sense that if you’re moving to Bend to enjoy the abundant outdoor recreation, you’d want to live close to it. Just which neighborhoods are closest to the mountain bike trails? Most of the trails are on the west side of Bend in the Deschutes National Forest. Some of the most well known trails closest to town are the Phil’s Trail complex and Mrazeck. If you want to be able to hop on your bike from home and quickly access the trails, you’ll probably want to live on the west side close to either of these.
Before we jump into neighborhoods, let’s explore the mountain bike trails in Bend, OR. Bend Trails is a fantastic comprehensive website devoted to Central Oregon mountain bike trails. You’ll find maps, trail conditions reports, and bike and trail events listed. The Phil’s Trail complex is probably the most well known and the one that visitors to Bend will most likely ride while on vacation. The lower section is fun for just about all ability levels (don’t miss the pump track!) and the upper sections are more difficult. From Phil’s Trailhead, you can choose your own adventure and take any number of forks in the trail like K.G.B., Marvin’s Garden, Whoops, or Storm King. On the Bend Trails website, you can play around with the maps, learn trail etiquette, and get familiar with the location of the trails and their proximity to Bend.
Now let’s get into which neighborhoods are closest to the trails. Here’s a screenshot from the Bend Trails website. You may be able to make out Shevlin Park and Central Oregon Community College on the north end of the map, Skyliner’s Road closer to the center, and Meeks Trail, which is just north of Century Dr./Cascade Lakes Highway, on the south end.
This map from the City of Bend shows the west side neighborhoods closest to the trails. The quality isn’t great but you should be able to line up many of the streets with the Bend Trails map above. Summit West, River West, and Century West neighborhoods offer great proximity to not only the mountain bike trails but also downtown and west side amenities.
Summit West: The newest neighborhood addition in Bend begins on the western edge of River West and continues west on Shevlin Park Rd. through various new subdivisions all the way to Forest Service land and Shevlin Park, and from Awbrey Butte south to Century West. The majority of homes in this part of town are new or newer (built around 2005). During Bend’s real estate boom, it was relatively easy for builders to expand to the west. Many homes have a private feel since this is such a heavily treed area on the way to Shevlin Park. In addition to being close to the mountain bike trails, you also have fairly easy access to Newport Ave. and Galveston Ave., both hubs with restaurants, coffee shops, and retail stores. Popular subdivisions within Summit West include: Northwest Crossing, Shevlin Commons, Shevlin Pines, Shevlin Ridge, Shevlin Reserve, Shevlin Landing, Skyliner Summit, Three Pines, Three Pines Ridge, Valhalla Heights. Home values range from $450,000 to over $1,000,000.
RIVER WEST: As the name implies, the River West neighborhood in NW Bend, OR is located on the west side of the Deschutes River. Most homes were built in the early 20th century although you will see new construction dispersed throughout. Your ride to the trails will be a bit farther than from Summit West or Century West but you’ll have the added benefit of being close to Newport Ave., Galveston, and 14th St., home to many restaurants, coffee shops, and retail stores, making River West a great location if you want to grab a beer or food after your ride. Some popular hangouts include 10 Barrel Brewing Company, The Victorian Cafe, Newport Market, Kanpai Sushi, Chow, and Nancy P’s Cafe & Bakery. Some of the subdivisions that lie within River West are Awbrey Heights, Bonne Home, Miller Heights, Newport Landing, West Hills, Highland Addition, and River Terrace. This area is often referred to as “the west side” of Bend.
Century West: There are many subdivisions located off Mt. Washington Dr. and Century Dr., also known as the Cascade Lakes Highway. Cascade views and larger, heavily treed lots make this a coveted area in SW Bend. If you are into kayaking, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, mountain biking or golf, you might want to consider this area as you can’t get much closer to Mt. Bachelor and the Cascade Lakes than Century West. Broken Top, Tetherow, and Widgi Creek golf courses all lie within the neighborhood. Subdivisions include the private gated golf community of Broken Top, The Parks at Broken Top, Sunrise Village, River Wild, Mt. Bachelor Village (condos), Bachelor View, Braeburn, Tetherow Golf Resort, Points West Townhomes, 7th Mountain Resort (fractionals & condos), Westbrook Meadows, Sagewood, and 1st On The Hillsites. Property values range from about $50,000 for a fractional ownership in condos at 7th Mtn Resort or Mt. Bachelor Village, and from $400,000 to over $1,000,000 for single family homes.
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