Angler's Retreat a unique opportunity

High level of harmony and quality will grace new subdivision

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— Jerry Stanford has been a builder in Steamboat Springs for more than 15 years, but he's never had an opportunity like the one Angler's Retreat presents.

This time out, Stanford gets to build all 18 homes in an exclusive subdivision. The site is tucked against the banks of Fish Creek in the midst of old growth timber. And he will be able to work on the development with his wife, Shelley, a Realtor at Colorado Group.

"The reason I became interested in this project was the high degree of quality," Jerry Stanford said. "I was really excited about the fact that we could control the quality."

The subdivision is at the corner of Angler's and Rollingstone drives between downtown Steamboat Springs and the ski mountain.

The Stanfords purchased the yet-to-be-built Angler's Retreat, with approvals in place, from Colorado Group principal Jim Cook. Cook will continue to be associated with the sales of the homes.

Jerry Stanford's construction company, Colorado Joint Ventures, will build the homes on behalf of his development company, VGS Enterprises.

The Stanfords will not sell undeveloped lots in Angler's Retreat. Instead, they will build one of three different home plans for their clients. That in turn assures a high level of quality and architectural harmony throughout the 6.3-acre site, the Stanfords said. Jerry Stanford wants to be able to look back at the project when it's done and feel good about every aspect of it.

Most of the lots at Angler's Retreat are relatively small, ranging in size from .15 to .45 of an acre. But the Stanfords say the dense vegetation, a fishing/ice skating pond and two small creeks that will flow through the subdivision are the strengths of the project. They intend to emphasize the privacy of the location and its proximity to town in their marketing. Homes will range in size from 2,500 to 3,000 square feet. Prices begin at $750,000 and go up to $950,000. Two sites have already been reserved.

Although the homes aren't large, Shelley Stanford says everything used in building and appointing them will be the best available.

"Everything will be top of the line inside," Shelley Stanford said. "From the appliances to four-line pre-wiring for high-speed Internet."

Each home will feature two master bedrooms with steam showers and whirlpool tubs, heated driveways, stone entries and multiple gas fireplaces with dry stack masonry.

Bordered on the south by Fish Creek, the lots will be within easy walking distance of several restaurants, shopping and public transit. But the sound of traffic across the creek on Pine Grove Road, and less than half a mile away on U.S. 40, is overwhelmed by the creek rushing over boulders. And 100-year-old pine trees create the illusion the home sites are 25 miles out of town.

Cook promised the city he would take great pains to preserve the trees and wetlands on the parcel.

"We've been so careful about each and every tree," Shelley Stanford said.

Jerry Stanford said in some cases, he's insisting that only one of the three house plans be built on specific lots because the building footprint best allows the preservation of trees. In other cases, he has indicated a preferred house plan for individual lots but is able to offer the others as options.

In all cases, he's spent many hours analyzing which combinations of house plans on the various lots do the best job of assuring privacy.

Jerry Stanford has studied and refined the site plan to ensure neighbors' decks don't face each other, and the large windows in the living areas don't look directly into those of the neighboring home.

The architect working on the project has changed since it came through city planning. Leslie Weisshaar of Weisshaar Designs in Steamboat has subtly shifted the original "arts and crafts" style cottage look of the homes to a slightly more English-looking cottage design, Shelley Stanford said.

The homes are designed with very open floor plans in which the great room leads into the dining room and kitchen. All three rooms will feature rich, knotty hickory floors with a hand-hewn look.

The private subdivision roads have been roughed in at Angler's Retreat, and Jerry Stanford hopes to begin construction on two model homes within several weeks, aiming for a September completion date.

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