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Mar/Apr 2006

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.”


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Custom Wood Homes
Spring 2007

The Belle Maison of the Ball
A Custom Wood Village in Bend, Oregon seems transported from France

French music wafts from an open window of a small cottage. Fresh lilacs shiver in a blown glass vase after a breeze whispers across their blooms. The sun glides behind the distant skyline of a mountain range.

As you wind around the gentle curve in the street, you feel certain you have traversed the ocean to arrive in a quaint village in the South of France. Yet you have entered a six-acre French provincial village envisioned and created by builder Jess Alway in the mountainous landscape of Bend, Oregon.


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