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1888 NE Walnut Ave.,  Redmond, OR    $99,900 

3.28 Acre Lot   3.6 Acres Of Irrigation  Lake Park Estates  MLS#


This 3.28 acre lot with Smith Rock and mountain views is currently designated a recreation area and will require a zoning change to build on.  It is potentially buildable.  Inquiries only from serious buyers who can see a greater value in the property, yet understand the challenges of purchasing this parcel and understand that it will take time and money to make this a buildable lot.  The list price reflects an as-is sale based on the current status of the lot.  The seller will not make any improvements or incur any expenses to change the zoning, identify corners, etc.  With a previous manufactured home on the property, the county issued a building permit in the past.  There is an old unusable septic system as well as old unusable shared well located on the adjoining property.  The lot will require a new septic system and private well.  Electricity goes to the property.  Pilot Butte Canal runs along the south edge of the lot and there are 3.6 acres of irrigation with COI.


Directions:  Hwy 97, east on NW Canal, right on NE King Way to 17th.   Turn left on 17th, then first right onto Walnut.  Property is first lot on the right.   Located just 5 minutes from Home Depot and St. Charles Hospital.   Just 10 minutes from downtown Redmond.

Important notes regarding the sale of:    1888 NE Walnut Ave., Redmond

According to the seller:

The seller hired attorney, Will Van Vactor, Bend, Oregon, 541-233-8517 to research the background of the subject parcel and to see how it could be made buildable.  Will Van Vactor specializes in land use and real estate law.  The attorney has said that Walnut St. lot has always been zoned recreational, but based on his research, at this point, the lot is potentially buildable.  When the county issued a building permit many years ago for a manufactured home and septic system, it was zoned a recreation area even then.  In talking with the county, they said they might issue a building permit for it, but would need a letter of indemnity from the new owner insulating them from any future litigation if the HOA or any neighboring homeowners who might take issue with putting a home on the property. 

The owner who sold the lot to the seller owned the subject parcel as well as the lot next door.  Then the subject property was conveyed to the HOA.  Then the HOA conveyed it back to the owner and took the other lot next door for future recreation use.  The seller also had contacted a site engineer and these were his conclusions:

$5,000 would be needed to have engineered site plan made.  This would be required to bring in any fill.  His estimated bid was $20,000 for fill.  Then he estimated it would take between $17,500- $22,00 to install a septic system (septic may need sand filter) as well as a new well (which must be minimum of 100 feet from the old septic tank.  This is all based on the county approving a building permit.

In 2017, Central Oregon Irrigation District noticed some leakage from the canal along the subject property and using backhoes, proceeded to shore up the canal to prevent future leaking of the canal onto the subject property.  According to Leslie Clark, Central Oregon Irrigation District, 541-504-7576, the current status (effective 2/2019) of the 3.6 acres of irrigation is that they are in good standing.   The reason the amount of irrigation rights exceeds the 3.2 acres of the subject property goes back to the previous owner and the lot exchange with the HOA.  The seller has been billed for the 3.6 acres since 2006 and according to Leslie, while it does not make sense that the irrigation rights acreage exceeds the entire lot acreage, it is not an easy process to adjust to irrigation rights to the correct acreage. 

Also, the current plans from the Central Oregon Irrigation District are to installed an enclosed pipe to replace the now open access canal along 17th St.  that provides irrigation water north from the main Pilot Butte Canal.  In the future, irrigation water can be accessed from this enclosed pipe by a pressure pump and it will no longer be necessary to have a pond to obtain irrigation water.

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