Splurge vs. Steal Resort Edition: Bend, Oregon

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Our Splurge: 61623 Hosmer Lake Drive, Bend, OR is currently listed by Brian Ladd with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty for $2,396,000. 

Just around the bend – Bend, Oregon, that is – sits a marvelously lush, nature-filled paradise with every outdoor adventure imaginable. It’s a place you go to play, a charming mountain town that has it all. Whether you’re looking to ski, hike, mountain bike, or just get away, the majestic snow-capped peaks and high-desert skyline ensure a fabulous locale to buy a second shelter. Today, we put two of the area’s finest homes to the test in our latest Splurge vs. Steal, but the real mind-bender – pardon our pun — would you rather spring for a magnificent modern with sweeping mountain views, or save with a rustic retreat on the Big Deschutes? Let’s see which one piques your interest.

Splurge: Eric Meglasson Designed Modern Masterpiece For $2.395 million

This magnificent modern masterpiece is ripe for the picking, offering jaw-dropping Cascade mountain views and a sprawling 5,234 square feet for you to kick back and relax after a day of adventure.

Designed by Eric Meglasson of PIQUE collaborative, the estate is described as offering “incredible continuity that brings the outside in.” This technique is masterfully achieved by walls of glass and a wide open floor plan that gives you space to breathe.

Sleek and modern, you’ll enjoy four-bedrooms – two of which are master suites – plus five bathrooms, a gracious open concept living area, floor-to-ceiling-fireplace, gourmet kitchen, and ample room to entertain.

A clever use of wood and stone, and play of soft and warm textures, create what can only be described as a modern work of art.

From the marble fireplace and sweeping terrace in the master, to the sunken interior bar, and gigantic covered patio, this Splurge is hard to pass up.

61623 Hosmer Lake Drive, Bend, OR is currently listed by Brian Ladd with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty for $2,396,000.

Steal: Rustic Ranch With Unobstructed 180-degree River Views For $1.05 million

Steal: 56750 Lunar Drive, Bend, OR is currently listed by Kerry O’Neal with Strategic Realty LLC for $1,050,000. 

With 90-feet of Big Deschutes River frontage, this rustic retreat is a destination in itself. It consists of not one, but three residences — two of which are described as “extremely close to river footprints with no need for 100-foot setback.”

It takes top billing as the largest and deepest privately owned inlet on the river and sits adjacent to a smaller inlet for boat launch from the driveway.

It comes complete with a 180-foot permanent boat dock across the river from the 14th green of Crosswater Golf Course.

Additional amenities include three-drive-in warehouses, two with heated cement floors, two storage buildings, three-bay covered RV parking sports, a corral with stalls for up to three horses, a tack room with shop, and three water features.

Are you thinking what we’re thinking? Ultimate family compound! This idyllic vacation spot could be just what the doctor ordered.

56750 Lunar Drive, Bend, OR is currently listed by Kerry O’Neal with Strategic Realty LLC for $1,050,000.

As you can see, Bend, Oregon, does not disappoint! It’s tucked amidst the far reaches of the Pacific Northwest and has the most glorious views. But don’t just take our word for it, the folks at Visit Bend say it best:

“In what could be classified as one of the worst kept secrets in destination travel, the word is out about the unique combination of outdoor recreation and cosmopolitan sophistication that make Bend, Oregon, one of the United States’ up-and-coming leisure destinations…Dubbed the “outdoor playground of the West” for a thousand good reasons, Bend is world famous for both its outdoor pursuits and pristine beauty. You can catch an art exhibitdine at an award-winning restaurantspoil yourself at one of our many spas, or trek the legendary Bend Ale Trail, the largest beer trail in the West. Bend makes a great spot for family-friendly fun as well, from cool cave tours in some of Bend’s ancient lava tubes to watching raptors soar at the High Desert Museum.”

Did you fall for our Splurge or are you enamored by the Steal? Let us know in the comments!

Amy Puchaty is founder and principal writer of Amy Puchaty Communications, a copywriting firm specializing in luxury real estate marketing. Amy’s work has appeared in numerous print and digital publications including The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Inman News, The Denver Post, and Dallas Business Journal. Follow Amy at www.amypuchaty.com