Mt. Bachelor Village proposes 20 new homes

Houses in southwest Bend would be built near Century Drive

By Joseph Ditzler / The Bulletin / @josefditzler

Published Jul 25, 2014 at 12:01AM

Mt. Bachelor Village Resort in Bend plans one of its last residential developments: 20 single-family homes on a site now occupied by several tennis courts.

The preliminary plan calls for two-story homes of about 1,200 square-feet each on small lots. If approved, the development on SW Century Drive at Mt. Bachelor Drive would also include two-car garages and two outside common areas, according to city planning documents and Diane Wilcox, Mt. Bachelor Village Resort general manager and vice president of Mt. Bachelor Village Corp.

“We’re trying to reach kind of a big demographic: people that want to come and ski, ride their bikes or come and live there full time,” Wilcox said.

Mt. Bachelor Village Resort, begun in the 1970s, encompasses a range of residential properties, from vacation rentals to fractional ownerships to owner-occupied condominiums and single-family homes, Wilcox said. The new project is in its first stage; Wilcox said construction may begin in summer 2016.

Dale Van Valkenburg, director of planning and development for Bend-based Brooks Resources Corp., the developer and parent company of Mt. Bachelor Village, said the timing felt right for this project.

“We are in a strong market, and we’ve owned this property for a long time,” he stated in an email. “We are also enthusiastic about the cluster-housing development type.”

The cluster, dubbed Mt. Bachelor Village Camp Cottages on the preliminary plan, would interest empty-nesters and would-be second homeowners, Van Valkenburg said. The site’s proximity to trails and nearby recreational opportunities is “the biggest amenity,” he wrote. “The project itself will feature extensive landscaping in the common ‘greens’ within the housing clusters and will likely include fire pits, a picnic pavilion, benches and walkways.”

Van Valkenburg said market response to a similar housing project by Brooks Resources in NorthWest Crossing is encouraging.

“We are really excited about the cluster housing concept and obviously hope the (Mt. Bachelor Village) project will be well received by buyers, as well,” he wrote in an email.

Mt. Bachelor Village still has lots zoned for commercial use adjacent to the Bend Athletic Club, but only two lots totaling 1.2 acres near the conference center on Mt. Bachelor Drive are available for residential construction, said Wilcox and Van Valkenburg. The resort planned eight homes on the property before the recession of 2008-09.

“We don’t have any immediate plans for that property, but that will be the last residential development” by the resort, Van Valkenburg said.

— Reporter: 541-617-7815, jditzler@bendbulletin.com