Winter Park Real Estate: Step Up to Sterling Pointe
March 21, 2008
Do you tell your guests that shag carpeting is back in style?
Do you make excuses for the sunken living room with the globe lighting or steer friends clear of the old ’80s sauna that you stuff full of old ski gear?
If that “Brady Bunch” motif hits too close to home, you may be ready for a step up to the condominiums and townhomes within Winter Park Ranch’s newest neighborhood, Sterling Pointe.
In fact, that’s exactly who is gravitating toward this development ” owners who are eager to trade up from their current residence, which was likely built during the Carter, Reagan and Bush Sr. administration, into something more modern.
The response has been exceptional and I see why: ‘Mountain Lodge’ style architecture, attached garages and other desirable features, coupled with pre-construction pricing, makes “moving on up” in the Fraser Valley a reality.
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The future site of Sterling Pointe, which sits at the West Meadow Mile and Meadow Mile crossroads, captures views that circle from the Continental Divide to Byers Peak. It’s situated in a convenient location (just a stone’s throw away from the Meadow Ridge Clubhouse,) with easy access to all the activities that the mountains have to offer.
A five-minute drive is all it takes to visit the shops and restaurants in Winter Park, and if you’d prefer to leave your car behind, these new homes are on the bus route. You can even walk to Safeway and the Fraser River Trail, which winds along the Fraser River and extends for miles in both directions.
It’s no wonder that locals and visitors alike prefer hanging out in this neck of the woods. I know I did.
Driving through the neighborhoods up the hill behind Safeway, I’m hit with nostalgia. I lived in this neighborhood about eight years ago, in a condo tucked away within one of the cul-de-sacs off of Wapiti in Fraser. As a runner, I knew the mileage of every curvy road and enjoyed the solitude that came with running long distances on the alternating dirt and asphalt roads, amidst panoramic views.
Of all the places I’ve lived throughout this county over the years, this was one of my favorites because I felt a sense of freedom and safety.
Planning is Key
Well-loved neighborhoods don’t happen by accident. Wintergreen Homes Management, LLC worked diligently with their future neighbors, jointly recognizing concerns and establishing mutual goals and plans for the neighborhood as a whole.
A commission staff that was able to process all the development logistics within a year combined with Wintergreen’s excellent planning efforts definitely paid off.
“Our project was seen as fulfilling a need within the community,” said Hugh Davidson, a principal in Wintergreen Homes Management, who was primarily involved in land planning/land use of this community. “Our goal is to provide an excellent project at affordable prices and to be recognized as more than a provider of housing, but rather a builder of communities.”
Cognizance in this area is extremely important these days, as mountain towns struggle to balance the ying of protecting the coveted lifestyle and open spaces with the yang of managing its growth due to the steady diet of new full-time residents and second-home buyers. Grand County has been careful thus far to stay grounded by keeping the locals within the town limits, rather than pushing them farther out of bounds to accommodate the affluent influx that’s so common in resort areas. It’s comforting to know that Grand County may escape the oxymoronic “affordable housing” vibe felt in other rising counties, thanks to developers like Wintergreen Homes.
Experience Makes the Difference
Sterling Pointe blends personality with efficiency and affordability; this development is part of a legacy, with 30 other similar predecessors that have forged the way, including The Villas at Swan’s Nest near Breckenridge, Avon Crossing and Prospect Pointe in Frisco, and, most recently, Sunray Meadows in Steamboat Springs and Riverpark in Newcastle.
Wintergreen Homes Management, LLC specializes in the development and construction of multi-family housing in the mountain resort areas of Colorado.
According to Hugh Davidson, the Fraser Valley was chosen as the next project location because of our world-class ski resorts and its proximity to Denver.
“Avoiding most of the I-70 traffic by hopping onto Berthoud Pass is a plus, and another desirable factor was that this area offers affordable options for building that are nearly non-existent in other resort communities.”
Sterling Pointe will encompass a total of 18 acres, and its 28, four and six-plex buildings will be released in phases.
A total of 164 units, consisting of condominiums and townhomes, will be built over the next three years; all units have attached garages, natural gas fireplaces, a patio or deck, slab granite countertops and ceramic tile floors in the kitchen, ceramic tile in the bathrooms, including the tub surround, countertop and floor, low maintenance exteriors with painted cement-fiber siding, and natural gas heat that is included in the HOA dues.
The floor plans are spacious, with townhomes ranging from 1,616 to 1,666 sq. ft. and condominiums ranging from 1,092 to 1,253 sq. ft. The condominiums offer single-level living, with well-thought out layouts and a one-car garage. The townhomes extend over two levels, with a large family room and kitchen on the main level, with all of the bedrooms situated upstairs. An ample entry area leads into the garage, which will be either a one-and-a-half car or two-car garage, depending on the model chosen.
It’s apparent the developers are doing something right, design-wise. Even better, they’ve found a secret weapon in this challenging real estate market ” Coldwell Banker’s Winter Park Partners. This powerhouse group includes Irene and Neil Jans, Margaret Sonnek, Pattie Kitano and Carol Mooney.
Not only are they repeat winners of the Coldwell Banker international sales awards, they were the Number One Coldwell Banker Franchise Team in Colorado in 2006.
“Excellence Multiplied” is correct. Of the 34 condos and townhomes released in the first phase, twelve are under contract already and the site hasn’t even been prepped for construction.
“Winter Park Partners is pleased to be working with such a seasoned development group, Wintergreen Homes Management, LLC,” said Irene Jans. “They understand the finish and price levels the resort owners expect, and we anticipate that these homes will be purchased quickly due to the prices, finishes and need for attached garages in this area.”
Phase I pricing for these two bedroom condominiums range from $311,900 to $339,900 and the three-bedroom townhomes range from $459,900 to $489,900.
Upgrades and color palettes will be available if you’d like to personalize the home. Construction will commence this spring, with a targeted occupancy date for the first buildings starting in early 2009.
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Their Web site is one of the most impressive I’ve seen to date; not just the graphics and attention to details, but also the fact that it’s user friendly, with no registration or password required. Don’t take my word for it. Check out the floor plans and site plan online at http://www.sterlingpointellc.com.
For more information about ownership opportunities within Sterling Pointe, please contact Winter Park Partners. Log onto http://www.winterparkpartners.com, visit them at their Coldwell Banker office in downtown Winter Park, or call (970) 722-1225.
To sum up this new endeavor succinctly, I’ll leave you with Wintergreen Homes Management, LLC’s (www.wintergreenhomesllc.com) mission statement: “All the features you desire, the location you demand, and the builder you can rely on, all at affordable prices.”