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Homes planned for 43.4 acres bordered by Iris Lane and Elbe Drive on Culver highway

Woodhill Homes out of Bend has proposed a 159-home subdivision for land on the south side of Culver. The 43.38-acre property lies between Southwest Iris Lane and Southwest Elbe Drive. The Culver Highway bisects the tract into two triangles.

"People in Culver see 159 lots and houses and they think, 'Man, that's going to happen all at once,'" says Woodhill Homes President George Hale. "That will most likely take us anywhere from four to eight years to build through."

Each lot is a minimum of 7,500 square feet. Woodhill expects to price the homes between $300-350,000, which Hale considers affordable for first time homebuyers.

Homebuyers want to live in places like Culver, according to Hale. "Culver has really good schools. People want to move there for the schools," says Hale. "People still want to live here but they can't afford Bend, Redmond, Sisters. What you find is they look toward other communities in Central Oregon that they can afford. Culver really fits that bill."

The developer submitted the plans to the city Oct. 25.

"We don't even have a complete application," says Culver City Recorder Donna McCormack. She says it will have to go to the planning commission for approval and many things could change before then. "For instance, we've asked them to change the name from Opal Springs. We already have a road named Opal Springs and we don't want any confusion."

Woodhill has been building houses in Central Oregon for 20 years, most recently at Sunrise Meadow and Willow Springs in Redmond.

Hale has a contract to buy Culver property from resident Jack Ickler, whom he calls a visionary. "Jack wants to make Culver into more of a living community than just a satellite community," says Hale. "We're just carrying on his vision."

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