Mountview to feature 11 homes

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— Theodore Christner is in the process of developing a plot of land he has held for more than 30 years the 14-acre site at the intersection of Pine Grove and Mount Werner roads.

This fall, excavation work started on site. Plans are for 11 single-family lots by summer.

Christner, who had developed the Trollhaugen condominium project, at one time planned to develop the adjacent property into a similar complex. But that changed, said Matt Di Napoli, whose Los Angeles-based firm Wolff and Di Napoli partnered with Christner in the development, named Mountview.

"It might have been more of a condominium development in line with the Trollhaugen project," Di Napoli said. "But early on, there was a pretty strong message from city planners that they wanted projects very compatible and very respectful of surrounding environments."

The group decided to go with a lower density, something Di Napoli said will be high-quality homes that are more desirable for the community than condos. Di Napoli said a good portion of the area has been dedicated to open space.

The one-acre lots have been approved for between 3,500- and 5,000-square-foot homes and caretaker units can also go on the properties. Di Napoli estimates the lots will range in price from $200,000 to $250,00 and said they would be lower than the nearby Sanctuary lots.

"It will be something a little more attainable and reasonably priced," Di Napoli said.

Sitting close to the ski mountain, Di Napoli said the lots provide a great location and a step up from condos.

"It is a nice development," Di Napoli said. "It is not gigantic. You will not feel like you are one of 66. It will feel a lot more exclusive."

Di Napoli said the marketing plan is coming in place and he is hoping to start selling lots during the ski season. The properties are listed with David Baldinger Jr. at Steamboat Village Brokers.

The plan was given City Council approval last spring with the stipulation that the developers try one more time to work with Yampa Valley Medical Center to grant an easement allowing for a second access. But Di Napoli said the easement was not granted.

The main access into the development is through Trollhaugen Court, which also leads to 25 other homes developed on Central Park Drive.

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