Vandevert Ranch features astounding quality, security and endless privacy, making this unique custom log home community one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Central Oregon. Twenty ranch owners share 350 acres of common land on both banks of the Deschutes River. Experience exclusive privacy and a close relationship with nature and special opportunities for recreation throughout the Vandevert Ranch community. Residents choosing to make Vandevert Ranch their home benefit from an elevated lifestyle, refined luxury and stunning views of Mt. Bachelor and the Cascade Mountains that make you pinch yourself wondering — is this real life?

History of Vandevert Ranch

Vandevert Ranch boasts a rich and vibrant history in Southern Deschutes County. The original Vandevert Ranch was homesteaded in 1892 by William Plutarch Vandevert, who brought cattle to the ranch, as well as his eight children and schoolteacher wife, Sadie. The original log homestead and one-room schoolhouse are counted among the 33 sites listed as Historic Resources in Deschutes County, and the ranch itself pre-dates the founding of the city of Bend. The Vandevert family lives on the ranch until the 1980s. Grace Vandevert McNellis, William’s granddaughter, no longer lives on the property, but still visits and has published a book, Home on the Vandevert Ranch.

The Vandevert children and grandchildren lived a pioneer-style life on the ranch, drawing water from a hand pump, attending school in the one-room Harper School and heating the house with wood stoves.

In the beginning, the primary business of Vandevert Ranch was cattle wearing the Hashknife brand. The Hashknife brand started in Weatherford, Texas, in the 1870s. Bill Vandevert used the brand in his days as a range foreman for the Aztec Land and Cattle Company in Texas and Arizona. The Hashknife name and brand appear throughout the Vandevert Ranch community, most prominently on Hashknife Road, which bridges the Little Deschutes River and connects the road to the barn.

The modern history if the ranch began in 1988 when Jim and Carol Gardener purchased and restored the Homestead and developed the property into a high-end, luxury gated community. Currently, Vandevert Ranch occupies 400 acres of land 16-miles south of Bend, Oregon, with 18 homesites. The low-density occupancy makes Vandevert Ranch a coveted, private community that draws in the prominent property owners who value privacy, luxury and security.

The new homeowners and HOA at Vandevert Ranch have banded together to protect the ranch even though they have no direct relation to the Vandevert family. Residents living in Vandevert Ranch want the legacy to continue even after all of the Vandeverts have passed and they have a tremendous amount of pride in the community.

Beautiful, Log-Themed Homes

Vandevert Ranch operates with building restrictions that limit, but also provide maximum flexibility for owners in designing their log homes. The original Design Review Guidelines call for homes of log, timber and stone that have been well-crafted. These homes embody the pioneer heritage of the ranch, while expressing the individuality of their owners. Many of the homes within Vandevert Ranch have appeared in Architectural Digest and Log Homes Illustrated. Every home is a luxury log home, in keeping with the history of the original homestead.


Living within the gates of Vandevert Ranch grants homeowners access to an immense amount of luxury benefits and amenities. Once inside, everything you ever need will be taken care of without hesitation. Need firewood? Simply call the ranch manager and firewood will be cut and delivered to you. Vandevert Ranch embodies the concept of elegant, rustic luxury.

Enjoy all of the draws of Central Oregon within the 400 acres of Vandevert Ranch. The ranch includes private put-in and take-out spots, which allow you easy access to the Little Deschutes River whether you want to float the river, kayak, fish or swim. With walking and biking trails wind throughout the ranch — you can walk the original trails the Vandeverts would have started out on when traveling into Bend. The ranch itself emanates a certain peacefulness that would be hard to recreate anywhere else on the planet.

The ranch includes complete boarding facilities and care for owner’s horses and dogs. Vandevert Ranch employs an Animal Caretaker as a permanent member of the staff. The facilities include immaculately maintained stables, a riding arena, paddocks, pasture and eight miles of riding trails. These facilities are only available to Vandevert Ranch owners.

Cast out your line for a morning of fishing on the private fishing pond located on the ranch. The 3.2-acre pond is 20-feet deep and is stocked with Rainbow Trout and includes 1,000 feet of shoreline for fly fishing. Owners and visiting guests at Vandevert Ranch can bicycle throughout the property, camp at the on-site teepee, play horseshoes at the barn and enjoy the ambiance around the roaring fire in the firepit that overlooks the Cascade Mountain Range.

Social Scene

In addition to a wealth of amenities, homeowners at Vandevert Ranch enjoy a vibrant social scene. Be as social as you want to be when living at Vandevert Ranch, as the HOA and residents put on a variety of events within the ranch. Play in the annual golf scramble, attend wine tastings and create community within the gates of Vandevert Ranch. The homeownership in Vandevert Ranch is similar to Crosswater, drawing in residents who aren’t pretentious and simply love the Central Oregon lifestyle.

Security and Peace of Mind

Vandevert Ranch proudly maintains an elevated level of security for the residents living within the community. Security and peace of mind draw in residents who value a security-conscious environment. Vandevert Ranch owners often maintain a high level of wealth and the security systems put into place in the community serve to protect the privacy of property owners. Owners from a variety of career backgrounds are attracted to the ranch due to the elevated security consciousness.

Make Your Home at Vandevert Ranch

The ranch environment at Vandevert includes rich plant and wildlife enhanced by the owner’s association’s dedication to preserving the natural beauty and health of the community. Spend warm summer evening sitting around the fire pit sharing stories with friends new and old as you watch a stunning Central Oregon sunset. Ride horses in the riding arena or wander through the eight miles of trails on the ranch. Cast your line out on Rainbow Lake and feast on your catch of the day. Enjoy a truly unique living experience at Vandevert Ranch.

Contact Scott and Robyn Tuttle for more information on properties currently for sale within Vandevert Ranch. Find the place that feeds your soul at Vandevert Ranch, located outside of Sunriver, Oregon.