Fraser real estate: Hassle-free Porcupine Ridge cabins allow owners to enjoy life |

Fraser real estate: Hassle-free Porcupine Ridge cabins allow owners to enjoy life

by Cyndi Palmer
Grand County Homes and Properties

There’s a newer development in Winter Park Ranch in Fraser whose hassle- and management-free ownership is designed to allow homeowners more time for the important things in life. Models are open most weekends, as the company opens up its final phase, listed with Prudential Winter Park Realtors.

Principals Mark Hanna (president) and Mitch Martinski (vice president and project manager) of the Cabins at Porcupine Ridge offer single-family cabins with all of the exterior maintenance and repairs handled by a professional management company. Both have lived and built homes in the Fraser Valley for more than 10 years and know how important it can be to have time to enjoy the surrounding opportunities.

The company enters its third season of building homes at Porcupine Ridge and already celebrate a successful market with 12 models left of 32 homes. “We’re a full year ahead of where we thought we’d be,” Hanna said, “which is a reflection of the quality of what we’re doing up here.”

The Corona Model, named after Corona Pass, features four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, vaulted ceiling with hand-peeled log beams enclosing tongue-and-groove woodwork, and two-car garage with oversized door. There’s a main-floor bedroom with en-suite bath, a master bedroom on the upper level, popular large dining area with great views through large windows, and a good-size lower-level family room with real stone fireplace, log mantle and stone hearth.

The model may also be enlarged with the Highlander package which is said to “pop the top” of the garage, adding an additional bedroom and bath. The company’s Corona Highlander, will be a featured home in this year’s Parade of Homes, and “is the largest home we build,” Hanna said. It has five bedrooms and five baths on three levels comprising of about 3,000 square feet. The company also builds homes starting with two bedrooms “but with room to grow,” he said. “All our residences, however, feature the same high level of care, craftsmanship, and attention to detail.”

The Byers Peak Model, which has been popular because of its large kitchen and master bedroom, offers two upper-level plans ” a two-master suite arrangement or three-bedroom configuration (with a master and two bedrooms which share a bath). The model also offers a large family room on the lower level, with real stone fireplace and hand-crafted log mantle and stone hearth. It is designed to also be a great space for a children’s room, complete with its own bath, and room for bunk beds, TVs, game consoles and more “leaving the adults free to enjoy the great kitchen and living room on the main level.” There’s also a two-car garage with oversized door.

The most popular Arapaho Model rounds out the Cabins at Porcupine Ridge, with four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, large lower-level family room, and two-car garage with oversized door. It has a “true” main-floor master bedroom with matching master bedroom on the upper level as well. The model features a “soaring” vaulted ceiling with hand-peeled log beams enclosing tongue-and-groove woodwork and a real stone fireplace (with hand-crafted log mantle and stone hearth) reaching all the way to the peak. Hardwood floors may be left as they are or have them distressed. Like the Corona Model, the Arapaho Model can also be enlarged with the Highlander package.

The cabins feature “thoughtful design” featuring a “classic rustic style” which combines hand-peeled logs, real stone, stucco, and quality construction with beech cabinets, granite countertops, and plinth block trim. Architect is Richard Lubischer of Denver.

The company is “firmly committed” to recycling. It recycles its scrap wood, metal, cardboard, chip and recycle all the slash from the original site preparation, and keeps special containers for the workers’ water and soda bottles. Hanna said it was something Project Manager Martinski and his wife, avid recycling volunteers, felt strongly about.

“We try to minimalize our personal impact as much as we can,” Hanna said.

Their conscious conservation of resources is also apparent in the landscaping. Hanna said the company, which plans to finish building its final model by 2011 at the latest, will return the area as close as possible to how it was pre-development. There will once again be wild grasses planted, planned according to Middle Park Conservancy District recommendations, and there are dedicated open spaces “with as many trees as can be established,” Hanna said.

The Winter Park Ranch area offers a quiet retreat where local trail systems allow recreational enjoyment for biking, hiking and cross-country skiing close by. They are also conveniently located on the local bus route near the entrance.

“Come visit us and find out how easy and affordable it is to play in our mountains instead of working your vacations away,” Hanna said.

Hours are about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the week and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekends. Prices range from the lower- to mid- $600,000s. How to get there: Turn east at the Safeway in Fraser, climb to the top of the hill. At the intersection turn right onto Cramner. Take your second left onto Balsh Boulevard and then the next left at Hughes Avenue into the Cabins at Porcupine Ridge. For more information or to schedule a tour, call (970) 726-4614, e-mail, or visit