By almost any measure, NorthWest Crossing is among the most popular and successful neighborhoods in Bend. Homes are in high demand, the schools are well-regarded, and the community fits the city of Bend’s vision of multiuse neighborhoods.

Taking shape on the other side of the city is a master-planned community that one might be tempted to call “an east-side NorthWest Crossing.” The Stone Creek neighborhood replicates many of the most desirable characteristics of NorthWest Crossing and has other features that should appeal to many buyers in the Bend real estate market.

Stone Creek is tucked inside the roughly rectangular shape formed by Reed Market Road, Brosterhous Road and American Lane in southeast Bend. The community in the Old Farm District will have more than 550 single-family homes upon completion.

The key word in Stone Creek being a “master-planned community” is community. The neighborhood will feature various housing types – single-family homes, townhouses, multifamily housing – as well as commercial and retail space. The 90-acre parcel is being developed with walkability and self-containment in mind.

The two-story, three-bedroom homes range from 1,870 square feet to 2,177 square feet. Parking will range from rear-load on some blocks to subterranean beneath retail space (which will also feature multifamily homes above the retail). Prices for the single-family homes start in the high $300,000s.

Among the community’s attractions is a park, nearly 7 acres in size, that the Bend Metro Park and Recreation District expects to unveil in December. Trails and a picnic area are among the amenities. Stone Creek will have a neighborhood pool, separate from the park, as well.

Much like NorthWest Crossing is closely tied to the neighborhood’s schools, Stone Creek lies in near Silver Rail Elementary School, which opened two years ago.

The community will feature full streets, allowing for parking on both sides and vehicular traffic to pass between parked vehicles. Alleys behind homes will also be of considerable width – enough to accommodate more than one lane of traffic.

With its combination of homes, businesses and industry and its focus on walkability, Stone Creek represents the type of community envisioned when the city of Bend forwarded its proposal for an expansion of the urban growth boundary to the state last year.

Southeast Bend might not have the cachet in the Bend real estate market as Northwest Bend. But it’s worth noting that Stone Creek is tucked into an area isolated from existing non-residential development – it doesn’t abut auto body shops or a busy highway. And it’s closer to some attractions of Bend – such as the Old Mill District – than some homes in NorthWest Crossing.

Anyone interested in visiting Stone Creek should know that the community’s new streets don’t appear on Google Maps. To get to Stone Creek, turn east from Brosterhous Road onto Brentwood Avenue and continue heading east.

If you’re interested in Stone Creek – or any other neighborhood in Bend – I’d be happy to help you find the ideal home. My experience and knowledge of the Bend market will come to bear for you whether you’re buying a home or thinking of selling your current residence. Please contact me at (541) 383-1426, or visit Bend Property Search to connect with me through my website.