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June
7

With crisp blue skies and temps in the 70s and 80s, it's easy to daydream about a day on the greens. When you live along the golf course, you don't have to dream. You can just get out there and tee off to your heart's content.

Sunriver Realty represents sellers with homes located along the fairways of four beautiful Central Oregon golf courses.

CROSSWATER

Designed by Bob Cupp and a recipient of a host of national Golf awards, Crosswater Golf Course is a heathland-style course situated on 600 scenic acres of woodlands and carefully preserved wetlands. The course features five tee placements for each hole, bent-grass fairways, and greens with the Deschutes River and Little Deschutes Rivers flowing through the community. The two rivers can come into play as many as seven times throughout the course of play. Homes in Crosswater vary in price from the low $800s to more than $1.5M. Don't forget to look for the eagle's nest at the eleventh hole.

CALDERA LINKS

Also designed by Bob Cupp, in cooperation with Sunriver's Jim Ramey, Caldera Links features bent-grass greens and bluegrass tees that are groomed daily by the Crosswater greens team. This 9-hole course is family friendly and is a great place to learn the game of golf. Holes range from 60 to 185 yards in length. Homes in Caldera Springs range in price from the $500s to over $1.25M.

MEADOWS

Meadows Golf Course is acclaimed architect John Fought's latest creation. The course features tremendous variety within its 18 holes, seven of which border the meandering Sun River. Fought's design pays tribute to the great American golf courses from the 1920s and 30s with its aesthetic grace. Dramatic use of directional and fore-bunkers serve up ample challenges for golfers of all skill levels. The Meadows Golf Course near Bend, Oregon has played host to numerous USGA and NCAA golf championships, including the NCAA Men's Division I Championship
Tournament. In addition to 18 exciting holes, Meadows is also home to a popular 9-hole putting course.

WOODLANDS

Designed by internationally celebrated golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., Woodlands Golf Course features dense forests of Ponderosa and lodgepole pine, outcroppings of lava rock, and an abundance of water. Noted by golfers for superb conditioning and its beautiful setting, Woodlands Golf Course is one of the Northwest's finest championship courses.

Homes along the Woodlands and Meadows courses range in price from the $400s to more than $1M.

February
14

Oregon Observatory in Sunriver

Stars

Have you ever looked up at the sky and seen so many stars and so many constellations that you had to stop in your tracks to take in the sight? On a clear night anytime of year, the sky in Sunriver is breathtaking. The Oregon Observatory offers education and a remarkable way to view the night sky. It's located in the heart of Sunriver with the largest collection of telescopes for public viewing in North America.

Me Time

The best place for me time is at Sage Springs Club & Spa. Sage Springs can help you get your relaxation on with a selection of pampering massages, manicures, pedicures, hair care and makeup artists. It also offers a state-of-the-art fitness facility with cardio machines, weights, classes, an indoor lap pool and indoor tennis courts.

Biking

Beyond the 40-plus miles of paved bike paths, you can access many more miles of mountain biking trails. So whether you like a mellow cruiser ride or an adventuresome ride on the dirt, you will find your pedaling pleasure here.

Sunriver Airport

Sunriver has its own private airport. A neighborhood set close by the airport features homes with hangars so you can park your private plane in … well … your garage!

Food

Ready to splurge on some amazing food? The award-winning chefs at Sunriver Resort's Carson's American Kitchen do not disappoint. The restaurant is open to the public every day of the year. You can't miss the Brussels sprouts.

Things to do in Sunriver - Swimming

Playtime

If I were a kid again, this is the place I would want to grow up. It's the type of place a kid can use his or her imagination, get outside and play.

Golf

Three words: WORLD-CLASS-GOLF. With Meadows Golf Course and Woodlands Golf Course, the public can play the same holes as the pros. Crosswater Golf Course is a private club with a challenging course and some of the most spectacular views in Bend and Central Oregon. Be sure to keep your eye out for the eagle's nest at the 11th hole.

We could go on and on, but maybe you can check it out for yourself and discover all the things you love most about Sunriver! 

January
30

Kitchen Updates in Sunriver and Central Oregon

Create some space and increase organization. That is on the top of the list of 2018 kitchen updates. 

