10 Homes Built for Nature-Lovers in Central Oregon

Central Oregon is a magnet for people who love nature. The region draws visitors year-round for its outdoor activities, from hiking and bird-watching to skiing and snowshoeing. Anyone who moves to the area is likely to be an outdoor enthusiast, too. That’s why so many homes in towns like Bend and Sisters have thoughtful details that appeal to nature-lovers. If you’re looking for an outdoorsy home in Central Oregon, take a look at properties with these five features.

1. Outdoor Living Areas

If you love being outdoors, it makes sense for your home to include comfortable outdoor spaces for everyday living. For example, the following two homes have large spaces to relax outside in all kinds of weather. One has an interior courtyard and an outdoor kitchen, so you can spend time cooking and eating in the fresh air. The other has a covered entertaining patio that looks like a living room, only with the walls removed. Both have cozy fireplaces to keep you warm. Add pine trees and gorgeous views of the Cascade Mountains, and you’ll feel right at home in nature.

Custom home in Bend

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Oregon Home Fireplace Sitting Area

Deschutes townhome in Bend

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Outdoor Fireplace Central Oregon

2. Floor-to-Ceiling Windows

Even if you prefer being outside in nature, there are invariably times when you’ll want to stay indoors. Floor-to-ceiling windows are perfect for those days. They bring in plenty of light and give you the feeling of being outdoors while staying inside.
Famous Tree, a home designed by the renowned architect James Cutler, gives a great example of floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The property is perched on a dramatic cliff that overlooks Whychus Canyon Preserve, so you have quite the stunning view through the windows. It’s definitely a home for someone who appreciates nature, exquisite craftsmanship, and modern architecture.

Famous Tree

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Famous Tree Oregon Windows
Famous Tree house Oregon
However, you don’t need to have a breathtaking view to enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows. Basecamp is a set of luxury townhomes in central Bend that have similar architecture, only with an urban view. The natural light and open floor plans still give you a sense of freedom and spaciousness, like being outdoors, but you’re within walking distance of downtown. It’s the best of both worlds.

Basecamp

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Basecamp Townhomes Oregon

3. Space for Animals

Some outdoor enthusiasts enjoy going out in nature mainly for the wildlife. If this describes you, consider buying a ranch with property so you can keep animals and/or spot wildlife near your home. For instance, Silver Horse Ranch in Bend has 40 acres with pristine pastures, an antique barn, and several arenas with stalls. The property also has extensive trails and views, so you could go out horseback riding for a day without leaving your land.

Silver Horse Ranch

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Silver Horse Ranch
Silver Horse Ranch
You don’t necessarily need such a grand ranch to enjoy wildlife, though. A log home on 10 acres can still provide enough space for animals, especially when it’s near a private community park. All you need is a barn with a couple stalls and a tack room, and your 10 acres can become a home for a horse or two.

Oregon Log Home

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Oregon Log Home
Oregon Log Home

4. Pacific Lodge Architecture

You can love nature while still loving luxury, too. Pacific lodge architecture is one way to combine these two supposed opposites. Details like vaulted wood ceilings, hardwood flooring and granite counters all give your home a natural atmosphere without losing any comfort.

Central Oregon Lifestyle Home

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Central Oregon Kitchen

Classic Sunriver Lodge Style Home

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Sunriver Oregon Kitchen

5. Waterfront Property

Central Oregon has many rivers and lakes for fishing, canoeing, and other water sports. If you’re drawn to outdoor activities by the water, why not get a home with waterfront property? The Deschutes River is an especially popular location for homes in Bend. A private view of the river is perfect for a romantic dinner or a relaxing morning outside, surrounded by trees and wildlife.

Central Oregon Riverfront Home

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Bend Oregon Waterfront

Deschutes River Views

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Deschutes River Views Home
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Fortunately, you don’t have to limit yourself to just one of the five features. You can easily find a home with several or all of these details. Check out the homes listed in this post, and you’ll see that they include much more for nature-lovers than just great windows or waterfront property. Browse through our other listings, and you’ll quickly see that Central Oregon has plenty of homes an outdoor enthusiast could love.