Elevate rises above crowd
‘Modern cabin community’ at resort
Recreation property goes back to the basics this month with the launch of a “modern cabin community” at one of B.C.’s prettiest mountain destinations.
The first phase of Elevate offers 18 one-, two-and threebedroom single-family homes on 3,300-to 4,000-square-foot lots at the base of Red Mountain Resort, selling from $299,000 to $399,000.
The development in the resort’s Caldera neighbourhood is the brainchild of Howard Katkov, a surf/ski fanatic, real estate lawyer, developer and cosmetics magnate who liked this fabled resort so much he bought the mountain in 2004.
He had grown weary of the excess he encountered in mega-resorts south of the border and built a house in Rossland just before Red Mountain became available.
“The McMansion era of ski-resort development is dead — it’s over,” Katkov said just before this month’s launch of Elevate.
Red Mountain’s effort to kickstart the sluggish B.C. market for recreational real estate puts the emphasis on affordability and sustainability.
The homes range from 630 to 1,064 square feet and are of modular construction.
This factory-built method reduces material and energy consumption, minimizes site impact and provides for cost and delivery certainty in a challenging zone for traditional builders.
The homes were designed by Seattle’s Hybrid Architects to make the most of open-plan space and mountain views and offer contemporary finishes.
Energy-efficient stainless steel appliances and geothermal heating keep energy costs at approximately $70 per month.
The flexibility of modular housing means Elevate buyers can match the design of their choice to their favourite view lot — those who place their orders this spring will be enjoying their properties next year.
The ski-in lots are strata, with the $98-per-month fees primarily used for snow clearing.
A network of trails through the trees leads to the resort, as well as the picturesque town of Rossland, a half-hour ski or walk away.
Jim Greene, Red Mountain vice-president, says Elevate is attracting interest slightly different from that generated by the resort’s earlier Slalom Creek condominium development.
“The common theme seems to be environmental awareness,” Greene said, while rid- ing the mountain’s Silverlode chairlift on a sunny morning.
“The smaller size of the homes, the energy efficiency and the smaller ecological footprint appeal across a fairly wide spectrum.”
Katkov indicated Elevate is part of his legacy plan for Red Mountain; a sustainable development that builds on the deep history of the resort and the passion locals have for their mountain.
“We’ve got this right,” he said, but he conceded Elevate represents a major shift for the ski-development industry.
If he is correct, the ideal recreational property in B.C. could end up right where it started: A cabin in the woods.
Red Mountain Resort’s homes offer contemporary finishes.
The units range from 630 to 1,064 square feet.