Saturday, September 13, 2003
Steamboat Springs Brian Olson's goal for "The Pines at Ore House Plaza" was to create units that were affordable but didn't necessarily look that way.
"We wanted something affordable with nicer finishes," Olson said. "The value of what we're offering here is incredible compared to other developments going on."
Olson has finished the first of seven phases of the $11-million project. The one- to three-bedroom condominiums are at 1555 Pine Grove Road.
The project is an entirely separate project from "The Pines," the nearby brown wooden condo complex built in the 1980s.
The condos in The Pine at Ore House Plaza will be offered in a price range from $159,900 to $305,900.
"These really have the finishes of a much more expensive project," said Olson's wife Lisa, the Realtor selling the condos. Only one of 16 in the first phase is still available -- a three-bedroom, 2.75-bath with a loft. Lofts are available in one, two and three-bedroom models.
The Pines at Ore House Plaza features modern, urban architecture with several features of upscale living.
Outside, huge boulders, washed rock, aspens and sod decorate the landscape. Washed rock also accompanies cedar and stucco for the siding that surrounds the metal framing of the doors and double-pane windows.
Also, each condo has a balcony with custom, crosshatch metal railings that give the entire building a distinct look.
Inside, knotted pine is used for the doors, 4-inch trim and 6-inch baseboard. A gas-powered fireplace sits raised about a foot from the floor with a stone chimney. Lisa Olson said the fireplace is capable of heating the entire space of the condo.
The floors are Berber carpet in the living spaces and bedrooms, wood or tile in the kitchen and tile in the bathrooms.
Each condo also has its own washer and dryer, and regular appliances and microwave and dishwasher in the kitchen.
Ceiling fans can be found in the master bedroom and living room and all light fixtures have a modern appeal that begs a second look. The same goes for the bathroom fixtures, which are anything but ordinary.
It was the modern amenities that Dr. Michael Lyon of Craig wanted in a home in Steamboat Springs.
"I think the owners did a great job trying to go the extra mile," said Lyon, who recently bought a one-bedroom loft. "The place is unique and very attractive."
The urban/modern design is another element that sets the condos apart from other projects, the Olsons said.
The Pines at Ore House Plaza is convenient to both downtown and mountain businesses. The Yampa River Core trail is just a short walk across U.S. Highway 40, and all the stores of Central Park Plaza and Sundance Plaza are within walking distance.
Lisa Olson said the renovation of Sundance Plaza should make The Pines at Ore House Plaza even more desirable.
The first phase was completed July 15, and construction of the second phase, a six-plex, will begin in six weeks, Olson said.
Construction of subsequent phases will continue through the winter.
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