Solar Eclipse 2017

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk. NASA created this website to provide a guide to this amazing event.

Due to the distance and size of the Moon in relation to the Sun, only a thin path about 60 miles across will actually experience totality, where the Sun is completely obscured by the Moon. An excellent map can be found on NASA’s website. While the Oregon Observatory in Sunriver does not fall within the path of totality, we are conveniently close to the center-line, and are still expecting to see nearly 99% of the Sun blocked by the Moon. The observatory will open well before the eclipse begins just after 9:00 AM on Monday, August 21, with a variety of telescopes set up for visual observing and projected observing.

Sunriver Fitness & Aquatics Now Open

Sunriver Fitness & Aquatics opens in the old Mavericks at Sunriver location.  Most if not all previous amenities offered at Mavericks are still being offered plus additional amenities including child care & Summer camps.

Directly from the Sunriver Fitness website – We offer 30,000sf of State-of-the-Art facilities available for your recreation and enjoyment.

Either vacationing in Sunriver or residing here we have amenities that will keep you and your family entertained.

Features: Indoor lap pool, kids wading pool, FlowRider or Flowboarding (The Ultimate Surf machine), hot tub, an organic cafe and lounge, VR (virtual reality games and videos), rock climbing gym, a strength-training floor, two cardio areas, free parking and an interactive child game room. Women’s and men’s facilities are separate and include lounge areas, lockers, showers and saunas.

In addition to our sports and aquatic component we have an approximately 2000sf Gala Room available to Rent for private events. Celebrate your wedding, graduation, or have a weekend retreat with your friends. Our facilities are small enough to create an intimate ambience and with enough space to accommodate large parties.

For more information please vist Sunriver Fitness & Aquatic website.

Sunriver Snow Already Passes Average For Whole Season

A series of snowstorms over the past month and a half have dropped more snow in the unincorporated community south of Bend than it sees in an average winter season, said Brooke Snavely, communications director for the Sunriver Owners Association.  An average winter season, measured from the first to last snowfall , brings about 60 inches of snow to Sunriver, he said. With the first measurable snowfall this season on Nov. 15, Sunriver has received about 70 inches as of Wednesday.

“That’s a pretty significant amount of snow on the ground in a short time,” he said this week.

This December broke a record for the most snow in the month, said Mark Smith, public works director for the Sunriver Owners Association. So far, 52.6 inches of snow has fallen in Sunriver in December, he said Wednesday . The old record, set in winter 1992-93, was 50.9 inches.

That winter saw 144 inches — 12 feet — of snow stack up in Sunriver.

The snow this December has kept public works crews for the homeowners association, tasked with clearing about 70 miles of roads and 30 miles of pathways, busy. “It has definitely made for some long days,” Smith said.

Snow does not come as much of a surprise this time of year in Sunriver. Compared with other cities and towns in Central Oregon, the community has the highest chances of a white Christmas, defined by a Christmas Day with at least an inch of snow on the ground. Historical data from the National Weather Service show Sunriver has an 87 percent chance, while Bend and Sisters have just over 30 percent chances, and Redmond, Madras and Prineville have lower odds.

What is surprising this year is how much snow has fallen already. Whether all the snow on the ground now becomes a problem when it melts remains to be seen.

“There is always a thought in the back of the mind of, ‘Where does this water go?’” Snavely said.

Sunriver neighborhoods do not have storm drains, and the roads are not flanked by sidewalks. The pathways run separate, away from the roads, leaving room for natural drainage. Snowmelt flows off the roads and pathways and soaks into the porous volcanic soil .

In 2014, a hard freeze of the ground put a hitch in this system, when the snow melted amid rainstorms. The frozen ground did not take in the water and resulted in flooding, with water creeping onto decks and into garages and crawlspaces of 30 to 40 homes, according to Bulletin archives.

