Steamboat Springs In 2001, developers and engineers began investigating a way to build a subdivision that while inside city limits, felt like it was in the backcountry.
They examined the plot of land between Anglers Drive and Fish Creek, immediately north of Rollingstone Drive. With a large number of tall evergreens and existing drainage ditches, they found they could build around the trees and divert some of the creek water through the property to drown the sight and sound of the city.
With the plan in place, the developers named the subdivision Anglers Retreat. Now, almost three years into the project, eight of the 17 planned homes are complete. Six have been bought at an average of $1 million.
Linda Meagher is one of the six who bought a unit at Anglers Retreat. She and her husband took advantage of the pre-sale of their home and got to select which site they wanted. They chose a site about 20 yards from the banks of Fish Creek, where the sound of the rapids was loud enough Thursday to deafen the sound of hammers swinging on a unit under construction next door.
"This is the most peaceful place I have ever been," Meagher said. "I love hearing the water, especially at night. It's just amazing."
While Fish Creek borders the south side of her lot, another man-made creek flows along the east side. One must cross a bridge to get to her back yard, where there is a freestanding stone fireplace, Viking gas grill and hot tub.
Man-made creeks flow throughout the subdivision. A paved walkway crosses the creeks several times over wooded bridges, linking the well-shaded community.
"We designed the houses' layout around the water features and the evergreens," said Developer Jerry Stanford of VGS Enterprises. "That in itself was fairly monumental. Our whole concept on this project was to make you feel like you're in the wilderness, but you're right in the middle of Steamboat Springs.
"The response has been outstanding."
Landmark Consultants was in charge of the civil engineering duties on the property, including diverting some of Fish Creek to flow through the subdivision, and create small waterfalls and a pond. Stanford's construction company, Colorado Joint Ventures, is doing all the building.
Anglers Retreat was at one point planned for 22 single-family homes, and a bed and breakfast at another time. Stanford said he is glad he was able to take hold of the property and do what he has done with Anglers. Floor plans range from 2,600 to 3,000 square feet, and come with a variety of finish options.
Stanford said Anglers should be complete in about two years, and he hopes to pursue a similar project after that.
"This one just worked exceptionally well," he said.
For more information on Anglers Retreat, call Shelly Stanford with Colorado Group Realty at 870-8800.