Winter Park Real Estate: Lakota Paradise Found |

Winter Park Real Estate: Lakota Paradise Found

S.F. StrayerGrand County Homes and Properties

The stop-and-go driving pattern I quickly adopted must have been brutal for Anne, but I suspected she was used to it after years of accompanying prospective buyers on this very road. Stop, take a photo, drive 30 feet. Stop, take another shot, lurch forward again. I have often heard that location, location, location is the key point of real estate, but these panoramic photo opps on the old Water Board Road north of the Lakota development were over the top Hollywood-backdrop gorgeous. By this time, I wasnt just a fan. I was tipping toward fanatical over the views and the potential of this development, but enviably, she was the lucky one to call this haven home. This is the most desirable locale close enough to the resort you can literally choose your run from your bedroom window, but far enough away from the hubbub to feel the seclusion and peace you seek in a second home.You couldnt pry me from this neighborhood now that Im here, Anne said. We walk right to the resort, buy a coffee at Starbucks, exercise on all of these traffic-free back roads and just wait until next ski season, when the new Village is ready down at the Base. Thats when life here will really get interesting. I ran home to tell my husband that I, too, wanted to live in Shangri-la. A Legacy in the WakeThe photos, illuminating past projects proudly built by Hermes Resort Properties, revealed visions of luxurious comfort meets epic quality. Theyve created a cult-following in the Vail Valley and the Carolinas over the past 14 years, with names that speak for themselves: Cordillera, Bachelor Gulch, Brightwater Club, Red Sky Ranch and Arrowhead are a few in Colorado, along with the Cliffs Community in Carolina Preserve. The accolades on include “Undoubtedly the most comprehensive and impressive club membership in the world.” Resort Living magazine.Lakota at Winter Park is now a signature community of Hermes Resort Properties; panoramic views in a premier location, high-end finishes by Slifer Designs, distinctive floor plans and superior construction define this unrivaled alpine development.The true essence of this neighborhood is hard to capture in an ad; its difficult to describe how the first triplexs concrete foundation seems to wade in the snow, awaiting construction to rise above it, and you envision its future occupants to be captivated by not only entire ski area views, but the Resorts lights twinkling in the distance, giving these homes peek-a-boo glimpses of a nightlife thats only a walk away.Their commitment to quality and attention to detail is second to none, said Hank Sender. Weve raised the bar prepare to be impressed. A Wealth of OptionsOne of the most appealing aspects of Lakota is its location and the fact that in 2008 it is still a largely undeveloped piece of property. In most Colorado ski towns, the land with a similar proximity or views to those at Lakota was usually the first to be developed, said Hank Sender, Director of Sales for Lakota at Winter Park. The fact that we have such an amazing piece of land to work with is truly a blessing.No doubt that Rick Hermes, the owner of Hermes Resort Properties, counted himself blessed when this opportunity, rich in views and surrounded by the ArapahoNational Forest, presented itself. He bought the entire 144 acres and then subdivided it into three filings. Lakota at Winter Park now consists of four neighborhoods: the existing neighborhood has been renamed Lakota Crossing and Lakota Park, and future releases will be known as Lakota Grand and Lakota Springs. In addition to property enhancements including updated fencing and landscaping, starting in the 2008 ski season, homeowners will benefit from a new dial-a-ride service that will provide transportation to the ski resort and the town of Winter Park for dining and shopping.New Kids on the BlockA mix of duplexes, triplexes and single-family cabins are on the horizon:Trailside at Lakota Park consists of master-designed duplexes that feature an open floor plan, ideal for casual-mountain entertaining. These 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath homes boast hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, hand textured walls, natural stone countertops, knotty alder cabinets and of course, panoramic mountain views. Pre-construction prices start in the high-$900s.Northwoods at Lakota Park are three bedroom, 3.5 bath townhomes with a recreation room, spacious deck, vaulted ceilings, hand textured walls, natural stone countertops, knotty alder cabinets, and the main level features a great room with view framing windows and a country kitchen with a large island. Two styles, an uphill or downhill view, are available. Prices also start in the high-$700s.The Retreat at Lakota Park features the single-family homes with four bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Gourmet kitchen, two-car garage, expansive decks and verandas, and all of the other fine details mentioned above, but in these, the great room boasts an impressive stone fireplace, the master suite opens to a deck that extends to the great room, providing unique indoor/outdoor living, and the lower level has three guest suites and a large entertainment room that opens to a garden terrace. Prices start at $1.225 million.As You Like ItSlifer Designs has created three distinct finish styles to offer a new homeowner the ability to personalize their new home. Mountain Modern features rustic materials used in a simplified, innovative manner. Warm hues and timeless accents characterize a refined classic with the Traditional finish style, while the Rustic finishes have a casual, charming and cozy log cabin feel.This is as close to custom as it gets, said Anne Utley, Lakota sales rep extraordinaire, as she showed me the various options. Especially the custom single-family cabins that were offering; you can choose everything from cabinet styles and stains, different types of tile and granite, even down to hardware in the kitchen and bathrooms. A visit to their sales center, near the developments entrance, will help solidify your artistic decisions. They have samples of cabinets, carpet, slab granite and various tiles, plus thick books that highlight everything from kitchen appliances to towel holders. Can Only Afford One Luxurious Slice?In many cases, it seems that quarter shares are the way to go. Few people can rarely use their second home more often than once a month anyway and from a lifestyle perspective, its freeing to have a vacation home in a few select locations, said Doug Freyschlag, President of Alpine Quarters, Inc. Soft or hard market, its the smart way to own. Currently. there are quarter shares available in the Antlers, the first townhome development within Lakota. Right now there are three quarters available in Antler #502, a brand new townhome that sits at the end of the cul-de-sac. In addition to quarter shares available in a few of the Dreamcatcher duplexes, one quarter share is also available in the following Antler townhomes: 103, 207, 208 and 411. They will also offer quarters in one of the new Northwood townhomes as well as a new Trailside duplex.Alpine Quarters success is due to their focus on ownership structure; its important to consider a quarter share thats managed correctly, or trouble could brew for both the buyer and seller. Alpine Quarters focus is to offer an extremely good ownership experience, said Doug. Were selective about the properties we quarter, and nearly 90 percent of Grand Countys quarter shares are managed by our proven system. For more information, visit or e-mail

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