offering in a single weekend.
All of a sudden, there’s a frisson of excitement in the mountain air that hasn’t been seen in the Whistler real estate market in quite some time.
As of June 1, only seven lots remained, starting at $779,000. Upon completion, Baxter Creek will have 48 homesites and 41 luxury town houses; truly an ambitious development in these economically challenged times.
There is no timeline on building completion, and owners are free to choose their own contractors while adhering to architectural and design guidelines.
As John Ryan from Whistler Real Estate says: “With the end of the 2010 Winter Games, there are a lot of building trades looking for work. This is one of the best times in the past decade to lock in pricing and controlling building costs.”
To maximize views from every level of your new home, the sites have been graded to terrace down from the street.
Plans are afoot for a new commercial retail space that will service residents of both Baxter Creek and the new Rainbow project below.
Baxter Creek will be separated from the Rainbow development with a stylish, basalt stone column at the entranceway. Plans are in the works for an on-site amenity centre for residents to gather and swim, relax, and barbecue.
One of Baxter’s Creek’s purchasers is renowned Whistler “starchitect” Brent Murdoch, who has designed a number of stunning residences since 1994.
Currently residing in White Gold, Murdoch and his family chose Baxter Creek for a multitude of reasons.
“It’s north of the village, offers good views, good sun, and good graded building sites with very little blasting to be done,” he says.
“My kids are all going to the high school, so being a bit closer will work better for us as a family. I like the idea of a living in a neighbourhood of full-time residents in both Baxter Creek and the adjacent Rainbow development.
Murdoch believes the success of Baxter Creek’s pre-sales is that “the developer found the right price point and capitalized on the infrastructure and amenities close to the site.
Whistler has traditionally been a place where many folks over-value their property and aren’t willing to negotiate their price.
It is currently a buyers’ market, with many opportunities available, and the developer was smart enough to recognize it and priced the lots accordingly.”
Murdoch’s firm is in great demand, due to his extensive knowledge of environmentallysensitive (LEED certified) housing design and says the plan for his new home is definitely to build smarter, smaller, and more ‘green.’ As for Baxter Creek itself ? Well, there will likely be water features in some of the new homes that have more stream flow than Baxter Creek in the summer months.
Still, it’s definitely going to be on the map for some time.
Recreation activities near the Baxter Creek development include mountain biking.