El­e­vate rises above crowd

‘Mod­ern cabin com­mu­nity’ at re­sort

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Recreation & Investment Properties -

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.

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