Elkhorn raises the bar for ski-in/ski-out

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A new benchmark has been set.

The Elkhorn at Steamboat, which combines high-end finishes with ski-in/ski-out amenities, is now the most expensive multi-family project in Steamboat Springs. Set beside the Headwall slope of the Steamboat Ski Area, the five units of Elkhorn will be offered at $2.25 million each.

"This will unquestionably be the nicest of any multi-family project in Steamboat," said broker Stephan Baden, of RE/MAX Steamboat.

Project superintendent Kevin Rusk of TCD agrees.

"There are plenty of other properties in Steamboat equal to these in terms of high-quality finishes, but this is the only place that has that with the combination of ski-in and ski-out," Rusk said.

Developers Baden, Ken Gold and John Peddie, the same three men who spurred the construction of the ski-in/ski-out Antlers project, partnered once again for Elkhorn, Baden said.

The property originally was planned for a more high-density residential high-rise, but the group found the market was stronger for a more intimate setting, Baden said.

"Our fastest sellers at the Antlers were the five-bedroom units," Baden said. "This demand is from people who like to come to Steamboat with their extended families and friends. And Steamboat doesn't have much in the way of ski-in/ski-out homes. These will have the feel of a private residence."

The Elkhorn project is two buildings, one duplex and one triplex. Every unit is 4,200 square feet with four or five bedrooms, including two master suites, 5 1/2 bathrooms and an elevator.

Architect Tom Jarmon said this is the first townhome project he has worked on that included elevators. Because the units are four levels high, with the garage on the first level and the kitchen on the fourth level, the elevators are certainly justified, he said.

Jarmon worked with architects Brandon Baker and Eric Smith, both of Eric Smith and Associates, on the Elkhorn project.

"This was a challenging project to design because of the slope," Jarmon said. "We had to determine how we could get the best use of views, and hopefully by bringing the height of the project down, it was something that worked better for the neighbors in terms of their views."

Other features of the units include custom woodwork and cabinetry, slab granite countertops, a stone fireplace in the vaulted-ceiling great room, a heated two-car garage, a fireplace in the upper master bedroom, and extensive use of slate, marble, travertine and other stones throughout.

Construction began in August, and the project is anticipated to be complete by Christmas.

Two of the units are under contract. Furniture and design packages are available through Slifer Designs.

"Many of the buyers of these will come in with their own finishes," Rusk said. "I anticipate the units to be completely custom in the end."

For more information, call Baden at 879-5100.

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