Granby / Real Estate: New team shares Granby Ranch vision
February 8, 2008
Granby Ranch is celebrating success this year as well as a new, world-class management team.
The Atira Group is a real estate development company whose mission is to create unique communities. While doing this, the team strives to also provide and maintain club and community operations that cater to the lifestyles customers desire ” a vision started with the Cipriani family, principal owners of Granby Ranch (with the Divine family).
So far, there has been $20 million in capital investment by Granby Realty Holdings at Granby Ranch, which went toward roads and related site infrastructure, golf course improvements, Base Lodge remodeling with extensive modifications for Club
Member amenities, the new Grange Hall community and fitness facility (adjacent to the Base Camp Lodge and Base Camp One, the Dundee Groups’ new slopeside condominium residence building).
CEO Gerry Engle is the visionary behind the team and acts as founding principal of The Atira Group. He is renowned in the development world for establishing several well-known resort communities, including Cordillera at Vail and The Club at Crested Butte, and he recruited the team of professionals from some of the world’s best resorts. Engle is aided by the talents of managing partners, Michael Gilliland and Lance Badger, who are working on similar projects.
The team consists of Joe Malone, new CEO and president at Granby Ranch; Jim Houston, senior director of real estate sales and marketing; Wayne Trudeau, vice president of sales and marketing; and Kyle Harris, senior vice president of Granby Ranch Development. Each has extensive background and education in their fields.
“The biggest thing is to have a great, on-site team,” Engle said. “They’re part of the community. That’s an important aspect.”
Granby Ranch takes pride in continuing to offer a small mountain-town feel without the usual lack of some larger city resources and amenities that comes with that. The trendy four-season ski and golf community spans 5,000 acres of gorgeous alpine landscape with property which includes SolVista Basin ski area, which just recently finished a complete remodel of its Base Camp Lodge with a new restaurant and is one of only a few ski resorts on private land in Colorado.
There’s also the 18-hole Headwaters Golf Course to be redesigned by (Jack) Nicklaus Designs. Two holes have been added to the course so that Nicklaus can work on the course two holes at a time this summer, ensuring that there is an 18-hole course at all times for enthusiasts during the remodeling. The layout, Houston said, is “contoured to take advantage of the stunning Rocky Mountain view corridors and the comforting run of the Fraser River. We are proud that the Headwaters Course tees, greens, and landing areas are designed to accommodate a diverse group of players ” from aspiring family players to seasoned golfers looking for a challenge.”
The development boasts an unparalleled combination of community amenities, homes, and homesites. All owners not only are members of the Club at Granby Ranch, but have access to more than three miles of private gold-medal fishing access along the Fraser River as well as hundreds of acres of trails and open space for a plethora of activities year-round. Guests who purchase homesites are also awarded unlimited skiing for the family.
Significant portions of the development are designated open space in perpetuity and managed by the Granby Ranch Conservancy and each home owner is a member that oversees the ranch, its 600-acre elk preserve, and its open spaces throughout the property.
“As the big areas are finding ways to ‘downsize’ their scale to promote a more intimate and presumably family environment, Granby Ranch is ahead of that curve as we transform SolVista ski area as one of the Colorado gems of the Rockies, to a winter activities family club community under the Granby Ranch umbrella,” Houston said.
Just in the last year, Granby Ranch celebrates more than 180 successful home or site sales, with the new club’s membership growing from less than 50 members to around 300. “We are proud of the public’s endorsement of our value proposition: a growing Colorado casual club community where the Denver area’s families feel free to enjoy our outdoor activities or just relax in each other’s company,” Houston said.
He said there are currently a number of homesites available, ranging from approximately $130,000 to $299,000. Prices are determined based on several factors, including lot size, trail access, views, location and appeal.