Whether there is a danger of flooding all depends on how fast the snow melts and how quickly the ground can absorb it, said Jeremy Giffin, Deschutes Basin watermaster for the Oregon Water Resources Department. A warm, wet storm during winter can cause problems if it rapidly melts snow.

“If we had a big event like that come through that would definitely be a concern for flooding,” he said.

Grand Illumination & Rockin Holdiay Kick Off Events


Lighting Ceremony, Fireworks & Celebration| November 19 | 4 – 8pm

Join us at the North Pole tent, adjacent to the main Lodge, for holiday fun for the entire family. The North Pole will feature children’s craft projects, entertainment from Mr. Magic, face painting, work from select local artisans and huggable characters.  Live entertainment will take place outdoors on the main stage featuring Precious Byrd. The lighting ceremony is a sight to see and sure to please along with sleigh rides and photos with Santa! Save your appetite for local vendors during the festivities.


Rockin' Holiday Kickoff 2016 @ Village at Sunriver | Sunriver | Oregon | United StatesROCKIN’ HOLIDAY KICKOFF

Village at Sunriver November  26 | 2 – 7pm

Bring the family out to the Village at Sunriver to kick off the 2016 Holiday Season! Meet Santa, ride the train, meet Elsa and Anna from Frozen, and more!

* Meet Santa at Santa’s Village from 1 – 4:00pm
* Visit the craft station upstairs at Santa’s Village
* Ride the Village Train (weather dependent)
* Enjoy Coffee and Cocoa
* Play Plinko
* Have your face painted by Elsa and Anna from Frozen
* Rock out to The Hit Machine and other artists from 5 – 7 pm

Bend Area Breweries: Where to Go and What to Get

It used to be our little secret: That along with the countless recreational opportunities in Sunriver, Bend (Central Oregon), there was a burgeoning craft beer scene. That trying to decide which brewpub to hit after a day skiing at Mt. Bachelor was a two chairlift ride discussion. There were options. And lots of good beer.

Then word got out.  Publication after publication when writing about the amazing skiing started including lines about Deschutes Brewery or Bend Brewing Co. Then beer publications sent dutiful writers here to see what all the fuss was about. Then travel magazines and newspapers dedicated entire stories to Oregon’s true “Beervana.” (Sorry Portland.)

It’s not a secret any more.

But that’s ok. Because the increasing popularity of craft beer meant more and more breweries and brewpubs in our little slice of Heaven.

Today, there’s nearly 30 breweries making beer here – from Prineville to Sisters, Redmond to Sunriver. They’re all different, but in some ways connected. A brewer who learned the craft at one place is now the head brewer at another. A line cook at one pub is now, after years of developing his own palate, the head chef across town.

SUNRIVER BREWING CO.sunriver-brewing
Initially started just south of Bend in the resort community from which it took the name, Sunriver Brewery‘s flagship pub is worth the drive from Bend and worth going to every day if you’re staying in Sunriver. The Fuzztail Hefe is a nice introduction to Central Oregon craft beer while the Vicious Mosquito IPA packs a little more of a punch. Parents, bring the kids because the brewery has a large and fun play area with a huge chalkboard and lots of toys. Don’t want to make the drive to Sunriver? A new Sunriver Brewery Galveston Pub opened in Bend in Spring 2016.

With its huge outdoor patio and fire pit on Galveston Avenue, 10 Barrel is a perfect spot to grab a beer al fresco. Its popularity has skyrocketed in recent years with solid brews like Sinister Black and OG Wheat IPA and the simple-yet-perfectly-named canned creation “Pub Beer.” Maybe the only thing better than the beer is the food. The pizzas are Top 5 in Central Oregon hands down.

