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 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. 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 setting.

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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.

Advantages to Spending New Year’s in Sunriver

At Village Properties at Sunriver, we can’t think of any better way to ring in the New Year than in Sunriver. We may be a little biased, but whether dancing the night away at one of the New Year’s Eve parties or cuddled up with your kids watching the ball drop in front of the fire, there’s no wrong way to spend New Year’s in Sunriver.

The Best Ways to Spend New Year’s in Sunriver

Skiing and Snowboarding at Mt. Bachelor

Can you imagine anything better than waking up on January 1 and heading up to Mt. Bachelor to catch the first tracks of the new year? The wind against your cheeks, the sun shining, the spiked hot chocolate in the Sun Bar. Enjoy stunning views of the Cascade mountains while spending time with your friends and family. New Year’s in Sunriver, means world-class shredding at Mt. Bachelor.

New Year’s Eve Bonfire on the Snow with Wanderlust Tours

Celebrate the new year and another great vacation in Central Oregon when you snowshoe with a Wanderlust Tours guide to a glowing bonfire in the middle of an amphitheater hand-carved into the snow. Relax around the bonfire with friends and family while enjoying desserts, hot drinks and fun facts from the naturalist guides. At midnight, toast to the new year and continue enjoying a magical, snowy forest evening.

The trip includes guides, headlamps, snowshoes, champagne, hot cocoa with Hazelnut Espresso Vodka, locally made desserts, transportation and naturalist interpretation. $100/person. Saturday, December 31,2016. Departs the Wanderlust office in Bend at 9pm.

New Year’s Eve Parties

Whether you prefer to check out one of the local New Year’s Eve parties at Sunriver, or you throw your own party at your Sunriver vacation home, there’s bound to be plenty of champagne – and bubbly apple cider for the kids – in Sunriver. Gather your friends and family and ring in the new year together with the ones you love. There’s no better way to start a new year than with your closest friends and family.

Find the perfect Sunriver vacation home from Village Properties at Sunriver. We’re eager to help you find the perfect home to ring in the new year. Imagine waking up in Sunriver on January 1, 2017. There’s no better way to celebrate a new year and the many adventures you’ll have.

Get Your Christmas Tree Permit at Village Properties at Sunriver

It’s time again to deck the halls and trim the tree. For many of us here in Central Oregon, that means it’s time to head into the woods and find that perfect Christmas tree.

But did you know that you’ll need a permit to cut and take that tree home with you? Christmas tree permits are required for each tree, with five Christmas tree permits maximum, per household. There are a few places in Deschutes County where tree permits can be found, and we’re happy to be one of them.

Christmas tree permits can be purchased at Village Properties at Sunriver.

Permits cost $5 each, and can be purchased from Village Properties during business hours. Our offices are located in the Sunriver Business Park at 56835 Venture Lane, Suite 109. You can also call us at 1-800-SUNRIVER with any questions.

Once you have your Christmas tree permit, here are a few things to note before heading out to find your tree:

  • Permits are good only for trees cut within the Deschutes National Forest.
  • Christmas tree permits should be attached to your tree for the ride back home.
  • Only cut down trees that are less than 12 feet tall. (The most popular varieties include Douglas fir, White fir, Incense Cedar, Lodgepole and Ponderosa Pines.)
  • Only cut down trees that are within 15 feet of another tree.
  • Make sure that the stump you leave behind is less than 12 inches tall.
  • Don’t cut trees that are:
    • located on private property.
    • located within 150 feet of developed areas such as highways, picnic areas, campgrounds, etc.
    • located within 300 feet of bodies of water.
    • located in an area with lots of young trees.

Stop by Village Properties at Sunriver to purchase your Christmas tree permit:

Sunriver Business Park
56835 Venture Lane, Suite 109
Sunriver, OR 97707


Family Gift Idea for the Holidays: A Stay in Sunriver!

Black Friday is about to kick off the unofficial holiday shopping season, which means it’s time for that age-old question: What big gift to get for my family this year?

The best family gifts are the ones that make lasting memories.

If you’re struggling to find a new idea for the perfect family gift this year, how about treating them to a vacation in Sunriver? Give the gift of togetherness, and memories to last a lifetime.

Village Properties now offers Gift Certificates, so you can relive your favorite Sunriver adventures and make some new family memories, too.

Because it’s the thought that counts. 

Remember the last time you were in Sunriver? Yeah… your family does, too. It was such a great trip, and it’s something you can share with them again.

Whether you prefer splashing on the river, or swooshing down the slopes, your Sunriver playground awaits. Gift Certificates can be used toward a vacation rental any time of the year, so you can plan the perfect getaway for your whole family. And with no set denomination, you can choose the amount that you’d like to gift. Whether your family is big or small, this gift idea is sure to be a hit with all!

Give the gift of Sunriver this holiday season.

Call 1-800-SUNRIVER to purchase a Gift Certificate to put towards your next vacation rental with Village Properties.

 The family gift idea that gives back over the years?  More time spent together in Sunriver! Call 1-800-SUNRIVER to purchase your Gift Certificates today!

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