Alfalfa and Tumalo

Other than the larger towns of Sunriver, Sisters, Redmond, Prineville, and LaPine, Bend has two much closer bedroom towns: Alfalfa and Tumalo.

Tumalo is a real gem. Situated between Bend and Sisters, homes here feature, for my money, the best views in all of Central Oregon real estate, as the entire Three Sisters range is viewable from the best angle, where you can see them in their entirety, something not possible even from Bend real estate, due to Tam MacArthur Rim blocking much of South Sister and the beautiful saddle between it and Middle Sister. Tumalo Real estate is very valuable, and some of the most expensive homes you will find in Central Oregon real estate are here. The West side of Highway 20 provides close access to the Mountains, and there are many upscale horse ranches here, where people can ride right from their home into the Cascades. Real estate here is rarely less than 500k, and can be in the several millions. The East side of the Highway features luxury view homes along the rim of the canyon overlooking the Deschutes River, which runs through town. A trail lines the river, with some great swimming and hiking/ horse riding/ biking fun to be had. Past the rim, Tumalo real estate consists of a mix of large, irrigated acreages, and smaller, upscale acreages.

Beyond this, there is the Whispering Pines subdivision that sits on and around Long Butte, where 2-3 acre, desert properties are the norm, and real estate is still reasonable, from the high 100’s for a manufactured home, to the high 200’s and up for a stick built home. Across Tumalo Road sit the nicer and more expensive neighborhoods of Starwood and Cascade View Estates. Starwood is a secluded, yet suburban looking subdivision of single family homes from the 200’s, while Cascade View Tumalo real estate features small acreage bare land lots and homes from the 400’s up.

Alfalfa retains the feel of Eastern Oregon, with large farms and ranches, home to cattle and hay. Brasada Ranch features fine real estate around a Peter Jacobsen designed golf course from the 500’s, but manufactured home properties on dirt roads can be had from the 100’s on up. Views of the Cascades, though far away, are gorgeous, snow accumulation is rare, and Bend is just minutes away. Alfalfa often means anything East of the Bend airport, in real estate terms. It is not uncommon to see residents going into the little town center on horseback.

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