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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.

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