It’s not difficult to see why people decide to make Oregon their home.
CENTRAL Oregon | Points of Interest
Central Oregon holds a very special place in many people’s hearts.
With four seasons and a varied landscape that provides an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities, Central Oregon holds a very special place in many people’s hearts.
Here at JD Real Estate Group, we know exactly what elements draw potential homeowners to Bend, Redmond, Madras, Prineville, La Pine and everywhere in between. If you’re looking to relocate or invest in Oregon real estate, you won’t find better realtors than our group to find you the ideal property. If you are still on the fence about the area, here is a little more information to solidify the fact that this is where you ought to be.
of Central Oregon
Before European settlers came in the early 19th century, Central Oregon was inhabited by the Sahaptin and Northern Paiute Native American tribes. Central Oregon’s landscape made it difficult for early settlers. The soil wasn’t ideal for agriculture and the Cascade Mountain Range and lava beds made the area hard to reach. Due to this difficulty, Central Oregon was slower to develop than the rest of Oregon but its remoteness is what draws visitors and transients today.
Bend is the largest city in the area – formally known as Farewell Bend. It was officially established in 1905 and began as a logging town since the first few developments were sawmills – this drew a small community. Soon, railroad tracks led into town, which brought more pioneers to the area and opened up trade opportunities. As early as 1920, Bend and the surrounding communities became vacation destinations due to the incredible recreational activities. This is rightly so considering the mighty Deschutes River running through and sitting under the shadow of the magnificent Cascade Mountain Range. With the wide open spaces of the desert expanding to the east, the area is breathtaking. Central Oregon has long been seen as a place to escape to, which still holds true today.
Central Oregon includes Bend; Sisters, which was also a logging town established in 1901; Redmond, which was established in 1910; Prineville, which was originally the largest town in the area; Madras, which was incorporated in 1911; La Pine, which is the youngest of the cities incorporated in 2006; and the smaller towns of Metolius, Culver and various others in the Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook Counties.
in Central Oregon
Another reason people from all over the world decide to make Central Oregon their home is due to the relatively mild seasons. It gets cold in the winter, with an average snowfall of 8 to 24 inches depending on where you are, and it gets hot in the summer with average temperatures in the 80s F. The arid climate is typical for the high desert: At times uncomfortably cold in the winter and at times uncomfortably hot in the summers. This means there are four distinct seasons and each one has something special to look forward to.
Spring has new growth and rushing rivers to cast and float in. Summer has hot temperatures, but opportunities to dip in the refreshingly cool rivers and alpine lakes. Fall has the incredible change in foliage that will make you want to spend your days at Smith Rock, Tumalo Falls, John Day River, the Oregon Badlands and everywhere in between. Winter has crisp, clean snow that provides the best kinds of recreational activity.
The expansive high desert lies to the east while a wall of mountains rises in the west. The mountains are part of the Cascade Range and include the Three Sisters, Mt. Bachelor, Broken Top, Tumalo Mountain and Mt. Washington among numerous others. The Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests cloak Central Oregon in thick pine and fir forest.
The cities, among many other communities, that make up Central Oregon include:
- La Pine
CENTRAL OREGON HOUSING MARKET
Home and property prices in Central Oregon continue to appreciate according to 2018 Q4 reporting from the Central Oregon Association of Realtors. The median home price for Central Oregon towns are as follows:
- Bend: $435,000
- Sisters: $416,000
- Sunriver: $412,000
- Redmond: $309,701
- La Pine: $262,000
- Crook County: $249,950
- Jefferson County: $218,500
Here at JD Real Estate Group, we stay on top of the housing trends and will know the right time to both buy and sell. Real estate is a volatile market – it’s best understood and monitored by an experienced team, so let us do the legwork for you. Schedule a consultation today to see how we can help make Oregon your home.