This is the brewery that started it all for Central Oregon in 1988. Today, you can find Deschutes beers in more than 25 states and across the world. The pub downtown is one of the most popular spots in town every night of the year. Like the brewery, the pub itself has nearly doubled in size in recent years meaning there’s usually a shorter wait for a table. But don’t let the wait deter you. Just head into the bar, choose one of the dozen or so beers currently on tap (Local tip: Bachelor Bitter on Cask is a must-have if you can only have one beer.) Mirror Pond is one of the flagship brews and I’ve heard some locals use Black Butte Porter to brush their teeth – it’s that good. The food blurs the line between pub grub and fine dining. The beef used in their burgers comes from cows fed spent grain from the brewing process, making them some of the tastiest burgers anywhere.

One of the newest breweries to the game, Worthy has quickly garned a name for itself as one of the most popular. It’s expansive east Bend location off Highway 20 (Greenwood Ave.) sets it apart from the others, as do the variety of beers. The Easy Day Kolsch might be the official beer of floating the Deschutes River in the summer. Food wise, you’ll find mac and cheese at just about every pub in town – but few can match Worthy’s gouda and Sriracha creation.

Born in Redmond, Cascade Lakes is one of Central Oregon’s Old Guard of breweries. The popular bend Lodge is on the road from Mt. Bachelor and a locals go-to apres ski spot before heading into downtown. Perennial brews there include the easy drinking Blonde Bombshell and the nutty 20″ Brown. On the menu, how about some wild boar and kobe beef meatloaf or their classic Cascade Turkey Melt?

Everyone here has a favorite, but we tend to visit them all. If you have a chance, you should too – grab a Bend Ale Trail passport and set out on your journey. But if you have to choose, here’s a pretty good start of where to go and what to have. But please – just please – do NOT walk into these places and order a Bud Light. The locals will mock you and most of them don’t even carry it. Cheers!

Blog Courtesy of Central Oregon Visitors Association (COVA)

Central Oregon home prices still rising

Home prices in Deschutes County increased 11.2 percent in the year ending in July, according to CoreLogic, a real-estate research and data firm. Between June and July, home prices increased by 0.9 percent, the firm reported Tuesday. (CoreLogic’s figures include distressed sales)

If mortgage rates remain low and job growth continues, home purchases are likely to rise in the coming year, CoreLogic Chief Economist Frank Nothaft, said in a news release.

About CENTURY 21 Lifestyles Realty
Looking for more information about Central Oregon. Ask anyone, they will tell you, “Living in this area is all about the “Lifestyle!” Which is where we come in.

CENTURY 21 Lifestyles Realty is a full service real estate company with Brokers who specialize in several areas including Commercial, Residential Buyers & Sellers, Fine Homes & Estates, Relocation Services, and Property Management Business.

We have two offices to accommodate our clients’ needs, conveniently located in Bend and Sunriver. Our experienced Brokers focus on customer service and each client’s unique situation to ensure exceptional real estate service every time.

To meet your professional and knowledgeable real estate Broker and start on the path to your “Lifestyle” call (541) 593-8685 (Sunriver Office) or (541) 382-3333 (Bend Office).

Looking to have your property managed? We manage over 65 units in Central Oregon – check us out:

Twilight Cinema & Turf Tunes (Free Movies & Concerts)

Twilight Cinema

TWILIGHT CINEMA:   Free movie nights at SHARC or The Village at Sunriver. Low profile chairs, blankets, coolers welcome (NO pets or glass). Food and beverage available. Movies start at dark, fun & games prior to showtime.  Click movie poster above to enlarge.



TURF TUNES:  Sundays, July 10 – August 21, 5:30-7:30pm: Enjoy seven weeks of free concerts and other entertainment in SHARC’s amphitheater. Bring your low profile chair, blanket and a picnic. Food and beverages available for purchase. Concerts held rain or shine. Please no pets, glass containers. Schedule subject to change

