Sunriver is located in central Deschutes County, approximately 15 miles south of the Bend city limits. It lies in the Upper Deschutes River Basin at approximately 4,200 feet elevation, with the Deschutes River forming the western boundary of the 3,300 acre community. The Deschutes National Forest surrounds Sunriver on the north, east and west.
There are approximately 4,700 residences and lodging units in Sunriver and about 1,500 residents call Sunriver home on a full-time basis. About 50% of non-resident owners live in Oregon, 13% in Washington and 12% in California. The average age of resident homeowners is 66 years for men and 64 for women. In the 4th quarter, 2009, the average price of a residential home in Sunriver was $458,614 while the median price was $402,000 Property
Sunriver Chamber of Commerce taxes are collected by the county and distributed to each taxing district. The amount of property taxes is based on the assessed value of your property and the tax rates and bond debt service of your taxing districts.
Although Sunriver is unincorporated, it is self-governed with its own homeowners association, public works department and budget. Its paved roads and 37 miles of pathways for pedestrians and bicycle riders are private, as are its two swimming pools, 26 tennis courts, two parks and other common areas. A special service district provides fully-staffed police, fire and emergency medical services.
One of the unique features of Sunriver is that it has no natives, everyone moved here from someplace else. So we are very accepting of newcomers. More and more folks are moving here while they are still actively employed. They come for the lifestyle and opportunity to raise their families in a somewhat rural setting, but with all the advantages of an urban setting.
Many choose Sunriver to retire and enjoy the solitude that allows them to pursue their interests in writing, painting or woodworking. Others come to find new friends or a cause to support. Residents do not lack for choices...there are more than 35 local organizations from quilting, fishing women’s and men’s clubs. You name it; we’ve probably got it.
Sunriver attracts permanent residents who like to be involved, be it pounding nails for Habitat for Humanity, acting as guides at the Nature Center and Observatory or serving at annual PGA golf tournaments. We serve on boards and committees, pick up litter, are involved in one of the four local churches, support the annual Sunriver Music Festival, plan and host tennis tournaments, pull noxious weeds, act as SMART readers at the local K-8 public school and still find time to play golf and pickleball, quilt and knit, ring handbells, attend monthly community potlucks and even run marathons.
Living in Sunriver