Sunriver, Oregon FAQ

If you are looking for a serene place to vacation, surrounded by natural landscapes and wildlife, Sunriver, Oregon may be just the spot you’re looking for. Maybe you have a few questions though, and perhaps we can answer them for you here, in our Sunriver, Oregon FAQ.

Is Sunriver, Oregon a City?

Sunriver, Oregon is a census-designated place and 3,300-acre planned residential and resort community in Deschutes County, Oregon. Unincorporated, but self-governed, Sunriver contains all of the requisite services including a fire station, police department, post office, medical facilities and more.

Sunriver also includes residential areas, recreational facilities, a commercial development known as Sunriver Village Mall and Sunriver Resort. The mall offers a variety of businesses and services, also including restaurants, retail shops, and activities.

Where is Sunriver located?

Located in the high desert of Central Oregon, Sunriver sits about 18 minutes south of Bend via Highway 97, about halfway between Bend and La Pine.

When was Sunriver Developed?

The first condominiums were built in 1968 in conjunction with the completion of Sunriver Lodge.  After completing the master plan, developers began selling lots one year later.

How many people live in Sunriver?

The community is home to more than 4,000 privately-owned residences and has a permanent population of approximately 1,700, though during peak vacation season it may swell to upwards of 20,000. About a quarter of residents choose to live in Sunriver year-around, together with the rest being vacation homes.

The Sunriver real estate market has proven to be strong and steady for several decades and is also a great place for retiring or investing in vacation rentals. The area offers a wide variety of single-family homes, condominiums, cabins and cottages in a quiet resort setting.

What is the elevation:

4,164′

What is the climate?

Sunriver gets about 18 inches of rain per year, while the US average is 39. Snowfall is 38 inches. The average US city gets 26 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 80. On average, there are 162 sunny days per year in Sunriver. The July high is around 83 degrees, with the January low of 22.

Where is the nearest airport?

Located in Redmond, and serviced by Alaska, Delta, United and American, the nearest commercial airport lies approximately 35 miles north of Sunriver.

What are some of the recreational activities?

Located near the beautiful Cascade mountain range, just 15 miles south of Bend, Sunriver offers a myriad of activities. Situated next to the Deschutes River, on 3,300 acres of high desert, meadows and pine forests, Sunriver is a haven for vacationers, golfers as well as outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.

Sunriver offers an exciting array of activities including:  golf, tennis, swimming, horseback riding, kayaking, canoeing, white water rafting, fly fishing, biking, hiking, bird watching, spa and fitness centers, music and art festivals as well as a variety of restaurants from fine dining to casual.

Sunriver is just 30 minutes away from Mt. Bachelor. Famous for its dry and abundant powder in the winter, a a variety of winter recreational activities, Mt. Bachelor alone is worth the trip.

How do I book my next vacation in Sunriver?

Village Properties at Sunriver would be happy to help you find a vacation rental. We also offer many benefits, from discounts at local merchants to our 4th Night Free special. Give us a call at 877-859-5346 for more information and to book your stay in Sunriver.

Buying a Home in Sunriver

So you’re thinking about buying a home in Sunriver. Maybe you’ve been vacationing here for years, and now want to live in the area. Perhaps you have decided to purchase a home to rent out seasonally, or year round. Whatever prompted the decision, you’ve made a good choice.

Sunriver has a lot to offer its residents. The weather is fantastic — Central Oregon has almost year round sunshine. The wildlife is abundant — deer, elk, raccoons, geese and squirrels will share their home with you. If you’re a golfer, you’ll be in golf heaven, with several wonderful golf courses in the area.

History

The first condominiums in Sunriver were built in the late sixties around the same time as the Sunriver Lodge. Today the community includes more than 4,000 privately-owned residences and has population of approximately 1,700, though during peak vacation season it may grow to 20,000 or more.

Location, Location, Location

Sunriver and Three Rivers South is a varied blend of neighborhoods planted amidst the natural beauty of forests, rivers and meadows. The area is bordered by the National Forest, mountains, buttes, parks, rivers and lakes. Less than 20 miles away is the popular city of Bend, Oregon; which has a variety of cultural attractions and outdoor activities.

