The Changing Face of Prineville


Similar to neighboring towns in Central Oregon, Prineville is experiencing its share of a burgeoning housing market. Developers and civic leaders alike are steadfast in their commitment to community and environment, preserving the inherent qualities that make Prineville a special place of discovery.  In addition to the IronHorse development by Brooks Resources this a snapshot of other outstanding projects:

Remington Ranch

Located on 2,079 rolling acres just five miles northeast of the Redmond Airport, Remington Ranch hopes to distinguish itself as one of Central Oregon’s finest residential and destination resort properties. Surrounded by spectacular views of the Ochoco Mountains, Powell Butte, Smith Rock and the Cascades, the Ranch will eventually feature nearly 800 home sites, 400 overnight rooms and three world-class golf courses – Wicked Pony, Crooked Trail and the Resort Course. Each is unique and interprets golf in its own way. Golf shops at all three courses will not only offer high end golf attire but  unique items rarely found in the United States. A golf academy is planned at the Resort Course to provide group and individual instruction to guests and homeowners. Remington Ranch Estates, a private gated community offering 88 home sites, features views of an ancient lake basin and the Cascade Mountains.

Wicked Pony is an invitation only, single membership private golf club designed by world renowned golf course architect Tom Doak that is expected to open for play in July 2008. “The beautiful high desert landscape, varied terrain and natural setting led us to Tom, who has consistently shown his ability to utilize a natural setting as well as anyone in the world,” says John Shaw, president of Winchester Development that is developing the Ranch.

“Remington Ranch has some abrupt elevation changes, with three ‘shelves’ on the property that have 25-foot drops separating them,” says Doak, commenting on how his minimalist style of design fits well for Wicked Pony. “We are able to use those abrupt changes to give the course some dramatic features without having to blast them out of the lava rock.”

A majority of the development itself will be dedicated as open space and the overall philosophy of the Ranch perfectly reflects harmony with the natural high desert environment.

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Brasada Ranch

Brasada Ranch is located on 1,800 acres on the southwest slopes of Powell Butte, set amidst a spectacularly grand and varied landscape accentuated by the snowcapped Cascades. The resort is as activity oriented as it is beautiful. In addition to the new equestrian center, the master plan for this unique Central Oregon real estate community includes a spa, fitness and wellness programs, hiking and riding trails and a championship golf course designed by golf visionary and PGA veteran, Peter Jacobsen.

Brasada features some of the most luxurious vacation rental cabins in all of Central Oregon, representing a sophisticated new approach to Central Oregon’s high desert lifestyle. Studio, one, two and three-bedroom cabins for both large and small gatherings can be rented out for both large and small gatherings, offering up a serene and calming experience.

“This is a place where the pace is relaxed, the sunsets seem to linger in the sky and the views are unparalleled,” says Steve Cartmill, general manager of the Ranch. “A unique equestrian theme affords an opportunity to distinguish ourselves from other resorts in the area and construction has begun on a $2.5 million dollar riding arena that will belong to Rim Rock Riders.”

Brasada Ranch has been in the works for three years, from the time the property was originally purchased. Active selling began in 2005. “Our plan is to develop a very strong sense of community,” says Jerry Andres, president and chief executive officer of Eagle Crest, Inc, parent company of Brasada Ranch. “I’d like to think we’re among the leaders in utilizing state-of-the-art technology on this property. We’re looking at developing a complete program of social and educational opportunities for residents along with a health and wellness program in collaboration with St. Charles. The neighborhoods throughout Brasada Ranch have embraced “green” building practices, encouraging residents to use sustainable energy resources.”

Perched atop prime real estate 3,500 feet above sea level, Brasada Ranch is the perfect getaway, spread out on 1,800 acres of undulating terrain – a landscape that creates a unique geological canvas and ideal living environment for all those who cherish nature.

Construction is in full swing at Brasada Ranch, with the first residents already moving into their newly built homes.

Ochoco Pointe

Pahlisch Homes recognizes the importance of family, relationships, community and security. “We feel Prineville has those same values and is working to rejuvenate the city to attract people to beautiful surroundings,” says Jason Myhre, marketing manager for Pahlisch Homes. “Ochoco Point is our way of helping accomplish that while providing Prineville with the same quality-built homes you would find in our other communities throughout Central Oregon.”

The company follows a balanced living approach to building, taking a responsible, sustainable and practical look at all stages of development. This is evident at Ochoco Pointe in the preservation of the Ochoco Pointe Wetland Preserve which is part of the Crooked River Watershed.

The same approach continues with the homes in Ochoco Pointe. “We’re constantly researching and finding better and more energy-efficient products for our homebuyers,” says Myhre. “We wanted to make sure Ochoco Pointe was developed in a way that would help promote a healthy lifestyle.” Amenities include a sport court, swimming pool, a covered picnic area and walking paths for residents.
Hidden Canyon

This proposed resort, located on 4,152 acres near Powell Butte, has received approval from the Crook County Planning Commission. Once completed, the resort will include 2,450 single-family homesites, 250 to 700 overnight accommodation structures, parks, an 18-hole golf course, equestrian facility, clubhouse, spa and aquatic center with both indoor and outdoor activities.

The resort is being developed by RMG Development, a partnership between a Portland area developer, Portland/Central Oregon real estate broker and land developer and homebuilder Dennis Pahlisch.

“Probably one of the most special components of this resort is the topography and land terrain,” said Brian Bergler, spokesperson for RMG Development. “It’s very unique in that it’s oriented a little bit differently than some of the other resorts. It’s called Hidden Canyon for a reason, because there are some very unique draws and canyon aspects.”

Bergler said there is a significant altitude change within the resort, which offers many opportunities for people of all fitness levels. “There will be over 38 miles of trails, varying from a flat trail system that any family member could walk, to some rather steep and a little bit more challenging technical trails.”

Residents will have spectacular views of Powell Butte, Hat Rock and Rooster Comb Flats. “We believe that it’s a beautiful piece of property and we’re going to have a wide range of home ownership and fractional ownership opportunities that will cater to a broad range of clientele,” Berger added. “We’re really looking forward to having the opportunity for people to create extensive family memories in a unique resort setting.” Construction of homes and amenities is expected to begin in 2008.

Angler’s Canyon

Angler’s Canyon, a mix of 877 housing units and some commercial space on 282 acres near the Crook County Fairgrounds has been approved by the city planning commission, who reports they have received enthusiastic response thus far.

“We didn’t receive any negative comments from the community and were pleased with the attendance,” says City of Prineville consultant Deborah McMahon.

The site, originally used for farming purposes is being developed by Cliff Curry and William Colson with a residential plan that not only involves an 88-suite senior assisted living center but town homes and apartments. Although the site is not designated on the comprehensive plan map, it is recognized with the recent 2004 UGB expansion.

The developers are proposing a variety of housing types for Angler’s Canyon, along with trails, bike paths and dedicated open spaces.


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