There are three gates from South Century Boulevard
onto Vandevert Ranch – the main gate, the north gate (shown above), and
the south gate. The main gate is a beautiful ranch-style gate, made of
logs with a high log crossbeam above the gateway. This is the principal
gate used by homeowners and their guests and is not to be used by
contractors. The main gate actually consists of two separate gates –
one for entering and one for exit. Drivers can open either gate by
using a transponder that fits on a keychain, by entering a unique code
on a keypad at the gate, or by calling a homeowner from a phone at the
gate to be buzzed in. The ranch manager maintains a computer record of
which transponder or which code was used every time a gate is opened.
The north and south gates are designed primarily
for contractors but homeowners may use them as well. Drivers open the
gates by waving an individually issued plastic proximity card in front
of a reader. A record of whose card opened the gate, at what time, and
from which side is kept on the ranch manager’s computer.
In use since 2001, the security gates have been
reliable and easy for homeowners, contractors, and visitors to use.
Security is one of the duties of ranch employees.
They will investigate suspicious events and will stop unfamiliar
vehicles and visitors to ascertain their identity and reason for being
on the ranch. Police services are provided by the Deschutes County
Sheriff’s Office. Incidents requiring police services have been