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The Ultimate Guide to Living in Bend, Oregon I Pahlisch Homes

Part of the captivating Pacific Northwest, the state of Oregon offers up an irresistible array of diverse areas. Some are green and rainy, rife with mountain views and miles of trails, others are flat and dry, utterly soaked in sunshine. In the very middle, about three hours southeast of Portland, just beyond the Cascade Mountain range that runs from Canada to California, in Central Oregon, you’ll find an outstanding mix of must-haves that are luring more and more new residents to the area every day. This is the ultimate guide to living in Bend, Oregon. 

Bend, Oregon Communities, bend oregon area guide

Let’s find out more about Bend, Oregon, and our five sensational Pahlisch Homes communities: Petrosa, Luderman Crossing, Purcell Landing, Rivers Edge, and Treeline.


Whether you’re looking to lay down family roots in a luxurious house or surround yourself in the comfort and ease of a townhouse, cottage, or traditional home, you’ll find it at Petrosa. This masterfully designed community, which is located on the edge of northeast Bend alongside a 157-acre Pine Nursery Park, is now being constructed. 

Petrosa offers a laid-back lifestyle and the perfect setting for your next adventure. Select from stunning single-family homes, multi-level townhomes, and modern cottages.

Beyond the appeal of upscale living, Petrosa provides an artfully conceived blend of shopping, swimming pools, parks, green spaces, paths, and even a neighborhood school.

And for those seeking truly convenient living without the commitment of a yard, within the community is Solis at Petrosa, an apartment residence with upscale amenities and an outdoor swimming pool. Who says apartment living means sacrificing the good things in life? Solis at Petrosa is set to open in the summer of 2022.

Luderman Crossing

Located in southeast Bend, just 10 minutes from the popular Old Mill District, downtown area, and the Deschutes River, Luderman Crossing offers beautiful townhomes and single-family homes for those looking to downsize their space.

These Pacific Northwest-inspired craftsman homes balance decadent indoor spaces with the convenience and allure of the bustling town around you. In this convenience-packed community amidst all the action, your biggest choice will be whether to stay in or head out.

Pahlisch homes at Luderman Crossing are outfitted with the latest high-quality finishes, open floor plans, and trendsetting design — details that make these every day retreats truly exceptional.

Moments away awaits all Bend has to offer, from eateries to entertainment, shopping to sipping. Nearby Larkspur Community Center and Larkspur Park (Larkspur trail goes all the way to Pilot Butte), plus the new Alpenglow Community Park and Caldera High School (currently being constructed), accentuate the best of southeast Bend, making Luderman Crossing the clear choice for effortless neighborhood living.

Purcell Landing

Time to downsize and unwind? Take advantage of pure ease and modern living at Purcell Landing. These townhomes are big on everything you’re looking for when it comes to beauty and comfort, including high-quality finishes, on-trend design, thoughtful floor plans, and time-tested materials. Choose from modern and cottage-inspired styles to suit your busy life.

Ideal for those on the go, Purcell Landing is close to the bustling St. Charles Bend hospital complex and just a quick drive to downtown Bend and the Old Mill District, with easy access to 18th Avenue, Neff Road, and Highway 20 — main roads for getting absolutely anywhere you’re headed.

Bringing the beauty of Bend practically to your doorstep are several parks, paths, and dog-friendly spaces. The popular Pilot Butte State Park and scenic viewpoint is just a five-minute drive away.

Rivers Edge

Resort living doesn’t need to be reserved for vacations and special occasions. Spend every day in luxury at Rivers Edge. Homes in this exclusive, secluded Pahlisch Homes community have flexible, spacious, open floor plans in one- and two-level layouts, providing ample room for family and friends to grow up and gather together. Gourmet kitchens, multi-car garages, and generous covered patios further extend the possibilities.

We’ve adorned every home at Rivers Edge with upscale surfaces and modern finishes. Homebuyers can further personalize the space with upgrades of every kind, from functional to phenomenal — or a little bit of both.

Venturing out is easy, as Rivers Edge is located on the desirable northwest side of Bend on Mt. Washington Drive near the Deschutes River Trail. A short while from shopping, dining, entertainment, and downtown Bend, every turn offers an incredible view of the stunning landscape.


The location of Pahlisch’s Treeline community cannot be beaten. This secluded new-home community is located off Shevlin Park Road and on Bend’s west side. Residents will enjoy living in the lap of it all: three miles from downtown Bend, four miles from the Old Mill District, and mere minutes from Shevlin Park and near numerous trails, including Phil’s Trail and the Deschutes River Trail.

At Treeline, home buyers will find an array of townhome and single-family-home layouts, each with the same high-quality surfaces and finishes, award-winning floor plans, masterful materials, and attention to details you’ve come to know from Pahlisch Homes.

While this community doesn’t have a pool or clubhouse, the community’s location ensures that everything you could possibly need is nearby. Incredible food, drink, and entertainment abounds at just about every corner of the city. And with all that Bend’s outdoors has to offer, options for fitness, exploring, and relaxation are always close at hand.

