Definitely depends on whether you prefer rural or in town living. Rarely known in Central Oregon is a small town by the name of Culver. Schools have a great reputation and the small size makes sure no one gets lost.
Below is a link to many school related sites including a State report card page.
Safe travels to Bend ~ you will find Bend a very welcoming - kid firendly ~ dog friendly town! It is definitely a town I wish I had known about when I was raising my kids.
My next advice to you is to speak with some of the agents who have written to you and see who you feel you have a connection with - someone you feel listens and will help you in finding you the best fit for your family.
I know you stated you have connected with a lender - so the next important step would be to affirm your price point and that as well will determine what neighborhoods are in your price range. There are lots of great neighborhoods & with the right agent you will do fine in your search for the perfect neighborhood for your family!
Welcome to Bend ~ you have made a great choice! Your life will be filled with lots of fun things to do and a new start creating great memories & experiences!
My Best ~
Coldwell Banker Morris
Chris - Travis has hit the nail on the head - one thing to keep in mind is using a local agent in Central Oregon is a very good idea. Central Oregon has a lot of areas that differ from one or another and are sometimes completely different than that of other areas in the state. If you are truly looking for a home in that area calling Travis may be your best bet for great representation.... more