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Though the boom is decidedly off, Redmond boasts some of Central Oregon’s best . . . a fine location close to a myriad of recreational potential (Smith Rock, the Metolius and Deschutes Rivers, Lake Billy Chinook, Mt. Bachelor), a bustling (but very manageable) airport featuring direct flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Denver, Seattle, and Las Vegas, a salubrious “banana belt” climate (allowing for golf almost 365 days per year!), and those glorious Cascade mountain vistas. It also offers some of the best values. Redmond homes for sale are slightly more affordable than other local communities. Central Oregon MLS shows a full range of offerings–from condos and quaint cabins, to fixer-up Redmond foreclosures and short sales starting at $59,000; to wonderful custom homes, sprawling ranch properties and one-of-a-kind riverfront and canyon rim estates approaching the $4 million mark.
The First Settlers
When the first homesteaders (ironically, their name was Redmond) arrived around the turn of the century, they established an agricultural base. The farming community was further enhanced with the development of the Oregon Trunk Line Railroad in 1910. What followed was a period of slow, steady growth. Property in Redmond showed only minor appreciation.
During the early years of WWII, Roberts Field opened as a US Air Force Base; it later converted to commercial service . . . a key link in the future growth and accessibility of Central Oregon.
Redmond . . . The Boom
Virtually no one foresaw that this land of sunshine, juniper forests, sage, and rabbit brush would become the fastest growing town in Oregon (it was from 2000 until 2005) with a thriving population of more than 25,000. Probably two things can be attributable to this growth . . . the incredible quality of lifestyle and affordable houses for sale in Redmond.
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