Located on a former timber mill site in Sisters, the ClearPine development represents a new chapter for the Central Oregon town. The name pays homage to the “clear” (meaning knot free) Ponderosa pines milled on site for nearly fifty years, until the mill was shuttered in the 1960s. Originally zoned as industrial property, the site remained vacant for several decades before ground broke on the community now known as ClearPine.
Here, development manager and Central Oregon resident Peter Hall discusses why the time is right for Sisters to join the nationwide trend of planned communities and how Sisters will put its stamp on the project.
What draws people to Sisters versus other Central Oregon locales?
Sisters is located twenty-two miles northwest of Bend. While Bend is a recreational boom town, Sisters offers a completely different experience in a community-minded atmosphere. Artists and musicians are attracted to Sisters for its nationally known events, such as the Sisters Folk Festival and Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Many of Sisters’ 2,500 residents relate on a “first name” basis— expect to see friends and neighbors as you walk the streets of Sisters.
Why do you believe planned housing communities are trending with buyers?
Planned housing communities are highly sought after for their locations and amenities. ClearPine offers small, energy efficient, upscale homes in a semi-urban environment and further intrigues buyers with a strong sense of community, a variety of design options and hundreds of square miles of national forest land on its western border.
In what ways is this project a departure from Sisters’ past residential planning?
Because of professional urban planning, ClearPine has a fresh, custom appearance unlike that of a typical “tract” neighborhood. There is an identifiable balance between open space and housing, as detailed in the master plan. Stringent exterior design guidelines and tree removal standards ensure the neighborhood has a consistent, established feel as each phase is developed, which is key to long-term value preservation in ClearPine.
Architecture design options include American Foursquare, Mid-Century Modern, Craftsman and Prairie. Could you tell us a bit about why these design aesthetics are complementary?
In addition to an “open” category of architecture, in which the architect may present an innovative architectural style, these four traditional styles provide long- lasting beauty and variety to the residents of ClearPine and are instantly familiar to new residents looking to establish their homes in the neighborhood. In the summer of 2016, ClearPine was awarded the 2016 COBA Tour of Homes “Best in Show” and “Best Architectural Design” awards for a Prairie-style home located on Forest Edge Drive.
ClearPine currently offers a mix of home and cottage floor plans, with townhomes coming in a later phase. What are the highlights of each property type and what is the rollout schedule for the five phases of property development?
While primarily a single-family home community, eventually some 30 percent of ClearPine’s year-round and part-time residents will live in smaller townhomes and cottages. The big push in 2017 is to introduce the ClearPine Cottages to the market. The first of nine “modern farmhouse” cottages will be featured on the 2017 COBA Tour of Homes. The two-level plan includes 1,214 square feet, mountain views, and is set adjacent to a common green space featuring a community garden area and fire pit, built for the exclusive use of cottage residents. A 1.2-acre park will be built within the central part of ClearPine in Phase 3, slated to open in 2018. Planned amenities include bocce ball or pickleball courts, plus a covered barbeque and picnic area. Phases 4 and 5 are planned to follow in the coming years.
How else is ClearPine incorporating the region’s natural elements?
To assist in the enhancement of local stream ecosystems, ClearPine is a significant donor of “whole” trees (includes the root ball), to local watershed improvement projects. As trees are removed to create new streets, they are transported and strategically placed to enhance spawning habitat for trout, salmon and steelhead under a comprehensive enhancement plan managed by the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council and other entities. ClearPine also has a Mountain Bluebird nesting club. Thoroughly action packed!
For ClearPine sales information, call 541.241.6844 or visit clearpinesisters.com
Bordering Deschutes National Forest on the Northwest edge of Sisters’ urban growth boundary, approximately 1 mile from downtown.
Planned 1.2-acre park with mountain views in center of development, in addition to other open spaces throughout the community.
Hundreds of miles of national forest trails will be accessible from a new trailhead built in conjunction with the Sisters Trail Alliance.
ClearPine’s professionally managed HOA is designed to enhance the elevated architecture and preserve the carefully crafted architectural character and long-term value of the community.