B.C. VAL­LEY BECK­ONS

Es­cape to Ra­dium Springs

Calgary Herald - - NEW CONDOS - MARTY HOPE

We think re­gard­less of eco­nomic con­di­tions, there’s al­ways an ap­petite for well-built prod­uct and ex­clu­sive lo­ca­tions that present good value to our cus­tomers. The liv­abil­ity in that 1,200-square-foot foot­print is ex­cep­tional. Randy Trapp

For 15 years now, Bighorn Mead­ows Re­sort has been cater­ing to the de­sire of peo­ple look­ing for that per­fect es­cape des­ti­na­tion, and that de­sire keeps the Columbia Val­ley’s only full-ser­vice re­sort res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity grow­ing.

Just a few short months ago, con­struc­tion started on the 10th phase of the Ra­dium Springs, B.C. re­sort, with a brand new prod­uct be­ing not only of­fered to, but snapped up by, va­ca­tion­ers.

“Phase 10 is al­ready 75 per cent sold out, and the next phases will have 40 town­house du­plex units (1,150 to 1,200 square feet) when we’re done,” says Randy Trapp, pres­i­dent of Lux­ury Resorts West, the par­ent com­pany of Bighorn Mead­ows Re­sort.

Pre-sell­ing has al­ready started on the 11th phase, which will of­fer four more units. And yes, there are more com­ing.

Trapp says the idea be­hind the cre­ation of town­homes was to “max­i­mize” the value of the sur­round­ing nat­u­ral ameni­ties, and to pro­vide yet an­other hous­ing op­tion for buy­ers.

“We are ex­tremely pleased with the amount of in­ter­est in our pre­sale pro­gram,” Trapp says.

It’s also about get­ting the bang for the buck.

“We think re­gard­less of eco­nomic con­di­tions, there’s al­ways an ap­petite for well-built prod­uct and ex­clu­sive lo­ca­tions that present good value to our cus­tomers,” Trapp says.

“The liv­abil­ity in that 1,200-square-foot foot­print is ex­cep­tional. They seem con­sid­er­ably larger,” he adds. Smart use of space is a key con­sid­er­a­tion, says Trapp, call­ing the kitchen and great room in the floor plan “very open.”

The de­vel­op­ment of town­homes is not the end of the road for Bighorn Mead­ows. Be­fore build­out is achieved in three more years, six ad­di­tional phases of full- and frac­tional-own­er­ship res­i­dences will have been built.

Cur­rently, the re­sort is also in the process of do­ing a ma­jor con­struc­tion ef­fort, up­grad­ing and adding to its ameni­ties. In­cluded will be a new, larger pool deck area, a sec­ond out­door hot tub, fit­ness cen­tre, fa­cil­i­ties for pri­vate func­tions like fam­ily din­ners, and meet­ing and multi-pur­pose rooms, and a concierge ser­vice.

“All of this is be­ing done to en­sure our res­i­dents and guests have the best of ev­ery­thing the re­sort life­style is all about,” says Trapp.

The first nine phases, built along the ninth and 10 fair­ways of The Springs — 18 holes of chal­leng­ing but en­joy­able golf right at the re­sort — hold 123 con­do­minium units.

Last year, and af­ter nearly a decade of mulling over buy­ing a recre­ation prop­erty, Jor­dan and Jen­nifer David­son, both 33, put their names to a sales con­tract and be­came the own­ers of a smaller condo in Bighorn. Since then, they have up­graded.

“Once we saw the new town­houses that was it, we traded up to a twobed­room, two-bath home and took pos­ses­sion in June,” says Jor­dan, who works in Cal­gary’s oil­patch. Jen­nifer is a stay-at-home mom for Vanessa, 31/2, and nine-month-old Brian.

The David­sons’ plan is to spend six to 10 weeks a year at Bighorn, then have the op­por­tu­nity to put the home into a ren­tal pools op­er­ated by the re­sort’s on-site ren­tal man­age­ment com­pany, True Key Hotels & Resorts, when they aren’t us­ing it.

“We like the lo­ca­tion ( 2 1/2 hours west of Cal­gary), and the price. Those were two key fac­tors for us when we de­cided to buy. And, I think, the town­house is per­fect for us even with the kids grow­ing up,” says Jor­dan.

While the David­sons se­lected full own­er­ship, Bighorn Mead­ows also of­fers a lengthy menu of frac­tional own­er­ship op­tions.

Full own­er­ship starts in the low $300,000 range, while frac­tion­als start at un­der $60,000, ac­cord­ing to Trapp.

De­mand con­tin­ues to run strong, he adds, as a re­sult of healthy con­sumer re­sponse to what Bighorn Mead­ows has to of­fer and the health of the re­gion’s real es­tate mar­ket.

“For us, busi­ness is good,” says Trapp.

“In­dus­try fig­ures show the Koote­nay is run­ning hot. Sales are up 19 per cent year over year and list­ings are down about 10 per cent, and we’re see­ing some of that right here at Bighorn Mead­ows.”

An­other key sell­ing point for the re­sort is its lo­ca­tion and the prox­im­ity of the Pur­cell Moun­tains and the Rocky Moun­tains, the vil­lage of Ra­dium Springs, ac­cess to var­i­ous out­door ac­tiv­i­ties from golf and hik­ing to horse­back rid­ing and cy­cling venues lo­cated up and down the val­ley.

“We’ve got it all,” says Trapp.

De­vel­op­ment: Bighorn Mead­ows Re­sort. De­vel­oper: Lux­ury Resorts West.

Lo­ca­tion: In the vil­lage of Ra­dium Springs , B.C., about 2 1/2 hours west of Cal­gary.

Prices: Full own­er­ship be­gins at $300,000 and frac­tional own­er­ship from $60,000. In­for­ma­tion: Visit bighorn­mead­ows.ca

ADRIAN SHEL­LARD

Jor­dan and Jen­nifer David­son, with their chil­dren Vanessa and Brian, like both the lo­ca­tion and the price of their full-own­er­ship town­home with Bighorn Mead­ows Re­sort in Ra­dium Springs, B.C.

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