Townhomes tailored for baby boomers

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— The Eagles Overlook Townhome project is designed for the aging baby boomer with bad knees, Prudential Realtor Mark J. "Dutch" Elting said.

About to come before the City Council, the proposed project would build three duplexes tucked off Overlook Drive. With features like two-car garages, an elevator for each duplex and a heated driveway, the 2,850-square-foot homes have accessibility in mind.

"In the demographics of the particularly older crowd, we are seeing more and more demand for ease of access," Elting said. "This fits perfectly with the aging baby boomer with bad knees, whose family members do not necessarily ski and whose wives shop."

This is not the first time a plan has been proposed for the site. In the 1980s, the city approved two buildings with six units each on the 30,000-square-foot property. The previous owners started the project but got no further than building foundations when hard times hit.

For a couple of years, the two foundations stood exposed until a neighborhood group asked the city to cover them with dirt. The covered foundations still remain on the site.

The property was then purchased by Rick Erb, who resold it four years ago to the current owner, Robert Lahmann. Lahmann plans to keep one of the townhomes for his own use.

Lahmann lives in Madison, Wis., but has strong ties to Steamboat Springs. His parents once owned H&R Block.

Lahmann's first thought was to use the existing foundations, which are still in good condition. But Elting said that design did not fit the city's density requirements or what neighbors wanted.

So, the developers came up with a plan for six units in three duplexes.

"Twelve units would have been extremely crowded on the lot with the new regulations," Architect Stan Schoen said. "We wanted three duplexes. It was more compatible with the neighborhood."

Tucked into a stand of pine trees, the townhomes would allow owners to watch the sun set behind Emerald Mountain and the Yampa Valley below.

The Sheraton Golf Course is to the south and a preserved green belt is also visible.

Each townhome would have four bedrooms, a cellar, a projection room, an entry hall and a shared elevator. Other features include granite countertops, vaulted ceilings and gas fireplaces. Prices range from $750,000 to $875,000.

The 2,850-square-foot total does not include the size of the garage, which Elting said would be able to hold snowmobiles and other outdoor gear along with two vehicles.

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission is scheduled to review the project Feb. 27. Elting said construction of the first two units is planned to start this spring.

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