Master planning a community is a true art form that takes true expertise and commitment. Successful communities do not just happen by chance, but are thoughtfully designed and laid out to capture the best views, celebrate the natural geography, enhance resident safety and provide residents with an abundance of amenities that will enhance their lifestyle; all culminating in a place that is celebrated for years and generations.
Sonja Porter, a Broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, has a true understanding of what is needed to not only plan a successful community, but to also develop one. Sonja grew up in Canada and has degrees in Geography and Urban & Rural Planning. She is a solution-oriented professional who has been negotiating complex land use, development and real estate transactions since 1998. Previous jobs, as an Urban Planner, Environmental Consultant and in Resort Development, give her an exceptional understanding of what makes a place truly special and successful. Sonja has worked with some of the top resort developers and planners in Whistler, British Columbia and in Lake Tahoe and Mammoth Lakes, California.
One of the premier listings represented by Sonja Porter is in the gated golf course community of Broken Top. It is an architectural masterpiece by Neil Houston and custom built by Steve Madsen at 19256 Green Lakes Loop.
Broken Top is truly a spectacular master planned community which was originally designed in the early 1990’s and has been built out in six phases over the past 25 years. Broken Top is perfectly located in the heart of Bend close to Mount Bachelor, hiking and biking trails, the Deschutes River, the Old Mill District and Bend’s original Downtown area. The community is comprised of just under 650 homes and townhomes surrounding the championship golf course designed by Tom Wieskopf and Jay Morrish.
Approximately 400 of the residences are gorgeous, custom homes on lots ranging from a half acre to just under a quarter acre with some homes sitting on double lots of an acre or more. The remainder of the community is developed with beautiful townhomes in various sizes and designs. For example, one can find newer contemporary townhomes in Painted Ridge, or gorgeous single level homes on large lots in Ironwood and Arrowood.
Much like Sonja Porter’s listing at 19256 Green Lakes Loop, the community is artfully designed and celebrates everything unique and special about living in the mountainous high desert. The established community offers mature landscaping, expansive common areas, a clubhouse and restaurant, and a playground as well as creeks, ponds, paved walkways and breathtaking views of the Cascade Mountain Range and the Broken Top Golf Course. This community has so much to offer and the geography varies greatly offering residents the ability to live nestled in the large ponderosa pine trees or in a park-like setting backing to a pond and babbling brook or high up on rock outcroppings with expansive views. At the Broken Top community there truly is something for everyone.
Golf Course membership is not a requirement to buy within this community, but the Club House is beautifully appointed with a full fitness gym, swimming pool, restaurant, conference space and some of the best views in Bend.
The architectural masterpiece located at 19256 Green Lakes Loop is an exquisite European-inspired gem. This stunning south facing home on a .99 acre lot, offers 165 feet of golf course frontage at the 12th fairway. The home is an impressive 6,500 square feet and boasts main floor living with master suite, office, den, great room, laundry room, kitchen and dining room. Attached 4-car extended garage and heated driveway compliment this incredible property.
If you are looking for the “wow” factor–look no further. The most impressive space in this home is the great room with exposed beams, vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling Montana Moss fireplace, black walnut floors and mahogany cabinetry. The dramatic iron railed staircase provides access to two oversized bedrooms with walk-in closets and ensuite bathrooms, hand-crafted on site by Iron Works of Central Oregon.
The master suite is a true oasis with a fireplace, his and hers closets, and a spa-like master bath featuring sauna, steam shower and a beautiful soaking tub overlooking the enclosed private garden. The large bedroom above the 4-car garage would work great as a bonus room or make the perfect in-law suite with its fireplace, wet bar and workspace.
Sonja Porter has utilized her background and extensive experience to benefit her real estate clients. In the 5 years that she has had her real estate license, Sonja has built her business exponentially, year after year. In 2018 she achieved one of the highest rankings and was recognized in the top 1% of agents in Bend, Oregon. She is passionate and knowledgeable about the region, and hyper-focused on customer service. She commits to each one of her clients unparalleled support and guidance at every step of their real estate transaction(s). She will provide expert advice, neighborhood information and market statistics to help her clients make educated real estate decisions. Whether her client is an individual looking to purchase a starter home or a developer looking to embark on a large-scale residential development project, Sonja has the skills, determination and experience to make the process go smoothly and efficiently.
Photo Credits – Mike Albright