But, you may choose to spend the majority of your time in beautiful Sunriver, which offers all of the services and amenities of a large community, along with a full service resort.

Village Properties can help you maneuver the single-family homes, condominiums, cabins and cottages in Sunriver, which run the gamut, from under $200,000 to into the seven figures.

Buying a vacation or long term rental

Our real estate experts can also help explain your best options for purchasing a vacation or long-term rental. Buying a home in Sunriver that you intend to be a vacation rental takes more consideration than the price and location of the home. It is important, for instance, to consider how you will manage your home.

As the area’s only full-service property management company, we have a great deal of experience handling single and multi-family units, rural and furnished properties. Once you have purchased, we can assist you with the routine handling of your rental.

Buying a residence

If you are planning on becoming a permanent resident, you should check out the community in the summer when it is most active. Visit in late spring or early fall also; when the streets are less populated, and days are more relaxed.

The off-season is when you can meet friends at one of the local coffee shops or brew pubs and take in small town life, albeit with a sophisticated edge. Contact us here at Village Properties to help you find the home of your dreams.

2017 Market

As we move into the 2017 housing market, there are a few factors that may influence your decision making.

  •      It will continue to be a seller’s market. With housing inventory low, and buyers continuing to enter the market, the demand will keep sellers running the show as long as homes are fairly priced.
  •      The Fed is most likely going to raise rates in 2017, which means home buyers will see higher interest rates on their loans. Buying early in the year is a good idea if you are able.
  •      Long-term rental inventory will continue to be low, which means rents will remain high.


Buying a home in Sunriver is a big decision, whether it is a summer vacation home or a permanent residence, so contact Village Properties today for information and help in your search at 877-859-5346.

 

Exploring the Village at Sunriver

You might say that the Village at Sunriver is the cultural and activity hub of the community. This shopping center extraordinaire offers not only fabulous boutique shopping, but also great dining, recreation, bike and ski rentals, groceries, as well as live entertainment and events. As a guest or long-term resident of Village Properties, you’ll be able to receive discounts at many of the establishments located there. Go here for a list of participating businesses. Then read on for a sampling of what you’ll find exploring the Village at Sunriver.

Dining

There are a number of dining establishments located at The Village. Whether you fancy exotic cuisine, an international feast, a decadent dessert or just a simple burger, you’re sure to find something to your liking. Below are a few of the offerings you have to choose from.

Sunriver Brewing Company
Since its launch on July 4, 2012, this family-owned pub has provided great service, great food and brewed its own awesome craft beer.

Brewed Awakenings
Discover coffee roasted in-house from frothing to pouring. Friendly and skilled staff know the art of creating that perfect cup of coffee with a smile.

Cafe Sintra
Indulge in delicious breakfast and lunch dishes that pay tribute to Portuguese cuisine. The warm atmosphere and friendly service make Cafe Sintra the perfect place for gatherings.

El Caporal
Family owned since 1997, El Caporal offers quality Mexican dishes and reliable customer service.

Hot Lava Bakery
Choose from a wide variety of traditional bakery items, including donuts and pastries, and coffee and sandwiches.

Marcello’s
A family run, family friendly Italian restaurant offering dining by the fire, on the patio, in the lounge or in your home, via carry-out.

Blondie’s Pizza
Pizza, pasta and calzones, sandwiches, and fresh salads. Gluten-free available, and free delivery after 5pm.

The Village Bar and Grill
This long standing neighborhood restaurant and local watering hole offers American cuisine and family dining with a casual atmosphere.

Shopping

Whether you consider yourself a seasoned shopper who keeps your eyes on the latest trends, or you’re more of a browser who enjoys leisurely strolling the mall, you are bound to enjoy the interesting shops on display in the Village’s quaint alpine setting.

Artists’ Gallery Sunriver
Premier gallery displaying fine arts from local artists.