About Bend, Oregon, bend oregon area guide

Bend is Central Oregon’s biggest city. Early pioneers called it Farewell Bend because the city sprung up at one of the few spots possible to cross the Deschutes River (pronounced deh-SHOOTS).

The Deschutes River is a major landmark in Central Oregon, and especially in Bend. People flock to the river to float, fish, boat, bike, enjoy paths and trails, and more. The Deschutes River runs 252 miles long and empties out into the Columbia River.

In a region known for its rain, Bend is known for its sun. In all of Oregon, in fact, Bend has the most sun-filled days. And with the ideal weather comes extraordinary outdoor activities. From skiing at Mt. Bachelor, to riding the Deschutes River rapids, to traversing 50-plus miles of urban trails, the recreation of Bend is beyond compare. Our Bend, Oregon area guide highlights the best features of the region: 

Dog-Friendly Bend

It’s a fact your four-legged friends are bound to agree with. That’s because Bend is also known as a great place for dogs, with over 40 canine-compatible restaurants and more than a dozen off-leash parks.

Outdoor Adventure

In and around Bend, beautiful bodies of water, including Sparks Lake, Wickiup Reservoir, and Lake Billy Chinook, offer activities galore, while the area’s awe-inspiring mountains, like Broken Top, South Sister, and Smith Rock State Park, ensure hikers and rock climbers alike have their day in the sun. Whatever adventure is calling your name, be it mountain biking, snowmobiling, camping, or hunting, you’ll find it in Bend.

Shopping, Dining, and Entertainment

The city’s urban attractions are no less exciting: grab a tube and float the Deschutes River right through the Old Mill District. Filled with shopping and dining, breweries and wineries, this bustling hot spot is set against the backdrop of three historic smokestacks and the old brick powerhouse buildings that once served the local timber mill. 

The Old Mill District is a destination where locals and visitors love to take in riverside concerts at the Les Schwab Amphitheater and movies at the Regal Old Mill ScreenX & IMAX; rent kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards from Tumalo Creek; grab a bike, cruiser, baby jogger, kids trailer, or Cycle Pub from Wheel Fun Rentals; and enjoy one-of-a-kind holiday celebrations each winter.

Whether you’re in the Old Mill District or anywhere else in Bend, it’s nearly impossible to settle on a place for dining out in Bend — the options are endless! Local favorites include Jacksons Corner, 5 Fusion, and Pine Tavern.

For the beer lover, choosing just one-stop might also be difficult: there are nearly two dozen breweries in Bend, which was named Beer City USA just a few years back with the highest microbreweries per capita in the nation. Bend is home to some pretty big names in brewing, such as Deschutes Brewery, 10 Barrel Brewery, and Boneyard Brewing.

Schools and Education

When hitting the books is more important than hitting the slopes or grabbing a bite, families will find options from preschool to post-secondary, both private and public. The Bend-La Pine School District is the fifth-largest in Oregon, with 31 traditional and two charter schools, 18,000 students, and 2,000 staff. To round out their experience, students will find the Oregon State University-Cascades Campus and Central Oregon Community College right here in Bend.

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Nearby communities, each within an hour’s reach, extend the possibilities of everyday living, lifelong learning, and weekend fun. They are:


Just 15 minutes north of Bend, Redmond offers a more rural lifestyle while still giving you access to the city at a moment’s notice. Redmond is smaller than Bend but also boasts an impressive list of food, drink, and recreational activities with sweeping mountain views.

Not to be confused with Redmond, WA, where Microsoft resides, this Redmond has been nicknamed the Bicycle Capital of the Northwest.

It is here you will find Smith Rock State Park, Eagle Crest Resort, Cline Falls State Park, and our Pahlisch Homes community, Triple Ridge.

La Pine

Just 20 minutes south of Bend, La Pine is an outdoor paradise perfect for a vacation home or year-round residence that’s rife in easeful living. The Pahlisch Homes community Crescent Creek can be found here.

Under miles of towering pine trees, La Pine is home to many fishing lakes, hunting areas, and hiking trails. La Pine State Park, East Lake, and the Lava Cast Forest Trail make top the list of favorite recreational sites.

On the entertainment side, the Newberry Event Music & Arts Festival/Charity Fundraiser has become one of the area’s beloved annual summer events.


A bit farther out from Bend, about 35 miles away, is Prineville, Oregon, a small town with tons of charm, where everybody knows everybody. Pahlisch Homes has blended this sense of quiet respite and community at Ochoco Pointe.

In Prineville, there is no shortage of beautiful views of the high desert, including those of The Painted Hills, Crooked River Scenic Drive, and Prineville Reservoir State Park. In town, the Bowman Museum offers local history and tales of the west.

Explore Pahlisch Homes in Bend, Oregon

Like the many areas of Oregon to choose from, right here in Bend, the possibilities are many. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ll help you find it at Pahlisch Homes.


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