Connecting Past & Future
A Forest Reborn
For decades, the Ranger Station and a few other U.S. Forest Service buildings have presided over a large triangle in the northwest quadrant of Sisters. As travelers make the turn from the North-South section of Highway 20 to the East-West segment of Cascade Avenue in downtown Sisters, it’s easy not to notice the heavily forested property. But now, Sisters has the opportunity to reinvent this large swath of land into something more beneficial for its future.
The hundreds of remaining trees will provide a great deal of shade and privacy from the outside. Yet, at the same time, views of the Cascades can be found on the rooftops of many units. Natural landscaping will be emphasized throughout the community to reduce maintenance and impact on the natural habitat. And indoors, each home is carefully designed and crafted using sustainable/ durable materials and highly efficient fixtures/ appliances.
Gateway to the Cascades
While the history of Sisters dates back to 1888 when the area post office relocated from nearby Camp Polk, it wasn’t until 1946 that the town became incorporated and lumber and ranching began to build the local economy.
A few decades later, in the 1970s, Brooks Resources, the developer of Black Butte Ranch offered an incentive to build false storefronts, which gave the town the unique Western-themed image it maintains to this day. Steadily, vacationers began to take notice of the vast natural wonders and recreational activities:
- Hiking and mountain biking on endless Cascades trails.
- Fly-fishing and camping on the Metolius.
- Paddling and swimming on a variety of pristine lakes.
- Skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing at Hoodoo and Three Creeks.
- Visiting the variety of locally owned shops and artists.
And more recently, the Sisters Rodeo, Quilt Festival, Folk Festival and other events have drawn people by the thousands, year in and year out.
The incomparable quality of life of Sisters has inevitably led to more and more people deciding to live where they vacationed. They bring with them a commitment to partner in the quality of life and values with those who have lived here for years – all in the spirit of cooperation to preserve this special place for the present and future generations.
From Here and for Here
In a special community like Sisters, growth in the wrong hands could easily spoil its distinctive charm. Corporate out-of-the-area developers have sought to get their hands on this land. Thankfully, a group of local people saw the opportunity to convert the magnificent Forest Service woodlands area into a mixed-use development that could set the tone for intelligent growth in Sisters for decades to come. Literally, every key member of the team is a long-term Sisters resident with a genuine love for the Community of Sisters. As locals, they are focused on maximizing thoughtfulness; they continue to take on the challenge of smart growth – creating something the community can be proud to call its own.