It’s all downhill from here
The first homeowners have moved into the latest ski resort development at Revelstoke Mountain Resort just in time for snow season — and like plenty of the buyers so far, they are from Calgary.
Fourteen per cent of the new homeowners in the B.C. development are Albertans, says Mike Vopni of Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, which is market- ing the resort.
And no wonder. The resort is just 413 kilometres west of Calgary in the Selkirk Mountains.
“The owners are people from around the world looking for the best ski experience available,” says Vopni. “Many of them have told us that after missing out on resorts like Whistler, Vail, Aspen and Mount Tremblant, they have found redemption by purchasing on a mountain with the longest vertical in North America.”
What a season it will be at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, which offers 52 runs in a terrain of 1,214 hectares of snow-capped mountains.
Opened in 2007, the resort continues to expand and now has an eight-passenger gondola, two high-speed quads and a vertical descent of 1,713 metres. Heli-skiing and cat-skiing are also available at the resort, which is six kilometres southeast of Revelstoke.
The home of the Calgary family, who wish to remain anonymous, is on one of 25 exclusive lots in McKenzie Landing on the slopes of Mount McKenzie.
It’s just northeast of what will be the core of the resort, including a pedestrian-friendly village with restaurants, cafes and retail.
Built by Ursus Custom Homes, the ski-in, ski-out, five-bedroom home is more than 5,500 square feet. It is a pre-fabricated, timberframe home with features that include a boot room with ski and snowboard storage, as well as a board dryer and board maintenance bench.
The house also contains wideplank knotty alder flooring, wholehome audio, a media room and a six-person hot tub.
McKenzie Landing lots face west and have strict architectural guidelines that include view corridors with attention to such things as grading, rooflines and overshadowing.
A few of the homesites have approval for private helicopter access. This, too, is a first for North America, allowing owners and guests to walk out of their homes and into a waiting Selkirk Tangiers helicopter to access more than 202,342 hectares of powder terrain.
A further 24 lots are available in Monashee. Lots are anywhere from just under 0.2 hectares to more than 2.4 hectares, and 32 are already sold. Prices range from the low $700,000s to $2.9 million.
Views are of the Columbia River valley and Monashee Mountains.
The other development currently underway in the resort is Nelsen Lodge, a condominium hotel that will be three buildings by completion, including 200 homes and one grand lobby. Homes range from 532 to 2,100 square feet with one-to four bedrooms and some lock-off units.
A managed rental pool enables Nelsen Lodge owners to generate income from the ski-in, ski-out turnkey homes when not in use.
The first lodge is now complete, with 54 of the 59 units sold and prices ranging from $339,000 to $819,000. Another building in Nelsen Lodge is under construction and will be five storeys with completion set for early next year.
Forty-six of the 56 units are sold with sizes from 912 to 2,000 square feet and prices from $569,000 to $2 million for the three-bedroom penthouse with a den.
The third building will have 104 units from $467,900 to $2,959,900. The foundation is complete and construction is expected to restart in the next few months.
An additional home style is also offered for sale at this time — Tangiers townhouses. Twentyfour will be built and 10 have now sold at prices from $1.169 million to $1.459 million.
The 2,020 to 2,200 square foot homes include attached, two-car garages, ski storage, accordionstyle window walls that open to large, covered decks, vaulted ceilings, and wood-burning fireplaces with gas starters.
Completion is expected in the summer of 2011.
The resort is the only one in the world to offer lift, cat and heliskiing. The ski resort was initially launched by Revelstoke Mountain Resort Limited Partnership. A ma- jority equity interest was taken this year by Northland Properties Corp.
Northland owns the Sandman Hotel Group, as well as several well-known restaurants that include Moxie’s, Denny’s and Chop Classic Grills. The $1-billion, fourseason resort is expected to be completed over 15 years to include more than 5,000 housing units.
Top-tier luxury hotels, town houses, condominiums, and single-family homes will make up the mix. In addition, the resort will have 300,000 square feet of commercial and retail space and a Nick Faldo 18-hole golf course.
A snowboarder enjoys the slopes at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Top, a single-family home on one of 25 lots at McKenzie Landing.
The interior of a home in the Mackenzie Landing neighbourhood of Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
Windows are above a fireplace.
A view of the kitchen showing the use of timbers in the ceiling.