Blackhawk Townhomes bring urban feel to mountains

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Somehow, this urban townhome got built in a mountain community.

Architects Katie Kiefer and Scott Myller of West Elevation Inc. in Steamboat Springs, and developers Deep Blue LLC, of Lindenhurst, N.Y., collaborated last year to design one of the most modern and urban-style living places in Routt County.

The first phase of their design is standing tall on Village Drive between Walton Creek Road and Apres Ski Way. They are called Blackhawk Townhomes.

"(Deep Blue) came to us, interested in doing something modern and fresh but still appropriate for a mountain community," Kiefer said. "They brought a lot of inspiration to the table, and they thought the marketplace was in need of a slightly different product. We also were interested in combining materials and textures and forms that are vernacular or an architectural language that expands on Steamboat."

The units' exterior looks modern, and the inside is equally modern and distinctly masculine with exposed concrete block, copper pipes, lowered track lighting and steel framing. Everything in the house is either stone, masonry, wood or metal. The floors are oak, and the doors are mahogany.

The basement of each unit has a two-car garage, a laundry room and workspace. Walking up the main floor, residents enter the living, dining and kitchen space. The main entryway, featuring a mahogany deck, is on this level.

There are no typical ceiling light fixtures in the townhomes. Track lighting and other lowered light fixtures illuminate the spaces. Texture changes from masonry to stone around the fireplaces -- each unit has one in the living room and one in a bedroom -- are divided by a simple L-shaped piece of mahogany.

"We did take some inspiration from renovated warehouses and lofts," Kiefer said. "We wanted to create a variety of spaces in each unit."

More of the warehouse feeling is noticeable in the retro-style bathrooms, with showers and sinks that appear to be from the 1960s. But the modern feel overwhelms any mid-1900s style. This is most apparent in the custom mahogany sliding doors entering each of the bedrooms.

Two of the three units in the first phase of Blackhawk are four levels, including the garage/basement level; the third unit has three levels. The two four-level units have large covered decks on the top floors that are pre-plumbed for installation of a hot tub if a buyer chooses to have one. Also, each unit is soundproofed with double insulation in the walls to keep noisy neighbors from disrupting a living space.

"What we want to do is (provide) something different," Coldwell Banker real estate agent Karen Beauvais said. "These are smooth, clean and compact. The loft makes use of all space inside, so there is no wasted space. They were designed to be open with lots of windows."

The first three-level, 2,176-square-foot unit is selling for $685,000. The other four-level units are offered at about $700,000.

The first phase of construction, which was completed in September, is just the beginning for Blackhawk, Beauvais said. The final product will include 24 units and range in price and size.

For more information on Blackhawk Townhomes, call Beauvais at Coldwell Banker at 879-9914.

-- To reach Nick Foster call 871-4204

or e-mail nfoster@steamboatpilot.com

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