July 10, Junebugs: Combining high-energy pop with folksy goodness to create a genre-bending sound you can kick up your heels to.
July 17, West Troupe with Central Oregon Aerial Arts: Enjoy the high energy beats of West African drum and dance along with performances from the sky with aerial skills, acrobatics and lyra.
July 24, Jessie Leigh: Infuses a rock and roll attitude into a country style to take “old school music and make it relevant.”
July 31, Off the Record: Classic rock favorites from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.
Aug. 7, Tony Smiley: Captivating audiences with raw rhythms of live looping. His music combines rock, hip hop, reggae, tribal fusion, ’80s and everything in between.
Aug. 14, Henrik Bothe: Bringing the most hilarious comedy, magic and juggling that will have the whole family laughing harder than they ever have.
Aug. 21, Bill Keale: Transporting you to Hawaii with favorite and original island sounds that includes Hawaiian slack key guitar, pop, folk, and easy listening.


Mountain Resort Properties is again this year a proud sponsor of The Pacific Crest Triathlon!

THIS COURSE WILL TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY – Each year, during the last weekend in June, over 5000 athletes, their family and friends, converge on majestic Central Oregon to take part in the Pacific Crest Weekend Sports Festival. Pacific Crest is known as the jewel of multisport events in the Northwest and it has become a traditional destination race for athletes from across the nation, as well as from across the globe. Coupled with a finishing in a five star destination resort, it is the perfect family vacation destination. You don’t have to take our word for it — join us for this spectacular event and see for yourself.

Pacific Crest events begin Friday morning, with the competition and fun continuing into Sunday afternoon. Plus, The Village shopping area in Sunriver becomes the Athletes Village and Sports & Fitness Expo, with a terrific assortment of gear, clothing, health products, food and beverages to sample and fun “giftables” to purchase. In the Deschutes Brewery Beer Garden, next to the Village Bar and Grill, athletes, family and friends can enjoy Deschutes Brewery beers, great food, and live entertainment throughout the weekend. Bands from around the region, including the extremely popular Hit Machine will perform Friday and Saturday nights to Rock the Village and keep the celebration in full swing. Plus local groups will entertain the crowd through the afternoons Friday and Saturday.

Join the many thousands of athletes who have enjoyed the Pacific Crest experience and take this opportunity for fun, camaraderie, and most of all – some of the best competitive racing you will find in the country. It’s an ideal active family vacation opportunity in beautiful Sunriver, in the heart of scenic Central Oregon.

The event and accommodations often SELL OUT so it is advised you register and make your travel plans as soon as possible – especially since this is the 20th Anniversary so you know it’s going to be special!  You don’t want to miss out on this spectacular event!

Interactive Floor Plans Coming… NOW AVAILABLE (Update 6-1-16)

TruPlace interactive floor plans and professional photography

Website design trends are evolving all the time & so are we! 

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Whether browsing on your smartphone at a soccer game, receiving the tour link from a friend or family member, or daydreaming of your upcoming family vacation while browsing on the computer, you will soon be able to view Mountain Resort Properties interactive vacation rental floor plans 24/7.

This will be a huge help for Sunriver (Central Oregon) vacationers in making sure you reserve a property that fits your exact vacation rental wants & needs.  You will be able to view the property layout, style, décor and amenities in stunning HD photography.

Available NOW! This is phase II of our newly released website!

Welcome to our first blog post on our newly revamped website!

We hope you like our new look which is designed to make it easier to find the information that you are looking for. In particular, we hope you like the feel of the design which is specifically intended to be easy to navigate and to reflect our forward thinking and modern approach. The site is now compatible with modern tablets and smart phones to allow you to keep in touch, make lodging reservations and more while on the move.

We haven’t lost sight of our traditional core values and our motto of “Sunriver Vacations Made Simple” is still at the very heart of our company.

We will be updating this Blog on a regular basis to keep you in touch with all the new things happening in and around Sunriver, Oregon. There will be more than one contributor to make sure you get the range of topics you deserve – there is plenty to tell you about!

Take a moment to explore our new site, perhaps bookmark us, and be sure to check back regularly for vacation rentals, new and updated lodging specials, area events and much, much more!

If you have any questions about our new site or any other matter then please get in touch via our contact section or email –

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