A Glimpse of France on the Deschutes River

When Jess Alway set out to gather design ideas for Mountain River Estates, the provincial French village he would be building south of Bend, he went straight to the source. Alway took his daughter Alisha, a camera and a lot of film to the Loire Valley in France. “We visited every new construction site we could find and took photos of them all,” he says. “Then we visited all the old chateaus too. We came home with an entire album of ideas.”

The trip was well worth it. Countless of those ideas, from the tiniest accent to the largest structural compoonent, have been included in the beautiful homes currently under construction on the 19 lots of Mountain River Estates. Each of the four home styles available, designed by an architect Alway personally selected, “is a truly modern chateau,” he says.