Home to the Old Mill District, Southern Crossing is one of Bend’s most happening neighborhoods. Spanning both sides of the Deschutes River just south of downtown, the area is Bend’s premier destination for shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and… whitewater kayaking and river surfing. That’s right: Bend Whitewater Park features human-made rapids with courses of varying difficulty. For more conventional outdoor recreation, there’s the amusingly-named Farewell Bend Park and Riverbend Park, with a boat launch, riverfront trails, and natural wetland space. We haven’t even mentioned Les Schwab Ampitheater yet, one of the Northwest’s premier concert venues.
Southern Crossing isn’t just about entertainment though: with the recent opening of OSU Cascades, a satellite campus of Oregon State University, the neighborhood has a distinct collegiate presence as well. Proximity to the university is the main grab for students, but this is all-in-all an awesome place to live the full college experience. So what about the real estate? If you can afford it, riverside townhouses provide stunning views and easy access to all the best that Bend has to offer. For some turn of the (20th) century charm, the neighborhood features some of Bend’s oldest houses, but it’s also a hotbed of development.