Flowers at Sunriver
Exceptional service, gifts and high quality fresh flowers in traditional and contemporary floral designs.

Sunriver Books and Music
An independent bookstore with a full selection of books sure to delight readers young and old.

The Closet
The Closet offers a personalized shopping experience for everything from camisoles and leggings, to a fun outfit for a night on the town.

The Wooden Jewel
The Wooden Jewel showcases their unique blend of designer jewelry and wood art.

Additionally, several shops cater to the sports minded.

Sunriver Sports
Sunriver Sports is a full service, summer and winter sporting hard and soft goods store. They offer a wide range of activewear in addition to bike rental in the summer and skis in the winter.

Cascade Guides and Outfitters Fishing Guides
Cascade Guides and Outfitters is the only Orvis Endorsed Outfitter in Oregon, which therefore means they meet the rigorous standards in the fly fishing industry. They also offer a variety of river and lake trips with professional guides, a selection of fly fishing schools and accommodations and a full range of rental equipment to fishers of all types and ages.

Village Bike & Ski Shop
Village Bike and Ski is the premier bicycle and ski rental, repair and sales shop in Sunriver, with a staff that knows local trails and can recommend rides for all skill levels.

Recreation at Village at Sunriver

The Village at Sunriver also offers activities geared to the whole family, including:

  •      Ice skating
  •      Bumper cars
  •      Alpine train
  •      Mini golf
  •      Outdoor cinema
  •      Rock wall
  •      Bouncy house

The Village at Sunriver is an ideal spot for gathering with friends and family. Come for shopping as well as new fun activities reflective of the Central Oregon lifestyle. When booking your family vacation, be sure to contact Village Properties for the perfect vacation rental and local merchants discounts. Give us a call at 877-859-5346 for more information and to book your stay in Sunriver.

A Must See — Sunriver Observatory and Nature Center

Planning a trip to Sunriver? You’ll want to include one of Central Oregon’s “must see” attractions on your visit — the Sunriver Observatory and Nature Center. This private, not-for-profit scientific and educational organization features an interactive nature center, large scale hands-on public observatory, interpretive exhibits, live birds of prey and snakes, meteorite exhibit, science classes for both kids and adults, special programs, botanical garden, and a nature trail and astronomy store featuring a complete line of telescopes.

 

Oregon Observatory at Sunriver

Unlike Planetariums, when the roof dramatically disappears at the Oregon Observatory you’ll see the real sky. You’ll be able to witness faraway galaxies, a meteor shower, and globular clusters in the night sky. And you won’t have to line up for a quick peek, because you’ll have access to one of the many telescopes at the Observatory, which actually has the the largest collection of telescopes available for public viewing in the entire country.

Also, thanks to Sunriver’s elevation, uber-dark surroundings, and crystal clear air you’ll be treated to the perfect environment for stargazing. There is nightly viewing in the summer, with guided constellation tours and expert guidance. And there is free solar viewing every day during the summer, and on Saturdays in the fall and spring, when you will be able to view the sun through filtered telescopes to get an incredible, safe view. Whether you’re an amateur astronomer or a first time visitor, you’re bound to be awestruck by the views.

 

The Nature Center

Telling kids about nature is great, but letting them experience it first hand is infinitely better. At the Sunriver Nature Center children can prowl through the woods to track a porcupine, or touch a lizard or get up close and personal with an owl. There are numerous activities, programs and exhibits to keep them engaged in the natural word. And there is also a staff of naturalists on hand to guide them and answer their questions. Outside the center is a botanical garden where you can sit on a bench and take in the serene view. Numerous birds and squirrels inhabit the terrain, as well as many other elements of Oregon’s natural environment.

The Sunriver Observatory and Nature Center is open Thursday through Saturday, from 10am to 4pm from September through May, with special Winter Observatory hours and events seasonally.

 

Sunriver Vacation Rentals

Village Properties at Sunriver would be happy to help you find a vacation rental for your visit. We offer many benefits, from discounts at local merchants to our 4th Night Free special. Give us a call at 877-859-5346 for more information or to book your stay.