Steamboat Springs Jennifer Alan had looked all around Steamboat Springs for a house inside her budget. She thought she was going to have to spend about $400,000 for a three-bedroom, three-bath home until she found a home with comparable design and features for less than $300,000.
"It's a killer deal for Steamboat," she said. "I went up there thinking it was going to be junk, but I walked into the model and said, 'Wow, this is impressive.'"
Alan was the first to buy one of 64 planned duplex units in the Longview Circle area, off of Hilltop Parkway. As an assistant at RE/MAX Steamboat, she was one of the first to hear about the development and bought her new home before the framing began.
The duplexes are the second phase of a single-family and duplex development in the Hilltop area, and the second-phase duplexes are selling faster than they can be built -- at the rate of about one per week, listing Realtor Mitch Cantele said.
The first phase, on the east side of Longview Circle, is called Longview Highlands. It was subdivided in 1999 into 28 third-acre lots, six of which remain unsold.
The second phase, on the west side of Longview Circle, is called Longview Park. It has been subdivided into 32 lots with duplexes being built on each.
Six of the duplexes are under construction and expected to be complete by the end of the summer. Four of them can be seen from U.S. Highway 40 at its intersection with Hilltop Parkway.
Using six different home designs prevents the units from looking like duplexes, said developer Jack Nesbitt, who purchased the property almost a decade ago.
Nesbitt and his son build about 50 homes per year in Toronto, Candad, and Steamboat.
"We wanted to create something that doesn't look like a duplex and has the character of a single-family home," project supervisor Al Choy said.
Nesbitt smiles when people look surprised that the buildings are duplexes, but he said the units' main draw is the price range.
All the units under construction, besides the model, have been presold, and 20 more were released for presale last week. One sold within three days of listing on the market, Cantele said.
"I think makes this one of the most successful projects in Steamboat Springs in years," Cantele said.
"People are buying these because they can't find the same quality product for the price," Nesbitt said. "For this quality, you would almost have to pay another $100,000."
The units range from 1,600 to 1,700 square feet and start in the $280,000 range, with a variety of upgrade options and packages. Keeping the homes relatively affordable was one of the goals for the development, Nesbitt said.
Alan said another reason she liked the duplexes was because of the low association dues. The development's public, city-maintained roads help keep the association dues low, Nesbitt said.
For more information, call Cantele with RE/MAX Steamboat at 879-4636.
A virtual tour of the model is available at www.steamboatproperties.com.
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