A WORK, PLAY COMMUNITY
NorthWest Crossing has become a leading example of contemporary community planning and is an important part of the Bend Oregon real estate landscape. Residential and commercial property, schools and parks are unified through architectural integrity, preservation of natural features and a network of sidewalks and trails that encourages cycling and walking.
The developer, West Bend Property Co., has fused the memorable icons of traditional neighborhoods–comfortable homes, inviting front porches, alley garages and tree-shaded streets–with advanced concepts of “new urban” community integration and environmental sensitivity.
The 486-acre mixed-use neighborhood is being developed in phases to control sprawl. It includes two schools, 50 acres dedicated to community parks and open spaces, 30 acres assigned for commercial use, 15 acres designated as mixed-use employment, and 40 acres for light industrial development. Eventual build-out will result in 1,064 lots not counting multi-family and cluster developments.
BEND WELCOMES NWX
After the master plan for Northwest Crossing was approved in 2001, the first phase of lot development followed in March, 2002. The first home was sold in August of that year. Since then, the neighborhood has earned a number of awards and accolades, initially from professional sources like the Urban Land Institute and later from media such as Cottage Living and Where to Retire.
“The community is strikingly rooted in its landscape and urban context,” wrote author Ken Pirie in Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places. “The developers of NorthWest Crossing have succeeded in their determination to create a seamless extension of Bend, providing a new model for urban growth.” (©Planetizen Press, 2013.)
Parks within the neighborhood offer facilities for a variety of play and leisure activities and add value to adjacent home sites. They range in size from 2-acre Lewis and Clark Park to 35-acre Discovery Park. The latter, completed in June 2015, contains a 3-acre lake, 12 acres of developed park amenities and 20 acres of open space. Centrally-located Compass Park occupies five acres. Parks were developed jointly with the Bend Park & Recreation District and are maintained by the district.
A COMMUNITY IS CREATED
Community events throughout the year bring residents together and attract participation from throughout the Bend area. These include a spring festival, Saturday farmers market and a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in the Neighborhood Center at Northwest Crossing, the community’s retail center. Munch & Movies is a late summer, family-friendly outdoor movie series in Compass Park. A community garden, overseen by the Oregon State University Extension Service master gardener program, is open from May to October.
West Bend Property Co. is not a builder, but instead supplies the infrastructure and sells developed lots to approved builders, including members of the Northwest Crossing Builders Guild. An Architectural Review Committee must approve floor and site plans, exterior architecture and colors. Homes are positioned to retain as many trees and natural features as possible.
Builders are required to meet Earth Advantage standards for energy efficiency, indoor air quality, sustainable materials and mechanical systems. Some homes exceed these requirements, earning LEED Platinum and zero energy ratings. Two commercial buildings in the neighborhood have earned LEED Silver Certification from the US Green Building Council.
LISTING AGENTS FOR NWX
West Bend Property Co. LLC is a partnership of Brooks Resources Corp. and Tennant Family Limited Partnership. Both companies, based in Bend, have solid histories of commitment to thoughtful, quality real estate development in Central Oregon.
Harcourts The Garner Group Real Estate is exclusive listing agent for ready-to-build home sites listed by West Bend Property Co. We compete with other Realtors® to represent builders of new homes and sellers of existing homes in the neighborhood.