According to experts at Houzz and their 2018 Kitchen Trends Study, creating space for adequate storage is one of the most important features in updating kitchens as well as the needs for space to work, play, live, entertain and clean. In locations, such as Sunriver, homeowners are gravitating toward kitchens with open space that blend with living areas as well as upgrades such as pull-out waste and recycling baskets, baking sheet organizers, drawer organizers, revolving corner trays and pull-out trays and shelves.

Countertops are also at the top of the upgrade list. Although easy-to-clean and durable granite countertops are still highly sought after, engineered quartz countertops are gaining popularity. Flooring materials that top today's list include engineered wood and laminate in addition to hardwood flooring.

The color trend of kitchens is shifting from warm woods to bright and light white. In Sunriver, many homeowners blend the two for a fresh and modern take on mountain and forest living. Don't forget about cabinet doors. Shaker-style cabinets are most popular as well as flat-panel and raised-panel doors.

Kitchen tech is also on the rise. Wireless and voice-activated appliances and devices such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home are being brought into the home.

December
12

2017 Wonderland Express Volunteers

Each year, a special holiday party is held. The guests are families in need who have been identified by family advocates in Central Oregon. On Saturday, Dec. 10, 2017 several Sunriver Realty brokers volunteered for the 16th annual event. 

The event offers a buffet holiday meal, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, family photos, toys, hats and scarves for children, hay rides, visits with the Sunriver Fire and Police departments and an ice cream sundae bar. Parents and guardians also receive gift cards for groceries. The event is also an opportunity for families to set aside their troubles and concerns and share the wonder and magic of the season with one another.

If you would like to learn more about Wonderland Express, call 541-593-4405 or visit wonderlandexpress.org. 

Wonderland Express is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible (tax id # 20-0036466) with 100% of the funds raised going directly toward the event.

March
21

Moving With Pets - Sunriver Realty

Pets are known to be loyal. That trait makes them particularly sensitive to changes in their environment. A move into a new home can be particularly distressing to a pet. Here are some tips on how to help your furry friend adapt to your family's new home:

1. Update your pet's tag with your
new address.
Make sure your pet's collar is sturdy and correctly sized. The tag should also include your mobile number and e-mail address so that you can be reached during the move.

2. Request veterinary records.
Ask your current vet to send your pet's medical history directly to the new vet. Have their contact information handy in case of emergency or if the new vet has questions.

3. Keep a week's worth of food and medication with you.
You may want to ask for an extra prescription refill before you move. Take the same precaution with special therapeutic foods.

4. Seclude them from chaos.
Keep your pet in a safe, quiet room on moving day with a clear sign posted on the door. There are many light, collapsible travel crates available, but ensure it is well ventilated and sturdy enough for stress-chewers. Also, introduce your pet to the crate before the trip.

5. Prepare a pet first aid kit.
Include your vet's phone number, gauze to wrap wounds or to muzzle your pet, adhesive tape for use on bandages, nonstick bandages, towels, cotton swabs, antibiotic ointment (without pain relief medication), and 3% hydrogen peroxide.

6. Play it safe in the car.
Use a crate or carrier in the car, securing it with a seat belt. Never leave your pet in the bed of a truck, the storage area of a moving van, or alone in a parked vehicle. If you're staying overnight, find pet-friendly lodging beforehand and have kitty litter or plastic bags on hand.

7. Get ready for takeoff.
When traveling by air, check with the airline about pet requirements or restrictions and whether you must purchase a special airline crate that fits under the seat in front of you.

8. Prep your new home.
Set up one room with everything your pet will need: food, water, medications, bed, litter box, scratch post, and toys. Keep windows and doors closed when your pet is unsupervised, and beware of small spaces where nervous pets may hide. If your old home is nearby, give the new home owners or neighbors your phone number and a photo of your pet, in case your pet tries to return.

February
9

Recently, our friends at HERO HOME INSPECTOR  published some tips on dealing with the snowmelt caused by several snow storms and rain in recent weeks. These tips will help you keep your home dry and reduce damage.

1. Keep clearing snow away from your house, or at least trench the snow piles so they can drain away from your home.

Snow packed next to your house is prone to draining into crawlspaces and basements as it melts. Also, if it's in contact with your siding it can damage the siding or seep into the house. Ideally you would shovel the snow 3-5' from your house all the way around. (Who else is tired of shoveling?) But, realistically the snow is heavy and wet so at least start digging trenches to get the water flowing away as soon as you can.
 

