Bend, Oregon

Bend, Oregon is one of the nicest places to live on Earth. Bend's real estate is top quality. Central Oregon at it's best!

Bend was originally called Farewell Bend and received its name because it was at this place that travelers over the pioneer roads had their last view of the river. Today it is only a few hours drive to the Oregon Coast. Portland is 3 ½ hours away if you are looking for a big city. Redmond International Airport (Roberts Field) is only 16 miles North.

Bend is nearly the geographic center of the state and is also the most populated city in Central Oregon with a population of more then 75,000. To the east you will find high desert vegetation and to the west, it is surrounded by U.S. Forest Service land. At an elevation of 3,628 feet, Bend enjoys the predominately dry climate of the Great Basin. Sunny days, low humidity and cool nights provide the most common weather pattern.

We have the highest average number of sunny days in Oregon. Clear days average 158 days per year with an additional 105 days that are mostly sunny. Many of the remaining days provide substantial sunshine. Days that are totally cloudy do not often occur.

Skiing

We enjoy skiing and snow boarding on Mt. Bachelor.  With nearly 3700 acres of lift-accessible terain Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort has the highest elevation that can be skiied in all of Oregon and Washington!  It's located on the eastern flanks of Oregon's Central Cascades.  It's known for it's light, dry snow, diverse terrain, family friendlyness and long seasons.To see what's going on at Mt. Bachelor check out their Current Conditions Report.

Fishing

Bend also has great fishing!  Some of the fishing to be had within a one hour drive includes.  Large mouth bass, Small Mouth bass, Rainbow trout, Bull Trout, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Atlantic Salmon, Kokanee Salmon and Mackinaw.  Some of our famous waters include the Deschutes River, Fall River, Metolius River, Wickiup Reservoir, Crane Prairie Reservoir, Cultus Lake, Lava Lake, Prineville Reservoir and many more.   

Weather

The weather in Central Oregon is fantastic!  We experience all four seasons!  Mild summers rarely breaking 100 degrees.  80s is much more common for most of the summer.  Even when it's hot during the day the nights cool off which is made for some good sleeping with your windows open at night! We also have beautiful springs and summers.  Fall can provide Indian summers in October.  Winters are relatively mild but with some snow.  It usually snows 5 or 6 inches.  The roads are plowed and sanded and life goes on as usual.  It melts off in a few days and then it snows in another few weeks.  

Recreation 

We are the outdoor recreation capitol of Oregon, with snow-capped peaks dominating the skyline. Bend is one of few places that visitors can literally ski in the morning and golf in the afternoon. Known as "the sunny side of Oregon," the Cascade Mountains act as a protective buffer, giving Bend only 12 inches of precipitation per year. That compares to 42" for Portland, 36" for Seattle and 20" for San Francisco.

Golf

Bend also has golf courses for everyone. Central Oregon's spectacular high-desert landscape and ideal climate, four-star resorts, public, semi-private and private courses have been rated 23rd in the world as a golf destination by Golf Digest. Choose from more than 25 unique courses, some easygoing to championship layouts like Sunriver’s Crosswater course, designed to challenge even the lowest handicappers.

Medical 

We have excellent medical facilities.   Saint Charles Medical Center which is the health center for Central and Eastern Oregon.  The System has grown into a comprehensive organization made up of many clinics and community Services.  They have hospitals in Bend, Redmond, Prineville and Madras.  They provide high quality heart and cancer services, intensive care, rehabilitation, emergency services and much more.  St. Charles Medical Center is located in Bend and is the regional referral center for more than 230,000 people in a 32,000-square-mile area of central and eastern Oregon. With more than 240 physicians on its medical staff, representing 40 specialties and sub-specialties, and more than 1,950 caregivers, it provides many services usually found only in larger urban areas. These include open heart and neurosurgery, comprehensive cancer care, inpatient rehabilitation for stroke and major injury, sophisticated imaging technologies and more.

St. Charles is Oregon's only level 2 trauma center east of the Cascade Mountains and has the region’s only Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit. The hospital increased its inpatient bed capacity to 216 in late 2004 to keep pace with Central Oregon's population growth and is in the midst of expansions in facilities, technology and equipment.

St. Charles and the many other medical facilities in Bend provide state of the art health care for the retired person. Many of the nations top Physicians and Surgeons live in Bend because of the life style found in Central Oregon.

Bend also has many volunteer opportunities. Habitat for Humanity, The Oregon High Desert Museum, Hospice, and Saint Charles Medical Center are only a few of the many opportunities to give back to the community.

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