First Cooper cab­ins near­ing com­ple­tion

The Weekly Vista - - Front Page - KEITH BRYANT kbryant@nwadg.com

While the first pair are open­ing soon, con­struc­tion is on­go­ing for a se­ries of cab­ins at the cor­ner of Kings­land Road and Ke­nil­worth Drive.

Cooper Homes pres­i­dent Jody Latham said her firm is devel­op­ing 12 of th­ese 1,200 square foot cab­ins as rental units geared toward the moun­tain bik­ing com­mu­nity, though she ex­pects they will ap­peal to a wider au­di­ence.

“Since we don’t have a ho­tel, it’ll be awe­some to get ev­ery­body to­gether,” Latham said.” I think it’s some­thing the vil­lage needed.”

The first two, she said, are ex­pected to open for busi­ness Memorial Day — Mon­day, May 28 — of this year. Another four should be com­plete this fall, she said, and ide­ally the whole devel­op­ment will be com­plete within the next year.

Cur­rently, she said, they’re set to ac­com­mo­date as many as six guests. Each unit has a mas­ter bed­room as well as a sec­ond bed­room with a se­ries of bunk beds. If the mar­ket looks like it will sup­port it, she said, some units may be out­fit­ted with bunk beds only to al­low more guests in a sin­gle unit — which could al­low larger groups of riders to use one unit.

The struc­tures are fully fur­nished, she said, with a kitchen that in­cludes a re­frig­er­a­tor, stove, pots and pans and glasses, as well as a liv­ing room with seat­ing and a tele­vi­sion, a laun­dry room with a washer and dryer as well as bi­cy­cle stor­age and a rear patio area — all dec­o­rated in what Latham de­scribed as a mix of in­dus­trial and farm­house.

“I put my de­signer hat on in­stead of my de­vel­oper hat,” she said.

Chris How­i­son with Va­ca­tion Rentals said he’s al­ready had calls ask­ing when the cab­ins will be avail­able. How­i­son said he is not ready to an­nounce rental rates for th­ese units, though when the devel­op­ment is fin­ished he ex­pects to have rates not only for in­di­vid­ual cab­ins but also to rent the en­tire neigh­bor­hood, which could be ideal for large groups.

Bella Vista doesn’t have many new rental prop­er­ties like this, he said.

“This is huge,” How­i­son said. “This is go­ing to ap­peal to fam­ily re­unions, golf groups, ob­vi­ously

the cy­clist com­mu­nity. This is huge.”

Su­san Rufo-Ewing wrote via Face­book th­ese rentals could be use­ful for some­one with more fam­ily vis­it­ing than they have beds for and the build­ings look nicer than some ex­ist­ing struc­tures in town.

“I bet there’s no crim­i­nals hid­ing in any of them. Just out of town bi­cy­clers,” she wrote.

Another com­menter, Jen­nifer Watkins wrote via Face­book that she lives roughly a quar­ter mile down the road from the in-progress devel­op­ment and she ex­pects them to blend into the neigh­bor­hood. Watkins wrote that she ap­pre­ci­ated the de­vel­oper leav­ing trees along­side the road to screen the prop­erty.

“I don’t see them be­ing much of a prob­lem as long as they don’t turn into long term rentals, per­son­ally,” she wrote.

Keith Bryant/The Weekly Vista

A 2-acre devel­op­ment at the cor­ner of Kings­land Road and Ke­nil­worth Drive will ul­ti­mately fea­ture 12 of th­ese roughly 1,200 square foot dwellings, which are ex­pected to be used for nightly rentals. Cooper Homes pres­i­dent Jody Latham said the first two are ex­pected to be open for busi­ness by Memorial Day and the en­tire devel­op­ment is ex­pected to be fin­ished within the year.

Keith Bryant/The Weekly Vista

The cab­ins fea­ture a rear deck over­look­ing the trail, barely vis­i­ble through the trees. The un­fin­ished land­scap­ing will in­clude a fire pit to the right, where rocks are piled.

Keith Bryant/The Weekly Vista

The rental units in­clude a full kitchen.

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