Interesting tour yesterday as I took a couple of really nice clients out to look at both Pronghorn and Brasada Ranch destination resorts not far from Bend. The clients were originally looking for home for sale in Bend, but decided that in their quest of drop-dead-gorgeous mountain views, they should really expand their search and consider some of the outlying resorts.
We started off with Pronghorn in the morning. For those that haven’t been to Pronghorn in a few years, I must say that there are quite a few homes built. More than I realized before I drove every street. Prices are depressed there as you might imagine. We previewed one very nice home for sale at $980,000 that had previously been listed at $2,300,000. Pronghorn is known for being exceedingly private and that feel was still apparent. Perhaps mostly because if felt like we were the only people on property. My clients were looking for great mountain views, and those are not easy to find in Pronghorn. The terrain is mostly flat, by Central Oregon standards, and what we refer to as “white mountain views” are mostly had from the second story of homes. The golf course looked like it was in very good shape as usual, however, my clients are no golfers so this wasn’t a big plus.
The favorite part of the Pronghorn tour, for me, was when the broker from the sales center came into where we were lunching (Trailhead, casual restaurant on property), and handed us a brochure for a specific house she really wanted to see for $1,600,000 or so. Only later did we find out it was her personal home she was trying to sell. If you’re into golf…and by that I mean some of the finest golf the world has to offer…and you would like to search for Pronghorn home for sale, please visit our Pronghorn Homes for Sale page.
As we headed to Brasada, the sun came out and made the touring decidedly more enjoyable. The lifting of the clouds also staged Brasada Ranch well for what it is best known for…huge panoramic views of the cascades. Sitting up against Powell Butte is like stadium seating for the white mountain views, and they were truly breath-taking.
The weather-worn appearance of most Brasada Ranch homes (builders spend a lot of money in rusting metal and using reclaimed wood to achieve this) takes everyone a little while to get used to, but our clients were quickly appreciating it. The look makes it appear that the development has been there forever. We looked at each home and tried to imagine what it would be like when all the other homes are built.
That’s the toughest part about Brasada Ranch right now. With only about 38 homes built, and views being the main draw, it’s important to remember that most of those vistas will someday be overtaken by future construction. At least we found a well-priced home that also afforded some common area to the rear that would protect much of the stunning mountain views.
As our tour wound down, we next headed to the real trump card at Brasada Ranch. It’s a great development with many nice features. Welcoming golf course, fine restaurants, fitness facilities, recreation and views…but to tell the truth these things aren’t all that rare in the High Desert. Where Brasada Ranch beats all the rest is HORSES! Yes, that’s right…if you’re into horses, your probably going to be into Brasada Ranch. For (at this writing) only an extra $440 /month you get a really nice paddock, horse area, access to a giant indoor arena, and most importantly, someone to take care of your horse! It’s a whole culture at Brasada Ranch and a real standout feature for those shopping for their Central Oregon home.
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