Highlights of Central Oregon: SE Bend

As we mentioned in our profile of NE Bend earlier this month, Bend is one of the most sought-after destinations in the Pacific Northwest. The city regularly lands on magazines’ rankings of the best places to live and Central Oregon draws thousands of new residents every year looking for a relaxed culture and unparalleled access to the outdoors. In a similar fashion as our previous profile, we have created a basic overview of SE Bend and all of its highlights to make it easier for you, or any prospective buyer, to navigate the neighborhoods of Bend. Explore the information below!

The Neighborhoods

Similarly, to NE Bend, the region of SE Bend is divided into three regions of approximately equal size. Located between Greenwood Ave and Reed Market Rd, with Highway 97 composing its western border, the Larkspur neighborhood contains a variety of new residential developments and older communities, with a quiet and relaxed climate throughout. Directly south of Larkspur is the Old Farm District neighborhood, which is located between Reed Market Rd and Murphy Rd. Composed of old farmland, the properties in this neighborhood are notably larger, with most clocking in at about 0.5 acres in area. Last, but surely not least, is the Southeast Bend neighborhood. If the acreage in the two other neighborhoods was lacking, you surely will not be disappointed with this area’s offerings. Southeast Bend contains some of the city’s last remaining acreages on the market, granting residents privacy and an easy-going community.

The Schools

As we explained in the previous profile, the Bend-La Pine School District contains dozens of primary and secondary schools with boundaries that often conflict with the boundaries of some neighborhoods. We have broken down the boundaries of the school district in SE Bend below and have included some basic information about each school!

Elementary Schools

The five elementary schools whose boundaries are included in the region of SE Bend include R.E. Jewell, Silver Rail, Bear Creek, Juniper, and Buckingham. According to Niche, an online school ranking service, Juniper is ranked as the 4th best public elementary school in Deschutes County, Silver Rail is ranked at 7th, Buckingham at 9th, R.E. Jewell at 15th, and Bear Creek at 22nd. The Overall Niche Grade — which Niche calculates by compiling millions of report cards, data points, and user opinions — for each of the schools is high, with Juniper receiving an A-, Bear Creek receiving a B, and the three other schools all received a B+.

Middle Schools

There are only two middle schools whose boundaries are included in SE Bend — Pilot Butte and High Desert. Pilot Butte is a slightly smaller school, containing only 683 students, as compared to High Desert’s 838 students. Both schools boast impressive student-teacher ratios of about 22:1 and Pilot Butte received an Overall Niche Grade of B+, while High Desert received a grade of B-.

High Schools

Much like the middle schools, there are only two high schools with boundaries included in the region of SE Bend. Bend Senior High houses more than 1,700 students and is ranked as the 94th best public high school in Oregon, according to Niche. Caldera High, which is unnamed and identified as “New High School” on the map, is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2021. Named in reference to the school’s neighbor to the south, the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Caldera High will be the Bend-La Pine School District’s first large high school to open since Summit High School in 2001.

Notable Areas

Since SE Bend is a much sleepier region of Bend, most of the major hubs and hotspots of the area are situated along Highway 97 and Greenwood Ave. These include the Bend Factory Stores and the Fred Meyer shopping area. Additionally, the region also houses the Knot Landfill Recycling and Transfer Facility, the only landfill in Deschutes County, and three golfing hotspots — Bend Golf & Country Club, the Old Back Nine Golf Course, and Lost Tracks Golf Club.


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