Relocating to Bend for a Lifestyle Change?

Our Guide to the 5 Most Desirable Neighborhoods

If you are considering relocating to Bend for a lifestyle change, consider yourself in good company. This town of 90,000 (and growing) currently has newcomers moving here in droves for the same reason. We love our craft beer, roundabouts and most especially — access to the outdoors. Like, right out your doorstep kind of access. In Bend, our idea of a triathlon is to hit the slopes of Mt. Bachelor in the morning, get in a round of golf in the afternoon, and then cast a fly rod into the Deschutes as the sun sinks.

Where’s the best place to put down roots?

Bend is home to numerous distinctive neighborhoods — each one with a different character.

Whether you love to run, ski, paddle or pedal, any of Bend’s westside neighborhoods are located within short walking or biking distance of a vast expanse of trails in the Deschutes National Forest. Below is our guide to five of Bend’s most desirable west-side neighborhoods.

Awbrey Butte

Why we love it: Mountain views, big lot sizes, mature ponderosas

The downside:  Riding home from the pub is an arduous task; there are few remaining buildable lots

Shevlin Commons

Why we love it: About as close as you can get to Shevlin Park, a soul-rejuvenating sanctuary featuring 600 acres of ponderosa pine forest with miles of hiking and biking trails; stunning mountain views.

The downside: High cost per square foot, and a rigorous architectural review process.


Why we love it: A 20-minute drive to Mt. Bachelor, even closer to groomed nordic skiing; world-class golf course, mountain views, spacious lots, a killer restaurant, literally a stone’s throw from hundreds of miles of singletrack in the Deschutes National Forest.

The downside: Scottish-highland-style landscape as a result of a decades-old forest fire means this area can be breezy. Also, homeowners association fees are a premium, particularly if you don’t play golf.

Broken Top

Why we love it:  Quiet and secluded gated resort community, private golf course, spacious lots up to 10 acres in the Highlands.

The downside: We can’t think of one.

Northwest Crossing

Why we love it: Centrally located between downtown and westside trails, a weekly farmer’s market and live music in the summer, walkable to four excellent public schools, parks, restaurants, no HOAs.

The downside: While the homes are lovely, it’s tight — really tight. But this may be an upside for those who want to spend more time playing and less time in the yard.

At Seven Bridge, our no-shortcuts approach to custom home-building and decades of experience means peace of mind for our clients. And because we take can on fewer custom projects, we can focus 100 percent on exceeding your expectations.

Want to know more about where to build a luxury custom home in Bend. Talk to us.