2. Gutter downspout water diverters

Make sure your down spouts are diverting water at least 4' from your home successfully. You can purchase extensions for your downspouts, or get creative like I had to, and add a pipe or some other diversion extension on to your downspout. The important thing is to get the water flowing away from your foundation and doors and any other openings in your home. 
 

3. Keep the water out.

If your crawlspace vents are close enough to the ground level that they could allow water to flow in, try and stop it using sandbags. Same goes for doors or other openings. If you don't have access to sandbags some alternatives might be premix concrete bags or mortar mix bags if they're sealed. These are paper bags and they will eventually harden but they'll do the trick in a pinch. Sealed bags of dirt or potting soil, even kitty litter will work - if they're too light you may need to add water and reseal. Plastic sheeting held down by straw bales can work in some situations. Here are a list of sandbag filling stations
(Note that the Redmond fire department has closed their sandbag station today because they are out of supplies. Don't delay if you think you need sandbags.)
 

4. Sump Pumps - if you think you need one get one now!

Don't let this turn out for you like the ice melt and snow rake shortages we had last week. If you have pooling, and/or are concerned about flooding get out there and get a sump pump as quickly as possible. Here is a link to the kind of pump that would be useful for basements and crawlspaces.
 

5. What to do if water gets into your crawlspace?

  • Pump it out if there is standing water
  • Remove vent covers and allow air to move through the space
  • Use a fan or dehumidifier to remove the moisture

The only warning I have is be careful about leaving your crawlspace vents open and using fans to move air through your crawlspace in the event of a temperature drop (like the one forecasted). You could freeze your pipes with additional cold air into your crawlspace or basement.
 

6. Clear your storm drains

This has been all over the news but therer are still a lot of hidden/plugged storm drains. Keep in mind that just because you cleared it yesterday - the slush will often replug the drains and you may need to clear them multiple times.
Here is a map to storm drains in Bend 
Here is a map of storm drains in Redmond


For the future...

Negative grade - and why it matters

If I've done a home inspection for you, or your client, I may have pointed out "negative grade" - areas where the soil slopes towards the house. This is usually something buyers and sellers don't focus on too much. Well, it's one of those things that doesn't matter until it matters - and this is one of those times. Unfortunately working on it now probably isn't practical. But, as the snow melts if you notice any sloping or water pooling next to your foundation make a note of it. As soon as the weather permits, get the dirt sloping consistently away from your home. This will help avoid future flooding which can lead to mold, rot, foundation damage and other issues.

Published by Hero Home Inspector: 541-420-8979

December
22

Mt. Bachelor

Just in time for the Holidays, Mt Bachelor got a huge dump of snow last week to bring snow depth at mid mountain to 85 inches and West Village base to 70 inches.  Plus, Mt Bachelor opened its newest lift, Cloudchaser.  The new high-speed quad lift will provide access to 635 acres of new terrain.

The snow conditions are amazing and there's no end in sight to this awesome start to winter. We look forward to seeing you soon in Sunriver and at Mt. Bachelor!

December
20

Protecting your home when you are using it as a vacation rental has its challenges. Oftentimes, homeowners don't put enough time into taking steps to ensure their home will be safe in the hands of vacationers or others when the home is not occupied. But there are steps that you can take to decrease the chances that someone with bad intentions will break in, steal property, vandalize or cause damage to your home.

Suggestions for Protecting Homes through vacation rental programs like  AirBnB, VRBO or Home Away

For owners using their homes as vacation rental through services like AirBnB, VRBO or Home Away, the Bend Police Department recommends the following methods to help protect your home from break ins.

Do like the hotels do – ask for all vehicle description, color and license plate number for each vehicle that will be parked on the property. 

Ask for driver's license numbers – owners can explain they have some concerns with keeping their homes secure.

Use "Do not duplicate" marked keys – makes it a little more difficult for folks to duplicate keys.

Rotate codes regularly for keyless entry – Bend Police Department recommends using alt least 4 codes

Have good photos of the house room by room - to show what is in the home in case there is a break in.

Take note that people can review occupancy calendars on many websites like AirBnB, VRBO or Home Away and have an idea when the home is not occupied.

Sunriver Resort Property Management is available to answer questions about placing your home on a vacation rental program and offers services that are not available through independent vacation rental services. Increase your home's security, and contact Sunriver Resort Property Management by calling 541-593-4840.

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